I hadn’t been to Catalina Island in a long time and decided it was time to take a trip to get in some photos. Catalina Island is a really popular day trip destination for the Southern California crowd. It’s like a mini tropical island but just off the coast of Southern California and one of my favorite places.
Catalina Island is definitely a unique place. It changed hands a bunch of times until the Wrigley chewing gum family took over in the early 1900’s and shaped it into what it is today. If you want to go there the most popular way is on a ferry like the Catalina Flyer in Newport Beach or Catalina Express which has service from Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point. You can also get there by helicopter, boat, and plans charters. There are very few cars on the island and there aren’t any available to rent. A lot of the cars are odd little mini-trucks I’ve never seen anywhere else. To get around you can rent golf carts, bicycles, or go on a vehicle tour.
One of my Huntington Beach California pier photos was licensed by Travel Channel for an article titled “Best Budget Beaches”. Good stuff. Southern California can be ultra expensive but there are also some reasonable options.
Huntington Beach pier is awesome and, well, free. Get there early enough and catch the sunrise over Orange County. During the day it’s crowded so it’s a great time for people watching and especially checking out the surfers by the pier. Head to the end of the pier and grab some food at Ruby’s Diner. Ruby’s is a 1940’s style diner with some good classic burger and shake grub. At night there is almost always an amazing beach sunset. Head down the road to one of my favorite places, El Ranchito Mexican restaurant, and get some great fish tacos and Cadillac margaritas. Wander South on Pacific Coast Highway and check out Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and some of the other great oceanfront beach cities.
A new series of Chicago panoramic pictures are now available to buy as photo paper prints, metallic prints, canvas prints, and metal aluminum prints. The panoramas include my most popular Chicago pictures such as the Chicago skyline, Buckingham Fountain, and Soldier Field with a mix of retro vintage, color toned, and black and white styles. The panorama ratio for the new images is 1:3 and they’re available in 12″x36″, 20″x60″ and custom sizes. These are great as home decor, office decor, or as a gift.
Jewel-Osco is now a client! Jewel licensed several of my images to decorate one of their Chicago grocery stores. Ten very large 5×7 foot prints now hang throughout the store located at 1224 S. Wabash in Chicago’s South Loop near Soldier Field. Jewel-Osco retained a commercial design firm to create the design, prints and framing. I worked with the design firm to source images from my Chicago black and white photo collection at http://goo.gl/DaEZ2G.
FineArtAmerica is one of the largest and most popular art print websites in the world. They offer an extensive selection of print options including some of the largest print sizes available such as 48″ x 72″. They offer metal prints, acrylic prints, canvas prints, framed prints, and standard prints.
While a lot of my prints are used as wall art in homes, a growing number of larger canvas prints are being used commercially for business offices in the Chicago area and also nationally. My popular Chicago photography is available through their Chicago Art category and looks great on a home or office wall.
If you need any kind of prints I would highly recommend giving FineArtAmerica a try.