Dec. 17, 2021: A visitor head to meet Santa at a very decorated home on Broadview Drive in Moorpark, California.
Sep. 22, 2007: Los Angeles City Hall at sunset following a rainstorm in downtown Los Angeles. City Hall kitty-corner from the old Los Angeles Times building. So when crazy weather hit downtown Los Angeles, I headed to the Times Building fifth-floor balcony that overlooks LA City Hall.
Dec. 11, 2021: The 1981 "Molecule Man" sculpture by Jonathan Borofsky sits near the Little Tokyo district in downtown Los Angeles. An 11-foot tall version of the 32-foot tall sculpture is located in Beverly Hills.
Nov. 27, 2021: Rose Bud photo was taken this morning with a 100mm macro lens and textured with DistressedFX Plus. The border was added from the Jazz app.
Nov. 14, 2021: Jet airliner over Whittier passes in front of the almost full moon during its approach to Los Angeles International Airport Sunday afternoon. Shout-out to Raul Roa for organizing a last-minute meeting of the Lunatics group. We got this one jet last night.
Oct. 14, 2021: Traffic on Central Ave. (Route 66) in Albuquerque passes in front of the Kimo Theater. The Art Deco theater was built in 1927. in June 1927, the Albuquerque Journal newspaper sponsored a naming contest for the new theater. The newspaper stipulated that the winner must be a Native American name with six letters or less. Pablo Abeita beat out the 500 entries with "Kimo," meaning "mountain lion." He won $50.
After falling into disrepair, in 1977, the City of Albuquerque took over and restored the theater. In 2011, the city installed a replica of the original neon sign.
Oct. 14, 2021: Home at 1908 Old Town Road NW Albuquerque, New Mexico. According to online real estate websites, this 951 square foot home was built in 1916.
Oct. 23, 2021: Skull sits on one of the Vehicles From Hell sculpture display near Barstow, California. According to a 1999 Roadside America entry, the vehicles are the work of brothers Ed and Greg Parker and appeared in early Mad Max movies. The Parkers ran A-1 Towing and Garage on Highway 58 near Barstow. Ed passed away in 1998, Greg passed away in 2005.
Oct. 15, 2021: Skelton outside the Tee Pee Curios on Route 66 in Tucumcari, New Mexico. According to RoadsideArchitecture.com, Tee Pee Curios originally was a Gulf gas station built in 1944.
A month ago, I purchased off Amazon a package of small gears used for jewelry. I piled the gears on a black table during the last couple of weeks and started shooting using a manual focus stack technique.
First, using a 50mm lens and an extension tube, I focused on the closest spot. Then moving the camera slowly forward, I would shoot about ten frames. Next, in Photoshop, I used the auto-align layers and auto blend layers features. The manual - no tripod - manual focus stacked created blank white edges that I filled with Photoshop's content-aware feature. Between the uneven focus stack and content-aware areas, these images ended up with interesting blurred regions.
My thoughts on images past and present.