Travel photography and stock images by Stephen Bay
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I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and I am the youngest son of Korean immigrants. I earned a degree in engineering from the University of Waterloo, followed by a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine. I became interested in photography during my final year of doctoral studies. At the time, photography served as a relaxing diversion to highly technical and analytical work. However, my initial interest in photography quickly grew and in 2002, I created this website to share my work with the public.

I now reside in San Jose with my wife Kara, my dog, and four pet rats.

My work has appeared in many publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, Gardening How-To, and Somerset Studio Magazine. In 2005, Doris Patey at Twin Lights Publishing asked me to do a book of Los Angeles photographs, which I agreed to do. I spent the next half year revisiting Los Angeles (I was former resident) and I enjoyed the project immensely as L.A. is my favorite city. The book, Los Angeles: A Photographic Portrait, should be out in 2006.

I learned to photograph on film and I primarily shot transparencies. I love the vivid color of slides on a lightbox and there was nothing more exciting then getting my boxes of slides back from the developing lab. However, digital cameras have improved tremendously in recent years and offer many advantages over film both in terms of quality and in the ease of reproduction and distribution. Today, I shoot almost entirely digitally, except for the odd assignment where the advantages of film outweigh the benefits of digital captures.

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