Day 131 – Venice High

Venice High is home to several movies and TV shows; most notably Rydell High from Grease.  American History X, Matchstick Men, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Heathers were shot here.  Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” was filmed here as was Glee and many other TV shows, videos, etc. Speaking of Grease, the opening… Read More

Day 129 – Tanker

Today was the last day in Catalina.  We had a great breakfast overlooking the vast Pacific and the shoreline of the mainland, then headed down to the spa for an amazing massage.  Completely relaxed and rubbed down in aromatherapy, back to the Inn for lunch and rest out on the deck for an hour or… Read More

Day 128 – Fox

Today was a great day – we hiked through the botanical gardens up to the top of Catalina, straddling both sides of the island.  While taking in the breath taking views, a small fox crept his way up to us and allowed us to get with a couple feet of him.  He was so adorable!… Read More

Day 127 – Avalon, Catalina

Monday will be my wife’s and I seven year anniversary, so we headed out to Catalina.  We are staying at the ol’ Wrigley Mansion (Inn on Mt. Ada) in Avalon.  The views are fantastic.  We took the helicopter from Island Express out of Long Beach and I thoroughly enjoyed the views coming out of the… Read More

Day 126 – Leo Carillo

Today is day 2 of practice with Photoshop.  Today I played with blending images.  Today’s image is a blend of three bracketed shots (median exposure (base), overexposed for shadows, and under exposed for highlights).  Images were brought into Photoshop where luminosity masks were used to blend the photos together (no Photomatix or other ‘HDR’ software… Read More

Day 125 – Malibu Pier

I’m starting to dive into the wonderful world of Photoshop.  I was convinced that I would only use SOOC as I didn’t believe “processing” was part of the art.  Then I started learning that the camera’s dynamic range is limited when comparing to that of the human eye, which adjusts based on contrast and for… 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 117 – L.A. Jersey

I see this jersey every time I head to the garage.  I attended a former client’s cancer research fund raiser several years ago and this was one of the items auctioned off.  At the time, I was a huge cycling fan (I still am to a large degree), and was completely motived by Lance Armstrong.… 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 113 – Sand Dune

Tonight while looking for opportunities to shoot, I was taken with the wind, the full moon, the hazy sky, and the general feel of the night.  Therefore, I ended up in Venice Beach and like how my headlights were creating shadows and textures in the sand.  So tonight’s image is a very simple, stripped down… Read More