Santa Monica Pier

After a day that had me reflecting on the many things I have to be grateful for, I decided to journey down to tourist central in Santa Monica, the pier.  Sometimes it’s a bit too crowded for my taste, but today I was really enjoying the diversity, the energy, the participants and spectators and just… Read More

Shooting in Santa Monica

(click through for more images) Update from LATimes:  Still don’t have a lot of information, heard there was a murder/break in in #SantaMonica, that someone was shot or someone was stabbed.  But one thing was for sure, the suspect is still on the loose with police helicopters hovering overhead.  Heard them overhead saying “come out… Read More

Day 156 -Former Dodger Great!

As we are gearing up for All-Star season, our coach has recruited a couple of great players to help the team.  Junior Brignac, former pro from Atlanta Braves minor league squad and Tim Leary, former Dodger great who was part of the 1988 World Series winning team. In that year, he had 17 wins, a… Read More

Day 142 – Promenade

I still enjoy heading over to the promenade to witness the nuts, homeless, tourists, talent, and locals.  Now that the train comes all the way through (and today’s fares being free), it was quite crowded down there!  But there at the corner was Rock ‘n Roll Jesus, singing terribly but owning it.  The kids and… Read More

Day 124 – Sun

I finally snuck home and decided to shoot the sun.  I’m still working on capturing the sharpest image possible, my telescope is a bit difficult to work with.  To minimize shaking, I set the timer to 10 seconds and used a shutter release.  With the magnification that my telescope brings, any slight movements creates considerable… Read More

Day 123 – Golden Tegu

My son had a game tonight, a fun mixup with the boys baseball team playing the girls softball team.  It was great fun watching the boys dress up in silly garb and have a general overall good time.  While waiting for the game to start, there was a gentleman deep in right had the Golden… Read More

Day 122 – Train

Tonight’s a double header – I missed last night again but any reason I give, whether valid or not given the moment I decided it was time to shoot would just be an excuse.  So, since I delayed my actions, tonight’s image makeup for last night is the train being tested while I sat at a… Read More

Day 120 – San Vicente

I love San Vicente Blvd.  These trees line the center median and shade the runners who run up and down the edges of this greenbelt, from Ocean up to Bundy, it makes for great exercise (I’m not a runner, but I’ve heard it does! 🙂 ).  Today we were driving around with our two year… Read More

Day 118 – Cleaners

Is it too late to drop off my dry cleaning? 🙂  I like this building, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of neon and this place has a lot of it!  The building is yellow with green awnings and a brick building behind with some interesting murals painted on the backside.  Great cleaners,… Read More

Day 116 – Shopping

I have a Monday night commitment each week and afterwards more often than not, I generally do some weekly grocery shopping afterwards.  There’s something about this Vons that I find fascinating.  It’s not your typical easy listening Muzak playing overhead with pristine fruits, women in yoga pants (after all, I am in Santa Monica), and… Read More

Day 115 – No Parking!

Nothing too special about tonight’s image other than I have contributed greatly to Santa Monica! I figure the amount of parking tickets I’ve received I should have one of the new Metro trains coming to Santa Monica named after me!  “Render unto Caesar what is Caesars!” 5D3 85mm f/1.2L @ f/1.2, 1/125″, ISO 1600

Day 104 – Santa Monica Bay

Yesterday was a long day – a loved one went under the knife and at the end of the day, I drove down to Palisade Park to process.  It’s one of my favorite places to unwind – the bluff above PCH.  It was a chilly day (by Southern California standards; 62 degrees) and windy.  The… Read More

Day 100 -Come fly with me!

I drive by this museum several times a week for my son’s high school baseball practice in north Venice and have always wanted to go in.  Today, my wife, younger son and I decided to go check it out.  It was a really nice display, especially given the size of the building.  There are several… Read More

Day 95 – Frank Gehry’s House

I’ve been meaning to shoot this house for awhile, I see tours come by during weekends to see Frank Ghery’s house (the renowned architect responsible for such building as the Disney Hall in downtown LA, Guggenheim, etc.).  He lives just around the corner from me and I pass his place everyday.  It’s quite an interesting… Read More

Day 69 – Ingo’s

Something about this building I really enjoy.  I love the little Vienna bakery – they have the most amazing cakes.  I’m captivated by the art deco feel of the building and the neon sign. I was on my way home and quickly pulled over to snap this one.  Unfortunately, I only had my 70-200, so… Read More

Day 62 – RockPaperScissors.com

I must say, this is the coolest paint job in all of Santa Monica.  I drive by this place all the time and the signage is not obvious (if there’s any at all).  I decided to shoot with the 85mm 1.2L tonight.  I would encourage you to Google this place and look at the street… Read More

Day 57 – The Georgian Hotel

Tonight’s photo comes by way of the stunning Art Deco Georgian Hotel which opened in the Spring of 1933, the result of Rosamond Borde’s dream of creating a secluded hideaway for the elite of its time.  This was one of Santa Monica’s ‘first skyscrapers’ and one of Los Angeles’ first speak easies during prohibition.  Legend… Read More