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.
Racing with the moon... Topic: Light and Shadow Racing with the moon... The new issue of Just Above Sunset - Volume 4, Number 11 for the week of March 12, 2006 - is now available online. In addition to the editorial content you will find these pages of multiple high-resolution photographs -
At Angels Gate: The Korean Bell of Friendship and Bell Pavilion, Angels Gate Park, San Pedro
One the right - Sunday, March 12, 2006, 5:30 pm Pacific Time, the moon over Hollywood, two days from full, as seen from the window here, with, in the lower left, a corporate jet coming in over the Hollywood Hills on final approach to the Santa Monica airport -
Blue Topic: Color Studies Blue In the west garden at the Point Fermin Lighthouse, at the edge of the Los Angeles harbor, San Pedro. Thursday, March 9, 2006 - more to botanicals come in this Sunday's Just Above Sunset.
This day a production company was, oddly enough, filming a Viagra commercial at the at the nearby basketball court. And folks were flying peculiar kites. The bell was, too, featured in the movie "The Usual Suspects." Nothing is uncontaminated out here.
The bell and its pavilion, as explained here (San Pedro Chamber of Commerce), were donated in 1976 by the Republic of Korea for our Bicentennial, and to honor veterans of the Korean War, and "to consolidate traditional friendship between the two countries."
The bell is patterned after the Bronze Bell of King Songdok, cast in 771 AD - still on view in South Korea. The bell is rung only four times each year - the Fourth of July, August 15 (Korean Independence Day) and New Year's Eve, and every September to celebrate Constitution week.
The bell was cast in Korea and shipped to the United States. Weighing 17 tons, with a height of twelve feet and a diameter of 7-1/2 feet, the bell is made of copper and tin, with gold, nickel, lead and phosphorous added for tone quality. When it was built, it cost the Korean people $500,000. Four pairs of figures, each pair consisting of the Goddess of Liberty holding a torch, and a Korean spirit , are engraved in relief on the body of the bell. Each of the Korean spirits holds up a different symbol: a symbolic design of the Korean flag; a branch of the rose of Sharon, Korea's national flower; a branch of laurel, symbol of victory; and a dove of peace. The bell has no clapper but is struck from the outside with a wooden log.
The bell is set in a pagoda-like stone structure which was constructed on the site by thirty craftsmen flown in from Korea. It took them ten months and costs $569,680. The pavilion is supported by twelve columns representing the twelve designs of the Oriental zodiac. Animals stand guard at the base of each column.
Resting peacefully on the knoll overlooking the sea gate from which U.S. troops sailed into the Pacific, the bell site affords an unsurpassed view of the Los Angeles harbor, the Catalina Channel and the sea terraces of San Pedro hill.
Southern California Lighthouses Topic: South of Hollywood Southern California Lighthouses
Today a drive down the coast to shoot Italianate architecture from the thirties in Palos Verdes, the south end of Los Angeles County, and to get new shots of the Korean Peace Bell and its pagoda high over the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, and to catch traffic in the shipping channels. Photos and photo albums will follow. And there are the shots of the production company at the Korean bell, filming a Viagra commercial. It's just a short hop south from the world of Hollywood.
On the way to all that? Lighthouses.
New England doesn't have the monopoly on picturesque lighthouses.
This is the Point Vicente Lighthouse - Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, Los Angeles County, just up the coast from Long Beach harbor. It's twenty-nine miles south of Hollywood. It's Los Angeles.
A loud Army helicopter whips around it just after noon. What?
This is the Point Fermin Lighthouse in San Pedro. It's pretty much decorative.
This is the working lighthouse at the breakwater, the entrance to the Port of Los Angeles and to the main shipping channels - and to the piers that handle the big cruise ships that take the elderly moderately well-to-do down to Baja for a few days and back, or up to Alaska.
Close-Up Photography Topic: Technical Exercises Close-Up Photography The fellow who writes the Book Wrangler and World's Laziest Journalist columns each week for Just Above Sunset, Bob Patterson, recently commented that it was a shame you just cannot do good extreme close-up photography with a digital camera. Nonsense. It just takes some effort and planning. It's quite possible with the Nikon (specs in the right panel). It just takes a bit of effort. And there seems to be a leaning curve.
Samples from late afternoon, Wednesday, March 8, 2006, starting with a small shell on the arm of the old leather chair -
The new California quarter on the windowsill. The lower edge is out of focus as this was shot at an angle (oops).