Thursday, July 24, 2014

Desert Wind Generators

Getting out of LA and Orange County suburbia can be a real challenge. Traffic is always heavy, and if there's an accident or road construction, it can really get ugly! So I always breathe easier when I get my first glimpse of the wind generators when heading east on the 10 freeway. It's a sure sign that I've officially left suburbia behind!

The wind is always blowing in this part of the desert. Notice how the creosote bush in the photo above is leaning hard to the left? The wind gets funneled between the San Gorgonio mountains to the north and San Jacinto mountains to the south (see photo above), creating a wind tunnel.

Do you have any wind generators in your area? Thanks for stopping by! Linking with Skywatch Friday.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet

Unlike the Sky Village Swap Meet in the desert town of Yucca Valley, CA, that a posted about here, I have to give the Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet mixed reviews. Why? Well, the stuff they are selling didn't really interest me. Second reason (and it's a deal-breaker for me), they don't allow photography. Seems strange to me, but the people at this swap meet definitely don't want their picture taken!

The original drive-in movie screen is still standing, which is kind of cool!

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Despite the "no picture taking" signs all over the place, we found one nice lady that gave me permission to shoot away (probably because my wife was buying a hat from her!). However, the guy in the next booth over was giving me the evil eye!!

The Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet is in an older, industrial part of town, so I was expecting to see some interesting things. I was a little disappointed. However, this swap meet received positive feedback on Yelp for the cheap draft beer and live bands on Friday night. If you are in to that sort of thing, you might want to check it out.
Hope your weekend was a good one. We were out in the desert this weekend. I took the Jeep out Saturday afternoon and got some good shots I'll be sharing later this week. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

~~Watching the Sun Set~~



800mm, f/13, 1/800sec, ISO 1250
Linking with Skywatch Friday. Click the link to check out great skies from around the world. Thanks to our hosts Yogi, Sylvia and Sandy!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Pointillize

Can you guess what this is? I'm sure the answer is no, it's too abstract.
How about now?
No? Let's make the points even smaller...
OK, now you can probably tell what it is. Below is the original image, which was taken in Joshua Tree National Park a few weeks ago.

Pointillize is a filter in PhotoShop (and probably many other photo editing programs as well) that turns the image into multiple "points". The cool thing is you can select the size of the points, which allows you to do some pretty interesting edits. Not sure it works well for this image (I think I like the original best), but fun to play around with!