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.
May 25, 2021: This morning, I tried the Pep Ventosa "In the Round" technique on a flower. I took a series of images with an iPhone rotating the phone around the flower's center. Out of this series, I used stacked 11 frames in photoshop.
March 19, 2011: Former Soviet submarine B-427 on display next to the RNS Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. The submarine served in the Soviet and Russian navy from 1971 to 1994. In 1998 the sub opened as a museum next to the RNS Queen Mary. After hull ruptures and raccoon infestation, in 2015, the sub was closed to the public. Meanwhile, the current operators of the Queen Mary are in bankruptcy. The ship needs significant repairs. According to a City of Long Beach commissioned report issued May 19, 2021, the historic ship is in danger of flooding and capsizing.
May 16, 2021: Early this week, I started playing with the Average Camera Pro app on my iPhone. This app takes multiple images and combines them into a single impressionistic image. It's fun, but I wanted more control. So I looked into the Pep Ventosa Technique. Pep Ventose takes multiple shots, often hundreds, of the same scene and combines them into one photograph. So this morning at the California True Color Garden, I took series of pictures of various flowers. For this one, I combined 12 images in Photoshop to make this final version. Once finished, I added a texture from DistressedFX and a border from Formulas.
May 8, 2021: A Metro Bus passes one of the faces in the art installation "Faces of Elysian Valley," located in Los Angeles. The nine stone statues were installed in January 2017 in the traffic circle at the intersection of Figueroa St. and San Fernando Rd. The sculptures by Freye Bardell and Brian Howe reportedly took eight years to make. Social media has nicknamed the sculptures "Egghead Stonehenge." In December 2019, a vehicle crashed into the sculptures, knocking down several.
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