I am testing an old Canon AE-1 camera to take on a summer trip. This second test roll revealed some light leaks that need to be addressed, but the recent re-calibration of the light meter and the shutter speed has paid big dividends in nicely exposed negatives. The 1980’s-vintage consumer-grade camera and lens is far behind current technology, but it does lend a certain character to the images.

Canon AE-1, 135 mm lens, Ilford HP5


Its the Madden Julian Oscillation!

14 February 2019:

Another rainy day image from early February. The Los Angeles Times todays lays the blame for all of our nice wet weather (we really need it) on the Madden Julian Oscillation in the tropical Pacific.

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More stormy weather

3 February 2019:

The Hermosa Pier, late afternoon.

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Self Portrait from summer 2016

Summer 2016:

I was busy experimenting with my aging Canon AE-1 film camera to see if it would run. It does! It does not have the sharpness of a new full frame digital SLR, but it works with no light leaks. I am considering taking it with me as my main camera on a trip this summer when I need something relatively light weight and not expensive. It was bought sometime in the late 1970’s.

Canon AE-1, Ilford Delta 400


Incoming Weather

31 January 2019:

Rain expected today through the weekend.

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Aeonium 'Cyclops'

29 January 2019:

These giant clusters of tiny yellow flowers appear in January.

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Beach Erosion

18 January 2019:

The high surf levels and winter high tides are moving a lot of sand around.

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Lunar Eclipse, 20 January 2019

20 January 2019:

The lunar eclipse as seen from Hermosa Beach. The exposures were 3 minutes apart, and this composite image covers about 2 hours of time. There is a discontinuity just over half-way up when I had to move the camera (and I accidentally bumped the zoom setting on the lens!).

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Surf was up!

16 January 2019:

There were only a few surfers in the water around the Hermosa Beach Pier, but for the experts it was a nice morning. The surf was running head-high or over-head, smooth water, and a light mist was falling. This person was just south of the pier.

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Big Surf Day

9 January 2019:

Storms in the North Pacific were driving big swells into the South Bay of Los Angeles. This was the late afternoon view.

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Contrarian Seagull

23 December 2018:

Many people were out and about, including this group watching the sunset off the Hermosa Beach Pier. They were all looking to the right, but the gull apparently did not find anything of interest in that direction.

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18 December 2018:

Here is another mosaic experiment, this one starting as a ‘still life’ of CDs.


Late afternoon surf

12 December 2018:

Surf was running 2 to 4 feet late this afternoon. Getting outside was a bit hard, and this surfer was taking a break.

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Christmas Tree Ornaments

11 December 2018:

This Santa is now swinging merrily from the top of the tree.

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Mosaic Experiment

I visited the Minneapolis Institute of Art on November 21, 2018, and was inspired by a painting by Gabriel Orozco (Untitled, 2016). It was in a gallery featuring “Abstraction from Nature.” My variation on his theme is shown below. To generate this image, I am using my self-written mosaic algorithm in a new way, primarily by changing my library or source images from a duplication of the reference image to a set of diagonal gradients, resulting in tesserae that have triangular patterns within the square each tessera.


Minnesota Prairie

24 November 2018:

Upper arboretum, Carleton College, Northfield Minnesota

iPhone; Hipstamatic


C-Train Station

A mosaic of the Fourth Street C-Train station in Calgary, Alberta. Original image taken on October 18, 2018.


Peace Bridge

21 October 2018

We walked over to the Peace Bridge after dinner in Kensington so that I could photograph it at night. It is a popular spot, even on a cool Sunday evening. This bridge over the Bow river is to the east of the pedestrian bridge shown in the 18 October post.

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View of Banff from Sulphur Mountain

20 October 2018:

Six of us drove up to Banff from Calgary for lunch (bison burgers!!!) and a trip up the Banff gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. It was a great trip, and not too cold. The peak is at 7,486’ and there is a wooden raised walkway to an adjacent peak that we took advantage of. Fantastic views! It was also very busy given the very nice weather.

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