December 5, 2019

GoPro Hero5 Black, Night Mode

I recently acquired a used GoPro Hero5 Black. I am finding that when the price of a GoPro drops below $150, I feel like I'm getting what I pay for. I wanted to test the night mode, so I headed down to Palm Springs tonight to take a few photos of a friend's pool and then headed over to Village Fest for more photos. All of these photos are handheld. Almost all the photos turned out well, which is the opposite of what I expected. I would say I'm quite pleased with night mode. Here are some of the photos.

Andy's Pool (0039)

Architecture and Design Center (0068)

Lulu California Bistro (0060)

See's Candies (0059)

Starbucks (0051)
Starbucks.

La Akua (0050)

Palm Springs Downtown Parking Ramp (0043)

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November 30, 2019

Some Recent Photos

Camron-Stanford House (5607)
The Camron-Stanford House in Oakland on Lake Merritt.

Pleroma foveolatum (5551)
Also in Oakland.

Alameda County Courthouse (5571)
Alameda County Courthouse in Oakland.

Palm Springs Sunset (009A)
In Palm Springs.

Gate & Shadow (010)

Express Carwash (006)

Andy's Pool (011)

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November 18, 2019

Lomography Diana F+

I recently acquired a Lomography Diana F+ "Mr. Pink" camera, a film camera. Here are the results from the first two test rolls.

The camera is cheap and cheaply made, which is supposed to be part of its charm. To my utter amazement and pleasure, the instruction manual is written in excellent, idiomatic American English. The camera also comes with a hardback book (over 300 pages) with stories, anecdotes and sample photos.

It takes 120 film. If I shoot full size, I can get up to 12 exposures on a roll. On my first roll, the color film (Kodak Portra 400), I made a mistake in setting which film image size to shoot at (I can shoot smaller images and fit 16 images on a roll), so the result was overlapping double images, but I edited out the overlaps. The camera has two shutter speeds 1/100 and bulb. It's got three aperture settings: cloudy, partly cloudy and full sun. I can also simply remove the lens and use it as a pinhole camera. It's got zone focusing. I can just rotate the (very loose) lens to 4 meters to infinity, 2 to 4 meters, or 1 to 2 meters. There are no automatic stops when advancing the film, as there are on 35mm film cameras, and nothing prevents double exposure. To advance the film I just keep turning the knob while I keep my eye on the little red window on the back of the camera. When the next number for a frame becomes visible, then I've moved the film far enough. One challenge is that I cannot see the dim number through the little red window in anything less than full sunlight. I will need to have a flashlight with me when I use this camera.

These photos came out a lot better than I expected. Very little light leakage and I guessed the focus range well enough on most of them. The black & white film is T-Max 400.

I have not tried the flash yet, nor the pinhole.

I found one review of the camera from someone who took it to Burning Man. The camera is so leaky, the dust penetrates all parts of it easily, ruining the film for sure, and maybe the camera too.

View across I-10, Coachella Valley

Vehicle at the Patton Museum (1)
At the Patton Museum.

Tank at the Patton Museum (2)

Tank at the Patton Museum (1)

Car at the Patton Museum (2)

Sunnylands (7)
At Sunnylands.

Sunnylands (4)

Flowers (7)

Andy's Pool

The complete set of photos is here.

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September 29, 2019

Burning Man 2019 Photos

My complete set of photos from Burning Man 2019 can be seen here. Below are a few samples.

Dawn and Moonset (2028)
First morning on the playa
, just before sunrise. You can see the moon about to set to the right. Klank is camped in the larger trailer and I'm in the Scamp.

Just Before Sunrise (2033)
Looking the other way, toward what will be Black Rock City.

Just arrived on playa (8826)

Just Before Sunset (0364)

My Shade Structure Stabilization System (5737)
How I stabilized my shade structure.
It worked perfectly. The shade structure stood there for three weeks and wasn't damaged in any way. That sphere is a light, not any part of the stabilization.

Box Office Sign (0385)
Box Office still under construction.

DPW erecting shade structure at Box Office (0379)
DPW (Department of Public Works) putting up the shade structure in front of Box Office.

Fat Man art car (4802)

Chapel of Chimes (3461)
The Chapel of Chimes.

Rocket & Ed Nixon (5500)
Rocket and Frank.

Gardner Pond's Memorial at the Temple Of Direction (0463)

Gardner Pond Memorial at the Temple Of Direction (0480)

Jim and Rocket pumping water (0001)
Jim and Rocket.

Temple Of Direction under construction (0401)
Early in the construction of the Temple of Direction.

3 O'Clock (0421)
The Man viewed along the 3 O'Clock road.

By Thursday Neighbors Were Noticeable (0423)
A week after I got there, some neighbors had begun to move in.

Fomogenesis Camp (0419)
Fomogenesis Camp's shade structure.

Fomogenesis Camp during setup (0440)
Fomogenesis Camp during setup.

Sparkly Segways (0443)
Segways with shiny decorations.

Temple Of Direction (0428)
The Temple of Direction.

The 747 (0414)
The 747 was there for its, presumably, last time
. It's been sold to someone in Las Vegas.

The Elephant (0429)

The Elephant (0435)

Camp Whiskey Galore (0451)
Part of Burner Buddies.

Four-Thirty and J (0452)
Burner Buddies on the corner of 4:30 and J.

Official Map of all the Theme Camps (0487)
An official map showing the locations of all theme camps.
(Full size image here.)

Art Car at Folly (0502)

David & Nancy (3181)
David and his sister Nancy.
David sold his Scamp to me after last year's Burn.

Something's Burning (0513)

Temple Of Direction (0466)
A history of the temples displayed at the Temple of Direction.

Temple Of Direction (0474)
The Temple of Direction.

The Man (2155)
The Man.

The Wedding Party (3199)
Burner Buddies trying to get photos of the wedding party.

The Wedding (3447)
Pan and Flavio renewed their wedding vows in the Chapel of Chimes.
(Here is the album of their wedding photos.)

The Whale (0473)

Biking across the playa (4325)

Some Dust (5064)

Art Car (5390)
An art car.

Camp Walter Bus (2735)
Walter Bus.

Poppy & Friend Prepare For The Naked Pub Crawl (2002)
Poppy and friend waiting for the start of the Naked Pub Crawl.


Bee in Dust (5151)

Art Behind Center Camp (4515)
Some of the art behind Center Camp.

Burning of The Temple of Direction (5429)
The Temple of Direction.

Burning of The Temple of Direction (5461)
During the burning of the Temple of Direction.

The Temple of Direction begins to collapse (5483)
The Temple of Direction starting to collapse.

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September 6, 2019

Putting Up A Shade Structure


Erecting A Burning Man Shade Structure In The Wind. This was the Dr. Bronner's camp.

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The Flying Whale at Burning Man 2019


The Flying Whale at Burning Man 2019

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August 6, 2019

Los Angeles City Hall

Last month I went on an L.A. Conservancy tour of L.A. City Hall.

L.A. City Hall (5284)
Base of a floor lamp.

L.A. City Hall (5311)

L.A. City Hall (5315)

L.A. City Hall (5287)

L.A. City Hall (5296)

Union Station as seen from L.A. City Hall (5326)
Union Station seen from the observation deck on top of L.A. City Hall.

The complete set of photos can be seen here.

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August 3, 2019

Los Angeles World Naked Bike Ride Photos for 2019

I rode only the afternoon loop on this year's World Naked Bike Ride in Los Angeles. I had three GoPros, each shooting one photo every five seconds during the ride. Two of the cameras faced rearward and on forward. The complete collection of photos is here. There's an icon for a slideshow near the upper right corner of that page. I tried to sync the clocks on the three cameras, but they don't allow you to set the seconds, so they're out of sync with each other over a spread of a minute or so. The route changed some this year, partly due to construction on the LA River bike path, so if you enjoy looking at these photos for what's in the background, you'll see some different scenery in this year's photos.

What follows are a few of the photos:
LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (135736)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (140806)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (141116)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (171447)
I'm pretty sure these two were not together, but while we waited for a traffic light they seemed to mirror each others body language unconsciously.

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (172612)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (145111)
There were a lot of motorcycle cops along on the ride.
They were tremendously helpful and had to stop at least a couple of drivers who thought they could just drive right into us, as if we would magically disappear out of their way.

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (145532)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (152131)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (141156A)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (152337)
A naked bystander
. Not part of the ride at all, but an observer from the side of the road. I guess we inspired him. Too bad he didn't have a bike!

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (144942)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (143711)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (143036A)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (142630)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (142426A)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (172227A)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (172732A)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (153842)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (154147)
We entered the LA River bike path at the point where we exited in previous years.

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (161952)
A stop along the LA River bike path
.

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (162327A)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (163037A)
And we exited the bike path via a little dirt path.

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (163456)
The first time I rode the LAWNBR we went past this church and they called the cops.
This is the first time we've ridden by it again. No problems this time.

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (164027)
And then we re-entered the LA River bike path.

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (165032A)
We went through this rotary twice, for a total of 360°.

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (165322)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (153452)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (153603)
This guy was back with his sign - this year, no typos!

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (153737)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (142134)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (172703)

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July 4, 2019

Fireworks in Desert Hot Springs


July 4 2019, Desert Hot Springs.

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April 24, 2019

Desert Water Agency Tour

I went on the Desert Water Agency tour of their facilities at Snow Creek, Whitewater and the Mission Creek recharge ponds. Took some photos. Below are most of them.

Snow on Mt San Jacinto (5073)
Snow on Mt San Jacinto
.

Snow Creek Weir (5083)
The weir on Snow Creek where Snow Creek water feeds into the DWA water system
.

Snow Creek (5075)
The weir on Snow Creek
.

Flood Damage at Snow Creek (5069)
Flood damaged road at Snow Creek
. The car on the other side is staying there until the road is repaired.

MWD Colorado River Aqueduct Water Being Dumped Into The Whitewater River (5087)
Water from the Colorado River Aqueduct flowing to the Whitewater River
after having been given a spin in the hydroelectric facility there.

Confluence of Whitewater River and Colorado River Aqueduct water (5090)
Whitewater River on the left; water from the Colorado River Aqueduct on the right
. We're facing downstream.

Whitewater Hydroelectric (5093)
The hydroelectric generator at Whitewater
.

Whitewater Hydroelectric (5096)
In the hydroelectric facility at Whitewater
.

Whitewater Hydroelectric (5099)

Whitewater Viewed From Snow Creek (5066)
Whitewater viewed from Snow Creek
.

Mission Creek Recharge Basin & Mt San Jacinto (5108)
A recharge basin at Mission Creek
. Mt. San Jacinto in the background.

Mission Creek Recharge Basin (2003)

Mission Creek Recharge Basin (2004)
A pair of recharge basins at Mission Creek
.

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March 30, 2019

Ghost Palm in Desert Hot Springs

Part of Desert X.

Ghost Palm (5021)

Ghost Palm (5031)

Ghost Palm (5034)

Ghost Palm (5043)

Ghost Palm (5051)

Ghost Palm (5058)

Ghost Palm (5064)

More photos of Ghost Palm here.

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Desert Flowers

Seen in Joshua Tree National Park.

Desert Flowers (1833)

Desert Dandelions (1853)

Desert Flower (1841)

Caterpillar (1851)

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December 13, 2018

Texas AIDS Ride 1

Mumford (1)

Bus interior
After just one day of riding, we were hit by a severe thunderstorm in the middle of the night. We grabbed our stuff (excluding tents and bikes) and they transported us to a nearby high school where we hung out for hours in the gym until they bused us from there to what would have been our destination on that second day. No bike ride that day. The photo below is of me in the night as we were evacuating.

Self

Sons Of Confederate Veterans

Texas Capitol (1)
A Confederate memorial on the grounds of the state capitol building in Austin.

Tom & John
Tom & John who hosted Michael and me in Houston. John had lived in Boston for a little while around 1980-'81 and I knew him from then.

Waxahachie
The Ellis County courthouse in Waxahachie which Michael and I rode through on our way from Dallas to Austin before the ride started. We were rather surprised to suddenly see what seemed an obvious H.H. Richardson in a small Texas county seat. Turns out it was designed by a student of Richardson, James Riely Gordon.

Me & Michael
Michael riding right behind me in a pace line. This was shot by a professional photographer who had stationed himself along the route.

Michael and I had flown into Dallas with the plan to stay at the home of my friends Steve & Jeff (formerly of Kansas City) and then bicycle on our own to Austin. TAR would take us from Austin to Houston and then to Dallas. As we headed from Dallas to Austin we tried to follow small tw-lane highways, of course, but in Texas (or at least in this part of Texas) those roads all go either north-south or east-west and a direct route from Dallas to Austin would be something of a diagonal. I-35 would be the direct route, and the inefficiency of our route became annoyingly obvious as we continually crossed and recrossed I-35 on roads that weren't going in the direction we wanted to go. BUT, in Texas the interstates are parallelled on each side with smaller two-lane, two-way roads that I believe are intended mostly for slow farm vehicles. Turns out they are also excellent for bicycling...if you don't mind parallelling an interstate highway. Even at complex highway interchanges, these small roads were designed to carry us through the interchange without risking our lives. It'd be great if every state had the money and space to build roads like these. You can see an example of one of these roads on the right side of the photo below.
I-35

Bike Assembly
Re-assembling my bike at Steve & Jeff's place in Dallas.

Bike Lift
Closing ceremonies in Dallas.

Bush Library
At College Station. In 1998 there had been only one President Bush, so there was no need to insert any middle initials to eliminate ambiguity.

Cotton (2)
My first time seeing cotton growing.

Dealy Plaza (2)
The Dealey Plaza memorial in Dallas.

Banner
In Dallas, the banner made for us by Steve & Jeff.

Entering Dallas (1)
That's Geoff in the shade.

Four of us
Steve, Michael, myself and Jeff in Dallas.

Geoff (2)
Geoff who was also from Boston.

Me & Dan Pallotta
Myself with Dan Pallotta, who created the AIDS Rides.

The complete set of photos is here.

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December 8, 2018

Goat Canyon Trestle

Wikipedia article about Goat Canyon Trestle.

Scott C. led me on a hike to the Goat Canyon Trestle in 2014, but I've only recently posted the photos to Flickr. We hiked in the "easy" but longer way, following a mostly flat route from Dos Cabezos, across desert, to the railroad near Tunnel 20. From there, we hiked the railroad to the trestle, which comes just before Tunnel 15. The acceptable, standard way to hike in without hiking on the railroad as much requires one to take a straighter, but more difficult hike up and over the mountains.

You can also hike from the clothing optional resort at DeAnza Springs which is near I-8. From there you will be hiking uphill to the trestle. On the route we took, we hiked slightly downhill to the trestle...and then had to hike uphill on our way out. A few of the photos:

08.02.33 Dos Cabezas
The water tower at Dos Cabezas
. You can drive to this point. The railroad is right there, but if you follow it, you will go on a loop that makes your hike even longer. It's shorter to hike cross desert to Tunnel 20.

09.03.53 Carrizo Gorge Hike

09.48.56 Carrizo Gorge Railway
Tunnel 20
. This is where we started hiking on the railroad.

10.25.04 Carrizo Gorge Railway - First View of Goat Canyon Trestle noted
Our first small trestle and our first view of the mighty Goat Canyon Trestle.

10 41 33 Carrizo Gorge Railway
There are some wrecked railroad cars resting downhill from the railroad.

10 47 49 Carrizo Gorge Railway Tunnel 18
Tunnel 18
.

11 07 26 Carrizo Gorge Railway Tunnel 17
Tunnel 17
.

11 21 58 Goat Canyon Trestle
Goat Canyon Trestle
.

12 19 45 Goat Canyon Trestle

11 40 39 Goat Canyon Trestle

11 37 10 Goat Canyon Trestle

13 25 36 Carrizo Gorge Railway (2)

Carrizo Gorge Aerial Annotated
The red line is the railroad
. The purple line is an approximation of the cross-desert route we took to Tunnel 20. The green line is the proper, standard, more difficult way to hike in.

The complete set of photos.

Scott's photos.

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November 14, 2018

Mac Mini with 4K

I can now watch 4K videos with ease. I've got a couple of cameras that can shoot in 4K, and earlier this year I bought a 4K monitor. I could plug a 4K camera directly into the monitor to watch real 4K, but I couldn't watch 4K videos from any other source in 4K because my old Mac Mini (2012 model) could do no better than 1080. But finally, last month Tim Cook announced the new Mac Mini, greatly enhanced and with the ability to handle 4K.

Here's a test video I used: Driving Downtown - Los Angeles 4K - USA. 4K videos of Oahu, or aerial flights over Paris are quite lovely. But to judge the technical abilities of my hardware, I need to look at something familiar. Three hours of downtown Los Angeles in 4K...on a Sunday, so the traffic is unusually light.

For the new Mac Mini I went with the "3.2GHz 6‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 4.6GHz)." On all previous models of Macs that I've owned, I've maxed out the RAM, but the max on the new Mini is 64GB! That would cost an additional $1,400. I don't think I've had a computer before that could hold more than 16GB, so I decided I could probably live with 32GB of RAM on this one. And I got the 1TB SSD drive.

The 4K is beautiful and realistic.

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November 3, 2018

Los Angeles Just After Sunset

Disney Hall Twilight (5252)

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (2112)

L.A. City Hall (2808)

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October 18, 2018

Box Canyon Flood

Box Canyon Road was flooded out twice this month, the second flood being far greater magnitude than any flood I've seen on that road. Check out the video:

Coachella Canal - Cleveland Street Branch to Salton Sea (1181)
This is a photo I took in 2007
showing the drainage channel going from the Coachella Canal (foreground) to the Salton Sea (background). The drainage channel can be used to send excess water from the canal into the Salton Sea, but I haven't heard of that option being used in the 15 years I've lived here. The farmers can use all the water they get. The drainage channel actually extends under the canal so that it can also carry runoff from the Mecca Hills (behind me as I took this photo) to the Salton Sea. Otherwise, all the rain that falls on the Mecca Hills will simply pool next to the canal, eventually undermining it.

So the huge flood from Box Canyon Road (or as much of it as possible) squeezed through this opening (also photographed in 2007):
Drain Passing Under the Coachella Canal (5027)

Before the flood could get to the Salton Sea it had to pass under 70th Avenue as well as the railroad and highway 111. The panorama below shows where the flood hit 70th Avenue:
70th & Cleveland, North Shore, California (1958)
Not only was the bridge destroyed, but the entire concrete drainage channel is simply gone.

Below is a closer view of the 70th Avenue bridge. Those are date palms along the road with their fruit wrapped in cloth bags to protect it from birds.
70th & Cleveland, North Shore, California (5671)

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October 15, 2018

Wende Museum Of The Cold War

I recently visited the Wende Museum of the Cold War in Culver City, which had been on my gotta-see list for quite a while. Open to the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday; no charge for admission; check the website for variations on that. It's right next door to Veterans Memorial Park which is right next door to Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

City of Culver City (4838)

On the other end of the museum sits the House of Warrior Poetry (Dance. Parkour. Acrobatics. Action Arts. Yoga. Movement.).
House of Warrior Poetry (4829)

Veterans Memorial Auditorium - Culver City (4836)
Veterans Memorial Auditorium - the marker out front was placed in 1950, so call it 1950.

Kimmy Schmidt Fashion (4850)
In the museum I thought the cover of this magazine said "1961."
Only when I went to edit it did I see it was actually 1981! It sure has the look of 1961.

Yuri Gagarin (4862)
Yuri Gagarin hanging out with kids.

Wende Museum of the Cold War (4874)
Sly Lenin.

Entertainment Center (4877)
Soviet radio.

You can see all the photos here.

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September 25, 2018

2018 Burning Man Photos

View of My Camp from Box Office Camp (0117)
A view of my camp from the elevated deck at Box Office Camp
. This was taken my second day on the playa.

Trago Peak (0108)
Trago Peak on the eastern edge of the playa.

Stephanie & Klank (0280)
Burner Buddies Stephanie and Klank.

Stack of cars (0169)
Every year there's one art piece that is obviously dangerous, and BMOrg will let people play on it until someone gets seriously hurt and then they make some changes
. Before this one had been open for too many days, someone fell off and it was shut down.

Sphere (0299)

Sperm Kites at Kidsville (0138)

Setting Up Box Office (0121)
The front of Box Office while we were setting up.

Self on trike (0131)

Rainbow Arch (0303A)

Rain on the playa (0107)
My first evening on the playa.

My truck at the Nugget Casino in Sparks Nevada (2082)
My truck in the Nugget Casino parking garage in Sparks.

Menorah Bike (0142)
A menorah constructed on a tandem bike.

Men Working On Themselves (0239)

Little Black Dress Party (0218)
At the Burner Buddies Little Black Dress Party.

GPS Tracks From Burning Man 2019
GPS tracks as I traveled around Black Rock City on my trike and on the bus going out to Box Office on Gate Road, plus my exodus in the truck.

Galaxia Temple Burning (0344)
Galaxia Temple Burning.

Galaxia Temple (0261)

Elephant Art Car (0156)

Crashed Plane (0290)

Champagne Bitches Art Car (0147A)
The Champagne Bitches art car stopped in front of Burner Buddies for a while.

Burner Buddies Drive-Thru (0216)
Customers at the Burner Buddies Drive-thru.

Burner Buddies aerial on Saturday by Frank Martin
Aerial view shot by Frank with Burner Buddies camp highlighted.

Burner Buddies & Me - 2018
Burner Buddies group shot by Ed.

Art On The Playa (0259)

Art car on the playa (0312) denoised

My complete set of 2018 Burning Man photos can be seen here.

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September 14, 2018

Videos from Burning Man 2018


My videos.

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