Bill Sima is a local orthopaedic surgeon who has been practicing in Templeton for twenty years. After graduating with his M.D. in orthopaedic surgery from USC and subspecialty fellowship surgery from Harbor UCLA Medical Center, he relocated to the central coast where he has been in private practice since.
|© Bill Sima|
Growing up in Hawaii inspired his enthusiasm for photography of landscapes. He primarily captures pictures of the central coast's landscape highlights such as beautiful beaches and vineyards which he digitally enhances to reflect the beauty of the area.
|© Bill Sima|
I have attended classes and lectures from gifted photographers and artists, and studied extensively on my own. The knowledge I acquired and continue to seek gives me the tools to make my creative vision a photographic reality. Each of my photos has a story and comes from my heart.
|© Cat Evans|
From my first Kodak with a cube flash to digital SLR’s of today—technology allows me to capture art in the world around me. I continue to be amazed at what life has to offer. See MY world…Thru Catz Eyes.
|© Cat Evans|
Robert studied photography/ photojournalism and design. He earned a degree in graphic design and a degree in radiologic technology from USC/Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Robert shoots digital and film for use in art projects and maintains a black & white darkroom.
|Pinnacles © Robert Taylor|
|Sealight © Robert Taylor|
“My work and travels take me from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and High Desert to the San Joaquin Valley, California Valley and Estero Bay. From these regions, I compose my seascapes, landscapes, agricultural and wildflower images. Natural and available light determines my compositions. The long light of early morning and late evening, cloudy days with their wonderful tones and backdrops and the glow of neon, sodium and other urban night lighting take top priority in my artwork. My recent projects include annual calendars of SLO and Kern Counties, a line of art cards and postcards depicting the Central Coast, especially Morro Bay.
For me, nature and landscape photography is my soul’s purpose.
I have photographed most of my life, but digital technology really brought it home for me. When I purchased my first digital SLR camera, it started a wonderful journey that I could not even imagine. I have learned so much and have made many cherished friendships along the way.
My photography incorporates a technique called high dynamic range (HDR). This process blends 3 or more images at different exposures to create an exceptionally beautiful photograph that has a full range of light, color and depth.
I print my photography on professional metallic paper. This adds to the already diverse range of light, colors and depth and creates stunning photographs like no other.
My photography has earned awards and has been in juried photography exhibitions. I am very honored to be a member of the Gallery at Marina Square and a photographer on the Central Coast.
|Blue © Beth Sargent|
|Tranquil Harbor © Beth Sargent|
Here is a quote from a poem that really says it all for me:“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”
Photographing images of life—from people to places—is my love and passion. Even when I don't have a camera in my hand, I am looking for that perfect light and composition.
Travel photography intrigues me—whether I travel to the rainforests of Costa Rica or just over the coastal range to the picturesque seaside town of Morro Bay.
|Waterfall on the Rocks © Cheryl Strahl|
|Exotica © Cheryl Strahl|
Very often, I will shoot in high dynamic range (HDR)—merging three images of varying exposures to create one image that looks natural. Metallic paper is used on my prints to bring out the brilliant colors that I enjoy capturing.
I am actively involved in my photo community: photographing for local non-profit groups, leading a mentoring project for high school photography students, and participating in local photography clubs, galleries, shows and competitions. My photography has won several awards and recognition here on our beautiful Central Coast.
I am pleased to be an artist at Gallery at Marina Square!
|Cayucos Pier II © James Crawford|
James has been displayed at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Orange County, California, Photo Technique Magazine, Preston Contemporary Art Center in Mesilla, NM , The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Co., L.A. Center for Digital Art, Cal Poly (SLO), SLO Arts Gallery, SLO Coast Journal, Johnson Gallery, The Photoshop, San Luis Artist’s Gallery, Gallery at Marina Square in Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo City Hall, Gallery at the Network-San Luis Obispo, Olive Tree Fine Arts Gallery in Atascadero, Calif. and San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. Crawford's work also hangs in many private collections worldwide.
|Escape © Alice Cahill|
|Sand Prints © Alice Cahill|
I have been honored to receive numerous awards for my photography. Most recently, I was the Grand Prize winner of Audubon Magazine’s 2012 contest and my photo of a Northern Flicker was published on the cover of the magazine.
I am a member of the North American Nature Photography Association and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. My photography is also represented by GETTY Images.
|Tranquil Evening © Chuck Pruitt|
After returning to California, Chuck studied photography. In college he combined chemistry and photo classes to recreate historic techniques of wet plate negatives, cyanotypes, platinum and albumin printing methods. He received state and national recognition for his experimental prints.
|Spring Storm—Half Dome © Charles Pruitt|
Chuck took up digital photography in 2004, but also still uses his 50+ year old Hassleblad. In 2008 he began printing on canvas and other fine art media. This process is called Giclée (zhee clay) and uses archival inks and media.
I hope these efforts successfully help others appreciate the beauty I find.
|Evening, Hazard Beach © Jack McNeal|
|Sand Dollar Beach © Jack McNeal|
In the early 1990’s Karen began creating Polaroid image & emulsion transfers, printed onto Polacolor 669 film from her original slides, and transferred onto watercolor paper. Karen also worked with an SX-70 Camera and Polaroid’s Time Zero Film manipulating the soft emulsion layer. Polaroid has discontinued making both Polacolor and Time Zero Film.
|The Line Up © Karen Peterson|
Currently Karen is exploring a variety of alternative digital techniques including digital “hand coloring” and High Dynamic Range (HDR).
Karen’s photographs have been accepted for juried shows including Visions, Shapes & Shades and Photomorphosis, sponsored by the Central Coast Photographic Society, and the Phantom Show, sponsored by the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (SLOMA). Her images have won awards at California Mid State Fair, New Times Photo Contest, Kodak International Snapshot Awards, and Visions Shows.
Karen has served as President of both the Central Coast Photographic Society and the San Luis Obispo Camera Club.