Those Were The Days

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Rancho Cucamonga CA
March 5, 2017

By the time you read this, we should be on our way to spending a week in L.A. A four and a half hour drive from home that can take upwards of 2 to 4 additional hours of road time depending on traffic. And there is always traffic in L.A. I grew up in the San Fernando Valley, not far from Universal Studios and just over the hill from Hollywood. Man, have things changed. Lots more people, more traffic, more crowded. The streets seem narrower now, and places where we used to play no longer exist, the little league field, the empty dirt lot near the railroad tracks. We used to walk up to the the boulevard where the Lankershim Theater was and spend all Saturday at a double feature matinee. We thought that was heaven. Our parents did, too, I’m sure.

So we will be house sitting for friends who are off to London for the week. Right on La Cienega Blvd. Close to the Jewish community near Fairfax and Melrose (Canter’s Delicatessen- the best Kosher Deli), not far from Olvera Street (a Mexican outdoor market- mostly for tourists now), and the Disney Concert Hall.

So if I am pretty absent for a few days, you’ll know why. Hopefully I’ll be out shooting!

Where Is Dan Quayle Now That We Need Him?

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“It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.”
Dan Quayle

Obviously I had no title for this post. But it sort of fits if the tank pictured above is actually for water.

And for those of you old enough to remember him, doesn’t Mr. Quayle seem like a breath of fresh air, now?

So, anyway, I was playing around with a different post processing technique and came upon this combination, which looks great on my desk top. And Lynn complimented me on it. So it stays!

Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons – April

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Calico Basin

Calico Basin

This is the fourth month of Cardinal Guzman’s The Changing Seasons. If you click on that link, you can get all the rules. In short, I am taking one photo a month in an area near Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas called Calico Basin. Supposedly, you will then see the changing seasons. But, as I have explained each month so far, this is Las Vegas. Pretty much a desert. So winter looks like summer which looks like spring that looks like fall. Got it? So the above image, shot in early April, is my spring shot. It is a pano image- two photos merged side by side in lightroom. Summer, winter, and fall won’t look much different. But this month I have a bonus for you good people.  And you bad people, too. There is actually a Changing Seasons St. in Las Vegas. See that palm tree behind the sign in the image below? That palm tree will be just as green in summer, fall, winter, and next spring. Except it will probably be a bit taller by then.

Changing Seasons

West 45th

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The Theater District

West 45th Street, The Theater District, New York City

OK, another image of my dad’s. I just went through what I have on my laptop and it looks like he was really busy when he was in New York last December. And I’m sort of jealous. He’s got some good stuff here. I think it’s the camera. I mean, the guy hasn’t done any serious photography since I was an idea! And the story I get is that I wasn’t even his idea but my mom’s.

Lucky for me she used to be able to get him to do whatever she wanted! That’s all I’m saying.

(This post is for steveo who wanted to see more of my father’s images.)

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge 2016 Week 14

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DSCF4613-HDR-Edit-2Cee explains:

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge (COB) is all about those great photos that you take which really don’t seem to fit into a common category.  We’ve all taken them and like them, because we just can’t hit delete and get rid of them.  There is never a theme to this challenge, so what is an odd ball is all up for you to discover and photograph.

I hope that you have a lot of fun with this challenge!  To read more about Odd Ball photos click here.

Meaning of oddball
noun – a person or thing that is atypical, bizarre, eccentric, or nonconforming
adjective – whimsically free-spirited; eccentric; atypical.

Cee’s Share Your World – 2016 Week 13

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The above image was shot RAW with the Fuji X-T1 and processed with Lightroom and Topaz.

For a black and white jpeg version, please visit Monochromia.

And now, back to our regularly scheduled program!

Are you left or right handed?  

I am one of those few, rare individuals who is ambidextrous. So, it depends on what I’m doing. I write, draw, eat, brush my teeth, shave, with my right hand. I don’t do very much with my left. In fact, I don’t do anything with my left. So, I guess I lied!

If you had only one TV, would you prefer the TV in the living room or another room?

I haven’t had tv for about 9 years now. And I don’t miss it. I used to spend too much time going up and down the channels trying to find something to watch. A great waste of time. Now I have better things to do, like waste my time on Facebook. But it’s a little different this time. Now, I have people I can bug!

Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running, or biking event? Tell your story.

Define “distance”! In my office, I walk to the bathroom several times a day, depending on how much coffee I’ve had in the morning and how much water during the day. And the men’s bathroom is all the way down the hall. Quite a distance.

Complete this sentence: Love is… .

I’m sorry but this always makes me think of that sappy “Love Story” from before I was born (my mother loved it so much that I memorized most of it in utero)! “Love means never having to say you’re sorry”! But to be serious for a moment- and that is very difficult for me- I found this quote that I happen to agree with: “Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.” ~~ Bruce Lee

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I am grateful that the stomach virus I had Sunday lasted only 8 (long) hours. Maybe it wasn’t a virus but I thought I would die from the pain. I was still able to meet up with Sue and Dave Slaght yesterday while they were in town and who I first “met” on Wordpress. I am looking forward to just taking off on Saturday with my camera. I missed last weekend.

Now, if you made it all the way to the bottom here, you must go visit Cee’s blog to read more- when you have a moment!

Collaboration With Robin #5

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Original image by Emilio

Original image by Emilio

From time to time, Robyn of Captivate Me and me of Photos By Emilio, collaborate on a single image to see what the other person comes up with. Both of us being somewhat artistic and relatively fluent with our native language are unable to come up with a better title than “Collaboration With….” So here is our 5th attempt. A photo I took one rainy evening on my way home from work. Let me give you as much info as I gave Robyn when I first sent this image to her:

I have an image I shot last night that didn’t come out as I had planned but, hopefully, will work. On my way home about 6 pm it looked like the rain was really coming down over the mountains. You could see very low, misty clouds hugging the mountain tops. So I headed off in that direction towards a place called Red Rock Canyon to the west. By the time I got there, the clouds had gone. So had the rain. But it was windy and cold. I set the Fuji X-T1 on a mini tripod on the hood of my car. The iso was 6400. Most of the shots were unusable but this one I kinda like. I’ve attached a jpeg copy. The RAW will be sent separately from my dropbox account. I’ll be using the RAW.

OK, so what I forgot to take into account was that I’d have to process the same shot. This one was not easy for me and presented quite a few problems that I think Robyn addressed perfectly. First, the focus was soft. The lights from the window of the main house were a bit overexposed and flaring, and the biggest problem of all, the night sky was illuminated by the lights of the Las Vegas Strip- which made the clouds appear very strange. I also found elements in the original that bothered me, like the car at the bottom of the frame and the lights that bordered the dirt driveway. I removed a lot of distractions. Anyway, above is the original out of camera, then my version below, followed by Robyn’s. After all three is a slideshow to compare one right after the other. Please go visit Robyn’s post and read what she has to say about her work. Hope you enjoy

Processing By Emilio

Processing By Emilio

 

Processing by Robyn

Processing by Robyn

 

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Cee’s SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2016 WEEK 11

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Another week, another Share Your World!

How many siblings do you have? What’s your birth order? I have one sibling. An older sister I never got along with as we were growing up. She thought she was my mother and could tell me what to do. She still thinks she’s my mother but Lynn doesn’t like the competition. On the other hand, Lynne is the oldest of 9 children. I don’t think her parents had a tv!

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger? I’m very comfortable with the way Lynn drives but, before her, I always had to drive. Now, a lot of times she’ll do the driving so I can look for photo ops along the way.

When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles or turn on the flashlight? How many of each do you own? I would like to think that we would light the candles. Or just go to bed early. We have three flashlights but none of them have batteries- which is pretty self defeating. We have about five candles. Five hundred!

List at least five of your favorite types of animals?  (any animal to domestic to wild to marine life). Well, I always wanted a dog until I met Lynn. Wait, that came out wrong. I wanted a dog but we inherited her sister’s chihuahua and I can’t stand the dog. Very needy. And Lynn thinks the dog is human and feeds her food from her plate. Then there’s horses- which we both love. Salmon when they’re swimming upstream are fascinating. How many do I have left? I think that’s about it.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Lynn has been able to get the house into order in one week while I’m still struggling over where to put everything in my den. So I guess I’m grateful that Lynn was able to accomplish so much in such a short time and I’m thankful I have the weekend to try to get my part of the house in order!

The photo above is from a spontaneous Sunday outing last year. I have not been able to get out to shoot in the last two weeks. I miss it!

Now, go visit Cee’s Photography for other challenges every day of the week. Submissions are open to everybody of all ethnicities, political, and religious affiliations!