East Beach – Photo Of The Day

Photo of The Day – Shoes of Jason

I actually made it to East Beach during the afternoon to shoot.  I’ve been shooting a lot at night, so it was a nice change.  I wanted to  play around with low angles, and happened to come across a pair of Vans sitting in the sand.  As I was shooting, the owner of the shoes soon appeared, looking a bit perplexed!  I guess I must have looked a bit strange taking pictures of his shoes!  I told him about the project I’m working on, and he shared some of recent travel adventures!  And, they were quite the adventures!  Maybe I need to shoot more shoes!

Photo Of The Day, Santa Barbara California, Great travel adventures, Vacation by Julie Miche

“Shoes of Jason”

Rincon Surfing

Rincon Surfing in Carpinteria, CA

Today was one of those days I just had to go to the beach.  I headed out to Carpinteria to photograph some Rincon surfers.  Sometimes, you just need to be out in nature!

Rincon Surfing, Carpinteria California, Santa Barbara, Surf, Travel, Vacation by Julie Miche



Rincon Surfing, Carpinteria California, Santa Barbara, Surf, Travel, Vacation by Julie Miche



Rincon Surfing, Carpinteria California, Santa Barbara, Surf, Travel, Vacation by Julie Miche


Rincon Surfers and a Lensbaby

Photographing Surfers with a Lensbaby at Rincon

Rincon is one of the best places to photograph surfers… And, surf too!  It’s also just a great day trip, and not very far from Santa Barbara. I decided to bring out my Lensbaby, which has quickly become my favorite lens to use at Rincon. It’s perfect for playing with the motion of the water, and photographing the surfers.

Rincon Surfers, Ventura CA, Day Trip, Travel, Ocean, Santa Barbara Day Trip, Surfing at Rincon by Julie Miche

Waiting For A Wave


Rincon Surfers, Ventura CA, Day Trip, Travel, Ocean, Santa Barbara Day Trip, Surfing at Rincon by Julie Miche

Surfer Going In


Rincon Surfers, Ventura CA, Day Trip, Travel, Ocean, Santa Barbara Day Trip, Surfing at Rincon by Julie Miche

Rincon Surfers


Rincon Surfers, Ventura CA, Day Trip, Travel, Ocean, Santa Barbara Day Trip, Surfing at Rincon by Julie Miche

Surfing Rincon

1st Santa Barbara Art Show

1st Art Show on the Beach

The past couple weeks have been insanely busy getting ready for my first art show on the beach in Santa Barbara. I had to figure out what kind of display I wanted to use, and then build it.  Next, I had to cut and sand wood for the photos to be mounted onto.  And, last but not least I had to print the photos and mount them.  This took much more time than I anticipated!  I was still mounting photos at 11:30 pm the night before the show! I finally managed to crawl into bed after midnight.

After lightly caffeinating myself Sunday morning, I headed down to the beach in search of a spot to set up. Show set up starts at 6:00 am… Yes, that’s right, 6:00 in the morning!

I was greeted with a beautiful sunrise as I set up… What a great way to start a day!

Sunrise at the Santa Barbara Art Show

Sunrise at the Art Show


Julie Plevak art Santa Barbara Beach show

All set up and ready to go!

Santa Barbara Art Show on the beach

My first sale! Thanks Matt!

My first show went well! If you are in the Santa Barbara area, be sure to stop by the Arts Show on the Beach! I will be there on most Sunday’s!

Santa Barbara Art Show

Santa Barbara Art Show on the Beach

I just was had my art screening and was accepted! I am happy to announce that I will be joining the Santa Barbara Art Show on the beach. It is every Sunday from 10am until dusk. It’s located from Cabrillo Boulevard, East of Stearns Wharf to Calle Cesar Chavez. Make sure to stop by and see me! I will be posting some sneak peaks of art every week, so check back and see what’s new!
My start date is November 23, 2014! See you then!

Art Screening in Santa Barbara

Art being screened.

Photos waiting to be screened for art show

Waiting for photos to be screened.

Waterfront Town – Morro Bay, CA

Charming Waterfront Town – Morro Bay, CA

We arrived in Morro Bay late afternoon.  After settling into our hotel, we headed down to the waterfront to check out the town.  Morro Bay’s most famous landmark, Morro Rock, welcomes you upon arrival.  It sits between the harbor and the beach, and belongs to a series of ancient volcanic plugs called the Nine Sisters.  They are situated between the cities of Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo.

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Morro Rock – One of the Nine Sisters

After seeing all the boats out on the bay, we decided we needed to be on one!  We had heard about a Tiki Boat Booze Cruise and went searching for it.

Tiki boat cruise on Morro Bay, Travel in California

We found it!

If you have a chance to ride on the tiki boat, do it! The price can’t be beat, plus it’s a great way to see the Bay, learn some local history, and of course be entertained. This boat has a bar on board, and the Captain mixes your drinks. I recommend the Leaky Tiki! Yum! Once you have your drink in hand, your tour begins with the Captain playing the theme song from Gilligan’s Island! I’m not kidding… I did say it was entertaining!

Travel in Morro Bay Harbor, California

Touring Morro Bay Harbor

After our cruise we were ready for dinner. The Embarcadero is lined with shops and restaurants, so we asked the captain for a recommendation. We were looking for good food, drinks, and more entertainment. The Captain recommended the Otter Rock Café. It did not disappoint! The food and drinks were great, and the entertainment fantastic! We were lucky enough to catch the Phil Friendly Trio. They are a rockabilly band from Los Angeles that frequently plays in the area. Check them out the next time they’re in Morro Bay… Just make sure you have on your dancing shoes!

Solitary Angel – New Lensbaby Art

Lensbaby Art – Solitary Angel

This is the latest addition to an ongoing lensbaby art and photography project I have been working on.  It was shot while traveling in New Orleans. I used my lensbaby, brought it into photoshop and played a bit!  It will be available for purchase in the Gallery Store soon!

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Lensbaby Art – Solitary Angel

Gallery Store Is Up!

The Gallery Store – It’s Up and Running! I

I finally have the Gallery Store up and running!  There several different galleries.  Be sure to check them all out!  All images are available in a couple different finishes.  The metal prints have the image directly infused into the aluminum, and have a float mount hanger attached to the back.  The Metallic prints are unframed with a glossy finish, and metallic appearance.  
Come on in!
  There are many images to choose from!  Come back often, I am always adding more!

Gallery Store, Panoramic Photographs, Surfers, Julie Plevak

Available in the Panoramic Gallery

Image Gallery, Store Gallery, Prints for Purchase, Julie Plevak

Available in the Image Gallery

Mandala Art, Mandala Gallery, Gallery Store, Julie Plevak

Available in the Mandala Gallery

Lensbaby – Industrial Pieces

 Lensbaby Composer –  Double Glass Optic With Macro Converter

I brought out the Lensbaby Composer today, and am using the double glass optic combined with the macro converter…  I’ve been collecting some industrial “stuff” to use for art pieces.   This is one of my scrap finds… Not sure what I’m doing with it yet!  I’m hoping to use it in a mixed media art piece of some sort.  I just recently added the Lensbaby macro converter to my collection, and thought I’d see what kind of look it would give to this piece.  I’m actually pretty pleased with how it turned out.  I like the metal, rust, and texture of it.

Lensbaby Composer Double Optic Macro Converter

Industrial Piece & The Lensbaby

Lensbaby Macro Converter – Texture

Texture and the Macro Converter for Lensbaby

The Macro Converter for the Lensbaby was my choice again for week three of this project.  I was working with different textures, and the macro converter was the perfect choice here. This is a screen that is above my shower.  Normally, when the water and soap hit it, my first thought is not to grab my camera!  When I saw texture of the bubbles on the screen, I grabbed the Lensbaby!  I love the strange movement in it.   It’s almost as if it’s growing some weird alien matter.

Macro Converter for the Lensbaby

Lensbaby Macro Converter and Texture