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On a recent swing through Central California, InMenlo contributing photographer Scott R. Kline packed a new piece of equipment, a  Canon EOS 5D Mark III. “I like to keep my photo equipment up to date,” he says, “and this model focuses a lot better than my Mark II. It really made a difference, especially in low light.”

A lone tree perches on a cliff at Kings Canton National Park in Califonia.

A lone tree perches on a cliff at Kings Canton National Park in Califonia.

The 1,000 mile Central California trip was typical of the three-to-four-day road trip he does once or twice a year. “It clears my head,” Scott says. “Plus taking landscapes is a departure from the portrait and head shot work I do.”

His journey took him first to Kings Canyon National Park, then Sequoia National Park, across the middle of the state to Paso Robles, then south to Santa Maria before heading north on Highway 1 through Morro Bay and Big Sur on the return home.

“I drive and when I see something I like, I stop and take photos,” he says. “The other thing I really like to do is find a spot that I think is going to have a great sunset and just sit there and wait.”

Here’s what he has to say about the photographs featured here:

The sun sets behind power towers over the California Aqueduct near highway 41 in the Central Valley.

The sun sets behind power towers over the California Aqueduct near highway 41 in the Central Valley.

Morro Rock and sailboat (top): “I saw this sunset coming from a mile away. There was a great break on the horizon, and the sunset went on for an hour. I was going to eat, but I just kept shooting!”

Kings Canyon ( top right): “This is a really spectacular part on Highway 180. The car at the bottom provides scale to the photo. The tree was like a sentry keeping watch on everything.”

California Aqueduct (middle, above): “I waited at this spot on Highway 46 near Kettleman City. The water is so perfect. I think the high tension wires are a good added element to the skyline.”

A bridge in the distance on highway 1 along the Big Sur coast in California.

A bridge in the distance on highway 1 along the Big Sur coast in California.

Big Sur coast (above right): “I don’t think landscapes always have to be horizontal. In this vertical shot, the eye first sees the flowers, then the beach, followed by the mountains and clouds. It gives the viewer a lot of things to see in one photo.”

The Pier at WR Hearst State Beach near San Simeon, CA.

The Pier at WR Hearst State Beach near San Simeon, CA.

Pier at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Park (above): “I always liked piers because of their symmetry and geometric patterns. Most of the time I shoot them from underneath but I took this one from the side as I like the bend in it.”

Photos by Scott R. Kline (c) 2015; used with permission. More of his photos can be viewed on Flickr.

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Celebration of InMenlo photographers at Scott Kline’s photo exhibit at Café Zoë

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It was “all hands on deck” as InMenlo’s very talented photographers gathered at Café Zoë in Menlo Park this evening to salute photographer Scott Kline, whose photographs are on exhibit  through the end of May. In addition to solo portraits, Scott did a collage (of sorts) of the hundred or so photos he’s taken for InMenlo […]

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Photographer Scott Kline reviews 2012 in pictures

InMenlo has had the good fortune to have Scott Kline, who specializes in environmental portrait photographer, taking photos of the people we’ve featured on the site over the past two years. Recently he graduated from the Academy of Art University, completing his Master of Fine Arts. He recently put together a “year in review” showcasing […]

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Photographer Scott Kline reflects on the 10 Principles of Burning Man post this year’s event

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Of the Ten Principles of Burning Man, my favorite may be Radical Self-Reliance. All the time people who have not attended think that Burning Man is a hippy fest. I think that it is closer to a libertarian fest. There are not handrails, monitors, safety warnings and thought police telling you what to do or […]

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Photographer Scott R. Kline offers tips on how best to photograph fireworks

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Photographing fireworks can be a lot of fun. The best shots fill the frame up with the explosions. Below are two photos that show two ways to do it. The first photo shows fireworks last July 4th at the beach in Aptos, CA. Interestingly, these are private fireworks and stay fairly low to the ground. […]

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Photographer Scott R. Kline creates Headshot Day to give people a professional photo session

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InMenlo contributing photographer Scott R. Kline is also a commercial photographer, working for businesses ranging from sole proprietors to Fortune 500 companies. He creates executive portraits, head shots, and photos of people plying their trade. Recently, fueled by the rapid growth of social media, particularly LinkedIn, Scott found a lot of customers wanting professional headshots. […]

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Photographer Scott R. Kline goes annually on a mission trip to Juarez, a time that stays with him heart and mind

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“You are going to Juarez? Why? Isn’t it dangerous?” This is a typical response every year when we prepare to head to Ciudad Juarez Mexico to build houses, treat sick people, and work with our sponsored students. I can’t really blame people. One doesn’t hear much positive about Juarez. But it is a great experience […]

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Photographer Scott R. Kline takes us on a tour of Burning Man 2013

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I went to Burning Man with a completely different goal this year, at least from a photographic point-of-view. In the past I created portraits of the participants. This year I only had three days and wanted to do something different. One of the 10 Principals of Burning Man is Radical Self Expression. This year I […]

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Photographer Scott R. Kline has exhibit at Café Zoë during month of May

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In March 2011 Linda Hubbard interviewed me for inMenlo about returning to photography as a profession after many years away from it. We hit it off and a journalistic partnership was born. Since that time Linda and I have collaborated on some 100 articles about people in the Menlo Park Atherton area. As a celebration of […]

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InMenlo contributing photographer Scott R. Kline showcases his favorite shots of…

InMenlo contributing photographer Scott R. Kline showcases his favorite shots of 2011: http://t.co/zDxaBNrB

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Photographer Scott R. Kline reflects on Burning Man – and shares some of his photos

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A lot of friends and acquaintances get that sideways head tilt, like the RCA dog, when the subject of Burning Man comes up. “Isn’t it just drugs and naked people?” “No money, so you have to trade for everything, right?” “It’s very dusty isn’t it?” Yes. No. Yes. But those questions miss the point. Burning […]

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