Sunday, January 31, 2010

Grammy Still

Well, the show's over, but I've still got a couple more liveshots to go.

Been on since 8:00 this morning.

Thank goodness for overtime.

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Grammy Now(ish).

The plan was to update the blog every couple of hours from the SAT truck I'm running for CBS Newspath. Well, I'm going to let that plan kind of quietly fade from mind. It just seemed we were too busy and the internet connection was just a little too pokey.

Anyway, I'm here at the Grammy Awards. Wait, did I say, at? Let's call it, "near" the Grammy Awards. I enjoyed full access to the red carpet area prior to the start of the show, but I'll be tied to the SNG truck for the most celebrity filled parts of the day.

I don't know if they reconfigured the set up with the intention of thwarting my ability to snap a few (dozen? hundred?) music industry candid photographs.

The camera positions used be on the same side of the tent as the production vehicles. It used to be nothing for me to pop out of the truck and peek into the tent for a couple of quick grabs with my still camera.

Sadly, those days are gone. The tent is sealed on my side and it's too far to even think about trying to slip inside for a quick pic.

At least not now, while there's celebutantes in the house.

That's okay, I'm not that much of a paparazzi anyway. I just really like to take pictures.

The people who read my blog might not find it as interesting of a picture, but I'm sure Jose Bravo (who I've known since he was a high school intern for the Hawthorne CATV Department) has at least a few dozen friends, family and fans who will get a kick out of seeing his picture on my blog.

It's kind of cool. I like bumping into old friends. Especially someone like Jose who was in high school and hadn't really considered a career in TV,

I wasn't ever sure it was a career that Jose might have been willing to stick with, but he's out here doing the job. That's pretty cool to have been there when he first got involved with TV and video. Glad he stuck it out and as a matter of fact, I think he's inside working on the red carpet.

If he is, I hope he has a camera and can get me a few celebrity pictures.

Maybe more a little later.
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Grammy Then.

This is a shot from Friday during our Grammy load in. I'm sitting in the SAT truck today and just babysitting one path being recorded in New York.

Live shots on the second path with a CBS reporter are about two hours away.

I'm looking for a chance to snap a music celeb, but so far, nuthin'.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

On My Way Home

I was heading to work yesterday (in the rain) and was feeling less like seizing the day and more like hooking a u-turn for home and crawling back into bed.

Not a real option since I had already burned a sick day and for some odd reason it's still only January.

I made it through a very sluggish day, but found that my energy and enthusiasm didn't reach any higher levels even after I'd talked myself into stopping for a quick impromptu photography session on my way home.

I'm not going to be heading to Haiti to work. I'm not going to be heading to Cuba on my own. I'm not going to be heading to New Orleans for Mardi Gras (though I might still manage to swing a trip to Shreveport before summer to visit my folks). I'm not going to make it to Arizona to meet and take pictures with the Arizona Justice League of Photographers.

The list of things I can't easily do is longer than the list of cans.

It's all part of the same old story. Not enough time off from work. Not enough free time at home. Not enough money to do everything I want.

Still, I'm very VERY lucky and thankful that I can do some of the things I want to do and I manage to take care of most of the things I NEED to do.

Even if this seems like a rant, I'm thankful and I do feel blessed. I have the freedom to choose and I have the ability to make decision on how I spend my time and money.

That's probably how life is supposed to work.

Last night I decided to stop and take a few pictures in downtown Los Angeles. It felt good. It didn't really cost me anything.

This afternoon, I decided to spend a few minutes before work sharing my pictures and thoughts. That cost me a little of my nearly non-existent free time, but that's also okay.
It was my choice. Shucks, I think it was worth it.

ps- I have to go to work now.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Damn Good Flutin'

Okay, gonna call it a day because I had a blast, but I need to sleep. It's been a difficult week for both Dellis and myself. Long hours at work and not a lot of time for sleeping, writing or even picture taking.

The opera was cool.

Getting away for the weekend with my wife? Pricell

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Good Night at the Opera

Because you can't grow unless you're willing to expand your horizons.

Because the world is better for our support of the artistic endeavors of others.

Because it's a challenge that isn't offered by the typical matinee fare.

Because for us, it's fun.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Bring the Thunder!

I've dodged some bullets this week, but I'm still running out of steam.  Just wanted to say hello to the folks who still wonder where I am when the the news is on.

Mostly I've been safe and dry during the aftermath of the daytime storms.  I've been to LaCanada-Flintridge, Sierra Madre, and Long Beach.  If I somehow make it to the Grapevine I'll have hit the biggest trouble spots for this set of storms.

I'm pretty much all TGIF, but I'd still like to see a little snow this week.

A wise man once told me to be careful what I wish for.

I'm always careful.  Hit me.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Alma Mater Mayhem

Hanging out at Cal State Long Beach (heh-heh, the Nugget lives!) Covering the damage from the rain today.

It took us three hours to get here from Hollywood.

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Rainy Much Lately?

Heading to Long Beach to cover the weather.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Shared CBS News story: 'Spenser' Author Robert B. Parker Dies

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Raindrops and Traffic.

Plenty of both today. Traffic could be worse. Yay for MLK Day!

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Model of Ambition.

Hello, Monday.

It's pretty early, but since I fell asleep on the couch with my laptop in front of me, I might as well get a post written.

Woo, it has been one long weekend.  Just not the good kind where I can lounge around and goof off.  Nope, I worked Sunday.  Shot, cut and went live (HD, baby!) on a story with Pat Harvey down in Orange County.  It was one of the reports that went into the hour long special on Haiti that CBS2 aired at 7:00pm.

Pretty full weekend considering I shot stills at Melrose Lightspace on Saturday with a few of the other JLOP members.

Members?  Whoa.  We are not a club and it's still a hobby, but I feel like if things suddenly went very sour in the world of news, then I probably would be in a good position to pursue a commercial photography career.

Still just practicing and trying to find a look or style that I can make my own.

It would be nice to continue to work in news and I don't see anything immediately getting in the way of that particular ambition of mine.

I'm just spoiled by the fact that I love what I do for a living.  It makes me concerned that even though I feel like I'm competent enough to always have a job in news, if the nature of broadcast journalism changes too greatly, I might not want the job that I have.

Still photography has always been a means of artistic expression.

I've never sought to sell my images and I've always worked on projects that appealed to me on an artistic level.

I love taking pictures.  I want to be very good at it.

Lots of people are very complimentary about the work I do in photography.  I appreciate that and I appreciate also everyone who has ever posed for me (or at least consented) for a picture.

The photos I take become part of my experience and maybe if I get enough experience, I'll actually be pretty good at this.


For now, that's something to work towards.  For now, I think I'll just keep snapping.
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Junk in the Trunk!

I wish I could tell you that I've made incredible progress in the new year towards my ultimate goal of taking over the world.  Sorry.  The truth is just that carelessly I've stacked the deck against me.

Since the beginning of the year I've been filling all my available free time with odds and ends of different things that I apparently "need to get done."

Well, at least I've managed to take a few pictures since the beginning of the year.

Shucks, as a matter of fact. taking pictures is one of the few things I feel like I've still been able to do.

I've got a few small stories to tell from the past week or so, but it seems like I run out of time whenever I sit down at the keyboard.

I think I need to get back to basics.  Post a few pictures and talk about where I was that day.

Suzie Suh and I were in Tarzana and Santa Monica on Tuesday.  We interviewed a doctor and a handful of people out on the street about the study from Oxford that had just been released that day.

The study claimed that people with extra fat around their middle are less healthy than people with extra fat in their rear ends.

Yup, butt jokes were a dime a dozen that night.

I had to shoot (discreetly, of course) heavier people walking around.  I felt guilty about that.  Not because I had any problem recording their images.  I just felt like I could have been in some of the b-roll myself.

Of course, that didn't stop me from having a nice thick slice of lasgna pizza for lunch.

Good times.

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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Who Are These People?

. . .and what are they choosing?

Did a little news work at the People's Choice Awards yesterday.  It was just a bit odd, because I really wasn't expecting to be a part of the awards season outside of an SNG assignment later this month for the Grammy Awards.

Seems like at the last minute, the logistics became a bit daunting to accomplish everything the station wanted to do with their coverage.  A second body was needed, so I got the call.

I wish I could stay and write a bit more, but my time is rarely my own.  I have to run a few errands, so I'll leave you with some photos and a promise to post some more later today.

Thanks for understanding.  I hope you enjoy the pics.

Heh-heh, Mariah Carey.  You so crazy.
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Red Carpet Choice.

I'm trying to keep up with the phone posts, but we're way past this. I'm now in the media room recording the show feed and backstage action.

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I Choose Me.

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

I Want Koji!

Doing a story on a fight between the City of Santa Monica and the owner of this former used car lot.

The lot owner wants to let food trucks park here and the city wants that to not happen.

So far the city is winning.

I just want a taco out of this assignment.

Live at 10pm and 11pm.

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Friday, January 01, 2010

Setting the Pace.

With both the Super Chief and the Assistant Super Chief out today. I'm filling in on this first day of the new year (and new decade).

If the last decade has taught me anything, it's that you really don't want to burn out early.

Yup, slow and steady wins the race.

Happy New Year, everybody.

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