Saturday, April 29, 2017

Don't Worry, Be Happy

Buddy was my first model when I began to get serious into photography.  He has always been my most reliable and faithful model of all.  He is always there when I need to test my equipment.  He never complained and did everything I told him.  He was and still is the best of them all.  Here's to you, dear Buddy.  Cheers!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Don't you love her madly

1 John 2:15-17

"Faced with the knowledge that nothing we say, no matter how trivial or silly, will ever be completely erased, we find it hard to take the risks that togetherness entails. " - Olivia Laing’s book on loneliness, The Lonely City

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Listen to Her

The El Greco Museum is located in Toledo, Spain. It celebrates the mannerist painter El Greco, who spent much of his life in Toledo, having been born in Fodele, Crete. The museum opened in 1911 and is located in the Jewish Quarter of Toledo.

Shot with my Fujifilm x-pro1.  I love the placing of the subjects - the lady who happens to be our Tour Guide and the lady on the poster behind her who seems to be telling us to listen to her.  

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Fire and Ice

For a while, I have been into muted colors but the saturated look has been ingrained in my DNA.  Old habits are hard to break.  And the saturated look has been my style for a very long time.  Initially I thought I would render this image in black and white but thought that it would better convey my vision of fire and ice, which is how it looks to me: Steely dried leaves separated with the orange ones.

Techie Notes:  Taken at the foot of a transmission tower last Saturday while on our weekend walk with the dog.  Maybe that's why the colors look radioactive.  Beautifully illuminated by the morning sky over Chino Hills.

Hope you enjoy.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Karl Marx Lived Here

Tier, Germany (I believe)

Karl Marx lived here.  Really. That's what our tour guide said so. The house has been converted to a shopping building. I guess capitalism prevailed. 

Notice the crucifix in one of the room.  A bit odd for Marx to have one.

Hope your day is going well.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Rain Nostalgia at Old Town Pasadena

It had been raining but I wanted to test the pancake 27mm lens I just got.  There wasn't anything interesting to shoot, except this Japanese restaurant building that caught my attention.  Not really sure why I like it.  Perhaps I thought I could edit it later in post-production and make it look like something nostalgic.  Now it didn't seem that way.

The building is one of the eclectic architectures found in Old Pasadena, often referred to as Old Town Pasadena or just Old Town.  The city is the original commercial center of Pasadena, California, United States that arose from one of the most prosperous areas of the state, and had a latter day revitalization after a period of decay.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Umbrella Not Required

Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. It is known for a mild year-round climate, scenic coves, environmental preservation, and artist community. With this gorgeous weather, umbrellas are not required.

Hope your day is going well.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

The Horseman of Austin, Texas

Colonel Frisk:  Ain't no woman like the one I got.

Juzno:  Colonel, I thought you hated women.

Colonel Frisk:  I was talking about Jessica.

Juzno:  Who's Jessica?

Colonel Frisk:  I'm sitting on her, you fool.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Alice Cooper endorses the Bible

Aye, yes.  Better believe it.  Alice Cooper, the singer, reads Christian Theology.  Not the contemporary Evangelical theology.  He reads Reformed Christian Theology, which dates back to the 16th century when Protestants were being persecuted by the Roman Catholic kings and queens.

Wayne and Garth kneeling, "We are not worthy!"

Monday, April 03, 2017

Still Life with Flower Vase ...

Shot on iPhone 7 plus, Lightroom Mobile.

... and with table napkins, junk mail and coffee mug.

Sometimes the best photo op is an unplanned one.  I was sitting across Whelma's table and admired the lighting.  Glad I have my iPhone.

I'm really loving the iPhone 7 plus.  It is an excellent phone with improved cameras (it has two lenses), super slick performance and a handy waterproof, yet familiar design.  If you are a photographer, this is a great back-up camera.  Or it can be your main camera.  It allows for RAW format capture.  A great plus if you plan to edit your images later on.  It's a bit expensive.  But so is the Leica.

Hope your day is going well.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

I'll see you in September

When Summer is Gone.

And I’ll see you in September 
When summer is gone 
Have a good time but remember  
Come back to me when summer is gone 

No, not the Frankie Vallie and the Happenings rendition.  But Gary Lewis and the Playboys.

Have a blessed weekend.