"A Lunar Eclipse" [1911 Moon Model Thirty Toy Tonneau At The Nethercutt Museum, Sylmar, CA]
"Five To One" [Race Horse Gem Of Marina At Santa Anita Park, California]
"Between A Rock And A Hard Place" [Yosemite Valley In Yosemite National Park, California]
"I Can't Work Like This" [Egret And Coot At Merced National Wildlife Refuge, California]
"The End of the Day" [Brown Pelican at Sunset in Morro Bay State Park, California]
"Rock Around The Clock" by Darin Volpe [1954 Bel Air Radio At The Golden State Classic Car Show, Paso Robles California]
"Mother And Child" by Darin Volpe - Saints Peter And Paul Roman Catholic Church, San Francisco, California
"Invasion" by Darin Volpe - Moon Jellyfish At California Academy Of Sciences, San Francisco
"The Merc" by Darin Volpe [General Store In Santa Margarita California]
"Sandy Beak" [Snowy Plover On The Beach In Morro Bay, California]
"Waterfront Dining" [Restaurant, Boats, and Power Plant in Morro Bay, California]
"Socked In" [Fishing Boats in the Fog in Morro Bay, California]
Sticking Your Neck Out [Great Egret At Everglades National Park, Florida]
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You Mean I Can Get Paid For Doing This?
It was the early 1990s and I was visiting Long Island, New York. I was at the shoreline looking enjoying the views of the harbor when I caught sight of this powerboat jumping waves. I shot photos as it circled the harbor a dozen or so times, leaping out of the water and flying over over the choppy sea. After several passes the boat headed back in to the port, but the driver must have seen me taking photos. After he was done playing on the waves he found me on the shoreline and offered to buy a photo from...
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2017 Total Solar Eclipse
The solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 came and went in about two minutes at any given place along the path of totality, which stretched from Oregon to South Carolina. In January we decided to do the insane - drive hundreds of miles for a two minute event, then drive home. But by January of 2017 hotels were booked all the way from the Oregon coast through Idaho and beyond, let alone our first choice of Yellowstone National Park. And of those places that weren't booked, $70 motel rooms were renting for $300 per night. So began the Internet hunt...
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Wildflowers on Shell Creek Road
Shell Creek Road off of Highway 58 east of Santa Margarita can almost always be counted on for a good show of wildflowers. I took a drive out on Saturday, March 30th and was not disappointed. This video showing the abundance of flowers (and people) on Shell Creek Road was made with the new dash-cam I mounted in my car to chronicle my travels.
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The Way I See Things

I am a Fine Art Photographer, an Explorer and Photon Collector with an eclectic TWIST on how I see the textures and patterns that make up our world. I travel both to distant lands and to my own backyard in search of inspiring sights whose reflected light I capture. I see the beauty in both the nature within a National Park and the graffiti covered ruins on Route 66; in the towers of New York and the meadows of rural California. I seek cockatoos in the wild and cows on the farm. I bring details close with a telephoto lens and see a whole scene through a fisheye that shows nearly 100° of view. I stand on rooftops. I lie on my belly.

I share The Way I See Things with you.

The Way Things Started

I grew up in Los Osos, California, located in possibly the most beautiful place in the United States to live – San Luis Obispo County. Ever since I could drive a car my main form of entertainment has been to go exploring – whether the local area, the western United States, or an occasional trip back east to North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding areas.

At around the same time I got my first car I inherited my first camera from my brother, an Aires Viscount 35mm rangefinder from 1959. I carried it everywhere, and it was with this camera that I set out on my first long road trip: California to Denver with a flight out to North Carolina and back. I returned with thirteen rolls of 36 exposures – a whopping 468 frames (more if you remember that you could usually coax an extra frame or two out of those rolls.).

That was back in 1989. Since then I’ve upgraded my camera and lens many times and have expanded my modes of transportation to trains and cruise ships, and even an occasional plane ride (to get me to and from a train, cruise ship, or rental car.) And, of course, I’m still wearing out my cars.

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Ordering Prints

The Way My Store Works

You may order photos through my website and have them delivered virtually anywhere in the world. My print-on-demand service has fulfillment centers in the United States, Canada, the UK, Europe, or Australia for fast and economical worldwide delivery.

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

If you’re not happy with a purchase for any reason, you can return it within 30 days of the order date. As soon as the return arrives you will be issued a full refund for the entire purchase price. Please note – shipping charges are not reimbursed unless the return is due to a defect in quality.

My photographs are available in the following formats:

Framed Prints | Canvas Prints |Metal Prints | Acrylic Prints | Wood Prints | Prints and Posters|Greeting Cards

Framed Prints

Prints are produced using acid-free papers with archival inks to guarantee that your prints last a lifetime without fading or loss of color. Prints ship within 3 – 4 business days.

Framed prints are available in any of over 250 different frames, plus hundreds of matting combinations. Framed prints are assembled, packaged, and shipped within 3 – 4 business days and arrive “ready to hang” with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails.

Canvas Prints

Bring the art gallery look home with a canvas print. Available in your choice of glossy or matte finish and stretched on a wooden frame of 1.5″ x 1.5″ stretcher bars (gallery wrap) or 5/8″ x 5/8″ stretcher bars (museum wrap). All stretched canvases ship within 3 – 4 business days and arrive “ready to hang” with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails.

Metal Prints

Printed directly onto a sheet of 1/16″ thick aluminum, the high gloss of the aluminum sheet complements the rich colors of any image to produce stunning results. The aluminum sheet is offset from the wall by a 3/4″ thick wooden frame which is attached to the back. Metal prints are extremely durable and lightweight, won’t bend, and are water resistant.

The wooden frame includes a hanging wire for easy mounting on your wall. All metal prints ship within 3 – 4 business days and arrive “ready to hang” with mounting hooks and nails.

Acrylic Prints

Photos are printed directly on the back of a 1/4″ sheet of clear acrylic for a stunning presentation. They are available in two mounting options: traditional hanging wire mounted behind the image, or by mounting directly to the wall with aluminum mounting posts that screw into the wall and “float” the print 1″ from the wall.

Wood Prints

Photos are printed directly onto a sheet of 3/4″ thick sheet of maple wood. They are extremely durable and add a rustic feel to any image. Wood prints ship within 3 – 4 business days and arrive “ready to hang” with mounting hooks and nails.

Prints & Posters

Printed on acid-free paper with archival inks to guarantee that your prints last a lifetime without fading or loss of color. All prints include a 1″ white border around the image to allow for future framing and matting, if desired. Prints ship within 3 – 4 business days in durable cardboard tubes.

Prints and posters are the same product, just with a different name.

Greeting Cards

Greeting cards are 5″ x 7″ in size and are produced on digital offset printers using 100 lb. paper stock. Each card is coated with a UV protectant on the outside surface which produces a semi-gloss finish. The inside of each card has a matte white finish and can be customized with your own message up to 500 characters in length. Each card comes with a white envelope for mailing or gift giving. Orders ship within 1 -2 business days.

Fine Art America

I use Fine Art America for my printing and distribution. They are the world’s largest art site and produce thousands of prints per day from fulfillment centers in the United States, Canada, the UK, Europe, or Australia for fast and economical worldwide delivery. And if you aren’t happy with your order for any reason, you can return it for a full refund.