Friday, November 21, 2014

Melrose Avenue #48: Mao's Kitchen

Mao's Kitchen - Los Angeles  2014

The latest in my billboard series. I noticed this display (actually don't know what it's advertising) when Joe and I were getting sandwiches at the Subway across the street. I had to come back early the next morning with the 14-150mm lens to get this shot.

Another billboard shot: Shoe Kare from 1973.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Melrose Avenue #47: Suitcases, Working Late

Suitcases - Los Angeles  2014

Working Late - Los Angeles  2014

After dark on Melrose Avenue.

I used an Olympus E-PL5 with a 12-50mm lens for these photos.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Melrose Avenue #46: Wild Style

Wild Style - Los Angeles  2014

Very colorful, I deem.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Highway Five Rest Stop

Hills, Power Lines - Central California  2014

Rattlesnake Warning - Central California  2014

Driving down to Los Angeles in late October of this year. The weather was remarkably nice . . . clear and windy.

I've never seen a rattlesnake at any of the Highway Five rest stops.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday Horse and Crow Blogging

Tuffy, Crow - Marin County  2014

Crow waiting to partake of some of Tuffy's spilled feed. There is always some spilled feed.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Nandina Leaves

Nandina Leaves - Marin County  2014

Nandina Leaves - Marin County  2014

In our backyard.

Top: October, 2014.

Bottom: November, 2014.

Taken with an Olympus 45mm lens wide open.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Game Chest

"Game Chest" - Lake Tahoe  2014
Bier Haus. Another incomprehensible slot machine game.

Friday, November 14, 2014


Discussion (Kyoto) - Japan  2014

Discussion - Los Angeles  2014

Top photo taken in Kyoto using an Olympus E-M1 camera with a 14-150mm "superzoom" lens.

Bottom photo taken in Los Angeles using an Olympus E-PL5 camera with a 45mm "prime" lens.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Leaves, Autumn - Marin County  2014

Oak Leaves - Marin County  2014

More photos taken with the Olympus 45mm lens, noted for its ability to achieve that coveted "limited depth of field."

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Olympus 45mm Lens

Leaves in Rain - Marin County  2014

Seed Pods - Marin County  2014

I had tried this lens earlier as a rental and decided that it was of limited use to me.

However . . . I've now reconsidered. I think that it might come in handy for toddler photos (it's kind of a telephoto lens, with considerable background lens blur for subject isolation.) Unfortunately it's not a zoom lens which restricts its flexibility.

These photos were made with the lens wide open at f1.8 as an experiment in limited depth of field.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Olives: Sad Story

Olives (Fruit Fly Damage) - Marin County  2014

The 2014 olive story is another one of total decimation by the olive fruit fly.

I guess that's it. I was following a weekly regimen of spraying in the early A.M. (spray approved for organic outcomes) but it clearly didn't work. I'm thinking that having just one tree is just a little bit dicey . . . something that is prescribed for an olive grove might not work for such a small sample.

Next year I'll probably try to prevent the tree from fruiting (supposedly you can do that).

Monday, November 10, 2014

Monday Cat Blogging

Cat - Berkeley  2014

Taken last 4th of July, actually, in Berkeley during the famous Carlotta St. Parade. Nice potluck after the parade!

Potluck - Berkeley  2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Stable Pix

Stable, Oak Tree - Marin County  2014

Stable, Oak Tree, Rain - Marin County  2014

Near Tuffy's paddock.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Total Rewards

Total Rewards - Lake Tahoe  2014
Very odd ad seen in a Lake Tahoe casino.

Not quite sure just what kind of experience is being depicted . . . I have to say, that doesn't look like the weekend I always imagined.