Photo Challenge: Transformation

Erecting Steel At The Laguna Beach Festival Of ArtsThe steel being erected at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts is part of a complete transformation of the festival grounds. The previous grounds had been in place for decades and was showing it’s age.

What you can’t see is the graceful arch of the horizontal beam the steel worker standing on. I just couldn’t get into a position to show it. Though if you show up some summer during the festival you can view the finished product.

PS: One big, and I mean big, improvement was the expansion of the Women’s restroom. It’s now larger in many ways than the Men’s restroom. No more line extending from the entrance of the Women’s restroom for the entire length of one side of the festival grounds.

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Photo Challenge: Experimental

PCH At Ocean Ave
Pacific Coast Hwy at Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach, Ca

Since when I first picked up a camera (1958) I’ve done very little night photography. Why you ask? Because I shoot with 35mm cameras and enlarging a 35mm negative was tricky. Crop too much or just enlarge too far and all that grain in B&W Tri-X film shows up very quickly and detail is lost. Also you needed to go well beyond the rated ASA of 400 to get anything at night. I know, there were, and probably still are, developers that can push the film past it’s rated ASA. I just didn’t like that idea. Stick to the rated ASA was my mantra.

Digital is an entirely different animal.

With better and better sensors and the processors that convert the data from the sensor to something we can use, RAW, night prography is a real possibility. So out at night I go with my current camera a Fujifilm XPro-1. Every trip to the universe of Night is an experiment. I haven’t figured it all out yet but I keep experimenting and someday it will be second nature.

Now if I can only stay awake long enough to get those night shots.

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Photo Challenge: Temporary

Quiet Time At Main BeachMain Beach, Laguna Beach, California, USA. There is no one to be seen. No one playing volleyball. No one walking the beach. No one getting selfies in front of the lifeguard tower. Just no one anywhere.

To be honest there are people here but there are so few of them it was easy to get a photo without anyone in the frame. In fact I wasn’t even trying to keep people out of the picture it just happened that way.

For Main Beach this is pure temporary. Laguna Beach is an international destination and we get visitors year round. I would suspect that within a short time there would be many walking the boardwalk and waiting for sunset.

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Photo Challenge: Peek

A Peek At Old, Old Laguna Beach.

Laguna Beach is one of the older cities in Orange County, California. San Juan Capistrano is another.

What this photo shows is two of the oldest buildings in downtown Laguna Beach. Maybe the oldest but I’m not sure.

So what you’re seeing is a peek at the old Laguna Beach.

Where is it? It is on the upper end of Ocean Ave. If you do visit Laguna Beach be sure to walk Ocean Ave from PCH to Forest Ave. If you do then you have walked the entire length of Ocean Ave. All two blocks of her.

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Photo Challenge: Rounded

Walt Disney Concert HallThe ultimate in a rounded building the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. It was actually the first of of Frank Gehry’s designs using exterior curved skins. But because of a shortfall in donations only the underground parking and the concrete base for the concert hall was done for several years. During that time Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain was completed.

It should also be noted that without computer design software these types of exterior panels could never have been done.

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