Wednesday, July 28, 2010

No Joy in the Job

As happy as I was to be out of the office today, there's no rush to be had in the pain and suffering of the people affected by the Tehachipi fire.

It's a shame.  I was really looking forward to the day.

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Come on LA, Show Me What You Got! (24LA Part One)

It was a whim that developed into a challenging proposition. A group of us were already going to be taking part in the Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk, but ho-hum, we'd done photo walks before.

It was a casual (meaning very little thought went into it) decision made about a month before.

The plan was to map out and photograph some of the most recognizable points of interest in the Los Angeles area, oh, and just to make it interesting, let's see how much we can do within a 24 hour period. No sleep, just stay up for 24 hours straight and snap pictures.

It sounded crazy, so naturally I had an immediate attraction to the idea.

Some of the points of interest were going to be pretty obvious. LAX made the list early and landmarks in the surrounding area were naturally included.

Since I never got around to actually mapping things out (at least I did make a list), it was easy to just go with the flow and make decisions about what to pass on and what to shoot while I was zipping across town.

Some places I added as I came across them. Others I knew I needed at certain times of day.

I had my heart set on sunrise from the Griffith Observatory (that was a spectacular moment).

Fireboat #2 was completely stumbled across by luck.

The lack of sleep was a very big contributing factor. The funny thing about that was I had planned on getting some rest after work and starting the 24 hour period fully napped up.

Heh-heh, well, I got tied up at the station for longer than I thought I would that day and I couldn't resist attending the monthly open house at the D.M. Gremlin Studios in Long Beach (where I also could have been tied up).

By the time I was ready to get my siesta on, it was already 11:00pm.

Instead of starting the walk with some downtime under my belt, at my official start time of midnight, I'd already been up for eighteen hours.


This is where a smart man would have realized it would be better to just cancel the project and come at it again after some sleep or on another weekend entirely.

I've said it before.

I'm not a smart man.
(to be continued. . .)

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Still Smiling

I figure as long as I can still manage a smile, I can keep filling in for the Chief Photographer.

One more day?  Yeah, I can swing it.

Well, as long as I get enough sleep.

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24LA: The Preliminary Report

It was fun. I enjoyed everything about the project. Well, to be honest, I didn't enjoy the whole sleep deprivation thing. That part really sucked.

I did enjoy hanging out with a few friends along the way and I'm pretty sure I learned something from the experience. If I can squeeze in a few more hours of sleep, I might be awake enough to figure out what that is.

I started writing up my little artistic endeavor from this weekend, but again (understandably) my sleep patterns are a little wonky.

I'll come back and add the rest of the locations later. For now, you can check out at least a partial listing of the points of interest. Let's just all get some sleep.

405 Freeway
The Queen Mary
The Long Beach Convention Center
Shell Gas Station at Ocean and Atlantic
The Long Beach Performing Arts Center
Breakers Hotel
The Port of Los Angeles Fire Boat
The Vincent Thomas Bridge
The Port of Los Angeles
The Goodyear Blimp
Hermosa Beach Pier
Hermosa Beach Volleyball Pits
Randy's Donuts
The Bruin Theatre
The Fox Westwood Village Theatre
Stan's Donuts
The LA Basin
The Griffith Park Observatory
The Greek Theatre
The Los Feliz Theatre
The Hollyhock House
The 101 Coffee Shop/Best Western Hollywood Hills Motel
World Book and News
The Palladium
Paramount Pictures Studio
Lucy's El Adobe
Golden Apple Comics
Pink's Hot Dogs
Hollywood High School
Grauman's Chinese Theatre
The Hard Rock Cafe
Mel's Drive-In Diner
Hollywood and Highland
The Hollywood Bowl
The Intersection at Hollywood and Highland
El Capitan Theatre
The Roosevelt Hotel
The Sculptures at Hollywood and La Brea
The Jim Henson Studios
Canters Deli
Out of the Closet Thrift Store
Farmers Market
Beverly Center
Trashy Lingerie
The Pacific Design Center
Beverly Hills City Hall/Police Station
Rodeo Drive
Torso Sculpture: Beverly Hills
The Beverly Wilshire Hotel
The Beverly Hilton Hotel
The Century Plaza Hotel
The Century City Westfield Shopping Center
The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints
The Nuart Theatre
The Santa Monica Pier
The Georgian Hotel
Ye Olde King's Head Pub and Restaurant
The Third Street Promenade
Laemlle's Monica 4 Theatres
Venice Beach
Torso Sculpture: Venice Beach

(and continuing as promised)

Pershing Square
One Bunker Hill
The Citibank Building
The Library Building
Grand Avenue
Angel's Flight
Grand Central Market
The Million Dollar Theatre
The Bradbury Building
The 3rd Street Tunnel
The Disney Concert Hall
The Music Center
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
The Mark Taper Forum
The Ahmanson Theatre
The John Ferraro Building (DWP)
The RED LINE Civic Center and Pershing Square Stations
LAPD Headquaters
LA City Hall
The CalTrans Building
The Arclight (Cinerama Dome)
Amoeba Music
The Capitol Record Building
The Viper Room
Whisky a Go Go
The Hustler Store
The Roxy
Key Club
Hyde Lounge
The Laugh Factory

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Friday, July 23, 2010

My Chiefdom.

It's Friday and I'd totally be looking forward to the weekend and next week, but not so much.

Monday will see me sitting behind the Chief desk for two more days.

I hope I don't miss anything.  I hate it when news happens and I can't cover it.

Have a happy weekend and (if you're interested) keep an eye out for my 24LA photo project updates.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Free Lindsay!

It's been a while since I had the time to sit down and slap together a proper post for my blog.  I don't know why life seemed so much simpler in years past, but these days it really feels like I have to hit the ground running every day just to keep up.

Don't get me wrong.  I love everything that I'm doing these days.  It just seems like there's never enough time to get everything done.  All the organization and positive mental thoughts in world can't add any more hours to the day.

I suppose I can't complain too much about my problems.  There are many more people who have problems greater than mine.  It's just that I recently had a lot of time to reflect on the things I'm doing.

I have my health and I have my freedom (I bet you know where I'm heading with this).

Yes sir, I guess if I wanted to take some time to get my head together I could just ignore common sense and thumb my nose at the rules of society.

Yesterday I was sitting around waiting for Lindsay Lohan to maybe make a beer and cigarette run.  She was staying in a rehab facillity in a very low key neighborhood near LaCienega and Pico.

It wasn't a huge media scene, just mid-sized as far as these things go.  There were maybe a dozen still and video photographers all waiting for something interesting to happen.  Even the neighbors and a few looky-loos hung out for a while.

As far as I was concerned, nothing "interesting" ever did happen.

About the only activity we captured was Lindsay's assistant coming by to pick up some of Lindsay's things.

That included some shopping bags (I'm guessing full of clothes), a suitcase (also guessing, full of liquor) and a couple of paintings.

Yeah, I don't understand that part either.  We tried to get Lindsay's assistant to talk to us, but it really seemed like she had someplace to go.

It was about 9:30pm when I called to see if I was clear to head back to the station.  I don't know why I thought I was going to clock out on time.

Over the next couple of hours, we pushed 9:30pm to 10:30pm and then to 11:00pm.  The desk finally asked if I could hang out until midnight.


Lindsay never peeked out.  The crowd thinned and the other broadcast stations packed it in for the night.  I hung out with the papparrazzi until 11:57 and made my final call to the desk.  They finally cleared me to head back to the station.

As I trudged to the news van, one of the still photographers pointed out that it wasn't quite midnight.  I told him, that's okay.  I'll walk slow.

I left the neighborhood at midnight.  The overtime is always nice, but I spent part of the time driving back to the station thinking about the things I wouldn't get done after I got home.  Then I started thinking about Lindsay Lohan doing time in a small cell alone with her thoughts.


Yeah, I know.  I wouldn't get the private cell and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't get pizza delivery.

Still, I hope she appreciates the oppotunity she's been given.

I know I would.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Rehabbin' It Up!

Lindsey Lohan is probably going to be in jail tonight or tomorrow.

Not that you follow this kind of celebrity train wreck kind of story.

I do, but they pay me to be here.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Living It Up!

He-he.  I was given a reprieve from my chiefly duties today.  CBS Newspath needed a SAT truck down in Anahiem for the All-Star game.

These trucks don't just drive themselves, you know.

Now, if only my cell phone would stop ringing.

Maybe something else will happen tomorrow.

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Thursday, July 08, 2010

Bart Verdict? Maybe.

Just a few images from my morning outside of the Criminal Courts building.  We're waiting for the results of the "BART" trial.

Interesting day.  I see lots of media (some down from the Bay Area).

Also spotted, former CBS2/KCAL9 Assistant News Director Jim Hattendorf (yes, he's flipping me off) and a group of NEW Black Panthers.

I have a SAT shot to throw up for KPIX.  Gotta go.

Lunch is in Little Tokyo by the way.

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Tuesday, July 06, 2010


The building in the photo of the following post is where Lindsey Lohan is holed up.

Exciting, no?

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Lindsey Heading for the Big House!

Sorry, I'm pretty sure this isn't the most important story of the day, but it might be the biggest.

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Yeah, maybe I am crazy.

I'm gathering information and mapping out a plan for a photo project I'll be shooting on the 24th of this month.  I'm going to shoot pictures around Los Angeles County during a 24 hour period.  Starting after work on Friday night and continuing straight through Saturday night.

I'm just kicking around some ideas for cool locations and at this stage, I'm very open to suggestions.  I'm mostly looking for LA landmarks, but I'm going to try to add a lot of "not quite ordinary" points of interest.

Hollywood Sign
Music Center/Dorothy Chandler Pavillion
The Frolic Room
The 4th Street bridge
The Griffith Observatory
La Brea Tar Pits
Disney Concert Hall
Union Station
LA City Hall
Staples Center
LA Live/Nokia Theater
The Pantry
Rodeo Drive
Westwood Boulevard
Venice Beach
3rd Street Santa Monica
Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena
King Taco
Original Tommy's Burgers
Melrose Avenue
Hollywood Boulevard
World Book and News
Sunset and Vine
The Roxy
Viper Room
Hustler Store
Pink's Hot Dogs
Cinerama Dome
The Colliseum
Vincent Thomas Bridge
Point Fermin
Santa Monica Pier
Century Plaza Hotel
Avenue of the Stars
110 Freeway MTA Bus Stop
Marina del Rey
The Queen Mary
Redondo Beach Pier
The W Hotel
The Comedy Store
Cedar Sinai Hospital
The Beverly Center
Pacific Dining Car
Krispy Kreme Donuts
Hollywood Forever Cemetary
Fatburgers Westwood
LA Zoo
24 Hour Fitness
Denny's Diner
(floral company)
(police department)
(fire department)
The Mustang Motel
Wal Mart
LA Times Delivery
The Hollywood Freeway
Taco Trucks
LA Harbor
Movie Production Locations

I've got a few people interested in tagging along on the project.  I don't want to make it a large group shoot, but let me know if you might want to hang out for any parts of it.

I hear sometimes insanity can be contagious.

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Saturday, July 03, 2010

Will it serve for any model to build mischief on?

I wonder that thou, being, as thou sayest thou art, born under Saturn, goest about to apply a moral medicine to a mortifying mischief. I cannot hide what I am: I must be sad when I have cause and smile at no man's jests, eat when I have stomach and wait for no man's leisure, sleep when I am drowsy and tend on no man's business, laugh when I am merry and claw no man in his humour.

I had rather be a canker in a hedge than a rose in his grace . . .

. . .and it better fits my blood to be disdained of all than to fashion a carriage to rob love from any. . .

. . .in this, though I cannot be said to be a flattering honest man, it must not be denied but I am a plain-dealing villain. I am trusted with a muzzle and enfranchised with a clog; therefore I have decreed not to sing in my cage.

If I had my mouth, I would bite; if I had my liberty, I would do my liking: in the meantime let me be that I am and seek not to alter me.

. . .and scene.

Okay, I was just helping out a fellow photographer who needed a bit of character to spice up a shot. A private security firm was having pics taken for their web site and we were there covering the preps for the 4th of July fireworks extrava-palooza.

I had a moments hesitation feeling as if the world might not need to see another icon of morality being ruffed and cuffed by Johnny Law.

Then I said, "Aw, heck. This might be fun."

My thanks to my fellow photographer, Tim Kimbal, for having the presence of mind to grab my camera and snap a few shots. Great run through, Tim.

Shucks, you never know when I might need the documentary support for real.

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