These photos were taken at the entrance of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), located right by the La Brea Tar Pits in downtown Los Angeles. Although there are always multiple displays to check out, I recently went there for the Tim Burton exhibit. The collection was awesome and i got to see some other great artwork throughout the museum. Check out their website at : http://www.lacma.org/ to see whats on display now.
I don’t consider myself a bird-watcher by any means, but every summer i enjoy filling the feeder to attract the neighborhood hummingbirds and get a great shots like these. I sit with assistant, our cat, under the feeder waiting for the slick flying machines to come humming towards me, rapidly shooting of frames as it passes by. We often get 5 or 6 of them dog-fighting one another with exhilarating aerial moves trying to get the delicious sugar water hanging from the side of the garage. The G-Forces experienced while making some of their most creative maneuvers would kill any human being. This miracle of evolution has managed to survive due to its speed and agility. However, the cat has figured out a new technique on how to outsmart the tiny Hummingbirds. Jack, the cougar like cat, hides inside of a bush adorned with flowers, waiting for the hummingbird to try and slurp out the nectar from the plant, grabbing the fragile, petite bird from the sky mid gulp. We will once again try out best to keep these two from any further conflicts, often leaving us with just one clue, a beak lying on the back patio and a satisfied cat napping on the sofa.
If you have hummingbirds in your area, try getting a shot or 2. You’ll find out soon it’s not easy getting them to hold still ….
My friend “Stevie Keys”, a true Britishman, stopped by recently to visit so we decided to take a few shots of his 1962 Ford Thunderbird. It is immaculate. There is only 2 smaller than a dime sized dings without any damage to the paint. All the Chrome has been cleaned up and the car just looks like it could attract the attention at all those girls or guys you always thought of as out of your league. The car just looks THAT good.
The third generation of Thunderbirds built between 1961 and 1963 were bigger, wider, longer and lower, pretty much anything that a car junky wants in a classic, making it one of the most sought after models. The clean flanks and a nose that came to a sharp point, gave the car a ballistic urgency and “Bullet Bird” was the name that stuck. The car comes with a 300-HP 390 cubic inch V8 with a 3 speed automatic transmission. At the flip of a shiny little switch the roof folds up and down with a hydrolic system at the flip of a switch allowing you to dress it up for a night out in town, or let the T-Bird fly freely with her top down andif you get him on board you might finally find out whether, or not, Donald Trump really is wearing a wig. The AM radio required a little upgrade with a slick installation under the seat, however it could use a remote control to make it a little more accessible. No seat belts of course … Safety wasn’t really a concern and i guess it took them until the 70’s to figure out that a harness or seat belt of some sort might just stop someone from flying 30 feet onto the pavement
I was walking along the street and couldn’t help but notice this little guy slouching in front of a local cafe. While the waitresses seemed to be rushing back and forth passing him with plates of food, smells that must have added to the drool already dripping out of his mouth, he didn’t move and rarely blinked. Just the thought of the trying to drag along it’s many rolls of skin along the ground seemed to increased the chubby little fella’s heart rate. BUT the same things that make this dog arguably hideous also make this breed irresistible to most human hearts. If i was a dog owner i would hate it if everyone came up and grabbed my dog. I mean i wouldn’t be rude but i feel like certain dog owners who own rare breeds or especially good looking dogs must be bothered by this occasionally. And i do it to … After multiple attempts and the ability to fight off the urge to wag its tail the “ball of canine” began licking my hand profusely. Yum. After it discovered i was not bacon he was smelling before he turned away and resumed holding his post. Someday i hope to get a dog, id love a dog, but for now ill just let you pick up the poop.
This photo was shot with a Sigma 10-20mm wide open at f4. I wanted to capture both the size of the Getty center as well as the diversity of subjects that are there to shoot. There is so much going on in this picture that i always see something new and intriguing. With all of the reflective services it was nice that there was a fine layer of clouds across the sky providing a natural diffuse for to soften the light. I was here for about 3 hours collecting some shots for my portfolio. For shots like this i like to turn up the clarity and saturation a bit. I grew up with a mom who is an architect and i was always drawn to the 3D renderings she did for her projects and the 3 dimensional effect that they gave. I try to do this a little bit with my architectural photography too. I can achieve that by creating sharp yet smooth edges throughout the photograph creating a nice flow throughout the image. You can see some more of my pictures from the trip to the Getty Museum by clicking on the the photo.