Rocks covered in eel grass lead away along the coastline at Sunset Cliffs.

Stepping Stones | Sunset Cliffs

Low tide reveals a beautiful landscape of eel grass covered rocks leading off into the distance.

The Story Behind the Photo

I took my friend Roza and my wife to explore the tidepools at Sunset Cliffs. This place is rapidily becoming one of my favorite spots in San Diego to shoot. It was a bit of hike over rocky terrain and we got wet almost to the waist. Although in retrospect we probably didn't take the best route and there were other paths that weren't as deep.

Normally my wife gets a little impatient and bored waiting for me to shoot. I like to setup well in advance of sunset and take my time with composition. But the sunset was super nice and she found some kind of weird sea slug to entertain herself. Plus selfies take a lot of time.

The hard part was capturing the water motion with the eelgrass. I burned a large number of shots trying to get one that I liked. Basically, as the waves comes in, they tend to flow over the long strands hiding their marvelous texture. The eelgrass was only a few inches above the water line and in some cases is just floating on top so even the smallest wave tends to cover it.

Purchase a Print

Museum Quality Print

Archival Pigment Print on Fine Art Paper

This is a photographic print made on Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag which is a heavyweight (310 gsm) and 100% cotton paper. The image is printed using pigment inks with outstanding archival properties. All images are printed at the listed size on paper that is slightly larger resulting in an additional border. 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.


Acrylic Fine Art Print with a Float Mount — Ready to Hang

Trulife Acrylic Fine Art Print

This is a photographic print where the front has been directly adhered to a sheet of TruLife acrylic which is an ultra clear, scratch resistant, and anti-reflective glazing. 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 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 makes the print appear as if it is floating in front of the wall. No additional framing is needed. Choose this medium for a modern and minimalist presentation.

Print is signed on the back.

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


For additional information, you can learn more about my prints and read testimonials from my customers.

Subscribe to My Mailing List

Sign up to receive email updates about Stephen's artwork, show schedule, and promotional offers.