Ocean Art

Scott Papek releases: Seabed La Jolla Shoreline, San Diego, California

It has been said that the best art is created from pain. I never followed that path. My art comes from things I seek. When I first started this journey, photography provided a path to escape a stressful, energy-draining job and stay creative. While on this chosen path, I learned much about myself, ultimately transforming my life forever. Although time continues to go by, the feeling has never changed. Photography is my safe spot, and the place where I feel most at home. To buy ocean art please click here



La Jolla’s Temple (pronounced La Hoya) was my very first shot. It is the single reason I’ve dedicated my life to capturing beauty and remains my number one seller among collectors. A morning low tide in 2008 offered a rare opportunity to go where few have gone presenting this timeless composition. Just minutes later “Gateway” emerged with similar serendipity. “Gateway is a Limited Edition of only 50 prints and can be viewed here

La Jolla Point

La Jolla Hangout

Scott Papek Fine Art releases, “La Jolla Point”

San Diego California. Limited edition of 300.

La Jolla (pronounced La Hoya) is my favorite place to shoot holding my attention along a few miles of coastline for four years. As my training grounds, this atmosphere became the savior to my soul inspiring my transition from 15 years in the music industry. You would think shooting in a specific area for so long would amount to a portfolio of images. Less than 20 emerged as I learned to balance the spirit of this majestic yet powerful coastline with patience toward perfection. I am not referring to technical perfection, rather a perfect representation of the true and enduring spirit of this American surf for you to enjoy for a lifetime. For more info please click here.


La Jolla Surfing

La Jolla California surfing picture

The humidity in Nebraska has been awful. I stumbled across this picture taken a few years back in La Jolla. Who wants to join me and pretend we’re having a picnic right there, right now?

Did some research on humidity and came across this article on the howstuffworks website. I had no idea there were different kinds of humidity.

Humidity is somethi­ng we hear about daily in weather reports. Humidity is to blame for that muggy, steam-room feeling you experience on certain summer days.

Humidity can be measured in several ways, but relative humidity is the most common. In order to understand relative humidity, it is helpful to first understand absolute humidity.

Absolute humidity is the mass of water vapor divided by the mass of dry air in a volume of air at a given temperature. The hotter the air is, the more water it can contain.

­Relative humidity is the ratio of the current absolute humidity to the highest possible absolute humidity (which depends on the current air temperature). A reading of 100 percent relative humidity means that the air is totally saturated with water vapor and cannot hold any more, creatin­g the possibility of rain. This doesn’t mean that the relative humidity must be 100 percent in order for it to rain — it must be 100 percent where the clouds are forming, but the relative humidity near the ground could be much less.

­ Humans are very sensitive to humidity, as the skin relies on the air to get rid of moisture. The process of sweating is your body’s attempt to keep cool and maintain its current temperature. If the air is at 100-percent relative humidity, sweat will not evaporate into the air. As a result, we feel much hotter than the actual temperature when the relative humidity is high. If the relative humidity is low, we can feel much cooler than the actual temperature because our sweat evaporates easily, cooling ­us off. For example, if the air temperature is 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius) and the relative humidity is zero percent, the air temperature feels like 69 degrees Fahrenheit (21 C) to our bodies. If the air temperature is 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 C) and the relative humidity is 100 percent, we feel like it’s 80 degrees (27 C) out.

Dancing Tide


“Dancing Tide” is a limited edition of only 300 gallery prints.
Returning to where I started my journey as a photographer was a cleanse for my mind and soul. Music, movies, authors, color, water, nature, light, chefs, presentation, design, friends and my family inspire me. The newest pricey camera and lens doesn’t inspire me.
Everyone is creative somehow, someway. All you have to do is find the right tool to get it out of you. Find out more here


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All artists are self-taught

Techniques and skill and even a point of view are often handed down, formally or not. It’s easier to get started if you’re taught, of course.

But art, the new, the ability to connect the dots and to make an impact–sooner or later, that can only come from one who creates, not from a teacher and not from a book. “Seth Godin”


I have learned so many things in the last 4 years selling my art in galleries and art shows.

1. Have an open mind.

2. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

3. Don’t ever think you have it figured out.

4. Always try to better people’s lives.

I have not sold a 911 image in 2 years until yesterday. 911 was shot on 9/11/09 in La Jolla, California.

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