Selfies


CAUTION: To avoid injury, please remain at least 6 feet away from the cliff’s edge (and other people) before you pan in and shoot.


This is another shot from my old hike to “the Hollywood Sign.” I was working on the “sketch” effect and wasn’t even sure what I’d do with the image, until I saw the 3 things challenge. The man’s shirt is what originally caught my eye: Young, Broke & Fabulous. Something I could really relate to. Hey, two out of three ain’t bad! ūüėČ


#ThreeThingsChallenge: Injury, Shoot, Pan

Urban Oasis

Big Leaf Designs

This summer I went on an interesting hike with my son and daughter-in-law. My plan was to stroll through Ferndell Nature Trail which is basically flat, covered by shade trees, and brimming with plants from all over the world. I guess you could call it an urban oasis.

I shot this Elephant Ear there, and finally got around to working on it. I didn’t get as many photographs as I would have liked because my cohorts had other plans (unbeknownst to me), and my leisurely stroll turned into a 2 mile round trip hike up the hill to the Griffith Park Observatory and back.

Anyway, tomorrow I have a Biology exam. I’m learning about cells and photosynthesis (yawn), so plant leaves kind of fit into the mix today. After a full day of studying, I really needed a breather—so… I decided to add a little magic to the image and make the giant leaves look a little less real. What can I say, it’s Hollywood!

Peace and Love!

I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic. Andy Warhol

Through A Crack

Art is anything you can get away with. ‚Äď Marshall McLuhan

I wasn’t planning to post anything tonight. I was about to turn off my computer when I saw this photograph from my previous adventure at the old zoo. I altered (slightly) the look of the cave exterior, and that really IS my friend inside. She was posing for me.

I never really liked how the photo came out, but I have to say that this new effect adds interest!

Peace and Love!!

Photography Fun

You don’t take a photograph. You make it. Ansel Adams

I’ve¬†been going through some of the images I shot Saturday, trying to see how to make them look artsy, or more unique. I’m still teaching myself how to use Photoshop and Lightroom, so it’s always fun to see what you can do in the programs.

I shot this city image¬†when we were around the halfway point—when we¬†stopped to take photos of the view and some slightly close up shots of the sign. The gentleman in the photo was in our group and stepped into my shot just as I clicked the button.

I took more, but I actually thought his invasion made the image even cooler! I like the fact that he looks a bit like a giant. I added some motion blur to him so that it looks like he is moving a little faster than he really was.

The hazy sky in L.A. tends to distort any photos I take of skylines or distant landscapes. I’m sure it’s just me, but I just love underdogs, so I always try to bring my¬†worst images to life—regardless of how bad they look.

It’s funny that I was so excited to take photographs of the Hollywood sign. Once I got home and started going through them, they really aren’t that exciting! It’s just a mountain and a sign!¬†So… I added some dramatic color and a rainbow- just for the heck of it. Just above the “L” you can see some tiny people. That’s about where I was when I took the images of the backside.

Anyway, I think I’ve already had my fill of the hiking images.

Life is good, and God is GREAT!

Photography is a love affair with life. Burk Uzzle

Backstage Pass

Everybody’s a dreamer and everybody’s a star,¬†And everybody’s in movies, it doesn’t matter who you are. The Kinks, Celluloid Heroes

I’m sharing the end of yesterday’s day trip first, since it’s something I’m pretty darn proud of. I actually made it to the TOP¬†of the mountain, so not only did I view the Hollywood sign (in person) for the very first time, but I hiked up to see if from the backside.

This is quite an accomplishment for me because… well… I am NOT a hiker! Ha! And I was the very last one in the group to make it up, but I kept going even though my legs kept saying¬†“NO!”

Today I am definitely feeling the pain, but it was well worth it. My dear friend who lives near Portland is responsible for getting me off of my duff, and out into the¬†places where those fit people”¬†go.

And it was exhilarating! I do believe I will be doing more things like this. I’ve been a bit of a hermit since I broke both of my ankles two years ago (not to mention the excessive drinking I was doing, as well),¬†so it’s about time that I use my legs more and get healthy again.¬†It felt SO great to get out!

Anyway… just wanted to share this image from behind the sign.¬†The gentleman sitting up top was our guide (a man from Australia, no less), and you can see Lake Hollywood in the image, as well.

Needless to say I’ve now checked off¬†hiked to the Hollywood sign¬†on my list of 55 things to do,¬†that I’ve never done before.

Blessings!!

The greatest oak
was once a little nut
that held its ground.

Trudging Along

Yesterday I took a walk along the Los Angeles river again, and there wasn’t much out there. I got in some good exercise though, and it was really warm out!

Anyway, I took a photo of the path I walk, and today added some mountains and sky that I shot from my living room window, when I lived in Colorado. Otherwise, there was just a freeway to look at. I guess you could say that I imagined there was much more out there than an ugly old road. That’s where I found the divine yesterday- in my imagination.

Peace and love!!

Uncaptioned

Here’s a black and white, sketchy pigeon. I’m really surprised how much he looks like a cartoon! I’ve been¬†trying to think of a funny caption for him… but I just can’t put my finger on one.

I decided to¬†spend at least an hour¬†per day walking around the city, to take in new scenery¬†and photograph new and unusual things.¬†I¬†took a stroll alongside the L.A. River, and it appears that I’m a¬†bird magnet. The¬†river was FULL of them—and the¬†pigeons were loitering in the freeway underpass.

It was a great day!

—Peace, Love and Blessings—¬†

Zoo: People Watching

I’m still not great at candid shots of strangers, although it’s not due to¬†lack of advice from Streets of Nuremberg.¬†I seem to be accumulating a lot of backs and buns. (No… I don’t have some weird fetish!)¬†Anyway… this is my zoo collection:

 

Peace and love everyone!

A Day in L.A.

I was all prepared for a quiet day at home—on day one of the new year—when my friend Sherry dropped by and snagged me! We went hiking at the Old Zoo in Los Angeles.

This is one of the many photos I took, and it’s a favorite of mine.

It’s an old animal enclosure of some sort, and it looks a bit scary—but it’s colorful!