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Vegas Baby

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Stepping out of the shimmering desert sunrise, I walk west into Las Vegas.  It’s Saturday morning.  It’s the morning after.

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The street photographer must transcend his fragile soul.

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This is Saturday morning on The Las Vegas Strip.

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It looks like someone had a memorable night.

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Out to Lunch at LAX

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After flying in from Newark, we have a three-hour break until our next leg.  There’s nothing good to eat at LAX so I take a walk over to Baja Fresh on Airport Boulevard.  I bring my camera along.  The walk takes me right under the approach path to runway 24R.  It’s a hot day but a nice breeze is coming in off the ocean.

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On my walk back to the airport I spot this giant baby peeking out from beyond the barbed wire.

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Now, I’m back inside the airport complex.  I try not to judge a structure that serves so many people, but a few days into a trip I am over massive concrete structures and diesel exhaust.

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Blurred Out

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I spent two days shooting our neighborhood under harsh light.  I was shooting straight, no tricks, and most of the frame was in focus.  What a joy it was to then put on my 135 mm f2.0 lens and take some pictures in the front yard with pretty evening light.  Here’s Ella under our birch tree.  Notice how easy it is to make a pretty picture when you blur out the background with a wide aperture.  It also helps having a super-cute six-year-old daughter.

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When the backgound is fuzzy there isn’t much to look at besides the main subject.  I’ve found that with this type of photo you must have a very interesting subject or else the picture is boring.  Just because it’s pretty doesn’t mean it’s a good photo.  I took a series of pics of Ella sitting with our dogs.  They were OK but boring.  I didn’t get a good shot until Gatsby got up and started licking Ella.

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The same advice hold true for dog photos.  I took a bunch of doggy portraits but none of them were as good as this action shot.  Gatsby’d Pitt-bull/German Shepard  teeth are sure to capture the viewer’s attention.

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The Highlands

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I have a new project.  I’m documenting our neighborhood.  Our subdivision was developed in the late 1960s.  They built only four models of houses.  I didn’t notice the repetition until three weeks after we moved in.    The developers didn’t even try to be creative.  The only variations between the house came years later as the owners made modifications and put on additions.  All the streets here are named after states so they call our neighborhood “The State Streets” or it’s referred to by it’s more romantic name “Clayton Valley Highlands”.  The houses first sold for under $70,000, but now, thanks to the Bay Area’s crazy housing market, almost every state street house is valued over a half million dollars.  These houses are small, 1200 to 1400 square feet.  Some are fixed up to represent their inflated 2o14 value and others are in terrible condition with junk cars parked on the lawn.  I could go on a rant about California’s Prop 13 and the Bay Area’s completely fixable housing crisis but I only halfway know what I’m talking about.  Instead, I’ll show you some photos.

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This house is the same model as ours.  There are at least 50 homes identical to ours in the neighborhood. Continue reading “The Highlands” »

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Making Rays

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We push back from the gate at Washington Dulles.  We’re in a hurry.  A line of thunderstorms is baring down on the airport and we want to get airborne before the weather gets too close.  On the way to the runway, the storms move across our departure corridor and block our escape.   Air Traffic Control, which has improved a lot over the past few years, quickly assigns us a new route.  While my first office loads the new flight plan into our flight management computer, I call dispatch to verify we’ll have enough fuel for the new route (I think you’ve heard this story here before, this is routine summer flying on the east coast).  The new route is kind of odd in that it has us intercept a radial off a VOR radio navigation aid.  Plugging an old-fashioned VOR radial into the Airbus’s modern flight management computer takes a bit of button pushing gymnastics, groan, but then I remember the definition of a straight line from junior high geometry:  two points determine a straight line.  Well, our route contains two points on the radial so we don’t have to actually use the FMGC’s radial intercept function.  Wow, we’re saved by geometry.  After everything is checked and re-checked, the storms are still a safe distance from the airport and we takeoff for Los Angeles.    We carefully pick our way through the tangle of ominous clouds and watch rays of sunshine cutting through the thunderstorm’s cirrus crown.

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Now, four hours later, we’re cruising over North Central Arizona.  A complex of thunderstorms towers above the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff.  The sun’s red rays stretch across the Navajo Nation.  As we fly above of this landscape of rock and volcanic peaks, a thought occurs to me:  for most of earth’s 5 billion years of existence, sun rays were the only visible straight lines.

*David is a California Photographer . You can order prints of the photos featured on this blog by clicking on the image or visit our website at photos4u2c.com Support this site by using one of my links to Amazon.com. Thanks!
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