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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April 13, 2020

A few more infrared shots

Heavy Equipment (0636)

Pipes (0634)

Heavy Equipment (0631)

Las Palmas Mexican Cuisine (0648)

Lantana (0628)

Junk Car (0657)

Christian Center (0646)

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April 1, 2020

Photos from around town

Not Social Distancing (2927)
Not observing social distancing in Desert Hot Springs

Mailbox (2912)

Lantana (2903)

IVTHC (2847)

Empty Skatepark (2967)

Bougainvillea (2929

Bougainvillea (2869)
The bougainvillea growing along the south side of Las Palmas restaurant

11522 Palm Drive (2850)
New dispensary at 11522 Palm Drive (4th Street)

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February 16, 2020

Some More IR Photos

Big Horn Sheep Sculpture (0615)

Cactus (0591)

El Paseo, Palm Desert (0582)
El Paseo in Palm Desert
. I shot this from my hip without even looking.

Bus Stop Shelter (0595)

Speed Limit 25 (0555)
In Desert Hot Springs

Welcome to Desert Hot Springs (0561)

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February 7, 2020

UC Riverside Botanic Gardens

Last weekend I went and explored a little bit of the UC Riverside Botanic Gardens (map). Somehow I had never heard of these gardens until just a few weeks ago. Here are a few of the photos. The complete collection of photos is here.

UCR Botanic Gardens (0010)

UCR Botanic Gardens (0009)

UCR Botanic Gardens (0005)

UCR Botanic Gardens (2941)

UCR Botanic Gardens (2937)

UCR Botanic Gardens (2936)

UCR Botanic Gardens (2938)

UCR Botanic Gardens (2931A)

UCR Botanic Gardens (2928)

UCR Botanic Gardens - Datura (2924A)

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January 16, 2020

No Spectators - in Oakland

Oakland Museum of California (5562)

No Spectators at Oakland Museum of California (1)
Shot with film on my Lomography camera

Truth is Beauty replica (5577)
"Truth is Beauty" replica.

Truth Is Beauty (Replica)

Temple of Reunion (5568)
The Temple, behind the museum
. The Temple and the replica of "Truth is Beauty" can be visited any time the museum is open. You don't need to buy a ticket to the No Spectators exhibit for these two.

No Spectators (5604)

No Spectators (5601)

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January 5, 2020

Some Infrared Photos

Most digital cameras filter out infrared light before it gets to the sensor. The early Canon Powershot G cameras (G1, G2 and G3), however, allowed some through. I used to have a G3 and all I needed to do was put on a deep red filter to take infrared photos. But the G3 was stolen. Some years later I acquired a used G2 to do the same thing, but it was old and had a few burned out pixels. Those are easy to fix in editing if you've only got one photo, but it gets pretty tiresome to fix the same 12 tiny specks on every photo if you've got a lot to edit, so I haven't used it in a long time.

Last month, I acquired a Canon G12 from LifePixel that they converted to shoot infrared. They remove whatever internal infrared filter there is and then install an internal deep red filter. I already had a regular G12, so I was completely familiar with the camera and the two cameras could share some equipment. Here are some of the resulting photos:

Train Passing Through Palm Springs Amtrak Station (0438)
The Amtrak station in Palm Springs

Target (0413)
Target in Cathedral City

District East (0411)
New housing behind the Target

Joshua Tree at Pioneertown Mountains Preserve (0549)
At Pioneertown Mountains Preserve

Cholla at Pioneertown Mountains Preserve (0545)
A cholla at Pioneertown Mountains Preserve

Big Morongo Preserve (0530)
At Big Morongo Preserve

Big Morongo Preserve (0522)
At Big Morongo Preserve

Big Morongo Preserve (0507)
Big Morongo Preserve

Big Morongo Preserve (0483)
Big Morongo Preserve

Big Morongo Preserve (0471)
Big Morongo Preserve

Big Morongo Preserve (0477)
Big Morongo Preserve

Big Morongo Preserve (0450)
Big Morongo Preserve

Desert Plants (0366)
In Desert Hot Springs

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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)

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.


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.

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.

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.

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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