Stephen Bay's Photography Blog

Bioluminescent Algae Is Back in San Diego

Last year in May we had a bloom of bioluminescent algae around the San Diego/La Jolla coast. I managed to get some photos of it which were carried on national news. To my surprise, it’s back again this year – my understanding is that it’s very rare and that it normally occurs only once every 5-10 years. Yesterday I received a tip that the bioluminescent algae was back, so I headed out late in the night to see if I could photograph it again and managed to make this photo.

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San Diego Fair Photo Exhibit 2019 - Part 3

Note: This is part III of a series of blog posts describing my experience submitting images to the 2019 San Diego County Fair phtoography exhibit. You can read Part II here.

I have 9 images selected to advance to Tier 2. In this stage, the participating photographers submit physical prints. The judges then examine each print to make sure it meets image quality and presentation standards. The judges also determine class winners based on the print itself and not the initial digital submission.

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How to Deal With White Dust Spots on Your Prints

You’ve just had a large print roll off your printer. You hold it up to the light and it looks fabulous with deep blacks and oh so rich colors. But… you notice a tiny white spot where the ink has flaked off. I’m pretty sure this has happened to everybody who does their own inkjet printing. It’s super frustrating and costly. Depending on the paper you use, printing runs anywhere from $2-5 per square foot.

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How to Print and Mount Your Photos for the San Diego Fair Photo Exhibit

Note: This article is for photographers participating in the San Diego Fair Photo Exhibit. I’ve received many questions on how to print and mount images for the competition and this is my advice.

So you got your notification from the fair and have advanced to Tier 2 where you need to submit physical prints. Now what? You first need to decide three things before proceeding:

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San Diego Fair Photo Exhibit 2019 - Part 2

Note: This is part II of a series of blog posts describing my experience submitting images to the 2019 San Diego County Fair photography exhibit. You can read Part I here.

Today the San Diego fair sent out notifications for Tier 1 in their photo competition. In Tier 1, you submit a digital image of your photo and if it gets accepted you proceed to Tier 2 where you provide a physical print. Tier 1 is the big hurdle as the judges don’t eliminate many prints in Tier 2, usually they just kick out entries if the presentation isn’t up to par or there are technical issues which didn’t show up in the digital file.

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