Santa Barbara and Beyond: Mike Eliason's Spectacular New Photography Book Has Landed

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By Jerry Roberts of Newsmakers

“I don’t have the patience to fish," says Mike Eliason, "but I can sit for 90 minutes waiting for the light to be right.”

Eliason, one of Santa Barbara's most storied photojournalists, dropped by "Newsmakers TV" on Friday to preview his just-published new book (Shoreline Publishing Group) of engaging, remarkable and spectacular images.

"Santa Barbara and Beyond: The Photography of Mike Eliason" is now available in local bookstores and other shops, packed with 160-pages of pictures featuring Mike's iconic style, most of them captured in and around the county.

A native of Carpinteria, Eliason began shooting the Central Coast while still in high school, and spent 25 years as a newspaper photojournalist before being hired as the Public Information Officer for the county Fire Department, where his images of local disasters, including the Thomas Fire and the Montecito Debris Flow, travel around the world and have been published by countless national and global news organizations from the social media feeds he fills during news events.

In our interview, Mike shows about a dozen of the best images from the book, talks about his long professional career and offers some insights into both the technique and personal values that make him such an extraordinary lensman,

Check out our interview with Mike Eliason via YouTube below or by clicking through this link. The audio version is here.

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lovesbalot Dec 05, 2021 08:46 PM
Santa Barbara and Beyond: Mike Eliason's Spectacular New Photography Book Has Landed

Love Mike's images.. always fun to see them . Think he contributes so much also to our understanding of our local fires. I am looking forward to going to Chaucer's and getting his book.. Along with having a great eye and waiting for the ideal light, his images of nature capture vibrant colors and patterns and are fabulous. I particularly like a series of his with close up sycamores in Santa Ynez with warm magic hour light. Hope he does a gallery show too sometime. That way I can put one in my studio.

JoggerJoe Dec 07, 2021 07:19 PM
Santa Barbara and Beyond: Mike Eliason's Spectacular New Photography Book Has Landed

Mike's photos are Magical! I have had the honor of enjoying them for decades. He is as wonderful a Man as he is a Photographer. I am honored to hang several of his photos on my walls. I also second the thoughts on the lightning storm pic. Its one of my favorites too. Congratulations Mike! know I am buying several of his books for Christmas presents. Now those who I have told the stories about his photos can finally have their own.

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