Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Grand Sunset revisited

This is a picture I took earlier in the year at the beautiful Grand Del Mar hotel in San Diego. Actually, it's not the exact picture. When I took this image the sky was cloudy and gray and nothing happened at sunset except it got dark. I really liked all the other elements in the picture, so I decided to replace the sky with something a bit more colorful. For me, this takes it from "Yeah, that's cool" to "Wowsers!".

grand sunset update

Monday, December 26, 2011

Sacred Falls

This is a waterfall that flows into the lower of the Seven Sacred Pools in Hana, Maui.

Falls at 7 sacred pools

Birthday Girl

My beautiful girl turned 6 on Christmas Eve. Her Mama bought her a gorgeous dress and she looked and felt like a princess in it. I love you baby girl.

birthday girl

Friday, December 23, 2011

Beautiful ending

A beautiful end to a perfect day. I hope everyone has a most excellent Christmas!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Impressions of Christmas

My younger son and I teamed up to capture this impressionistic image a Christmas program we went to last night. And by "teamed up" I mean he grabbed my arm while I was taking the picture. Be open to serendipity.

Christmas impression

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Cold and windy

It was a cold, cloudy and windy day at Glacier Point. Thankfully the clouds opened for a few minutes to let Half Dome peek through.

Windy Glacier Point

Friday, December 16, 2011

Wallpaper for you

Switcing thngs up a bit today I created this image to be used as a wallpaper for the iPhone and I am giving to you, my loyal readers for the low low price of free! You can get he full size version here. Please to enjoy.

iPhone background

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011


Feeling festive and out of focus.

Purple blurs

Check that one off the list

My good friend Joe just recently bought a red '98 Acura NSX. This is a car of my teenage dreams. He texted me on Friday an asked if I was up for some cruzin'. Um, yes. We drove back into the mountains, popped the top off and roared up and down some mountain roads.

Here's Joe and his sweet ride outside my house before leaving.

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There was lots of this.

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Which led to a lot of this.

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No matter how twisty it was, Joe's face was the picture of contentment.

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It turned out to not only be the best day, but the best time of day. Here's our first stop.

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Our second stop. Joe with his baby.

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We stopped parked near some telecommunications equipment.

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Not only did we get to see an amazing sunset, but the full moon rose over the mountains just as we were about to go.

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It was a life-affirming time spent with a good friend. And the car was just as amazing as you've imagined.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

iPhone Friday

My little Hawaiian gecko friend. I think he likes me.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Holiday Bokeh

Holiday Bokeh

Monday, December 5, 2011

WaVe AcTiOn

Beautiful and warm.

Wave action

Friday, December 2, 2011

iPhone Friday

Sphere and Shadow

Sphere and Shadow

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Mystery Mountain

Ok, I really have no excuse for not posting the past two days, but I'll give one anyway. I did a photo shoot with one of my favorite bands, Uncle Daddy, on Monday. (check out their music here) The shoot went great and the guys were awesome. I wanted to get the pictures back to them as soon as possible so I spent the last few long nights editing. I delivered the images today, so I'm all done. It was a great experience and we came away with some really fun stuff. All that to say that I'm back on blog-track and will keep the pictures coming!

Mystery Mountain

Monday, November 28, 2011

UUSS Missouri

This is the USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor. This was not one of the ships that was attacked on December 7th, but it is the ship on which the Japanese surrender was signed. If you turned around from where I'm standing you would be looking at the USS Arizona memorial.

USS Missouri

Thursday, November 24, 2011


I am thankful for these three.

Kids Tryptic

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Makin' music

My friend Matt working his magic.

Matt hands

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Smoldering hills

This is the Puu Oo cinder cone of Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. It has been erupting continuously since 1983. At this time, most of the lava flowing out of the cone is underneath a covering of hardened lava. You can still tell where the lava is though because of the steam that is created as it flows. These steam plumes were at least a thousand feet tall and stretched for over a mile. The helicopter in the upper right can give you some sense of scale. It is the same distance away as the steam and flying at nearly two thousand feet. You can also see a mini tornado of steam right in the middle.

Smoldering hills

Monday, November 21, 2011

I'm thankful

Hey, it's almost Thanksgiving and you know what that means! You got it, the L.A. Auto Show!! Year after year I can't resist the siren song that is a massive collection of all things automotive. This was the first year my daughter's been and she had a great time. My boys are old pros now, and they were determined to sit in everything that wasn't locked.

I decided not to take my big camera this year and just rely on my iPhone. My neck and back were very thankful, and it turned out to be very freeing. Hard to fiddle around with settings when there aren't any! I continue to be amazed with the quality of images I can get from my phone. It's definitely my most used camera. The best camera...

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Friday, November 18, 2011

iPhone Friday

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, November 17, 2011


White, brown, purple, green, I don't care what color they are, big gators are scary!

Albino Gator

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Mountain Trail

The hills of West Maui.

Mountain trail

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Old Navy

I took the kids out to the Van Nuys airport on Sunday. They'd been begging me for days and thankfully it had stopped raining. I had a great time cuddling with my baby girl and watching my boys pretend to be airplanes. And I got to see this old thing. ;)

Navy Sunset

Monday, November 14, 2011

Stately Flower

I present to you the state flower of Hawaii, the yellow hibiscus.

 Yellow Hibiscus

Friday, November 11, 2011


A day we remember and honor our veterans for their service and sacrifice. Thank you.

Arizona Memorial

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Liquid Gold

Like liquid gold falling from the sky. Winter brings rain around here.

Liquid Gold

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

theft live

A shot of one of my favorite L.A. bands, theft at a recent concert. You can check out their music here.

theft live

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Private Island

Off the coast of Oahu. Can you spot the person?

Private Island

Sunday, November 6, 2011

How I'd like to start every day

Aloha! In this case it means hello. Those of you who follow me on Twitter or Instagram (look for fxmixer ;) you will know that I just recently got back from a 10 day vacation to Hawaii. For those of who didn't know, I just got back from a 10 day vacation in Hawaii. ;) I was very last minute and we just decided to round up the kids and go. If you've never heard of these undiscovered gems in the Pacific, you really should check them out. We found them to be quite beautiful. We stayed on Oahu (Waikiki) for 6 days then flew over to the Big Island for 4 days.

Today, the pictures are from around our hotel, the Sheraton Waikiki.

Diamond view

Boat from overhead

Soft wall

Pool party

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Racing the ocean

Three of the happiest kids in the world.

Kids at beach

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Waikiki Sunset

Ever wondered if the sunsets in Waikiki are beautiful? Spoiler: they are.

Waikiki Sunset

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Scary Halloween!

I shot this specifically for today. This is straight out of the camera. Have a great day!

Scary tunnel

Friday, October 28, 2011

iPhone Friday

Red Ripple

Ripple red