March 1982: Robert Nelson, the "Butterfly Man," eats fire during a performance on Pier 39 in San Francisco. Nelson went on to win Lead Street Act in a 1982 contest sponsored by Pier 39. In the 1990's I found Nelson performing at the Universal City Street Walk. He passed away on August 27, 2012.
July 15, 2017: Marquee of the locally owned Fox Movie Theater in Sidney, Nebraska. In 2017, the theater celebrated thirty years of ownership by John and Kim Phillips. Once a 950-seat single-screen facility, a 1970s conversion changed the theater into a twin-screen location with 200 seats per side.
June 24, 2017: History Day at Strathearn Historical Park in Simi Valley. The circa 1810 Simi Adobe is the oldest building in Simi Valley. Attached to the adobe on the right is the 1892 Victorian style Strathearn House.
May 13, 2017: Bald Eagle couple sitting on an island outside of Ketchikan, Alaska. I had taken a 300 mm lens on this Alaskan cruise but quickly found it was too short. But I had also brought along a Canon Powershot SX 530 with a 50x zoom. It's 1200 mm 35mm equivalent telephoto got this image and several others. The Powershot SX 530 is excellent during daylight, but terrible in low light situations.
May 28, 2017: Artist at work during the I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival at Santa Barbara Mission. The three-day festival this year runs from May 23-25. If you want to see the artists at work, go on the second day—the artists create 150 large scale images. The festival benefits the Children's Creative Project, a non-profit arts program in Santa Barbara County.
May 8, 2017: The Space Needle in Seattle taken with the Quad Camera iPhone app. The Space Needle opened in 1962 as the centerpiece of the World's Fair. I was one of the 2.3 million visitors to the fair that year. The Space Needle is 605 feet tall and includes 25 lightning rods. The Quad Camera app became obsolete after a recent iOS update.
May 10, 2017: Clouds draped over mountains on the west side of the Alaskan Inside Passage south of Juneau. The 500-mile route allows ships to avoid bad weather in the open Pacific Ocean.
Jetliner heading to Los Angeles International Airport passes in front of the nearly full moon over Whittier Sunday night. The informal photography group, the Lunartics, gathered for another evening of aircraft and moon photography. Monday night's full moon is named the Full Worn Moon. According to the Farmers Almanac, other March names include Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Sup Moon, and the Lenten Moon.
Dancer with the Tampa Ballet performs in January 1981, in Naples, Florida. For this image, I used a long exposure with the camera mounted on a monopod.
Leaves 2019: For this textured image, I started with a 2019 picture of two leaves. Then I made two versions in Distressed FX Plus. Next, I combined the two versions in Blender in normal mode. I finished with RipPix preset number six.
My thoughts on images past and present.