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

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 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

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 89 – Lifeguard Tower 7

I made it to Day 90 of an exposure per day!  Tonight is pretty windy and there’s a huge American Flag that I was going to shoot tonight, but somehow, I got turned around and ended up heading North on PCH (Pacific Coast Highway).  So before the twilight blue was completely gone, I pulled over… Read More

Day 86 – Footprints

Mommy and Li’l Jammers footprints side by side.  We had a wonderful day playing beach volleyball with the family, walking along the beach, playing football, petting doggies, and eating a lot of food!  As we were walking along the beach, my wife noticed our little one’s footprints and walked along side.  It reminds of the… Read More

Day 83 – Venice Beach

Venice Beach is one interesting place, especially at night.  The “nomads, hobos, vagabonds, urban campers, bohemians, hippies, housefree, houseless, van dwellers, travelers, etc.,” as expressed by @StandAloneHobo, the tourists, the teenage runaways, the locals, and the yuppies hitting the local restaurants.  I love the artwork/graffiti throughout the city.  The “Venice” sign illuminates the little main… Read More