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When all the tourists go home

Solana Beach Winter

Click to enlarge: Solana Beach Winter

Winter is upon us and even if we are not used to the overnight low of 43 degrees, you have to admit that having the sun here for most of this winter has been really nice. Great shooting weather. This is Solana Beach. Guess you don’t need a lifeguard when there is not a soul in the water.

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Balboa Park Tower

The California Tower in Balboa Park was built for the 1915 Panama Exposition. Before Panama Exposition the 1500 acres was know as City Park.

The California Tower - Balboa Park, San Diego

The California Tower - Balboa Park, San Diego

The Tower still stands today as a true landmark San Diegans can be proud of, even though she needs a face lift every once in a while.

This photograph was taken in late December, and really looks amazing as a canvas print.

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Photoshop Pinup; Before and After

I Don’t usually do a ton of photoshop work on an image. But one in particular, I thought, needed to be shopped a bit. OK, A LOT. The model was stunning, but in a pool FILLED with people. It happened at Tiki Oasis where there was no way you could ask 50 people to get out of the water for about 5 minutes. I was able to capture the final moment when Nikki Napalm was finally able to get up on the barely inflated raft after struggling not to get her hair or makeup wet. She succeeded and this was the moment I grabbed. Enjoy the before and after. Um, yes…   I did add her foot.

Nikki Napalm, before

Nikki Napalm, before

Nikki Napalm, after

Nikki Napalm, after

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Tiki Oasis 2011 ~ Sunday Photo Gallery

I think my pores are oozing pure rum. What a great time. Thanks to all our new friends. Please keep in touch. Click on the photo for a full Sunday photo gallery….

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Tiki Oasis 2011 ~ Saturday

Click on the photo to go to the full gallery…

What can you say other than a TON of Mai Tais are being consumed. I will expect to have more photos up tomorrow.

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Photo Illustration – San Diego Comic-Con 2011

I was asked to put this together for an unnamed magazine that ended up not using it. So why not stick it up here, right? The Con this year attracted at least 125,000 people. Most in costume. I usually shoot a large photo gallery, but this years assignment from The Daily, focused on 360 degree interactive panoramas. 

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Harbor Drive Bridge

Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge, San DiegoHave you ever wondered wht 26.8 Millon dollars looks like? Wonder no more. In fact you can walk on it in the form of the new Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge. It is a think of beauty and a landmark that San Diegans can be proud of. Not like that hideous giant eyesore next to the USS Midway, the sailor kissing the nurse. Blech. The bridge is supposed to be one of the longest self-anchored suspension bridges for pedestrians in the US. Although I would question why a suspension bridge is at all necessary there, it is stunning.

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The Prophet

“Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil – prophet still, if bird or devil!

By that Heaven that bends above us – by that God we both adore –

Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,

It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore –

Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore.”

Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

 

 

 

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4th of July in San Diego

The Fam was way to tired to go out and see the fireworks. It was the perfect opportunity to grab the old clicker box and capture some fire shooter thingies. So, how did I do? They were shot at the embarcadero on the San Diego bay.

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All rivers lead to the sea

La Jolla Beach
Nemo had to find this out the hard way. Except his river was made of metal, and spit. But surely I digress. San Diego has some of the most spectacular beaches in the world. This one happens to be in the gem of San Diego… La Jolla.

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