Dana Point Marina

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PhotoessayistDana Point marina. This south county make-work project of the 70s ruined one of the great surfer spots in southern California for both board and body surfers.

I have poor balance because of an inner ear infection when I was in grade school but I could still body surf. Two or three weekends in the summer we would cruise down from Newport Beach and spend a very long day surfing at Dana Point. This was back in the early 60s so my memory is not all that clear but I believe where I’m standing in the first photo we, both board and body surfers, would catch a wave. They lasted forever, especially for body surfers like myself. I loved it. Unlike the Newport Beach wedge the waves here were manageable and safe.

It’s all gone now never to return.

Now they are in the process of destroying the last remnant of the past as they plaster the bluff you see in the background of the first picture with over-priced homes for the rich. What a waste.

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San Juan Capistrano Library

Photoessayist: San Juan Capistrano LibraryPhotoessayist: San Juan Capistrano LibraryPhotoessayist: San Juan Capistrano LibraryInteresting library. I was living in SJC when they selected this design and built it. Looks nice from the outside but once you get inside you realize that it is a very small building. I mean like a shoe box. The entrance alone feels like a cave.

The entire section for adults could fit in the garage of most of the big homes in the city. And yet the children’s section feels larger and very comfortable though I think the adult section is larger. Go figure.

The reason this library got built in the first place was because of who designed it. The architect was Michael Graves. I really believe they selected his design because it was a Michael Graves.

You really have to visit the library if you ever get down to south Orange County, California. In the case of this library I believe perception conquered reality.

Grand Prize Winner Uses Amateur DSLR

That’s right an amateur DSLR camera took the best of show at the LA Times photo contest. The camera of choice is the Nikon D40X. Anytime I see an article about this camera they call it an entry level DSLR or amateur camera. Only problem with this argument is it just ain’t true. No camera is an entry level or professional camera. Only the person USING any camera can be called amateur or pro. And now with NO one making any real money as a photographer it’s hard to tell who is the amateur or pro except by the quality of the work produced. Funny thing this really has been the only way period.

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Fatter and Fatter and Fatter and . . .

Digital cameras are getting bigger and fatter with every new model. Nikon’s new D700 weights 995 g (2.19 lbs,) Sony’s new alpha 900 weights 895 g (1.97 lbs) and Canon’s just released 50D comes in at 822 g (1.8 lbs.) That’s the body only. Now add a lens to each of these over-weight giants and on average you add another lb to the system. So that would be 2.5 lbs to 3.2 lbs of brick around your neck.

Note: Nikon D700 weight is without the battery. At 2+ pounds what difference will a battery make?

When I was young (24) and serving in the Marines in Vietnam I carried two Nikon F with a 28mm and 35mm lenes. The camera straps were those narrow things that had the habit of cutting off blood to the brain. I know — What brain? I would wear a towel around my neck to protect myself from those nasty straps.

Today I carry one camera with a 18mm to 70mm lens. The camera is a Nikon D40X. This system comes in at 936 g (2.1 lbs.) When I’m out with the camera it could be several hours with it hanging from my neck. You can’t be ready to take photos if you have the camera over your shoulder or worse in the bag. It’s always around the neck with the camera on and the zoom set to 26mm. Worse case I can just point and shoot. Also a good camera strap helps. The one supplied with the camera works just fine.

This systems big advantage is it’s weight. If I was using one of these new fatties I just couldn’t work the way I do. Walking around looking for opportunities.

Driving around in the car and then stopping when you see a photo opportunity is not an option. Tripods — never happen. I do keep a tripod and a step ladder in the trunk of the car but they are rarely used. I will say that the step ladder is a great tool. All photographers should get one. Many times I have had to get photos from over construction fences and that old step ladder saved the day.

The replacement for the Nikon D40X is the D60. The D60 (495g) with battery (51g) and 16mm – 85mm lens (485g) comes to 1031 g or 2.27 lbs. Fatter and fatter.

When I was in Vietnam I was young and full of pep. Now I’m 64 and full of shit.

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Good Thing He’s Young

PhotoessayistHe was photographing a couple standing in front of the Laguna Beach Lifeguard Tower. It’s a landmark here in Laguna and many couples have their picture taken in front or rear I guess. I have assisted many couples in taking a picture of them using their camera. I haven’t tried his technique yet but maybe we will. Though it would take me a while to get into that position and even longer to get out of it.

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City Daily Photo

John Krill: City Daily PhotoThe web site City Daily Photo has a monthly theme and this month it is metal. Well nothing says metal in southern California like the auto. Many owners take great pride in their metal and customize them. Then there are those owners who really believe that the road is theirs and theirs alone. The photo above shows what happens when two such owners meet in space and time. CRUNCH. Customize junk metal.

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Combine Old Wth The New To Capture The Very Small

PhotoessayistThis fellow is only one inch in wing span (approx). I used my Nikon D40X with a manual Nikkor Micro 55mm lens to capture him. Set camera on manual and adjusted aperture and speed until I got the result you see. He was on a glass pane in our front door with the late afternoon sun back lighting him. The glass was dirty and I wasn’t trying for anything great but I wanted to see how well the old and new worked together. The focus was the hard part. I slowed the speed down so to use a high aperture but I still had difficulty keeping him in focus. Below is a photo of the creature resting on the pane of glass.

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No Picture Taking. Phooy! Click, Click.

John Krill: Broad At LACMAJohn Krill: Broad At LACMAJohn Krill: Broad At LACMAJohn Krill: Broad At LACMAJohn Krill: Broad At LACMACan’t take photos in the Broad Building. What nonsense. What’s Mr. Broad’s motive?

This no picture taking has gotten out of hand. Every show that comes to the LACMA is off limits to photography. How are they going to stop it? You have a cellphone with a built-in camera? Click, click. A small digital point-and-shot? Click, click. Even with a digital SLR it’s just point and shot. Camera does the rest. Click, click. I can have the camera hanging from my shoulder. Click, click.

Instead of banning photography embrace it. Have a contest for the best photo of an art showing. See what kind of photos you get of people interacting with the art. You just may learn something. Click, click.

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Great Park Ballon

Photoessayist Went over to the still under construction Orange County Great Park to ride the ballon. It’s tethered to a 400′ cable it but still allows for great views of the park and surrounding area.

The park is on what once was a USMC air station, El Toro. The park has been years in planning and it doesn’t look it. It’s a dump. They’ve let all the existing structures go to hell and haven’t really done anything other than a storage lot for RVs. The base housing east of the station has been replaced with new housing but that doesn’t do anything for the park either.

The ballon ride was officially closed due to construction surrounding the ride. They were giving rides to invited guests only, mostly employees of the city of Irvine. For me that meant no ride but the ride officals let me go up anyway. Big thanks to them.

The construction that caused the closure of the ride was for the 27.5-acre Preview Park. The park has been under construction for years and all they’ve got to show for it is a preview park that’s also still under construction.

Check here for more photos I took of the ballon: http://www.lagunabeat.com/2008/05/up-up-and-away-almost.html

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Los Angeles Times/Goldberg Festival Of Books

The Goldbergs were everywhere. The rumor is that there are maybe a hundred more Goldberg writers and artists. All related somehow. Only four were represented at the festival. We believe the LA Times put a limit to the number of Goldbergs that could participate. Otherwise God knows how many would have been at the festival.

The sisters: Linda Woods (Left in the picture). She’s the artist. Could be the only Goldberg artist. Karen Dinino is the writer. They were signing their books – JOURNAL REVOLUTION and Visual Chronicles: The No-Fear Guide to Creating Art Journals. Their blog is here.

If you can’t tell which picture is of the sisters then as Tod would say “You are a . . . ” Sorry the word has been copyrighted by Tod and only he has the use of it. If you are confused don’t worry we all are. Read on to discover the location of the real Tod.

The brothers: Tod Goldberg (Left in the picture.) Tod is a writer and a teacher. I think it’s best that you experience Tod rather then me trying to describe his work. Check Tod out over here. If you’re reading this a year after the event then go directly to Tod’s account of the 2008 Festival of Books.

Tod’s brother, Lee, is a screenwriter as well as writer of mysteries. Lee can be experienced at his blog.

Not only were Tod and Lee signing books but Tod participated in two panels. They (The LA Times) actually let Tod moderate one of the panels, Crime with an Edge. (Correction he moderated both panels.) Mad magazine couldn’t have selected a more unfit person. Turns out he was very good. Tod does know his shit. He steps in it enough. That said if you could get past the FUCK word his comments were insightful and . . . oh forget it. It was an interesting panel because of Tod. The panel included: Christopher Goffard, Rob Roberge, and Mark Haskell Smith.

Note to the Goldbergs. You use Typepad and I still can’t figure out how to sign-up and leave comments. I’ve decided that is probably a good thing.

Note to Tod: I’m glad you were busy at 10am on Saturday because I had Shelly Jackson all to myself. Unfortunately she doesn’t like tall, blond, blue eyed good looking types. She prefers short, tubby guys with hairy backs. I gave her your phone number.

John Krill: LATFOBJohn Krill: LATFOBIt should be noted that UCLA is probably the ONLY location that can hold the book festival. It looks the part. No other location saids books like it. Please do not change the venue. I promise the Goldbergs will behave if you keep the book festival at UCLA. You can also ignore Tod Goldberg’s demand that you install an escalator at the Janss Steps.

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Los Angeles Times Festival Of Books – Three

Saturday was way to hot. Sunday was just hot.

Plently of writers. They’re all rock stars to us.

From the top:

Lisa Lutz.
Mary Lou Henner.
Robert Crais.
T. Jefferson Parker.
Michael Connelly.
Joe Wambaugh.

There were many, many more writers. For book lovers, and we count ourselves as one, this is as good as it gets. This is the second book festival for us. We missed the first eleven. Can’t wait for number 14.

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Los Angeles Times Festival Of Books – Two

Saturday was way to hot. Sunday was just hot.

Plenty of writers. They’re all rock stars to us.

Plenty of book publishers. There is something for everyone.

To many crazies handing out you name it.

Except for Disneyland I’ve never seen so many families. Could be the price of admission – $0.00. This is good. Very good.

Far to many signs declaring “Absolutely no photography.” Boring.

$5.00 lemonade. The stuff probably had plenty of sugar. In which case you just got more thirsty and wanted more lemonade. What a racket.

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Los Angeles Times Festival Of Books – One

Saturday was way to hot. Sunday was just hot.

Plently of writers. They’re all rock stars to us.

Plently of book publishers. There is something for everyone.

To many crazies handing out you name it.

Except for Disneyland I’ve never seen so many families. Could be the price of admission – $0.00. This is good. Very good.

Far to many signs declaring “Absolutely no photography.” Boring.

$5.00 lemonade. The stuff probably had plently of sugar. In which case you just got more thirsty and wanted more lemonade. What a racket.

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