Jan. 3, 2021: "The Queen's Gambit," exhibit at Union Station in Los Angeles, features a large chessboard suspended above a sculpture of the fictional main character Beth Harmon. During the mini-series, Harmon often visualizes a chessboard on the ceiling of her room. Netflix erected the art installation in mid-Decamber to promote its popular mini-series. Record sales of chess sets occurred after the popular show appeared on Netflix. The art exhibit is opening for viewing - masks and strict social distancing is required—this exhibit's scheduled to close on Jan. 11. Below is a version of exhibit photographed through a glass ball.
Dec. 30, 2020: Infrared iPhone image of the Thousand Oaks Library Newbury Park Branch taken early this morning. I used Camera+ 2 app at 1400 Kelvin, 6-second exposure, ISO 3, and a 720nm filter. The 17,000 square foot branch library opened in January 1991. A grocery store formerly occupied the building.
Dec. 26, 2020: Infrared image of the sign for the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. I used a six-second exposure at ISO 50 with the Camera+ 2 app. I completed the post-processing in Lightroom. Tone and border are done with Snapseed and Formulas apps.
Dec. 22, 2020: A snowman at a Christmas light display waves to visitors to Shetland Place in the North Ranch section of Thousand Oaks. I used a Sweet 50 Lensbaby to take this photo. I’m having fun with my new lensbaby, but it’s taking a little practice to get used too. Looks like my spot of focus on this image is just off to the right of the Snowman.
Dec. 17, 2020: A reindeer Christmas ornament hangs on the family tree at my home. My new Lensbaby Spark 2.0 with Sweet 50 Optic arrived and is now tested. The lens is fun, but it is hard to focus. Must work on patience.
Dec. 23, 2018: The Coca-Cola Polar Bears on display during multi-home Holiday Light Display in Camarillo. Homes on Gemini, Waverly, and Saturn Avenues feature displays with tons of cartoon characters. The bears have occasionally appeared in Coca-Cola ads since a French print ad in 1922. But starting around 1993, Coca-Cola began using the polar bears as mascots.
Yesterday I joined Deep Dream Generator (deepdreamgenerator.com) and started experimenting. Here are three versions of fall leaves combined with a wood texture background. Trying to keep busy when stuck at home.
Dec. 4, 2020: Holiday display featuring giant inflatable decorations at home on Walter Ave. south of Kimber Dr. in Newbury Park. I made this panorama in lightroom from a dozen iPhone images.
Happy Holidays from Southern California!
For this textured image, I started with a recent sunset photo from Ventura, California. In Hipstamatic, I used dancer film, Vincent lens, and red-eye gel flash. In Stackables, I used the Haven preset. I finished with a desert dunes border in Formulas.
My thoughts on images past and present.