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
(click through for more a couple more images) It has been HOT and HUMID this week! 90s with 80+% humidity on the coast in Southern California isn’t something I’ve had to grow accustomed to! However, it makes for warm waters and beautiful skies!
(click through to see a couple more) Went to the Antelope Valley Poppy Fields last night – I think i missed the peak though, but it was still such a beautiful night – never been there. Can’t wait to go back next year at the peak of the bloom!
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
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
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
Another beautiful day in paradise! “Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them.” -Luke 4:40
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
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
Ok – so today IS day 112, but as I mentioned in day 111, I fell asleep at around 8PM putting my 2 year old to bed, so I didn’t get an image out. As I mentioned, it was a GORGEOUS night!
Last night I laid down with my little one to put him to bed. Well, daddy was out first at 8pm, so I didn’t get to take my picture. I made it 110 STRAIGHT days of 1x picture per day! So today, I will post two. I went down to the Santa Monica pier which… Read More
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
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
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
Venice Beach – I love this place. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I live in Santa Monica, but Venice is quite the eclectic place. I’ve always enjoyed the clown over the CVS pharmacy and have wanted to capture it. Unfortunately, there was quite a bit of traffic tonight, so the sunset was gone creating… Read More
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
Back to the pier! I love Santa Monica and my wife and I decided to take our little guy down to the pier to ride the ferris wheel and roller coaster. What a great evening! I used to come ride when I was a little kid so it always gives me a bit of nostalgia… Read More
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
Santa Monica Sunset! Read More
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