Glorious Day In Laguna Beach At The BoardwalkDo you know what GDPR is? If you are a photographer or anyone planing a trip to Europe you had better get familiar with the new privacy regulations that went into effect May 25.

Here is a short essay on GDPR and how it will effect, maybe, photographers.

And here is a more detailed look at GDPR.  The author is not a lawyer and you and me both aren’t lawyers so any interpretation of this giant law can only add to your confusion. I do recommend you follow his advice or maybe not.

After reading the essay I have doubts about even bothering to travel to Paris. I have plenty of time to see how GDPR plays out in Europe. But currently I would say NUTS with them. I will go to Washington D.C. and New York.

The picture at the top of this post might not be possible under the GDPR regs. At least not without written permission from the couple.

Nothing is firm. I really don’t know what I will do.


Photo Challenge: A Place In The World

The ExplainerI have no specific place in mind but I do have requirements.

This place must have great museums. Not one but several.

This place must have great schools.

This place must be multicultural.

This place must have great public transportation.

This place must have many public parks.

This place must have great architecture. And a place for all people – rich and poor.

Does any place in the world meet ALL my requirements? I fear not. Especially housing for all, not just the rich.

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About the photo: It was taken at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA.) This is the room with all their impressionists paintings.


Photo Challenge: Unlikely

Glorious Day In Laguna Beach At The Boardwalk
Street photography is all about the Unlikely. Either you’re ready for it or the unlikely passes you by. This means you always have the camera ready, in your hands with the finger in the shutter release.

Good street photographers are always ready for the unlikely. It’s that or go home and shoot the furniture.

So here is my contribution to the unlikely. The young woman spotted me at the exact time I spotted her. He, on the other hand (Pun intended.) was focused on her. I had just an instant to get the photo.

Looks like I did.

How unlikely is that.

About the photo: It was taken on January 21, 2016 which was Women’s Day and women were demonstrating all across America. This was after the event in Laguna Beach, CA. The couple was relaxing at Main Beach on the boardwalk. Always a great place for the Unlikely.

For more of the Photo Challenge: Unlikely click here.

Photo Challenge: Rise/Set

Reflections During Sunset At Heisler Tide PoolsThis is a favorite of mine and another photographer in Laguna Beach. The photo was taken on January 11, 2017. I took over 400 photos that day – from early morning beach surf to this sunset.

What was unusual that day was the number of good photos I got, three alone at sunset. Not just the photo above but also the photo you see in the header (Go to the index page for this blog to see the entire picture.) The third photo you can view at my flickr site. It’s here. They were all taken in Laguna Beach at the Heisler Tide Pools. I was lucky in one respect in that the clouds help give me two sunsets. The first when the Sun went behind the lower clouds and finally the real sunset. The crowd didn’t show up until the real sunset started. So I had very few people to contend with. I don’t mind people in my photos but during a sunset they manage to get in the middle of a photo where I don’t need them. The one in the header is an example of someone enhancing the photo. With that photo I was afraid they would get up and walk away before I could get in position with the tripod and camera. As you can see they stayed and I got my photo.

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This One Place Before I Die

parisForget the bucket list. For me it’s the one I have always wanted to go to and never have. In the Summer of ’62 I could have gone there and my parents would have paid for the trip. I declined. I know, I know, you are crazy. I just am not the adventure, travel type. I have and brother and sister that will quit their jobs and off they go. The sister has been around the world. Visited Antarctica using a twin mask motor-sailer. The brother once traveled to India via Europe and the Middle East.

Me, I went to Vietnam at the suggestion of the USMC. Ok, I did volunteer for the Marines.

Beside the opportunity to go to Paris in ’62 I also had 2 other invites. Yes invites! And turned both down. Actually I turned only one down (Money – didn’t have any.) and the other got tangled up in US government security issues. But that was more an excuse that could have been overcome.

So early next year I hope to really get to Paris. Again money is an issue. I may have enough but currently I just don’t know.

The plan is to go in March 2019 and stay for 30 days. Yea I know – good luck with that plan. Paris is VERY expensive currently so maybe a visit to Paris and other places in France.

I’ll keep you up to date. That’s all for now.