October 16, 2021

Four In New York City

All in New York in July 2001; all Ektachrome.
Herald Square (1)
Herald Square

Empire State Building Base (1)
The base of the Empire State Building

Empire State Building (3)

Macy's - July 2001
Macy's at the corner of 34th Street and 6th Avenue

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August 22, 2021

Two Pairs Of Unclear Origin

These first two were shot in October 1992, a month in which I visited Washington DC, so there's a good chance I saw them in a museum there. Both are Kodachrome.
Statuette (1).

Slender Sculpture (1)

These next two were shot on Ektachrome in May 1995, in which month I was in California for California AIDS Ride 2, but neither look like California. More likely the Boston area...or Washington DC...or possibly any urban center in New England.
City Market
I'm pretty sure Boston was not using trash receptacles like these in 1995
, but Cambridge? Somerville? Springfield?

1961 Chevy Impala (1)
That's a 1961 Chevrolet Impala

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August 6, 2021

A Return To Slides

Saguaro National Monument (9)
Saguaro National Monument
, 1988, Kodachrome.

Cactus (6)
Ektachrome, 1988

Road Ahead UNSAFE
"Road Ahead UNSAFE For Trailers Trucks Buses."

Boston City Hall Plaza (1)
Boston City Hall Plaza
, Agfachrome, 1984.

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July 18, 2021

Four More In Los Angeles

These were shot on Bergger Pancro400 film.

Lamp Fixture at Union Station (2)

Million Dollar Theater (1)
The Million Dollar Theater
, the first Grauman theater. Wikipedia.

Million Dollar Theater (2)
The Million Dollar Theater, all of it

Cameo Theatre (1)
The Cameo Theatre
operated from 1910 to 1991, making it "the city's longest running, continually operating theatre." More info.

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July 16, 2021

Four More In L.A.

Again, all of these were shot on Rollei Retro 80S film.
Spirit of Growth by Tony Sheets
Spirit of Growth by Tony Sheets
on the side of a parking garage in L.A. More info here.

Broadway-Spring Arcade (1)
The Broadway-Spring Arcade

Douglas Lofts
The Douglas Lofts
at Spring Street and Third. More info here.

Los Angeles Theatre (1)
Los Angeles Theatre
. Wikipedia article. You can see some of the interior of the theater in this video from 2009:

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July 15, 2021

Four in Downtown Los Angeles

These were all shot on Rollei Retro 80S film.
Triforium (2)
LA City Hall and the Triforium

LA Boutique

Gateway to Los Angeles (1)
US 101 passing under Los Angeles Street where you can see Gateway to Los Angeles displayed

Los Angeles Times (1)
Part of the LA Times building

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July 14, 2021

Milky Way Over Los Angeles

A composite of two images shot from Mt. Wilson on July 4 by Reddit user wuwu24
. Discussion here. He writes:

Never thought I'd see milky way in LA, but that was exactly what happened on 7/4th at midnight. After the fireworks subsided, the milky way appeared over the LA sky, as blankets of smoke from fireworks enveloped the city, effectively blocking light pollution from reaching the sky. This photo is a composite of two images, taken merely 2 hours apart, at the same location - starry sky at 12:19am and city foreground at 9:51pm.

Also, he offers a timelapse.

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June 25, 2021

Apple Tower Theatre Opening

Yesterday the Apple Store in the Tower Theatre (first in L.A. to be wired for talkies, hosted sneak preview of The Jazz Singer, first in L.A. to be air conditioned, 1927) in downtown Los Angeles opened. The building had been sitting unused since 1988. This certainly seemed like a worthy event to travel to. I've wanted to see the interior of this theater for years, I'd never been to an Apple Store opening, and this one promised to be a bit more than the opening on El Paseo in La Quinta. So I got up early and drove to Rialto to get Metrolink. This is the first time I've tried parking at Rialto and it was totally fine. The parking lots were about three-quarters empty. And, it's not San Bernardino. Metrolink is still requiring masks for everyone on their trains (and even platforms), but they appear to permit eating and drinking on board?!

Union Station is looking pretty nice. I took some shots on film and continued shooting film as I walked to the Apple Store. I got there about 10:30 and the line to enter was not long at all and moved very quickly. They actually did the applause thing as our bunch walked in. And then I switched to my digital camera, because I just wanted to shoot a lot of photos under a wide variety of lighting situations. So I just walked everywhere and took pictures of everything. It was easy to spot Tim Cook - it was like finding the queen bee in a hive. Just look for all the congestion and wiggling abdomens.

Once I felt I had seen and photographed everything, I switched back to my film camera and walked around taking more photos. There's a chance I may have gotten an okay shot of Tim Cook on film...but I'm finding my film predictions are often wildly wrong.

Here's a nice, short article about the store.

Walked back to Union Station, made the train with like five minutes to spare, got to Rialto and the truck was fine and even in the shade!

The complete set of photos (so far) from Apple Tower Theatre is here. And here are some of them:

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (2188)
Apple Tower Theatre shot with my iPhone

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (2190)
A look down at Tim Cook from the balcony

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6520)

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6498)

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6492)

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6468)
They restored the drinking fountains, and they work

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6454)
Part of the ceiling over a balcony that overlooks the entrance lobby.

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6459)
The loftier parts of the entrance lobby

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6429)
I can't imagine the theater actually had windows along 8th Street
, unless they were just for display cases where they'd put their movie posters. These are hinged, but I don't think you'll find them standing open while the store is operating.

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6424)
THe proscenium

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6410)
The big, main false skylight
. There's another, smaller one over the balcony, mostly obscured in this shot.

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6379)

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June 3, 2021

Revenue Sources For The City Of Desert Hot Springs

This came from a graphic presented at the June 2, 2021, city council meeting.
DHS Revenues FY 21-22

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May 28, 2021

More American Misuse Of The Term "HIgh-Speed Rail"

Today I saw this article about planned "high-speed rail" in the San Diego area. I was immediately suspicious, since we still have no high-speed rail anywhere in the U.S., what are the chances that one city would build actual high-speed rail. Indeed, the article describes the proposed "trains moving twice as fast as the region’s trolley system." Wow! Twice as fast as a trolley! Well, I've done that on a bicycle in Boston, so it hardly defines "high-speed." Specifics could be found well down in the article: "SANDAG officials said the envisioned commuter rail could travel up to 120 miles per hour in spots, and will average around 50 miles per hour." So, not even as fast as the not-high-speed Acela. Why not call it what is, a proposed train system with good speeds?

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April 23, 2021

Cycling the Paris Catacombs

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March 14, 2021

Lincoln and Houston

Migration - Series No. 7
"Migration - Series No. 7" by Dennis Kowal at the deCordova museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts
, Kodachrome, 1986.

TC Energy Center (2)
TC Energy Center in Houston
, Kodachrome, 1989.

Houston Downtown
, Kodachrome, 1989.

Tranquillity Park (3)
Tranquillity Park in Houston
, Kodachrome, 1989.

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March 11, 2021

Griffith Observatory

These photos were made with Kodak T-Max 3200 film in October 2020.

Griffith Observatory View (2)

Griffith Observatory (5)

Griffith Observatory (15)

Griffith Observatory (21)

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Cityscape, Boston, MA, USA in 1978

Cityscape, Boston, MA, USA in 1978 by Gösta Knochenhauer
Boston's Back Bay, Charles River, Boston Common and Beacon Hill
. Photo by Gösta Knochenhauer on Kodachrome. Shot from atop the Pru.

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January 20, 2021

Four Boston Kodachromes

James Hook & Co. Lobsters

United Shoe Machinery Corporation Building


101 Arch Street, Boston

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December 31, 2020

Four From '87 and '88

Autumn Leaves
Kodachrome, October 1988

RFK Bridge (2)
RFK Bridge, better known as the Triboro Bridge
in NYC. I shot this in August 1988 from an Amtrak train that sat a long time on Hell Gate Bridge just a little way north of the RFK Bridge.

A colonnade in Washington DC
, but I don't recall exactly where. If you recognize it somehow, please let me know. Kodachrome, 1987.

Crown Building
The Crown Building in Manhattan
, Kodachrome, 1988.

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December 19, 2020

Four On Ilford Ortho Plus Film

On October 29 this year I did a walkabout in Los Feliz to take photos. Part of it was a walking tour organized by the Museum of Neon Art. Each of these four photos were shot on Ilford Ortho Plus 80 film.

Los Angeles from the Griffith Observatory
View from Griffith Observatory

Barnsdall Park (1)

Clinica Samaritana

For Rent

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December 14, 2020

Four Photos in Los Feliz

These were all shot with a digital camera.

The Hollymont (3214)
The Hollymont on Vermont

Umami Burger (3241)
Umami Burger

Barber Shop (3250)

Vista Theatre Ticket Kiosk (3269)
Ticket booth at Vista Theatre

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July 10, 2020

New Slide Scans

I've recently begun scanning slides again. Here are some of them.

Still Life
Still life, 1986.

Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges
Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, 1985.

Ice cream on the veranda - Kauai 1986
Friends on Kauai, 1986, Kodachrome.

Cambridge - Harvard Yard
Cambridge, Massachusetts, including a bit of Harvard Yard, late 1980s.

Sailboat in Hawaii
Kauai, 1986, Kodachrome.

Autumn Leaves (1)
Autumn leaves, 1986, Kodachrome.

East-West Tollway
Illinois East-West Tollway, 1980s.

Succulent, 1986.

Architectural Detail (1)
Architectural detail, probably in Boston, 1980s.

Fire Hydrant
Fire hydrant, 1985.

Bill Shepardson (1)
Bill Shepardson in San Francisco, June 1985.

Tom Boll (1)
Tom Boll, 1985.

Boston - Polaroid PolaChrome Instant Slide Film
Boston, 1980s, on Polaroid PolaChrome instant slide film.

Sweeney Mfg. Co. Brooklyn - Polaroid PolaPan Instant Slide Film
Brooklyn on the East River, 1980s, Polaroid PolaPan instant slide film.

Tanglewood (1)
Tanglewood, 1983, Agfachrome.
The woman is using an Olympus XA camera which is the first 35mm camera I bought, but I shot this photo with a Pentax K1000.

Palace of Fine Arts (2)
San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts, 1985.

A-L Larsen
South Boston, 1980s, Ektachrome.

Seen in Hawaii, 1986, Ektachrome.

South End Boston
South End Boston, 1987, Kodachrome.

Michigan Avenue
Michigan Avenue Chicago, 1987, Kodachrome.

You can see more of my slide scans by clicking here.

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May 31, 2020

Some Recent Photos (on film)

Mustang (0001)

Gas Blvd Dispensary (0028)
The city's newest marijuana dispensary.

11360 Palm Drive (0026)
On Palm Drive at 5th.

5th Street Trailer Park (0024)
The trailer park on 5th Street.

Swimming Pool (0010)

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