Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The fastest food service in the west

The scene was captured at Nolas, a New Orleans style restaurant located on Third Street at the Los Angeles Art District.  The people just barely ordered their food, and the guitarist was about to change from the G-chord to the C-chord, when out comes their waiter Speedy Gonzales with their orders.

Nota bene on how the picture was taken:

Firstly, and most importantly, Nolas's food meets or exceeds the ultra high standard for discerning palates developed through years of source testing - i.e. source testing the food (heh).

I don't know the owner but I really like the place.  They have jazz music noon time and in the evenings.  It's practically on Little Tokyo so it's quite easy to find.  I think there's a brewery close by but I can't remember what it's called.  Give me a couple of beers and for sure I'll remember.

In capturing Speedy, no tripod was used.  I set the camera at f16 and lock it on aperture priority.  The camera automatically selected 2.5 sec at iso 200.  I set the timer mode for a 2 sec delay and the shooting mode on continuous.  Then I placed the camera on the edge of the table.  Press the release button and the camera started shooting continuously frame after frame.  It's easier to show it than write about it.

At this slow shutter speed, the movement of the waiter was captured blurry.  At first the waiter was not in the frame so when he came over, I thought that shot was botched because I was trying to take a picture of the group.  But I ended up liking this amongst the rest.

Hope you enjoy.  Cheers.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Early Days Published

I've just published my third photo book entitled Early Days. The book is a hardcover 8 x 8. I've selected over 16 photos from Juzno of the Day posts. The photos are printed on thick archival paper that is designed to prevent fading, and guaranteed to withstand the most brutal abuse of a two-month old puppy. Most of the photos are from my early works but I've also included a few newer ones. The difference of this book from previous ones is that on this one each photo is accompanied with musings.

I'm pushing the book for $35 as an introductory offer. [If I get famous, the book will be worth more.  But that's big "if".]  Please let me know if you or anyone is interested in this. Or simply forward the link to your friends and tell them that you personally know how good is this artist.  [Heh.] 

Preview the book above. Click on the image to flip page.  Hope you enjoy.

Friday, August 17, 2012

The drink is on me

This young mixologist insisted that I should sample his newly invented drink.  Should I or not?  I politely declined and offered to take a picture of his soon-to-be famous cocktail.

Juzno has not been active because I'm trying to get past some issues right now.  All these shall come to pass.

Have a great weekend.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

What We did This Summer No. 3

What We did This Summer No. 3:  This was the last thing I saw while in Skagway, which was our third cruise stop.  We were on our way back to our ship and I saw the nice snow capped mountain framed unto the dock, the bridge and the embankment.  In my opinion, Skagway is not a perfect place but I think its imperfection makes it inspirational.  The greenish water is most likely glacier fed, which is really muddy water from the silts but looks kind of cool.  I think the north really has cool looking mud.  The cloud formation appears to be a sign that strong winds are ahead.  I was told Skagway meant "Northern Winds" because it's always windy there.  It's located at the northern end of the Inside Passage.  It was very calm the whole time we were there.  So either we got ripped off because it was not windy or we were blessed.

Have a cool weekend.  Cheers.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

My Bonnie Lies Over Pike Place and First Street

They say Grunge Rock was invented in Seattle.  For those who don't know what this music genre is, think of the unshaven Curt Cobain, torn Levis and plaid shirt bought at the Salvation Army Thrift Store.  The music was very popular in the 90's.  This street musician is a throwback from that era.  Maybe she didn't get the memo.  She's definitely into the Grunge thing mixed with hipster elements - (notice the skinny jeans and the sailor's cap).

As people were was watching the fish throwing ritual at Pike Place Market, this musician was singing Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit while accompanying herself with the accordion.  Brilliant.  Again for those who haven't heard this song, I suggest you YouTube it and you'll probably appreciate the irony of this charade.

For this image, I rendered it as a fake HDR that I thought would be appropriate for the grungy scene.  Taken with the Fujifilm X100 point and shoot.  Hope you enjoy this silly post.

Happy Thursday.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

What We did This Summer No. 2

What We did This Summer No. 2: Boarded a ship so I can take a picture of Seattle from the sea. I think the ship was the perfect place to have shot this. The timing of the day couldn't have been better. (Usually it was raining.)

This is a composite from I think 3 or 4 images stitched together. I could have gotten a similar picture by buying a postcard at the drug store. I could have but I didn't.

To my Socal Freinds: Hope this takes your mind off the earthquake. Cheers.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

What We Did This Summer No. 1

What we did this summer No. 1: We traveled 1887 Miles so we can check out Ketchikan's outlet store. Bought silly items that were made in China. What a great deal.

Techie Notes: The wooden fence provides a leading line that makes the picture look 3d. Once I composed what I wanted to shoot, the trick is to focus on the foreground - in this case the wood - and set the aperture to the smallest opening (mine went up to f/16) so that the rest of the background stay reasonably sharp. Cheers.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Are you dreaming my dream?

Most of us were busy taking pictures of the glaciers when I accidentally stepped inside a rabbit hole and found myself in a different world.  Maybe it was the tea I had that morning even though I remember drinking a couple of Americanos.  Taken at Mendenhall Glacier with the Finepix X100 point and shoot.  Hope you enjoy.

Pop Candies on a Summer's Day