The El Valencia Hotel – La Jolla

This is The Valencia Hotel in La Jolla. Since it is in a town that I have known for most of my life, it has never seemed very special. Boy was I wrong. I have come to realize that this is one destination hotel that many people know about. Mostly people with a generous income. 😉

It is a beautiful Hotel. Inside and out. This is just the street side. It has a wonderful garden courtyard, pool area that seems like it is in a tropical land. 😉

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Fred Briscoe at Alexander Salazar Contemporary Exhibit space in La Jolla

I shot this yesterday evening. I am posting it right now because, this evening, February 04, 2012, at the Alexander Salazar Fineart Contemporary Exhibit space in La Jolla, Fred Briscoe will be in attendence.

You can meet him, and ask about his creative process concerning general information, or the particular pieces on display. He works in stone and various metals.

And, he is a very nice man.

(Addendum 20120206) By the way. I had met Fred a couple years ago when I was shooting for the San Diego Fine Arts Society’s creator, April Game. The San Diego Fine Arts Society has metamorphosed into artpulse, and April Game is the Executive Director.

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iPhone Photos can be fun.

I have been thoroughly blown away with the abilities of my little iPhone 4S.

The image to the right links to my iPhone 4s Gallery on Google+. You can go check out several pretty darned good images. The sensor is an eight megapixel sensor, and it has one of the best len’s systems in a phone camera around.

There are a couple cool things about the iPhone 4S camera. The first is that it can be set to shoot HDR as a default. That setting gives you two slightly differently exposed images to play with. … The second cool feature, and I think it is an amazing ability, is that your headphone volume control works as a cable release. … That is cool.

But that is just stuff out of the box. The iPhone also runs other software. I have over 40 applications for enhancing the photos shot on my iPhone.

Sometimes, very few sometimes but still some times, I will only carry my iPhone as a camera.

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Blue Heat

One of my nighttime San Diego excursions brought shivers to my body. I know that the kinds of temperatures in San Diego are so much more humane than the temperatures when I lived in Denmark, or my friends in Montana, or even in Julian, which is just a few miles up the hill from here. Still, for me it was cold.

I felt the heat before I saw the heater. Walking down the street, the warmth came to my face, and as I came closer, the warmth came slowly to my body. Ah, the respite was quite welcomed.

On this New Years Eve, I wish you warmth and good company.

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Hand of a Graffitist

Graffito is all over the world. The earliest forms are found on rocks, and in caves. All graffiti are put in their places by the hands of humans. What do they, the creators, see? What do they see when they spit colors across their hands placed on the wall of a cave when they move their hands away and see the void in the color where their hands were just moments ago? Do they look into the future and see the shadows of their descendants looking backwards through time, with the imagination to see into the eyes of the human creator? Do they exchange quantum moments of entanglement?

I hope so. It is what I see. It is what I strive for in my photos.

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Big Bay Boom 2009

What are you doing today? This image is from last year. I will be trying from a different location this year. This image, and the images in the set it links to, were shot from Coronado Island.

I think I was a little too close to the action for the image I had seen in my head while I was waiting for the fireworks. So I have scouted a new location for this year.

We will see shat we shall see tomorrow.

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Vulcan Geothermal Plant Across the Salt Flats

I really like the contrasts of smooth waters and clear skys with their gently colored hues, against the manmade power lines, cooling towers, all the hard equipment of the Vulcan Geothermal Power Plant, and all its hard colors.

This is the second image of the Vulcan Geothermal Plant that I have published on my blog. Earlier in the day, I also shot a close up view of the right side of this plant. <-Link

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