A Post Awards Season Offer of Sanctuary

Originally posted on Roth Stock Digital Media:
An offer of sanctuary at a friend’s house in the mountains north of San Francisco after the madness of awards season passes next spring, has reminded me of my home/property back in Colorado a few years ago. Two and a half acres on the west side of Pikes…

LA SantaCon 2014

Every December brings a gathering of a secret society somewhere in Los Angeles. They’re a jolly bunch, with a penchant for dressing in red with white fur trim. At first, they are hardly noticeable on the busy streets of LA. It starts with just one, or two. Then you notice a few more. Soon, they’re…

Looking Back and Looking Forward

As we look at the end of 2014, it’s kind of fun to look back 30 years at this torch, then think ahead to the possibilities of the next 10 years as we await selection of the host city for the 2024 Olympic Games. In the care of the LA84 Foundation, the torch is part…

Rock N Roll Ralphs

Hollywood, Embrace This Place! Rock & Roll Ralphs, Hollywood, California, USA: Because of all the entertainment people you may bump into wandering the aisles during the wee hours of the morning, the elevator doors at a neighborhood grocery store have embraced how locals have referred to it for years, “Rock N’ Roll Ralphs” in Hollywood,…

Making Movies

Making Movies Recently, I was cast as an extra in a major blockbuster Hollywood movie production. The film will be released on June 26, 2015. We were on the backlot at 20th Century Fox Studios in Century City, California. We worked on the historic Stage 8 where several notable films were made including; “Drums Along the Mohawk”…

High Surf and Big Waves Start the Summer in Malibu

A Bad Day in “The Bu” Is Better Than … Well … Anything! Honestly, I didn’t mean to be spending the afternoon at the beach! It was moving day. I had packed up and left the old place early in the morning only to discover the new place wouldn’t be ready until mid-afternoon. So, after…

Hiking to Griffith Observatory

Sometimes, an unplanned accidental hike can be quite rewarding! I was scouting locations for an upcoming model shoot and had planned to take a look at Ferndell, a section of Los Angeles’ Griffith Park renowned for its lush plant life. The path through Ferndell is a welcome respite from the surrounding city, although it can…

The Holidays Bring Clear Blue Skies to Los Angeles

One of the best things for a photographer in Los Angeles during the Holidays is the incredibly clear blue skies that the reduced traffic brings.  When coupled with a windy day to blow out whatever smog might remain, the photos you may capture can be quite startling when compared with summer days with smog alerts….

Fall Colors Near Crested Butte, Colorado

Autumn in the Rockies is a gorgeous time of year. When the aspen trees are showing off their fall colors, it’s kind of like someone took buckets of yellow, orange and red paint and splashed them down the mountainsides. Starting the morning in a cabin just south of Crested Butte, we ventured north of town…

Monster Jeep in the Colorado Rockies

While hiking one day near the Ghost Town of St. Elmo, Colorado, I spotted an off-road trail that seemed like a nice diversion. As I hiked above the town, the trail began to get rockier and rockier, until somewhere along the way, the rocks turned into boulders. Knowing it to be a 4-wheel trail, it…

Hiking In Arches National Park

Home to one of the largest concentrations of natural sandstone arches in the world, more than 2,000 of the gravity-defying features dot the unique landscape of Arches National Park. Located in east-central Utah, the park is near the outdoor recreation mecca of Moab. Soon after entering the park, visitors will come to Park Avenue (moderate…

Street Art: Colorado Springs

The 13th Annual Art On The Streets competition in Colorado Springs has continued its mission to beautify the city and inspire its citizens. Winning pieces of the worldwide competition remain on display for a year, and more than 50 have been purchased over the years for permanent installation in the downtown area. The photos in…