City Hall Holiday tree
04/12/13 22:33 Filed in: iPhone iPad
23/11/13 09:24 Filed in: From the Archive
1958 portrait of Sen. John Kennedy by Los Angeles Times staff photographer William 'Bill' Murphy that was used by the US Postal Service for 1964 postage stamp. Image scanned from print signed by Murphy and postage stamp added to lower left.
With the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Pres. John F. Kennedy, I posted JFK related items all week. In addition, one previous blog post was enlarged into a full story by Times writer Bob Pool.
On Friday, Pool's article JFK's visit to Santa Monica in 1958 yielded image seen by millions, was published.
While researching this story former Los Angeles Times staff photographer Bill Murphy became a co-worker, even though we never met. One injustice I found was that he never had his obituary published in the Los Angeles Times.
I did find this short one in the spring 1993 edition of the old Times-Mirror employee publication Among Ourselves:
Bill Murphy, who retired as a writer, photographer and book reviewer in 1988 after a 50-year career with The Times, died Jan. 15 (1993). He was 72.
Murphy joined The Times part time in 1938 as a clerk, then went full time in 1940 as a mail clerk. He learned photography in the Navy during World War II and joined the editorial photo department after serving in the Pacific for four years. During the Korean War, Murphy was called to active duty in the Marine Corps as a combat correspondent.
Murphy was the author of numerous books on California, the Southwest and Mexico.
A Murphy photo of President John F. Kennedy was selected from hundreds for use on a commemorative stamp issued in 1964. More than 500 million were printed…
One surprise was finding this photo JFK Interview, 1958, in the old Los Angeles Examiner Collection at USC. The photo was taken at the same informal press conference as Murphy's by my Cal Poly Pomona photography instructor Russ Lapp.
In addition to working on Pool's story, I posted these JFK related items on the From the Archive blog:
How the Los Angeles Times covered the Pres. Kennedy assassination
Los Angeles Times' images of President Kennedy [updated]
President Kennedy visits Burroughs High School prom
1943 wire dispatch on John Kennedy and PT 109
John F. Kennedy takes a swim
Civil War 2013
12/11/13 11:34 Filed in: New Images
Last night I posted 50 photos from Sunday's visit to The Blue and The Gray Civil War reenactment in Moorpark. I've been going for six years now and each year I usually work up a different post processing look — except 2011.
This year I went with a simply contrasty black and white look using basic settings in Lightroom 4. I am happy with the results.
Here are my flickr sets:
Civil War 2008: I did a sepia toned set of photos.
Civil War 2009: Images given antique look and old film border.
Civil War 2010: I did a multi step post processing basically black and white with a touch of sepia.
Civil War 2011: Straight up color images.
Civil War 2012: Black and white sketches with My Sketch iOS app.
Civil War 2013: Straight black and white image with high contrast look.
The two day event is held every year around Veterans Day. Its sponsored by the Rotary Club of Moorpark - all proceeds go to charity. It's advertised as the largest Civil War reenactment west of the Mississippi. I estimated over 500 took park in two battles on Sunday, Nov. 10th.
On Saturdays, the event has three battles — the last one at night. I usually work Saturdays so I only attend on Sundays.
Chorus line on Fokker F-32
07/11/13 01:12 Filed in: From the Archive
April 30, 1930: The Fanchon and Marco chorus girls dance atop a new Fokker F-32 aircraft during dedication ceremonies of Western Air Express's new terminal at Alhambra Field.
My From the Archive post for Wednesday, Nov. 6th was this iconic aviation photo. But my research, at first, hit a dead end. I thought the dancers were present to celebrate the delivery of the new giant aircraft to Western Air Express. This was only partly true. The new aircraft and dancers was actually part of the opening of Western Air Express's new terminal at Alhambra field.
My full Los Angeles Times From the Archive post: Dedication of Western Air Express terminal.
22/10/13 06:18 Filed in: Jack in the Box
Toasty Jack antenna balls are available this holiday season at Jack in the Box. Photo taken with Camera+ on iPhone while having my morning diet coke.
14/10/13 06:33 Filed in: iPhone iPad
Recently I went back to my Flickr set Carhenge 2013 - Hueless and made a new series. For these new images I went for the gritty, contrast look of my 1970-80s black and white images.
In Glaze I used the sunset 2 preset. In Distressed FX the HDR preset boosted the Glaze effect. In Jazz used vignette 20, 45 and Dirt Grunge used 44, 12, 29 and 30. The old fashion white mat frame added in Crop and Frame.
My Carhenge Glazed flickr set.
Hoover Dam lights up Los Angeles party
06/10/13 18:49 Filed in: From the Archive
On Oct. 9, 1936, electricity from Hoover Dam began flowing to Los Angeles. Of course it was party time. One million people came to downtown for a "Light on Parade" proceeded down Broadway, nicknamed "the Canyon of Lights."
Today I posted a ten photo gallery on the parade and Hoover Dam. I love the photos of Broadway, one above, that really lit up the place.
Link to From the Archive gallery: Hoover Dam lights up Los Angeles Party.
End of Summer
03/10/13 00:39 Filed in: iPhone iPad
To finish my 2013 July/Aug/Sep pic of the day flickr set, I came up with "End of Summer." The original is a tri-x black and white circa 1980 photo at unknown pier. Someday I'll have to find the neg and caption info.
In Photogene I lightened shadows and added contrast. In Distressed FX used Hera texture. In Aquarella used style 13.
My 2013 July/Aug/Sep pic of day flickr set. (Caution - it now has 90 images!)
26/09/13 00:32 Filed in: iPhone iPad
Everyone – including me — love to take new photos, add filters and make the image look old. So why not just do that to an old photos?
I pulled out this 1952 photo of my dad and sister and went at it. The original had a tint from scanning, so in Photogene applied the simple b&w preset. In Distressed FX used dole filter and whispers texture. In Pixlr-o-matic used perga border.
1932 gold prospecting
20/09/13 00:34 Filed in: From the Archive
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Robison, recently of Oklahoma, look for gold in San Gabriel Canyon.
During the Great Depression, gold prospecting had a small revival in the San Gabriel Canyon. The Sep. 25, 1932 Los Angeles Times lead story reported on the 500 people living and looking for gold in the East Fork of the San Gabriel River.
The archivists at UCLA have scanned a dozen of the 4 by 5 inch negatives taken for this story. Today I posted them in the Los Angeles Times From the Archive blog.
Only one problem, I was not able to identify the photographer. There was no photo credit in the Los Angeles Times or with the one print found at the Times library. Hopefully, after posting the gallery, someone will remember.
Link to From the Archive blog post: 1932 gold prospecting in San Gabriel Canyon.