day 93: westwood at night

Tonight I took Taz for a walk around Westwood. It was thick with UCLA students and lit up like Vegas. I tried a few panoramas and lots of HDR images. Here is one of the the latter:

days 91 and 92

I had to cheat since I didn’t get to take a shot on Monday, and post 2 pictures from last night. I had an image in mind, but as usual it morphed as I realized I didn’t have the proper costume elements or a cooperative dog. Anyhow, I ended up with these 2 portraits.

week 13: the best of the rest

Here are a selection of pictures from week 13 of my 365 project, which weren’t picked as the pictures of the day. Remember to click through the below link to see the gallery since I only post a small selection of the pictures here.

the best pictures of week 13

days 87-90: a visit to Northern California

This weekend we headed up to Columbia, CA, to visit Machelle’s parents for Easter. We decided to put in a couple of days in Yosemite while we where there, which was gorgeous. Thursday night we drove the 6 hours to Columbia and crashed. After a nice breakfast we headed out to Yosemite. All the camping spots were booked for the weekend so we found a room at the Wawona Hotel near the south end of the park. We spent Friday taking pictures around the Valley, having dinner at the Yosemite Lodge, then driving the 45 minutes to the hotel.

Saturday we hiked up the bottom part of the hike to Chilnualna falls near Wawona. The cascades here were spectacular and we spent quite some time taking pictures of them and basking in the ambience. We headed back to Yosemite to try to meet with my friends Mike and Bianca and family, but it was a zoo in the valley and we couldn’t find parking. We decided to check out locations near the entrance of the park and El Portal. We found a big waterfall called the Cascades and explored there for a while, then went out wildflower hunting on Incline road out of El Portal. After a beautiful drive back to Columbia along highway 49, we had a nice dinner and went to bed.

Sunday was an easter brunch, then the victorian easter parade in Columbia where people dressed as 49ers and paraded down the main street. After wandering Columbia for a while we headed back to Machelle’s parents place and loaded up for the long drive home. A weekend well spent.

Here are the pictures for each of the Days while we were travelling.

Day 87: the road to Yosemite


Day 88: pondering immensity


Day 89: Cascades in Chilnualna


Day 90: Easter bubbles


day 86: happy smurfs and my collection of fossil media

Tonight I worked late and then had to pick up Machelle at the airport, so I looked around the apartment for inspiration. My books have been gathering dust since I got my ipad and kindle account, so I thought I would try to show them.

day 85: golden nights

Tonight I headed down to Marina del Rey with Taz to get a few pictures. The parking closed at 10. so I had to rush, which meant I will need to head back at some point to get the pictures I saw, but I managed to get a few nice ones. This one is an HDR panorama of the harbour entrance in the Marina.

Day 84: whose face is that?

I had an idea for a picture which didn’t quite work, but it did lead to this one. I liked the chess pieces being refracted in the splash and droplets.

the best of week 12

Here are a collection of the best photos I took in week 12 of my 365 project. I was not as productive this week, but still some nice captures. Don’t forget to click through to the main gallery on the link below, the pictures here are just a subset of the whole gallery.

the best of week 12

days 80-83

Still falling behind in blog posting, but trying to keep up with the pictures them selves, here are the last 4 pictures:

day 80: an experiment which could have worked better, but that is what experiments are for, right? I took pictures out of the car window while Machelle drove up Westwood, then attempted to put them together as a pano. The viewpoint changes are far too extreme for a good pano, but it does make a sort of funhouse mirror version of the block in question.

day 81: We found a house in Pacific Palisades which was surrounded with these painted bricks, I assume to stabilize the hillside. They planted flowers in between that match the color scheme, nice!

day 82: Another house in the palisades, this one with a lovely backlit glass wall. It reminds me of Japanese prints for some reason.

day 83: My first Canyon of the season, Susan and I headed down Josephine creek for a quick afternoon jaunt. Lots of fun.

the best of week 11

Here are a selection of the pictures from week 11 of my 365 project which I didn’t pick as my shot of the day. Remember to click through on the link below to see the whole gallery, since I am only presenting a subset of the pictures here.

the best of week 11