Wednesday, July 28, 2010
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. . .)
Monday, July 26, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
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.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
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
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
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.Sent from my HTC Incredible Phone!
Thursday, July 08, 2010
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.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
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.
Music Center/Dorothy Chandler Pavillion
The Frolic Room
The 4th Street bridge
The Griffith Observatory
La Brea Tar Pits
Disney Concert Hall
LA City Hall
LA Live/Nokia Theater
3rd Street Santa Monica
Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena
Original Tommy's Burgers
World Book and News
Sunset and Vine
Pink's Hot Dogs
Vincent Thomas Bridge
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
24 Hour Fitness
The Mustang Motel
LA Times Delivery
The Hollywood Freeway
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.
Saturday, July 03, 2010
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.