March 13, 2022: Spent the afternoon with fellow Lunartics in Whitter shooting jets and 80 percent moon. Yea! - Caught three airliners headed into Los Angeles International Airport. This one is my favorite.
Feb. 26, 2022: Flute-playing mermaid statue is silhouetted against an overcast sky at Sloter Point in Ventura, California. The 20 foot-tall sculpture, installed in 2010, greets boats entering Ventura Harbor. A similar cello-playing mermaid, dedicated in 2017, occupies a location on the south side of the Ventura Harbor entrance.
Russian immigrant Alec Benke purchased the mermaid statues in 2005 from the World Decor outlet in Downey, California. They were up for auction after the original buyer backed out. A contractor, Benke, build the pedestals for both statues. Photo taken with Lensbaby Trio/Sweet lens.
Feb. 21, 2022: Presidents Day program at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California. During a photography session with museum visitors, President Ulysses S. Grant was portrayed by Edward Headington. The photo was taken with Lensbaby Trio/Sweet lens.
Feb. 19, 2022: Infrared image of an F-4 Phantom jet on static display at the Point Mugu Missile Park south of Oxnard, California. Multiple missiles tested at Point Mugu since the late 1940s are on display at Missile Park. Also on display is an F14 Tomcat. This photo was taken with a full conversion camera and a 720nm filter. 51/365
Feb. 18, 2022: Infrared image of the Veterans Memorial fountain located in Conejo Creek North Park in Thousand Oaks, California. Each pillar represents one branch of the U.S. Military. 49/365
Feb. 12, 2022: Mural of a woman looks over traffic at Hurst Ave. and Main St. in Ventura, California. The 2017 mural by Even Mendal is on the Eastern exterior of the Stamp Company building. 44/365
Feb. 12, 2022: Taking advantage of the early morning light, I stopped at the controversial bus transfer station at the north end of Pacific View Mall in Ventura, California. "Bus Home" by artist Dennis Oppenheim is a 36-tall whirling $2.2 million sculpture depicting a bus morphing into a suburban home.
Despite strong local opposition, the Ventura City Council approved "Bus Home" in 2000. The sculpture opened in 2002.
Over the last decade, I've photographed "Bus Home" several times. This time I brought along a converted infrared camera. For this image, I used a 720nm filter, 250th-second exposure, f/ 7.1 ISO 400.
This image is number 43 in my 365 days black and white image project.
Jan. 22, 2022: Kiss Me. -- Antique skateboards hang on display at the Skateboarding Hall of Fame and Museum in Simi Valley, California. The 10,000 square foot museum includes a gift shop, antique skateboards, a mini skateboard park, and lessons. I took this image with a Lensbaby Sweet 50 lens. 22/365
On Jan. 1, I started a 365 photo project, doing one black and white image a day. As with many 365 projects, I may miss a day or two but have to make up the day. Here are two photos from last Saturday. Above is LA Dodgers graffiti painted on a fence in Santa Paula, California. The photo was taken with Lensbaby Trio lens. 8/365. Below is a giant rubber duck serves as the mascot of Re-Bath Pacific Coast offices on Ventura Blvd. in Oxnard. The giant duck always attracts attention from drivers on the northbound Ventura Freeway. 9/365
Dec. 31, 2021: The last 2021 sunset lights clouds over Boney Mountain in Newbury Park, California. The 2,825-foot mountain is located in Circle X Ranch Park, part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
My thoughts on images past and present.