A close-up of the light patterns made by bioluminescence from algae. An abstract photo.

Rorschach | Del Mar

Waves off the California coast form incredible patterns of blue-green light as the bioluminescent algae glows during a red tide.

The Story Behind the Photo

This is a close-up of the bioluminescent algae as it lights up the waves off the San Diego coast. The algae, or red tide, has bloomed in prior years, but I never saw multiple waves break and luminesce at the same time, usually it was just one wave very far out from shore which also made photography difficult.

I'm mesmerized by the patterns and shapes the algae make in the water. It's as if they are a message — sometimes I see shapes, other times they seem like brush strokes in a foreign language. I spent a few hours here shooting and watching this specific scene.

About the Prints

This photograph is available in a limited edition of 25 fine art prints. Each print is made to order with the highest quality pigment inks and fine art papers. They are signed on the front and come with a certificate of authenticity. If you have any questions about this specific image or my prints in general, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Acrylic Print with a Float Mount — Ready to Hang

Trulife Acrylic Fine Art Print

This is a pigment print where the front has been directly adhered to a sheet of ultra clear, scratch resistant, and anti-reflective acrylic. This process is known as face mounting. The acrylic captures light internally and bounces it off the surface of the print resulting in a display with incredible visual depth and vibrancy. With proper lighting, the acrylic print will appear to have light emanating from the image itself. The back of the print is sealed with another layer of protective acrylic. The print comes ready to hang with hidden mounting hardware on the back that floats the print off the wall.

Please allow 4-6 weeks for production and delivery of your print. The prices include U.S. shipping, please inquire for international rates.


Archival Pigment Print

Archival Pigment Print on Fine Art Paper

This is an archival pigment print made with a heavyweight fine art paper. This is a print only, shipped rolled in a robust protective tube.

Please allow 3-4 weeks for production and delivery of your print. The prices include U.S. shipping, please inquire for international rates.


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