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Photos and text, unless otherwise noted, Copyright 2006 - Alan M. Pavlik

If you use any of these photos for commercial purposes I assume you'll discuss that with me

These were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0

The original large-format raw files are available upon request.

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Visitors from February 28, 2006, 10:00 am Pacific Time to date -

Saturday, 25 February 2006
Winter at the Beach
Topic: Light and Shadow

Winter at the Beach

Saturday, late February - sunny and in the seventies, with high thin clouds hinting at the rain on the way by Monday. Still air and diffused bright light, the kind of light that the cinematographers love. No doubt someone is shooting something today somewhere around here.

Good light means good shots. This is the beach at Encinitas, California, on the coast north of San Diego.

Beach, Encinitas, California 25 December 2005

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Updated: Sunday, 26 February 2006 4:57 PM PST
Friday, 24 February 2006
Color Study
Topic: Color Studies

Color Study

A simple color study. Green. Deep blue. Papyrus lower left. Odd geometrics.
Selma Avenue at Laurel Canyon Boulevard, the base of the Hollywood Hills.
September 28, 2005

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Thursday, 23 February 2006
Times Change: The Old Queen Mary Meets the New Queen Mary
Topic: Unusual Events

Times Change: The Old Queen Mary Meets the New Queen Mary
Thursday, February 23, 2006 - the historic first meeting of "two of the world's great ocean liners." The recently launched Queen Mary 2, the new giantess, sailed into Long Beach Harbor, up beside the original Queen Mary, permanently docked out here. The old Queen Mary is in financial trouble - its operating company is owned by a business that filed for bankruptcy last March and owes the city millions in back rent. The hotel and museum are still open, for now. The Queen Mary 2 is part of Carnival Cruise Lines, as they bought the Cunard Line, and the Queen Mary name, in 1998. They operate Cunard as a two-ship subsidiary. Times change.

Thousands of people turned out to see these two together - the roads were jammed and the skies filled with news helicopters and there were skydivers and such things. An unusual event, and a good photo-op, of course.

You will find a new photo album of the event here, thirty-five shots, mostly at high shutter speed with the telephoto lens.

The Los Angeles Times write-up of the event is here and there's more background form the Times here. In 1936 the first-class cabin round trip in the Queen Mary from New York to England and back cost $536. The Queen Mary 2 is charging from $7,749 to $79,349, per person, double occupancy, for its thirty-six day South America cruise from Los Angeles.

Here are a few shots from the album. More will appear in high-resolution in the next issue of Just Above Sunset. And here you will find the Just Above Sunset page of aerial views of Long Beach and the Queen Mary from August 2005.

The new Queen Mary 2 with mixed shipping -

You have to love the flourishes –

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Wednesday, 22 February 2006
Westwood Tower and...
Topic: West of Hollywood

Westwood Tower and…

Westwood Village is the commercial center of Westwood, sort of its downtown, at the south edge of the UCLA campus, about seven miles west of Hollywood. The place is filled with old Mediterranean-revival architecture (specially designed by the founders of Westwood, the Janns brothers, to complement UCLA's Romanesque buildings), all converted and reconverted many times into other uses.

Here's one. It now houses a dentist's office on the main floor. The three kinds of verticals are amusing.

There aren't a whole lot of people of color in the area, so no one seems offended by the sign above the dentist's door. UCLA has not adopted this as its school motto.

Westwood: Mixed Mode - see this page (PDF format) from a recently amended city planning document, a list of the many "Locally Significant Historic Resources" - addresses of interesting buildings with architectural style and date of construction. Then look at this and see city planning at work.

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Updated: Thursday, 23 February 2006 9:17 AM PST
Tuesday, 21 February 2006
Oscar Time
Topic: The Movies

Oscar Time
The seventy-eighth Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, March 5, 2006 - at the Kodak Theatre at the Hollywood and Highland Center. That's just a mile or two east, so for those of you who follow such things, here's the scene there Thursday, February 16th, sixteen days before the event, as preparations begin, and the tourists mill about. From the top level of the Kodak Theater where the event is held, look down - Miss Piggy as Marilyn Monroe at the Virgin Store, just to the left of where the stars walk in on the red carpet (you have to love the irony) -

Some people take this movie stuff seriously -

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