Olympic & Doheny

This evening, President Obama came to town.  I was eating pad thai at Riceville when the motorcade actually drove down Olympic Boulevard, but I did get some shots of the vacant Olympic Boulevard with downtown LA’s skyline, and the parking lot that was Doheny Drive’s southbound lane.



Walked around Princeton (the university and the town). The Princeton Museum of Art was a bit of a surprise, and I highly recommend making the excursion if you’re anywhere nearby. The collection was very comprehensive, and the visiting exhibition “Starburst: Color Photography from 1970 to 1980” was inspiring (did not take any photos of the photos as that is silly).

Full Flickr Set here, a few excerpts below:

Manhattan Weekend

Spent the past weekend in New York City, specifically Manhattan, exploring and poking around –you know, touristy-type things.  Not all of the photos are winners, but they do tell a story about how much I walked in 48 hours.  Here are a few, the rest are in my Flickr set. The first photos were from Mulberry Street.  I can not recommend Ferrara’s, on Grand Street, enough.
Prerequisite Empire State Building shot.
The infamous Flatiron Building.
Bird vomiting in another birds mouth in Madison Square Park.
No! Don’t jump! You have so much left to oxidize for!
The Chrysler Building (which I happen to prefer over the Empire State Building).
The Brooklyn Bridge.
Self portrait of a Times Square tourist.
The Bow Bridge in Central Park. One of “The Most Photographed Bridges.” –I am all about originality.
The damaged statues in the Metropolitan Museum of Art have a certain sinister quality to them…

Air Transparency

A friend of mine has started a very useful blog with detailed explanations of the behind-the-scenes of airline/airport operations and regulations. I’ve found it illuminating to learn that consumer electronics on an aircraft will not blow up the plane, or jam the radar, but do provide other safety hazards. Things which have not been explained well by any airline staffer ever, in the history of “Please turn off any electronic devices.” –one might say that the airlines have been opaque.
Air Transparency blog

Beverly Hills Concours D’Elegance 2010

The first time I went to the Beverly Hills Concours D’Elegance (a.k.a. Haute Wheels) was completely by accident. On Father’s Day in 2007 I went to The Nosh in Beverly Hills with my dad and his girlfriend, Kathy. After a nice breakfast we went for an early morning walk around Beverly Hills. When we hit Rodeo, we stumbled upon the auto show. It was a great experience to see all those classic cars with my dad. Unfortunately this was before my hobbyist interest in photography so there weren’t any pictures. The following year, I convinced two friends to go check it out and I was able to get some mediocre shots in. 2009 was skipped entirely, unfortunately, due to work obligations. I almost did not get to go this year, but I was able to make it at the last minute. Disappointingly, by the time I got there, there were too many people shuffling around to get any good shots, so it’s just more mediocre shots. This year was also a year when Jaguars were featured prominently, so I tried to get in some shots for my dad, because he’s a fan.

Here are a few, head to the Flickr stream for more.

The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA

I’ve been to The Getty Center many times over the years. The place is always very different, depending on the weather. Last time I was there it looked like a dried out fire hazard. Fortunately, I did get some decent shots and played around with some water stuff, but there are a lot of flower pictures –I know, amateur. 😉

Link to full Flickr album here.

Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

These photos are from a visit to The Huntington Library in San Marino (just outside of Pasadena) back on April 4th. “Library” is a bit of a misnomer, as the gardens surrounding the library are really the highlight. Unfortunately, my battery died almost immediately after I was done walking through the rose garden. I need to go back and shoot the Japanese garden, the Chinese garden, and the extensive desert garden.

Full Flickr album is here.

Greystone Park, Beverly Hills, CA

I went up to Greystone Park in Beverly Hills. It’s perched pretty high on the hill, that’s for sure. I regret not taking some photos of the Greystone Mansion, since that is by and large the majority of the park, but there were too many people and too much noon light to get anything worthwhile out of the architecture. I did take pictures of fish and turtles though (and one super-hazy shot of the skyline).