New Work & My First Editing Video Tutorial

I’m excited to announce that starting today, every new fine art photo I release will be accompanied with a for-purchase video tutorial explaining my entire editing process. Each tutorial will include the original RAW file that allows the purchaser to follow along with their own version. Vision is a big part of photography, but it’s not all accomplished on scene and in camera. Vision can be brought to life on the screen, as well. These days editing is just as important as composition and camera settings and I want to share what goes on in my head during the editing process with the rest of the world. This video tutorial and all future tutorials are only $5.

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About This Shot

I shot this photo on March 8, 2014 just south of San Francisco off Highway 1 near Pescadero. After relaxing for most of the Saturday, the rainy skies looked as though they would clear to deliver a great sunset south of the bay. An idea has been in my head for a shot near Gray Whale Cove that would require some bright orange skies to complete, so I headed that way thinking today might be the day. Turns out, not so much. As soon as I exited the city, the skies clouded back over and my sunset hopes were gone. No matter, however. A trip to the beach during cloudy weather is still a trip to the beach, so I continued on my way.
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April 2014 Desktop Wallpaper

Big Sur has the popularity, but it never fails that when I set out to leave the Bay Area with no destination in mind, I always seem to head north. The coastline is more rugged and the coffee tastes better. And, these sunsets aren’t bad to experience either. This day, I set out to photograph another selfie and after setting up in the location I had mapped out, discovered that I had forgotten my tripod at home. No matter, though. After a bit of craftiness with a rock and a Joby, I soon had a tripod that would make MacGyver proud.

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February 2014 Desktop Wallpaper – Lost Coast

I couldn’t be more stoked to have been named the winner of the #mydistantshore Instagram contest held by Chris Burkard. Chris has one of the best surfing photo portfolios around, so it’s a huge honor to be selected from all of the excellent submissions. My February calendar features the winning self-portrait taken at the beginning of January in Shelter Cove, California.

The combination of a foggy day with the black sand beach and white surf made for some great natural contrast, but the little editing I did do started with the Sleet preset found in my black and white preset pack for Lightroom.

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January 2014 Desktop Wallpaper – Gray Whale Cove

Welcome to 2014! To kick off the new year, the January calendar comes with a photo from Gray Whale Cove, a small beach just south of San Francisco. I hope everyone’s holiday season was fantastic and you have great things in store for 2014.

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May 2013 Desktop Wallpaper – Bowling Ball Beach

Late April and early May has been a whirlwind for me with a cross-country move and several trips in between, so my apologies for the delay on the May wallpaper. Better late than never, though, right?! May’s photo comes from a little known beach in northern California called Bowling Ball Beach. These boulders range from 1 foot wide to some close to 4 feet. A long exposure really sets a nice mood and this particular evening I was blessed with an amazing sunset to complement the boulders.

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April 2013 Desktop Wallpaper – Golden Gate and Bay Bridge

In late March, many iconic structures across the world turned off their lights to celebrate Earth Hour. The Golden Gate Bridge was no exception, and I wanted to make sure I photographed the rare experience of the tower lights going dark. After capturing several wide shots, I decided to shoot the Bay Bridge underneath, showing a view of the two major Bay Area bridges from Kirby Cove.

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Exploring Southern Alaska

Last July, I was invited to go on a scouting trip to Sitka, Alaska with my good friend Colby Brown, a fine-art photographer from Denver. Having wanted to travel to Alaska since I was a little kid, I jumped at the opportunity. It would also give me a chance to scout a location that I have plans to revisit for two weeks this fall with a surfing crew.

Alaska was just as I imagined it. Friendly locals, clean, and untouched – like traveling back in time. However, upon returning home, the images have stayed on my hard drives for nearly 9 months. I shared some on Facebook and put a few more on my Tumblr, but nothing went into the print store, nor did I send anything out for publication. I brought back photos of broad, vibrant scenes, but that’s not what I felt in Alaska. Standing in the accurately-named Last Frontier state felt more raw. Like early explorers stepping foot on a new location for the first time. I didn’t feel that my shots captured that.

A few weeks ago I was lucky to stumble upon VSCO film, a set of film emulation presets for Lightroom. As a photographer, I’m ashamed to say I’ve never shot film. A part of me feels as though it’s some sort of right of passage to actually be called a photographer, and that I’m fooling everyone in the meantime. Applying the VSCO presets and some minor Lightroom adjustments, however, comes close to the feeling I get while flipping through old family photo albums. That’s what my photos from Alaska were missing – history and character.

So, 9 months later, here are some select shots from Sitka and Kruzof Island, Alaska. I can’t wait to return this fall with surfboards and tents in tow.
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March 2013 Desktop Wallpaper – Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Over the past month I’ve made the move to Bay Area from California. My last few weeks have presented amazing opportunities not only to shoot with the excellent photographers that live in this area, but to photograph something different from the mountains of Colorado. I’ve spend a good amount of my time just driving down Highway 1, taking in sunsets. This shot was taken near Santa Cruz at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse.

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2013 Casey Mac Photo Wall Calendar

Camping in Colorado

My 2013 Casey Mac Photo Wall Calendar is now available for purchase! These 13 photos are a small selection of my favorite photos from my adventures in 2012. The calendar includes shots (seen below) from Colorado, California, Utah, Costa Rica, and Alaska.

The calendar is $20 + $3 shipping to anywhere in the United States. It is 11″ x 17″ when open and spiral-bound on 100# gloss stock paper. Should you decide to purchase 3 or more calendars, please contact me prior to ordering and I will provide you with a discount.

Thank you for supporting independent artists and allowing me to share these photos with you.





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December 2012 Desktop Wallpaper – Golden Gate Bridge

December 2012 Desktop Wallpaper Golden Gate Bridge

Earlier this month, I had an opportunity to shoot with 4 of my favorite San Francisco photographers in their own backyard and what better place to shoot in the bay area than the Golden Gate Bridge. Thanks to Joe Azure, Toby Harriman, Michael Bonocore, and Todd Sipes for showing me one of the best place to shoot the Golden Gate Bridge.

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