The gallery links below are some of my best (& favorite!) images from various places I've traveled, or events that I've taken photographs at. Please enjoy the images within the galleries. Your comments or questions are always welcome if you're moved to do so, you may e-mail me here.
Big Island of Hawaii (August 2014)
This image gallery is from our trip to the Big Island of Hawaii. We first stayed in Hilo for 4 days, just missing hurricane Iselle, then drove onto Kona for 3 days. We visited the beautiful gardens behind the Hilo Homemade ice Cream shop (just east of Hilo), Liliuokalani Gardens along Banyan Drive, the Volcano National Park, the Farmers Market in Hilo, Hawaiian Botanical Gardens along the northern shore, Akaka Falls where a 442' waterfall plunges to the canyon below, and a black sand (dark grey actually) beach on the north western coast of the island. Below is a list of locations that the images were taken in the web gallery.
D7C0431 - D7C0470 were taken in the garden area behind the Hilo Homemade Ice Cream store. A beautiful place to wander while enjoying your tasty shave ice, ice cream, or sandwiches!
D7C0513 - D7C0540 were taken at Liliuokalani Gardens, Hilo. This garden is one of the largest japanese gardens, and it's open for all the public to enjoy.
D7C0759 - D7C0864 were taken at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden along the north shore, between Pepeeko and Papaikou. It's along the 4 mile scenic loop off of the north shore Hawaii Belt Road, Hwy 19.
13th Annual Montrose Classis & Hot Rod Car Show (July 2014)
Here's some images from the 13th Annual Montrose Car Show. There were some beautiful cars on display as this show seems to get larger each year. Enjoy!
Sweeney Todd play at CVHS (March, 2012)
Hope English starred as Mrs. Lovett in Crescenta Valley High Schools edition of Sweeney Todd. Simply a fantastic performance from the cast, and outstanding efforts for everyone involved in the production itself - kudos to all!!!
Michaela Horse Show Schooling Competition, Hansen Dam Equestrian Center (February 2012)
This is a best of gallery of the Horse Show Schooling Compeition that Michaela participated in. She won three 1st place ribbons with outstanding rides on Warlock. Great job Michaela!
10th Annual Montrose Classis & Hot Rod Car Show (July 2011)
Our local little town of Montrose CA comes alive for the Farmers Market on the weekends, and really struts its stuff on the 4th of July with a teriffic car show. There are many local car buffs that bring their prized beauties (and their wives too) to show them off along Honolulu Blvd. This year was a great show, and nearly hot as a firecracker in the afternoon which was appropriate. Enjoy the pictures!
Maui (October 2010)
Here are pictures from our vacation to Maui where we stayed at Sugar Beach Condo Resort, unit #417 which was very well furnished and equipped. We would highly recommend it! We visited the Maui Tropical Plantation which has a wonderful variety of native plants to Hawaii, incredible colors. This was a great spot for color images as well as infrared photography as you can see in the image gallery. Then we were off to Iao Valley to see the Iao Valley needle. A lush tropical valley just south west of Kahului, with a Needle shaped peak that rises up 2,250 feet. It's also a very historical place where one of the most famous battles occurred back in 1790 and changed Hawaii history forever when King Kamehameha I destroyed the Maui army in an effort to unite the Hawaiian Islands. We drove up to the West side of the island to see the North West coast, then through Napili and Lahaina on the way back to Kihei. Lahaina is a very historical town and was a whaling port which began it's colorful rowdy reputation.
The Road To Hana takes the better part of the day to drive and take in the sights. A windy narrow road with signs "Road Narrows" which made me wonder how much narrower can this road get?!?! We drove it (I drove it...), I like to drive and have experience on windy mountain roads and this trip just about wore me out. This is NOT a trip for anyone who gets car sick easily! But the trip was worth it for the scenic views along the way, the Oheo Gulch also known as the Seven Sacred Pools was very pretty. We stopped at Koki Beach State Park just south of Hana which is one of the prettiest beaches I've seen. Here's a good link with mile marker information & sites to see along the Road to Hana.
Snorkeling at Molokini Crater was breathtaking, crystal clear water and some beautiful colorful fish. We went with Maui Classic Charters on the Four Winds II catameran, the crew was terrific, extremely helpful & patient, the food was great, had their BBQ Pork sandwich. I'd recommend the early trip for the best possible conditions as it often gets windy in the afternoon & even late in the morning. Captain John was quite the character making the trip even more enjoyable with his terrific sense of humor (Go Bears!!!). He was terrific with the kids on board as well.
We had planned on seeing the sunrise on Mt Haleakala (packed jackets in our suitcases just for that purpose) but the weather forecast of showers that night & into the morning meant clouds and limited visibility. Oh well, next time!
On our last day we visited the Maalea Ocean Center Aquarium which has a nice selection of fish native to the Hawaiian Islands. A very nice aquarium with great presentation along with information of the variety of fish and coral.
We had a great trip and would like to visit Maui again. Rach & I think Kauai is the prettiest island of the ones we've visited, but Maui offers more of a variety of beaches to see if you're a beach lover.
Into The Woods, South Pasadena HS, CA (August 21, 2010)
Hope English played the role of the Bakers Wife in this years Drama Camp production of Stephen Sondheims "Into The Woods" performed at South Pasadena High Schools main auditorium. It was a terrific play and everyone turned in a remarkable performance. The fun they all had performing came through in the spirit of the play - Well Done!!!
Avalon, Catalina Island CA (July 11-13, 2010)
The little island city of Avalon, just a 1 hour boat ride from Downtown Long Beach CA, offers up all kinds of fun for everyone.
It had been many years since I'd visited the island, and there were notable changes as they improved the experience. There's some fine dining spots, such as Ristorante Villa Portofino (Italian food) for dinner which was fantastic with a nicely varied menu, wonderful atmosphere (eat inside or outdoors), and excellent service. We were all very impressed with our dining experience and stuffed from their generous servings.
There's lots of nightlife along the boardwalk to keep everyone entertained well into the evening, from relaxing indoor/outdoor bars, to Karaoke if you're so inclined.
We stayed at the Hotel St. Lauren which was clean and comfortable, within easy walking distance to shops and dining. Lodging tip - most lodging is fairly pricey on the island. Look for package deals online that combine tours and boat fare, or book your room(s) directly online for Internet Specials that many hotels offer.
The casino is a must see to truly appreciate the architecture and design of this historic landmark. If you have the time, the tour of the casino to see the theatre and ballroom at the top is a must. If you can catch a movie in the theatre that's an experience to treasure as well to view the murals on the walls inside, and the historic working pipe organ.
Rachel and her niece Mona conquered the Catalna Zip line they have in the Descanso Valley just past the casino. Nervous at first, they were bursting with smiles at the end. I was very impressed with the facilities they have built at Descanso beach, offering a comfortable, beautiful, relaxing & secluded spot to enjoy the Pacific Ocean compared to the sometimes busy beach by the boardwalk.
We were lucky enough to enjoy the use of a golf cart during our stay (Thanks Viv & Emma!!!), but I'd definitley recommend renting one to visit the Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Gardens, or drive up to Mt Ada for spectacular views overlooking the city and harbor. The Inn on Mt Ada was originally the home of William Wrigley who bought and owned the island in the early 1900s. Now you can stay at the Inn and be transported back in time while relaxing to spectacular views below.
Dolly Couture Grand Opening, Tarzana CA (June 10 2010)
Dolly Couture, designer of Vintage 50s' & 60s' short wedding dresses opened her store June 10th 2010 in Tarzana CA. Here's an image gallery of the Grand Opening, stars attending the event, and models wearing her various wedding dresses. Thanks to the sponsors of the event, & best wishes of success to Dolly, Nicole, and everyone involved with their new store! Visit Dolly Coutures website here.
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ (October 11-13 2009)
The "Best Of" images in this gallery are from a brief trip to the Grand Canyon National Park.
The first images in the gallery are views of the sunset from Mather Point. Being easily accessible, Mather Point can be quite crowded so arrive early for a good spot, especially for sunsets.
Next are sunrise images taken the following morning from Yaki Point. It was quite cool that morning, in the mid 30's, just myself and one other sunrise shooter on the shuttle bus that morning. Peaceful, quiet, and very beautiful as the sun came up on the horizon, grabbing shots as they developed before the sun hid behind the clouds as it rose into the sky. Two of the sunrise images are HDR (High Dynamic Range, HDR is in the filename of the 2 images) composites. These images are made up of several bracketed exposures optimized for the wide range of light, exposures for the highlights (sun & bright clouds), mid range tones, and shadows. The software used for these was Photomatix Pro. Check out their site for more information about HDR imaging. A tip for successful HDR images, 1) use a stable tripod, 2) obtain your focus & turn off your AF system, 3) bracket your images quickly (about 1.5 to 2 stops each exposure) or automatically if your camera will do so.
Lastly are some pictures walking around the Grand Canyon Village area including the Hopi house (B&W), Bright Angel Lodge, Lookout Studio, and the El Tovar lodge from the Lookout Studio.
Station Fire, La Crescenta/La Canada CA (August 2009)
Here's a collection of images I've taken during the recent "Station Fire" we had in the area. I've lived in the La Crescenta area for many years, and the last time the mountains above us really burned was in 1974.
Most of these images were taken from La Crescenta near our home along the 3000 block of Foothill Blvd. The closeup aerial Foscheck drops were taken Saturday the 29th in La Canada from Starlight Crest Drive looking towards the forest and homes at Gleneagles Place as the flames came up the ridge towards the homes. We went for a drive to get a better perspective on the spread of the fire & wound our way up the hills in La Canada to get a look at the mountains there. Stumbling upon a rather precarious situation at the top of the road. We got out of there after the 3rd drop and the firefighters were heading up the hill to assist. No home along that ridge was lost, just incredible work between the aerial and ground crew.
Images 3763 to 3793 were in the evening of August 27th.
Images 3804 to 3943 were taken August 28th.
Images 3972 to 4310 were taken August 29th.
Images 4312 to 4447 were taken August 30th.
Images 4481 to 4564 were taken August 31st.
Pacific Northwest/Canada Cruise, Astoria OR, Victoria & Vancouver B.C. (May 2009)
This gallery of images is from our cruise vacation to the Northwest Pacific & Canada aboard the Carnival Splendor. We stopped in Astoria Oregon where we toured the Flavel House & Museum. A home ahead of its' time built by a successful Harbor Pilot back in the late 1800s. Astoria is located at the mouth of the Columbia River, across the river is Washington State. A beautiful little community and wonderful Victorian style homes pop out of the lush green hillsides.
Next stop was in Victoria B.C. where we toured the Butterfly exhibit at the entrance to the Butchart Gardens. The wide variety of Butterflys was amazing as they flew around & on you at times. Amazing delicate little creatures they are. But the Butchart Gardens were truly incredible and easily the highlight of our trip. We'd heard a lot about them from others who'd been there, and the experience did not disappoint in the least. Our only regret was having very limited time on our tour. I could easily spend the day (or several) taking pictures there, finding the right light to shoot in certain areas. Instead I hurried through to see as much of it as I could. It was a great opportunity (and a bit of a crash course!) to learn to use my newly converted to Infrared D200 camera. Some of the images are truly incredible with it, as well as my color images. But they almost don't do justice of the true beauty of the Gardens. I'll definitely be making an effort to visit them again.
Our last port of call was the city of Vancouver. This was a busy city with many buildings going up or being renovated, most likely in advance of the 2010 Winter Olympic games that will be held there. It was a very modern city, very clean with lots of high fashion shops in the downtown area. A place we didn't get to visit, but worth a mention is Stanley Park. A large wooded park just opposite the city with bike paths and just beautiful views and landscapes all around it.
Infrared Backyard, La Crescenta CA (May 2009)
Here is a small gallery of Larrys backyard in Infrared. Taken with an Infrared converted Nikon D200 using the 18-55mm lens. Infrared (Enhanced Color) conversion done by Life Pixel in Washington. If you have a conversion done there, tell them you saw some sample pictures here!
Crescenta Valley Car Show, La Crescenta CA (September 2008)
At our nearby Baptist Church they have a local car show that fills their parking lot with beautifully restored hot rods and vintage cars from all over the Southern California area. Always fun to check out.
Bodie Ghost Town, CA (August 2008)
Here's some images from one of my favorite places to shoot, Bodie. It's a State Park of a preserved ghost town north of Mammoth CA off of highway 395 along the Eastern Sierra. Always a wonderful place to shoot with the old buildings, the textures of the wood, there's a cemetery there as well.
Oahu (October 2007)
Pearl Harbor was one of the primary places I wanted to see on Oahu, a place that will forever play a huge role in Americas history. A place I felt I had to visit to pay my respects for those that lost their lives on that fateful morning. We also visited the Hawaiian Cultural Center on the North Shore which was great and we watched the evening show. There's also some shots around Turtle Bay of surfers & some sunsets. An incredible place to stay by the way.
The Groove at the Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas NV (June 2007)
This gallery is of my friends band "The Groove" who played at the Weekend Cruise downtown Las Vegas.
Vegas Cruise Weekend at the Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas NV (June 2007)
And this gallery is of the vintage cars & hot rods that were on display during the day for the Fremont Streets Cruise Weekend. It was a lot of fun to shoot the various cars which also kept me out of the casinos, which in turn kept some of my money in my pockets!