Sunday, October 31, 2010

Beautiful Central California

Pinnacles, CA -- During our seven-day road trip up to and around San Fransisco, we took side roads in search of worthy photo subjects. Amber and I stopped at barns, cows, rainbows, and even unique road signs. People are the coveted choice for subjects but we took what we could find. We were on a quest with no restrictions other than daylight.

One of our goals was to capture as many windmills as we could. After a while, the windmills started looking the same and lost part of their mystique, accept this one. Like most good photographs, the subject is nothing without an outstanding background.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Backyard Windmill Experience

Cambria, CA -- Although Cambria is a four-hour drive north of Los Angeles, it still counts as an "LA experience" since one could drive there for the day. Okay..., 287 miles (462 km) is a stretch, but we were on our way back to LA from our honeymoon! (one reason I haven't been posting for the last month)

One of the challenges we set for ourselves on our seven-day road trip was shooting every windmill we saw. Some turned out well while others where a faint blur while driving 75 mph. All in all, we captured a fair amount of classic, Americana style mills. Some were a bit more difficult to get to, but we managed.

On the left is our finished product. This is someone's backyard.

Friday, October 29, 2010

One Big Donut

La Puente, CA -- The art of vernacular architecture is somewhat lost. I would image one reason for not building structures in the form of their product or service is due in part of city inspectors. It practically takes an act of congress to have a home addition approved in Los Angeles, let alone a two-story shoe-shaped building selling Nikes.

I happened upon this place by accident. I am a sucker for doughnuts (sometimes spelled "donut") but this time I fought my weakness and took the shot rather than a chocolate-covered glazed.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Poo Poo Paper

Who ever thought toilet paper one day would be made of elephant dung? Learn more from