Where the Sidewalk Ends

Location: Potato chip rock - San Diego, CA / Settings: F22, ISO 100, 238 seconds

Gear: Canon 6D24-70mm LensManfrotto Tripod, and Remote Shutter-release.

'This place is just as sketchy as it looks in the photos' - that was my initial thought upon first visit.

From the first time I laid eyes on this place through someone else's photo, I thought it looked familiar - anyone growing up with Shel Silverstein's poems and illustrations in their youth could never forget his book cover 'Where the Sidewalk Ends' - in fact, if you research the title, you can't help but find many tattoos of the iconic deceased writer/illustrator's work.

It always struck a chord with me due to it's clever, raw, precarious, humorous yet hopeful perspective - a rare balance to find in creative work!

If you think the 7 mile hike with an elevation gain of around 1700 ft would deter some crowds, think again - Astrobandit waited in line for a chance to shoot her image - it took about 20 minutes - lots of selfie-sticks :P


We waited until dusk to shoot some blue-hour images and then hiked back in the dark. As you can see in this image, the rock really does just drop off into nothing.

If you do choose to make the trek out to potato chip rock - make sure to bring plenty of water, as many hiking websites will advise - the trail doesn't have much shade and would be difficult in the summer heat!

Shots of Color

Location: Torrey Pines Beach - San Diego, CA / Settings: F6.3, ISO 100, 204 seconds

shots of color

I'm hoping that the light-pen tool I've been designing for the past few years is going to make light-art a bit more interesting.

For many years I've been using different LEDs for different colors - stopping the illustration to switch tools for every color in the dark - it's really annoying and does a good job at breaking my concentration.

So I've come up with a solution - a light-pen that can change through many colors with a click of your thumb. This (image above) was the first I created using the prototype - which is still very slowly being worked on - meeting by meeting, phase by phase. Not done yet, not even close.

I like to think of it like a rough gem - it looks like any old rock now, but with a little refining and polishing, it could be great! 

Innovation is a trying process, but in my mind's eye, it is a crystal clear vision. 

torrey pines coastline

A foggy coast looking south to La Jolla Shores in San Diego, CA.

United Skeletons

Rainbow Plesiosaur

Location: Torrey Pines State Beach - San Diego, CA / Settings: F5.6, ISO 200, 292 second exposure.

This is a bit different from my other light-fossil work, this is the first one where I've used the full color spectrum.

The reason behind this is that I've been working on a new light-pen tool with the help of a 3d printing space in LA to make a light-pen that can toggle through colors of the rainbow with the click of your thumb as you draw - without changing writing tools or fidgeting with awkward buttons.

There's a long road ahead toward the goldilocks model of this tool, but it's well on it's way and you can start to see some of it's progress here. Very excited to share more about this project soon.