One Day Road Trip – Beach Cities from Encinitas to Mulholland Drive.

I am starting to offer “One Day Road Trip workshops.” The intent is to teach a very small single-car group of people how to use their cameras to capture their imagination in various situations. I do that by showing you how to decide what we want to shoot, and how to use their cameras to capture the needed images for a wide range of photographic targets, from a single image, to multiple image HDR panoramas.

This workshop worked the San Diego to L.A. route from the south, north. The next time, we will work from the north to the south, ending with a sunset somewhere along the coast.

The day went something like this, Drive and talk about options for the next target, and plan those shots while driving. Pull over at the target, and shoot the images we discussed, plus a few non planed shots. Then drive again, discussing the post production that those captured images will go through, and plan the next stop. … We did that all day long.

For example, this day, the first stop was in Encinitas, where we visited the art gallery of Kirk Saber. This is an Image of Kirk and Renee in the gallery. It is a multi image stitched panorama. You can click on the image to see a larger version.

We stopped, and started, all along the way. … Here we did some light painting in Venice. This is a combination of 10 long exposure images.

The gallery of my Workshop images created during this trip.

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Incredible view of the Hollywood Hills.

This is a multi-image panorama of the entirety of the Hollywood hills, Los Angeles Hills. In its full size, this image is 30 inches tall by approximately 140 inches wide. … It is a very large panorama.

It was a very clear day, and everything is crystal clear. … Please look at a larger version of the image.

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Bienvenidos a Tijuana y México

Last week I went to Tijuana, Baja California, México, with the Pacific Photographic Society, a Meetup group that generates great photo trips, also having the benefit that it is also full of friends.It was the first time I had been south of the border in many years, only because I had no specific need, or an opportunity to visit with friends that also wanted to go. What a hoot! The organizer of the group is my friend, and a fellow photographer, Walter Koenig. Thanks Walter.

Now, onto the trip. Here in San Diego we are bombarded with so many negative stereotypes, and visions, of our neighbors just across the border that, when I mentioned to my nextdoor neighbor that I was heading south with a group, he said, “Don’t go.” We did not listen to the voices of preprogrammed fear. … We went, and we had a good time.

This is a link to my complete gallery of images from our Tijuana excursion.

Louie Navaro, of George’s Camera, was our guide for the trip. Louie also has a gallery he shares with two other photographers in Tijuana.

We walked across the border, and then met up with the van on the other side. First, we drove over to the Playas de Tijuana, where we shot some photos of the border, where it enters the ocean, and along the beach, and boardwalk. I met a young fighter, Ramon Barboza, El Moncho! … It was a very cool day at the beach.

Later, I got separated from the group after we had wandered around for a little while in the downtown area of Tijuana, and Ave. Revolución. … I asked a few folks which way to San Diego, on foot, and they pointed me in the right direction. It was a pleasant walk, but damn! When I got to the border, the pedestrian line was over two hours long. Holy Mackerel, what a nightmare!

Luckily for me, the rest of my group came wandering by while I was in line. They pulled me out, and we all took an eleven passenger van up to the border, where we used the bus line border transit, and that only took an hour and a few minutes!

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Why i chose to shoot from this location. …

Do not mistake me, I love San Diego, but San Diego has so many more locations than shooting across the bay, It has some iconic structures, besides the normal skyline.

I had been to this location before, in the daytime. … The San Diego Trolly has a five-dollar day pass that is good for the entire trolly system. You can get on and off as frequently as you wish. So every once in a while I will get a day pass and go for a ride, getting on, and off, all around the city, as far south as San Ysidro, and as far east as Santee. … Running through Old Town, Downtown, San Diego State. … All kinds of cool locations. On one of those trips, I shot the city from this location, and I fell in love with the tracks, and the overhead wires.

I already had cool standard shots of the fireworks, Link to cool standard shots. And I already had the best shots of the Fireworks malfunction from last year. Link to the fireworks malfunction. So, this fireworks time, I thought I would try something different.

And this is what I got.

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Four Friends in San Diego

Three Mustache Club Friends, and a new friend whose name I do not recall in front of the gallery. Terence, Harley, our new friend, and Charlene. 😉

Last June, when Charlene was working as an apprentice at the Alexander Salazar Fineart Gallery, she started a closed Facebook group for a small set of friends. For the most part, the group consists of friends that like to don a mustachioed persona upon occasions for fun. … She invited me to join, even though I have a built in mustache.

Charlene still works once-in-awhile at the gallery, but she loves art, and comes to most openings. This opening, I cornered this small group of friends outside before they left. This is the result of that moment. 😉

Cool!

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Down by the Bay

Some days require keeping your nose to the grindstone, working your bottom off, and a couple pots of coffee to keep the pups primed.

This is the opposite of that kind of day. The kids are in school, most of the tourists are between here and there. It is a day of reflection, listening to the birds by the bay, the gentle lapping of the wavelets against the pilings. … Tomorrow is another day, but today, I am comfortable.

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Once, I saw the World.

I love these shiny balls. Everyone of them is a locus of intellectuality. … In this image, the reflective ball captures, not only the world in a sphere, but the entire universe. In that miniature captured Universe, everything can be held in your hand. If you can hold it in your hand, you can perceive the reality of it.

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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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The Santa Fe Train Station

I really like this image. I also like the vertical version. … I think they should be hanging side by side on some wall somewhere.

High places are wonderful! … I think I might start a project, shooting from all the buildings I can. Does anyone have any connections to other penthouse owners?

That sounds like a good thing to do. 😉

This is a link to the vertical version of this shot.

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San Diego – Overlooking the Santa Fe Train Station

I just love San Diego. This image includes the buildings of Santa Fe Train Station, One America Plaza, Advanced Equities Plaza, The Pinnacle Museum Tower, Manchester Grand Hyatt Seaport, Harbor Club East, The Grande North at Santa Fe Place, among others.

This is a day that was supposed to be dominated by “June Gloom,” which generally means a low marine cloud that obscures the sun. … It turned out to be more like 90% of all the other days in San Diego, gorgeous.

This is a link to the horizontal version of this shot.

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San Diego Skyline

This town is my adopted home. Like many of us here, I am a transplant. Let me tell you something about the weather; this image was shot at 5:30 in the evening on January 3rd, 2006, our winter. The temperature was 76 degrees Fahrenheit. 😉 … It does get warmer, and it does get colder, but whatever the change is, it is very little compared to most of the U.S.

I did go away for a few years. … But I have returned, I think, to stay.

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San Diego Fine Art Society – Hollywood Ball – A group of Friends

I think all the people in this image are friends, or work together. At least they know each other through each other with just one degree of separation. … Maybe it is only in my mind. … 😉

Anyway, I was shooting some images of guests, and just before I shot this image of the group, I saw these two women sitting in the dark area of the third floor at Anthology in San Diego. It was the soft light on the red hair that caught my eye.

I then asked them out to the patio area to shoot an image with some of the city in the background. And everyone came along. I had not seen them as a group before I asked the two women for a new location, but as soon as I did, it became this wonderful group on the patio. Of course the women are beautiful, but I also find it interesting that the man with the martini, has no socks.

The Red Carpet Set

The Set with Lighting

Playing in the Street Set

And the set of the interior of the Anthology during the event.

And here is the link to
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San Diego Fine Art Society Hollywood Glamour Ball – Everything

Delivery today. …

I am taking everything to April Game today. … And for your pleasure, these are the final sets from the Hollywood Ball. Of course, you can view everything by wandering around in the galleries, but here are a few high points to me.

The Red Carpet Set

The Set with Lighting

Playing in the Street Set

And the set of the interior of the Anthology during the event.

And here is the link to
San Diego Fine Art Society

Now I am headed off to the offices of the San Diego Fine Art Society, with DVD in hand. 😉

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DeTour Salon – Encinitas, California

I used to live in Leucadia, Solona Beach, Del Mar, and a couple other places along the coast. One of the places I worked was “Beach And Town Liquor,” a store in Encinitas. So whenever I am coming from somewhere North, towards home in San Diego, I take the beach route, Pacific Coast Highway, old 101, just to look at my old haunts.

This evening I noticed a very pretty addition to Encinitas, next to the place where I used to work. The new place is The De Tour Salon, in Encinitas. I stopped and hauled out some camera gear and took a couple shots of Encinitas. This image is one of the Salon.

The Salon was using a different image that I shot that evening for their Facebook page.

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Abstract of Downtown San Diego, by night.

Sometimes, “You cannot see the forest because of the trees.” Meaning that you are too close to the small details of the larger subject that the small details obscure the big picture.

When someone is telling you that you are too close to something to see it clearly, then the time is here for you to back away from the subject and look at the subject from a distance, gain a new perspective, open your eyes to the new vision, get out of the rut.

This image is a rut changing new perspective vision of San Diego.

Also, sometimes fuzzy logic is better than a clear vision.

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The Walt Disney Concert Hall – Los Angeles

The Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed by architect Frank Gehry, is designed to be one of the most sophisticated concert halls in the world.

It is that, and more. Frank Gehry designed a concert hall wrapped beautifully in stainless steel cladding that stands, glistening in the sun, fending off the elements as if it could stand a thousand years watching, as Los Angeles grows around it. I love this building.

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Water Tower – Gila Bend Arizona

I was wandering around Gila Bend, Arizona, and saw this rusted old water tower that was standing right beside the railway lines.

It no longer functions as a tower, but it surely does look good in a photograph. The light is from mid afternoon. And the clouds are the remnants of last nights rain.

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The Sign of The Space Age Restaurant in Gila Bend Arizona

A couple days ago, I headed out to the Anza Borrego desert to take some pictures of the wildflowers.

This is the reason that I usually like to travel to targets, and be the driver. When I got to the turnoff on interstate 8, I kept heading east. We wound up in Gila Bend Arizona. … 😎 …

Yeps! Gila Bend.

When a very good friend of mine was going to school at the University of Arizona, Tucson, I used to drive between San Diego and Tucson quite frequently. Gila Bend had a very cool Motel that looked very spacy, and I got it into my head that I wanted to visit it again. Forget the flowers, “Spaceward Ho!”

The original burned down quite a while ago, but it has been replaced by the Space Age Motor Lodge and Restaurant. This image will jump you into the middle of some images. The new one is still very cool. … 😉

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Just an Alley in Ocean Beach

For over a year now, I have been shooting images for the San Diego Fine Arts Society, and in that context I have met some fine artists. It is those artists that have been a releasing influence on my work lately, mostly because I love their work so much. …

This particular day, I was riding around with a friend looking for things photographic. And I happened by this alleyway in Ocean Beach. It reminded me of some of Duke Windsor’s work.

So Duke, this is my alley.

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Dock at the Acapulco Mexican Restaurant Y Cantina in San Pedro

Two Cheese Enchiladas, Rice and Beans, $9.

Just to let you know that we had dinner here, just after sunset, and I liked it very much.

We sat out on the patio, without heaters turned on, and it was wonderful.

I shot this image from the seat next to where I was sitting, just to get a little closer to the water. … As it is, you can read the restaurants name on the sea wall if you twist your eyes a little. In the background, you can see the Thomas Vincent Bridge, and on the right you can see the larger cranes that were loading a container ship as we sat there.

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On A Clear Day – Los Angeles California from the Palos Verdes Peninsula. – What a lucky day!

I was driving from Santa Monica back to San Diego, and decided to drive the total coast road, including the edge of the Palos Verdes peninsula.

It was amazingly clear. Never have I seen Los Angeles like this. Look at this image in the larger size, and enjoy the view.

As I rounded the point of the peninsula, and looked south, I could see Mount Soledad in San Diego. It was way tiny, and I did not take a picture of that because it would look like a smudge on the horizon. … Still, it was a very interesting day.

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