Day 152 – Glamping!

I can’t wait to take my boys camping and since it’s not quite summer, I thought I would take a trial run!  Set up the tent in the living room and my little one hopped in was so excited! Grabbed Larry the Cucumber and watched a little Daniel Tiger.  Now we are watching the Red… Read More

Day 149 – Walt Disney Concert Hall

Today was a great day – I started the day off working the dugout in my older son’s first tournament this all star season for baseball.  We had a great time and I enjoy watching him play.  Afterwards, met a friend for a cup of coffee and visited for awhile, then piled the family into… Read More

Day 147 – Celebrate Nate!

What a great night celebrating our friend Nate’s impending wedding day!  At a time when many enter marriage jokingly referring to their significant other as ‘the old ball and chain’, or celebrate the covenantal vow with a ‘bachelor party’ to celebrate the last time being single, it was refreshing to hang out with a group… Read More

Day 144 – Practice

I love this piece -it’s a solid piece of olive wood from Israel, carved into Joseph, Mary, and Jesus.  I wanted to continue my practice with off camera flash and while I still have a long t I’m slowly getting the hang of things.  Anyway, admiring this piece again tonight has me daydreaming of travel.… Read More

Day 143 -Space Shuttle Fuel Tank

http://gizmodo.com/this-is-how-you-transport-a-65-000-pound-space-shuttle-1778059655 My older kids and I finally took the long awaited Santa Monica to Downtown LA ‘E’ Blue line.  The train ride was smooth, the ride was comfortable.  We stopped off at Expo Park to have lunch and knock around a bit.  I had no idea this was there, but we got to see the… 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 139 – Maurice Lacroix

My journey with flash is just beginning.  This was shot with off camera flash (OCF), eTTL, -2 EV with Mag Mod and two grids plus diffuser.  I still have a hot spot on the chrome, I need to practice and learn how to avoid that.  None-the-less, my goal was to ‘dramatically’ light a dark subject… Read More

Day 138 – Bounce Flash

Part 2 of today’s POTD.  As mentioned, I want to work with getting more comfortable with flash (pocket strobes).  Still playing with on camera flash – but bouncing off a reflector.  This is my favorite coffee mug, the 70-200mm mug.  However, the mug design is a little top heavy (narrow bottom) and during a client… Read More

Day 137 – Fill Flash

I missed yesterday, so today has two posts.  As mentioned previously, I’m working towards learning my flash.  Before jumping to a ‘studio 3 point setup’, I want to master the on camera flash first prior to off camera flash.  I’m learning about bouncing the flash so that on camera flash has the same quality light… Read More

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