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

Dominican Republic; Score International Day 1

We got into the Dominican Republic last night around 1230A and to our rooms, unpacked, and in bed by 2AM local time.  Being from California, that wasn’t so bad.  However, waking up at 7AM local time is another story.  I’m still yawning as I write!  Today was a gloriously relaxing day as we attended a… Read More

Day 214 -France

Here are the images from our trip to France.  Our trip was phenomenal!  We spent two days in Paris, then took the high speed train down to Provence and rented an old farm home that was over 250 years old.  Each day we shuttled to various towns in the area.  From Aix en Provence to… Read More

Day 213 – Sunset

It’s been almost two months since I’ve posted.  My photo a day commitment completely evaporated.  Within a short span, I photographed two weddings, a baptism, and went to France on vacation.  This generated a ton of images I needed to cull through and edit the keepers, which took an enormous amount of time for me,… 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 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 82 – Malibu

Took the boys into Malibu tonight to enjoy the sunset.  I figured with daylight savings time, the extended daylight hours I would miss traffic.  I was wrong!  With the California Incline still closed, going down Chattaqua was tight.  We were originally going to head up to Leo Carillo to see the tide pools, cave and… Read More

Day 52 – Chillin’ Poolside

The kids got back from a church retreat this weekend up in the mountains and had a blast. Between devotional time, tubing, and building community, they really enjoyed themselves.  Thanks to Demetrius, Estella, the Hornak’s, and everyone else who volunteered to make it a successful weekend!  Upon our return, it was my niece’s birthday so… Read More

Day 23/366 Santa Monica Pier Time Lapse

Unfortunately, I can’t upload the video, but I headed down to the pier on this beautiful January night.  I couldn’t resist, especially considering a friend of mine sent me a picture of a view from his house on the east coast showing ‘snowmageddon’.  I’ve done one time lapse photo, but it was a by product… Read More

Day 5 – St. Monica’s Church

The El Nino storm came through today and as of 4PM PT, Santa Monica airport received .97″ during the previous 6 hours.  With the clouds breaking up around sunset – the sky was on fire – again.  However, I was intrigued with St. Monica’s Church against the sky and the hues against its sides.  I… Read More

Day 3 – Santa Monica Pier

I love the rain, and the anticipation of a week’s long storm is exciting to me.  So I thought I’d down to the pier to see the clouds come in.  The beach was packed with tourists and locals.  I particularly enjoyed the old Muscle Beach area where several slack lines were set up.  The balance… Read More