"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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Bags, ‘Pods, and Other Stuff
Bags My Standard Walkaround Set I usually cary a lot of stuff. Some might say too much, but when I travel I want to be ready for anything. Sometimes, if I know I will not need a lens longer than 140mm, I might leave the big lens behind. I don't think I've ever known that, so I usually carry my gear in two bags that I strap to my waist. I found that wearing my equipment on my belt instead of a traditional camera bag leaves my arms free to use when scrambling over rocks or under branches. It also...
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My Lenses, Then and Now
It was 1989 and I had just picked up my first SLR and lens, a used Nikon EM and a used Sigma Standard Zoom 35-70 f/3.5. (For reference, a 35-70 on a 35mm film camera would be the equivalent to about a 55-105mm lens on a DX digital camera.) This Sigma was a good all-around lens to keep on the camera, covering the standard zoom range from wide through normal and a bit of telephoto. My second lens was a used Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm zoom. This was highly regarded as one of the classic 3rd party lenses of the...
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The Margarita Merchantile Incident
I shot this photo of the Margarita Mercantile in Santa Margarita, California. This is one of my favorites, and the story that goes with it is even better. So there I was, minding my own business taking photos of a freshly painted store at 10:30pm on a Thursday night when a car pulls up and parks right in front of the store. The driver starts talking on his cell phone, and I'm thinking "Great, of all the places to stop to talk on a cell phone, right in front of the store I'm photographing." Soon he and his companion get...
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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.