Bill Burleigh, the artist with the Nikon, has had the privilege of living in the center of the small community of Big Sur, on the central coast of California, for almost 40 years. The rugged beauty of the surroundings demands that moments of light and drama be saved, be captured, and that is what Bill has done for the last 20 years.

    The advent of digital cameras has broadened the capacity to record images, with both an increase in technical possibilities, quality, and simplicity. Most of the photos you see in this website have been digitally saved and will last forever. Well, until everything melts. None of the photos have been significantly altered by computers. No photo could be duplicated because Nature does not duplicate light in the same way. There are always changes, even if subtle.
    Each photo is a numbered, limited edition of 50, signed by Burleigh.

    "My camera is attached to my hip surgically," he says with a smile. "I hardly ever miss a Foto Op. Some I stumble upon gratuitously, for some I wait hours for the perfect light, and some are mildly dangerous. All are rewarding."

    During his free time away from photography, Bill was an attorney and part-time City Attorney for Carmel-by-the-Sea, Ca., and was a judge for 32 years. He also founded the Big Sur International Marathon in 1986, and was its Race Director and Chairman for the first 11 years of the event. With over 10,000 participants and a sell out every year, it has been named the No. 1 Marathon in North America for five years.

    Choosing the photos for this website was easy. Choosing the ones to leave out was hard. There are still over 3,000 photos in Bill's library.

    Enjoy. Happy eyes.