Swami’s Beach at Sunset, 7/24/11

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Mauni and I took a trip up the 101 on Sunday, ending up at Swami’s Beach just before sunset. Click on a photo to go to the full gallery.

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I hope Annabel didn’t lose my card and that she’ll find this blog. 

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I’m no surfer, but I’m guessing that the thing that makes this such a well-known surf spot is the south-facing beach. With the sun setting to the north, this opened up some new compositions that were a pleasant surprise.

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Colors and textures are everywhere at sunset, all you have to do is find them.

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Once the twilight faded, the longer exposures brought out some different colors in the night.

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San Diego Zoo, 7/24/11

Nine years in San Diego, and this was my first trip to the zoo.

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I know, right? Click on a photo to go to the full gallery.

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Most of the animals were just lounging around because of the heat. You could tell the camels were thirsty.

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Stone Collaboration Green Tea IPA, 7/21/11

I haven’t been a fan of the past collaboration beers, but Stone’s effort this time actually produced a drinkable brew.

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In typical cheeky fashion, Stone printed the back label in Japanese, directing you to the website with the English version. Upon pouring, the beer shows a cloudy quality and a thick head. Especially when you pour it down the center of the glass because your other hand is holding a camera.

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The previous collaboration beers have been way over the top and for the most part, undrinkable. I’ll never forget that rosemary, sage, and thyme beer that tasted like Thanksgiving dinner that’s been run through a blender and strained.

This beer, however, was similar to the regular IPA, only bigger and more herbaceous. The Sencha tea is a background vegetal note whose bitterness complements the intense hoppiness.

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After a few minutes of settling down, the beer shows its true nature, a clear IPA with a deep golden color. The cloudiness comes from the Sencha itself, which was used to dry-hop the beer. Instead of settling to the bottom, the tea sediment stays suspended in the liquid, which is quite lovely. Had I noticed this while I was shooting, I would show it to you.

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Keep in mind that unlike green tea, this beer packs a wallop at 9.2% ABV. If you’re not careful you’ll be almost finished with it and then notice you’re headbanging to an Oliver Nelson record.

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Skyhigh Karma at Soda Bar, 7/16/11

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I went downtown to check out the Shutterpunk exhibit, and swung by Soda Bar on the way back to check out a friend’s band, Skyhigh Karma

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I’m sure Ryan won’t mind me saying that the music was a bit too radio-rock for my taste, but they still did put on a good set.

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He’s brave to let a drummer borrow his bass. They beat on things!

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Introducing Dominic Jr and Sofia, 7/14/11

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Our friends Stacey and Dominic finally had their twins last week, and we met them the next day. Dominic Jr is already strong enough to lift his head up and stick out his tongue.

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His twin sister Sofia just seems happy to not get crowded by her brother anymore.

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Of course, if you know me, you know that when I picture babies, this is what I see.

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I’d cry too if I had to wear a Pittsburgh T-shirt.

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Mauni’s Condo, 7/11/11

I went down to meet a friend for some sunset shooting downtown, but by the time I got to his condo overlooking the El Cortez Hotel, I saw it was too cloudy. Instead, we drank beer and shot off his balcony.

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I didn’t bother removing the many dust spots and correcting for perspective distortion, since it would have taken forever. This is also why I try not to shoot at f/22.

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After a couple drinks and a captive audience, I started explaining some physics of lens design to Mauni. Don’t get me started, because I have been known not to stop.

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Ghetto Blaster at Tin Can Ale House, 7/7/11

Ghetto Blaster opened the night of Trader Joe’s bands.

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I thought I had my flash sync cable working again, but sure enough, it died on the gig. On camera or available light only, and I left my primes at home to make room for the flash. Argh.

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After I took this next shot, someone asked me how I knew that I wasn’t going to get kicked in the face.

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The truth is that I didn’t.

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After the show, we relaxed at the tranny bar down the block. 

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Mattson 2 at Dirty Blvd Studio, 6/24/11

Surf-jazz twins Mattson 2 left the suits at home and recorded a new Dirty Thursday podcast. We’re not fancy here. It went up today,  hear it here! Click on a photo to go to the full gallery.

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I showed up to find  Jared and Jonathan in different rooms for acoustic separation. I think Ian Tordella does this to screw with me.

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With no room to move around, I used my UWA (Ultra-Wide Angle) lens to take in large fields of view at close range.

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The associate producer kept insisting on overdubbing in some scratching for a hip hop vibe, but he later got distracted by an empty drum case.

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