Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica, California. We took a walk along the beach (on a paved path wheeling my mother) from Venice up to beyond the Santa Monica Pier. The beach is vast and relatively clean.

I have fond memories of early morning skim boarding sessions at low tide along here as well as beach volleyball games a bit further north on a set of four courts.

I never hung out on the pier and until this day, hadn’t ever walked on it that I can remember. Touristy but hey, that’s what I am now too.

Santa Monica Pier

Japanese Garden through my mother’s eyes

Japanese Garden through my mother's eyes

Japanese Garden, Van Nuys, California. We returned to this great garden and while my 99 year old mother is mostly experiencing it through memory (she can’t walk or see well anymore) she enjoyed being wheeled around the paths.

I’m always trying to get new images of my mother but frankly, she’s declining and I’m having a tough time capturing her spirit.

I did like this reflection of the main pond at the garden in her sunglasses, and while she may not be seeing the detail this image shows, she’s taking it in through other senses and memory. Actually, she was nodding off when I took this.

Note: I cropped her mouth because if I catch her at the wrong moment her mouth has a less than attractive look; she knocked some teeth out in a fall and the resulting gap is unattractive.

Ginkgo on lotus

Ginkgo on lotus

This image is a high contrast JPEG right out of the Ricoh GR, the RAW, even with aggressive processing didn’t look as “painterly” as this so I chose this one.

Japanese Garden, Van Nuys, California. We returned to this great garden and while my 99 year old mother is mostly experiencing it through memory (she can’t walk or see well anymore) she enjoyed being wheeled around the paths.

The many ginkgo trees were shedding enough leaves so there were dried ginkgo leaves on lots of surfaces, including lotus leaves on a small pond.

Ginkgo on lotus

This image is a RAW image out of the Ricoh GR with minimal processing except to choose a monochrome preset I built in Lightroom for these kinds of shots. Lots of great texture here and the JPEG out of camera didn’t show it.

OK Go – I Won’t Let You Down

The group OK Go has produced a great music video with the release of their song “I Won’t Let You Down.” There are so many great visual techniques used in it and it’s so beautifully choreographed, whether you like their music or music videos in general it’s well worth watching.

Zoom it out, turn it up if you can handle it.

OK Go on Wikipedia.

[via The Verge]

Glencore

XRN19, 11 and 23

My longtime flickr contact and friend Schoolbookdepository took this excellent image of a freight train with a Canon 1D Mark IV and a Canon 200mm f/2.8 L lens in Greta (NSW) Australia.

The length and speed of the lens compresses the train and shows off the heat waves mixed in with the bokeh blur that is the back of the train. Brilliant effect, almost like tilt-shift miniaturization. This image is shot wide open at f/2.8 with a 200mm lens. That’s a very shallow depth of field, even though the front of the train is pretty far away from the camera. If the camera were closer to the front of the train the back would disappear in blur so Duncan (his real name) has taken the shot at exactly the right time to get this great effect. He’s been doing these kinds of shots for a while so he’s well practiced.

Eagle eye view of Paris

An eagle with a Sony Action Cam (like a GoPro) attached is let go on top of the Eiffel Tower and soars out over Paris looking for his handler in a plaza below. This is quite a spectacular video.

Eagles, hawks, owls and other predator birds are known to be able to spot a very small animal moving from great heights. This eagle finding his/her handler is a great example of that.

[via PetaPixel]

View from the Shard, London at night

The view from the Shard.

Here’s a similar image earlier in the day: View from the Shard, London.

Flickr member ikerr posted this excellent view of the River Thames, the Tower Bridge, London City Hall (the tilting building on the right) the ceramic poppy installation (red) from the Shard, Europe’s tallest building taken with his Fuji X100S.