Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Green Hornet

I can't wait for this movie! I saw this car at the L.A. Auto Show and I knew I wanted to take it home and slap it around in Photoshop. I know it's gonna be awesome in the movie, driving around blowing things up. Thus, my tribute to hornet who is green.

Green Hornet

Monday, November 29, 2010

Joyful Abandon

My boys enjoying the beach and the sunset in Carmel.

Joyful Abandon

Seen from a car

I rarely go to downtown L.A. Even rarer still is going to downtown and not being the driver. On the way home from the auto show, my dad was driving so I got to do some sightseeing of L.A. at night. It just so happens that it was around 5 p.m. and the traffic was, ah, not moving very quickly. Ok, it was stop and go. Mostly stop. I had time to think, "Pretty buildings. Sure would be great to take a picture of them." Being the quick thinker that I am, I grabbed my fancy schmancy camera and took some pictures out the open window. Most of them were crappy (surprise) but a few turned out a'ight. Here's my fav.

Downtown Night

Saturday, November 27, 2010


I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and a relaxing weekend. We had a great, low key time at my parents house. I got this shot while my mom was setting the table, and I loved the simplicity of it.

Thanksgiving glass

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

L.A. Auto Show 2010

I spent almost the entire day at the L.A. Auto Show with my dad, and it was awesome! We had a great time looking at and talking about cars new and old. I am an unabashed car lover, so this is like a candy store for me. I'm not a car fix-it guy, but I look at beautiful cars as rolling works of art. I love the details and precision, the beauty and strength. Man, I sound like a fairy or something. Anyway, I went, I saw, I took pictures. Here's a few of my favorites.

L.A. Auto Show 5

L.A. Auto Show 1

L.A. Auto Show 4

L.A. Auto Show 2

L.A. Auto Show 6

L.A. Auto Show 3

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Get Gas

While visiting Monterery (yes there will be posts that don't include Monterey) my cousin and his wife, along with their beautiful baby, took us to a great mexican restaurant. No, I don't remember the name of it, because, well, I have trouble remembering stuff. Sometimes I have my kids wear name tags. Anyway, I thought the outside of the place was pretty photogenic so I took this picture. See, I can have a post about Monterey/Carmel that doesn't include water!

Get Gas

These gas pumps don't work, but I had no problem getting gas inside the restaurant. ;)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

TWA flies again

This DC-3 was beautifully restored by veteran pilot Clay Lacy. He brought it back to luxury airline condition as it would have been when it was flown for TWA. I love living in a place where I can walk out my front door and see such awesome aircraft. Van Nuys airport FTW!


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Love, ever blooming

Roses and rays

Friday, November 19, 2010

delicate fingers

It's terrible, but I don't remember that name of these creatures. I think they're some kind of anemone, but I'm not sure. Anyway, I thought they looked cool, so let's call them Awesome Anemone.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Turmoil of the Sea

Mmmm, long exposures. So many cool things can happen when you point your camera at something cool and just leave the shutter open for a while. I've long admired the ghostly looking water in other people's images, so when I saw this view from the balcony of my hotel room, I had to give it a try.

There's lots of trial and error that goes into getting an image like this. The exposure here was about 4 seconds, and I waited until a big wave crashed on the rock in the middle. I took about 10 other shots that were pretty blah, but it all came together on this one. Experiment. You might come up with something cool!

Turmoil of the Sea

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Negative Space

I find jellyfish endlessly fascinating. Their movements seem so random, but they always get where they're going. Or maybe they don't really have any place to go, and they're just happy wherever they end up.

Negative Space

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Smalll World

See, I told you I was back for reals! From the big to the small, today we see the tiny world of shrimp while they're feeding. No really, they're in there!

Small World

Monday, November 15, 2010

Back at last

I apologize for the long absence, but work kinda snuck up on me. I'm back with a full week of new images though! I generally try to vary the subject of my images during the week, but this week I definitely found myself drawn to watery images. Maybe this has something to do with my recent trip to Monterey and Big Sur. ;) So you can look forward to images of the sea and the creatures that live within it. To kick things off, here's an image from Big Sur around that delectable time of day. Delectable? Yeah, good light seems tasty to me.

Big Sur Beauty

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Rocky Shore

The 17 Mile drive between Monterey and Carmel is just specatcular. Beautiful rugged coastline and some pretty stunning homes. Yep, it was cold. My poor Southern California body could hardly stand it! ;)

Wave Crash

Monday, November 8, 2010

Mom and Dad

My mom and dad.

Mom and Dad

Lone Cypress

This the Lone Cypress at Pebble Beach. Apparently it's famous. I took a picture of it.

Lone Cypress

Here's another view from my iPhone.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

shine down

On the way home from a train ride in Filmore I looked in my rear view mirror and say this. I pulled over rather quickly. Such a spectacular day.

Filmore rays

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Yes Sur

We took a beautiful drive yesterday down Highway 1 to Big Sur. This is some of the most spectacular coastline in all of California. I've wanted to go there ever since I moved out to Los Angeles, but never got around to it. Check it off the list baby! The weather was perfect and the traffic was light. To top it off, we found this awesome place to eat called the Restaurant at Ventana. If you're ever in the Big Sur area, you owe it to yourself to try it out. Heading home tomorrow. :( This trip has just made me want to come back again and explore.

Big Sur

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Monterey Plaza

I took this last night outside our beautiful hotel. We are loving our time in Monterey. The aquarium was awesome and I can't wait to see what we check out tomorrow. Have a great day!

Monterey Plaza

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sunset Greetings

Greetings from beautiful Carmel-by-the-sea, California. We're actually staying in Monterey, but drove over to Carmel to see the sunset. This is our first trip here and we have been blown away so far. Tomorrow we are headed to the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium for a full day of looking and learning. Later I'll try to post a picture of the view from our room. (Spoiler: it's awesome)

Sunset greetings

Carmel sunset 2

Carmel sunset 3


Today I'm heading to a place I've never been. 2 hints: it's in California and I'm driving. Probably doesn't narrow it down very much. ;) As soon as I get a decent picture (or two) from there, all will become clear.

Out of focus

Monday, November 1, 2010

Fairy Princess

My beautiful baby girl dressed up as a fairy princess for Halloween. Yes I know I'm lucky. Yes I will have a shotgun handy when the teenage boys come over.

Fairy Princess