Fourth of July: Bombs Bursting In Air

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in art, business, culture, photography | One Comment

The City of Highland marked the 4th of July this year with its very own, first-ever fireworks display, launching an incredible show by Pyro Spectaculars of Rialto from the grounds of Immanuel Baptist Church, just south of Base Line, in the eastern end of the community. Earlier I scouted a location from which I would be able […]

Fourth Of July: Everyone Loves A Parade

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in art, culture, news, photography, uncategorized | No Comments

I ventured out this morning to the annual Highland 4th of July Parade.  The event has grown from what I remember a few years ago.  The entries seemed a bit heavy on automobiles, and there wasn’t a marching band this year, but I think everyone who lined the streets to see the show enjoyed the […]

Environmental Portrait: Creating A Business-like Image

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in art, business, culture, photography | 2 Comments

I appreciate when businesspeople go to the trouble to have a professionally-produced headshot or business portrait created of themselves. Recently, a former colleague reached out via LinkedIn as she set about organizing a new enterprise and we arranged to make a portrait of her to use in promoting her new business. Not having a proper business location to use as an environment for her portrait proved only a minimal challenge. After […]

Santa Monica, CA: The End Of Route 66

Posted by on May 4, 2014 in art, culture, photography, travel, uncategorized | One Comment

In 2001, reporter Mark Kendall and I drove Route 66, from Chicago back to Southern California, on assignment for The Press-Enterprise. The trip was significant as the first time a P-E photographer travelled with digital cameras and a laptop, transmitting the photos back from along the way. By the time I returned to Southern California, […]

Environmental Portrait: A “Shot in the Dark”

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in art, business, culture, photography | 4 Comments

An environmental portrait is one typically created in a subject’s usual environment, such as their home or workplace, with the idea of conveying something unique about their personality or character. A couple of weeks ago I spotted this beautiful mural on a wall in San Bernardino and decided immediately I wanted to do a portrait […]

Los Angeles, CA: The Power Of National Geographic Photography

Posted by on Jan 25, 2014 in art, business, culture, news, photography | No Comments

The line was long outside The Annenberg Space For Photography, where the exhibit, “The Power of Photography: 125 Years of National Geographic,” was on display. Editors no doubt struggled to cull 125 years of work to only  a few hundred images, but in the end, they printed many on a kind of wallpaper and laminated […]