Sorry to Keep Moving Everyone Back and Forth

...but maintaining three blogs seems pointless -- SO: I won't be adding new material to this blog, nor to: albumshowcase This is the one that I will be posting to. www.streetphotosgallery.com Please come for a visit:-)Leave a comment -- let me know that you were there.

www.streetphotosgallery.com

--Paul

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Street Shooting in the Los Angeles Fashion District

Early in January, a friend of mine posted that he and a few others were going to spend some time shooting along the streets in the LA Fashion district. It looked to be a little cold, with a chance of rain, but I figured it would be more fun that sitting on my couch.

The weather held and I got to meet a few other photographers -- and shooting them was as interesting, to me, as anything.

This was my favorite image of the day -- can you count the number of mannequins in the photo?

Street photography in Los Angeles

Five Cool Dudes

A few more:

There are many ways to define street photography -- and long discussions about it. For me, it is pretty simple. I want to tell a story, show the human condition, or document a slice of life -- but, most times, I'll settle for a photo that just interests me.

If you are in Los Angeles, and interested in street photography, check out this group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LAstreetPhotography/

....and, if you are interested in 'photo walking" -- just walking around with a camera, taking pictures with some friends, I invite you to check out a Meetup that I host: http://www.meetup.com/So-Cal-Photo-Walkers/

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Laura Bryce – Headshots

Recently, I had the opportunity of collaborating with actress/model Laura Bryce for some headshots. All images were captured with a Nikon D7000 at 1/60 between f4.0 and f5.6, using two Nikon Speedlights. One speedlight had a 20"x20" softbox and the other had a Gary Fong Lightsphere, with a Chromedome -- and it was bounced off a 48" reflector, angled about 45 degrees over Laura's head and right shoulder.

Learn more about Laura Bryce on her IMDB page: http://imdb.me/laurabryce

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Photo Walk in LA

Interested in photography? Interested in exploring Southern California on foot? Then the So Cal Photo Walkers Meetup is for you.

No formal classes, but always happy to help others learn to take better pictures. If you have questions, just ask.:-)

Last Summer, I lead one of the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walks. It was fun, and I had several requests to do it on a regular basis. Well the Kelby walks are only one a year, so I started a Meetup Group. So far, we've had three photo walks, with another half-dozen on the schedule, and many more floating around in my head. The group is free to join. There is no experience requirement, and all types of cameras are welcome. There are no fees for the events, unless there is an admissions fee to a venue.

http://www.meetup.com/So-Cal-Photo-Walkers/

Yesterday, I took the train from Irvine to LA's Union Station. A couple of others also traveled by train, and some met us in LA. It was a very overcast day, with rare glimpses of the sun. Sometimes, I enjoy the diffused light -- not every picture has to have bright light and blue sky.

While we had no specific destinations in mind, this was the general plan:

"I will arrive at Union Station shortly after 10AM and shoot in the area until the those coming in at 11AM arrive. About 11:15 we will leave the Info Kiosk, near the main entrance and make our way across the street to Olivera Street. From there, we will head down Main Street (south), toward City Hall. At 1st Street, we will turn right (west), past Parker Center toward the Disney Concert Hall )1st & Grand). We may take a lunch/snack break in the small plaza across Hope Street (Hope and 1st) -- think Subway, coffee shop, etc., or bring some snacks.

"From the Disney, we'll head south, toward Angel's Flight (Between Hope and Hill and 3rd & 4th Streets). We have several options, south of Angel's Flight, including the Jewelry and Fashion Districts.

"I doubt that we will go past Olympic Blvd. The Orpheum Theater is on Broadway, near 9th St. From this area, we will head back north, to Pershing Square and hop on the Metro for the short ride back to Union Station. We will probably be at Pershing Square about 3-3:15, and get back to Union Station for a little more shooting, and 4PM trains."

Here are a few of the images that I captured.

Old Ticket Windows - Union Station LA

Old Ticket Windows - Union Station LA

After leaving Union Station, our first stop (directly across the street) was Olvera Street. Olvera Street is in the oldest part of Downtown Los Angeles, California, and is part of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument.

Shirt Depicting the Virgin of Guadalupe

Shirt Depicting the Virgin of Guadalupe

Young Boy in Typical Costume

Young Boy in Typical Costume

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_Guadalupe

From Olvera Street, we walked south to City Hall and went up to the 27th floor, for a panoramic view of the city.

View of Disney Concert Hall (center) from City Hall

View of Disney Concert Hall (center) from City Hall

The next few images, of the Disney Concert Hall where captured in infrared with a converted Nikon D100.

LA Disney Concert Hall

LA Disney Concert Hall

LA Disney Concert Hall

LA Disney Concert Hal

LA Disney Concert Hal

LA Disney Concert Hal

Motorcyclist reading newspaper

Don't Read While Riding

Inside the Bradbury Building

Inside the Bradbury Building

Bradbury Building

Bradbury Building Mail Drop

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradbury_Building

Relaxing on the Bench

Relaxing on the Bench

John in California Plaza

John in California Plaza

Norman Lining Up a Shot from Inside Angles Flight

Norman Lining Up a Shot from Inside Angles Flight

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angels_Flight

Street Scene in LA

Street Scene in LA

Street Scene in LA

Street Scene in LA

Inside Central market

Inside Central market

Photo Walkers in LA

Julie, Norman, John, Sabah (in the back), & Trudi

Metrolink Passenger

Metrolink Passenger

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Canditates Grades — How I see the Huntington Beach City Council Race

This week, there was a candidate's forum, for those seeking a seat on the Huntington Beach City Council. This was interesting for me, because there are some new names standing for election, this November. There are also some familiar names.

I realize that a single forum, where candidates have only a few minutes to express their views, may not give an in-depth look at their positions, but, except for yard signs, and other self-published election materials, it may be the most candid look at those who hope to guide our city.

The League of Women Voters hosted the event.

What I present here is a percentage ranking of how each candidate's responses align with my own feelings about the questions asked by the moderator. They are not based on a specific position, or on a particular issue facing the city. As candidates answered questions, I simply marked a + or - beside their names -- plus if I agreed and minus if I disagreed. Maybe it isn't the most scientific method, but, as a former political science major, I have used a similar system for 40+ years. I don't blindly follow the numbers, but it gives me a guide -- and it has the added advantage of not making me a single issue voter.

candidates forum - Huntington Beach City Council

Huntington Beach City Council Candidates Forum

It was announced that candidate Bruce Brandt was unable to attend because of illness, so he has no score.

The candidates:

90% - Jim Katapodis
82% - Jill Hardy
79% - Tim Ryan
77% - Billy O'Connell
75% - Erik Peterson
75% - Alexander Polsky
73% - Dave Sullivan
67% - Tony Carter
58% - Barbara Delgleize
36% - Devin Dwyer
33% - Bob Wentzel

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