Circus Time

We finally made it to the circus after a couple of false starts and schedule changes. Circus Flora is fantastic one ring European style circus done the way a circus is meant to be watched. Check out their website at

Hot Hot Hot

It’s hot outside and no one wants to do anything today. We are going to the Circus tonight in an air conditioned tent though I wonder how effective it will be against the heat.

I’ll take my camera along tonight and though you can’t shoot photos during the performance I might get a couple of shots after the show.

I ordered a small portable soft-box today and an adaptor to mount it to my painters pole. The adapter cost more than the pole but it’s probably cheaper than trying to cobble one together when you figure in the time it would take. I bought the pole a while ago to take crowd photos at an outdoor Halloween party but I’ve never gotten much use out of it since then so I’m going to mount a flash on it and use it with the help of my lovely assistant to get some fine directional portrait light.

The photo above is from our recent trip to Los Angeles, CA. It’s an often photographed sign so I used that as an excuse to come up with something different than a simple straight on shot. At least that’s what I had in mind. Circus Liquor, North Hollywood, California. June 2010.

Father’s Day

Brunch with the kids today and I got a new watch for Father’s Day. That was very thoughtful. It has two time zones for traveling. I thought it was rather big until I noticed Tom’s giant watch.

James tells me the new iPhone operating system will be out soon and that he has a new phone on the way. It’s too soon for me to upgrade and though new stuff always looks good, it’s usually more about marketing than function.

Nothing much to report. Happy Father’s Day!

Circles Of Confusion

Sometimes it’s hard to know when to stop when you are editing photos. The light was flat under an overcast sky the day I took this photo so I have been playing around with different renderings and colors.

It needs late afternoon sun to look its best but we don’t always have the luxury of sitting still and waiting for perfect conditions when traveling.

I was glad I got to see the Circle K and the Half Moon Motel while I was in Los Angeles.

Not too far up the street is the Wheel World sign. Another one that I would like to see at night with the neon turned on.

Five Minutes Please

Sometimes you have five minutes (or less) for what could easily be an all day project. At those times you go on instinct and hope that you are able to capture something of value. I’m not quite happy with this photograph and I spent a lot of time trying to adjust the contrast and shadows in an effort to replicate what I saw with my eyes.

I wish that I had more time to get to know this building but I arrived late in the day and spent precious time trying to get the parking kiosk to work. The Disney Center was closed for a private party so I didn’t get inside at all.

A tripod would have been useful for framing shots and waiting on the best light to arrive but I had no time for that anyway. Sometimes photography takes a back seat to just being there and enjoying the experience.

On the way back to the hotel we stopped to get gas and another five minute photoshoot.

Tic Tac Toe

Or maybe it’s sparkle, glitter and fade. Staying at the Avalon Hotel was a lot of fun with lots of interesting things to look at in a relatively compact space.

Photo Editing Fun

Some photo editing experiments turn out better than others. I knew I had to get some sort of photo with this dress in it while I was at the Avalon Hotel in Los Angeles. Maybe I’ll take another stab at it later when I have more time. When will that be I wonder?

It’s back to work this afternoon after four great days of travel and photography. I wish I had a few more days to edit photos and work on personal projects.