July 27, 2021: Bronze sculpture "Three Generations" in front of the Goebel Adult Community Center in Thousand Oaks. The 1992 Norman Rockwell-style sculpture by Ann LaRose sits in deep shade underneath a couple of trees. The heavily backlit location makes photographing the sculpture a challenge. To get this image, I took advantage of this morning's heavy cloud clover and the Pro Camera app's HDR function to get this iPhone capture. I like this sculpture, but not the green bird waste. Time for cleaning!
June 11, 2021: A family visits Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska. Creator Jim Reinder built Carhenge in 1987 during a week-long family reunion. After living in England for seven years, Reinder was familiar with Stonehenge. So after deciding to create a "Stonehenge West," he turned a new art medium - used readily available cars.
Back on June 8, I visited the extensive Museum of Ancient Life in Lehi, Utah. The exhibit features displays showing life on earth from the earliest single cell organism thru the dinosaurs to the recent rise of humanity. After dozens of dinosaur exhibits, I thought I was near the exit. I turned a corner and came face to face with this megalodon shark. After waiting for a child for scale, I had my favorite photo of the museum.
From this morning: the T-Rex, left, on Blackwood Street in Newbury Park, I found guarding a sizeable American Flag. "Tessie," right, the Newbury Park giraffe statue at Borchard Rd. and Theresa St. sports her patriotic best to celebrate Independence Day. Have a Happy July 4th!
June 8, 2021: While waiting for a traffic light in Provo, Utah, I spotted this cat sitting in a home's window.
June 2, 2021: Every trip to San Luis Obispo County includes a stop in Morro Bay to shoot sunset images. Unfortunately, this time the fog rolled in. However, while walking around, I did find a group of kids jumping off the pier. In the background is a vintage PT Boat from the Vietnam War era.
June 2, 2021: Bell tower of Mission San Miguel Arcangel north of Paso Robles, California. The Franciscan order established this mission on July 25, 1797. Today Mission San Miguel Arcangel remains in use as a parish church of the Diocese of Monterey. Infrared iPhone image with two-second exposure at f/1.8, ISO 32.
June 2, 2021: A girl explores low tide under the Pismo Beach Pier. The first Pismo Beach pier was built in 1882. In 1924 a large pier was constructed and renovated in 1985.
May 26, 2021: Cactus flower photographed in a Pep Ventosa method at the Santa Barbara Zoo. I took a series of images over 180 degrees and used 13 frames for this version. Next, I added a texture in DistressedFX Plus app and a border in the Formulas app.
May 26, 2021: Infrared iPhone image of "Chad," a 74-foot blue whale skeleton located at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History entrance. Two months ago, I toured the Santa Barbara Museum but did not like the infrared image I took of "Chad." Yesterday I went and took a different shot. I took this photo with a 720nm filter, 15 seconds at f/2.4, ISO 8.
My thoughts on images past and present.