Desert Trip Second Weekend

Mick Jagger
Mick

Keith Richards
Keith Richards

Neil Young
Neil Young

Paul McCartney and Neil Young
Paul McCartney and Neil Young

The Who
The Who

Roger Waters
Roger Waters

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Salton Sea Road Trip May 2016

DJ Premier
DJ Premier in North Shore, CA.

The Salton Sea from the North Shore Marina
The Salton Sea from the North Shore Marina

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Shooting from the Passenger Seat: Somewhere between North Shore and Bombay Beach

the Ski Inn
The Ski Inn in Bombay Beach

Phil and Danielle
Phil and Danielle in Bombay Beach, CA.

Phil and Danielle at Work
Phil and Danielle at Work in Bombay Beach, CA.

Bombay Beach Walkabout
Bombay Beach Walkabout

Street Corner: Bombay Beach
Street Corner: Bombay Beach, CA.

Gas Station Bathroom: Niland, CA
Gas Station Bathroom: Niland, CA.

Question Everything: Slab City
Question Everything: Slab City, Niland, CA.

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Salvation Mountain with Motorcycles

Repent
Repent: Salvation Mountain, Slab City, Niland, CA.

Salvation Mountain: It's a long way to the top
It’s a Long Way to the Top: Salvation Mountain, Slab City, Niland, CA.

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View from Salvation Mountain: Salvation Mountain, Slab City, Niland, CA.

Bow Before Your Gods
Bow Before Your Gods: East Jesus, Slab City, Niland, CA.

No
No: East Jesus, Slab City, Niland, CA.

Dolphins Lie
Dolphins Lie: East Jesus, Slab City, Niland, CA.

East Jesus Walkabout
East Jesus Walkabout: East Jesus, Slab City, Niland, CA.

Tray Fort
Tray Fort: East Jesus, Slab City, Niland, CA.

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Shooting from the Passenger Seat: The Slab City Marine Corps in Slab City, Niland, CA.

American Legion Post 801-1266
American Legion Post 801: Bombay Beach, CA.

American Legion Post 801-1268
American Legion Post 801: Bombay Beach, CA.

American Legion Post 801-1282
American Legion Post 801: Bombay Beach, CA.

Collin Close at Bombay Beach
Collin Close at Bombay Beach

Salton Sea from Bombay Beach
The Salton Sea from Bombay Beach

Bombay Beach Silhouettes
Bombay Beach Silhouettes

Orible
Orible: Near Bombay Beach, CA.

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Still Crazy After All These Years

Last Sunday I decided to go to the Street Fair at College of the Desert in the morning to see what I could see. I was wandering around searching for images and noticing that the Street Fair was slowing down because many of the winter folk have flown home for the summer. As I was about to call it a day, I walked between two stalls and saw this couple holding hands walking away from me and I knew I had something.

Still Crazy After All These Years

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Solvang 3270 and the Slow Process of Post-Processing

I love the process of going out to photograph. However, I don’t love the process of post-processing my images. A part of not liking the process of post-processing has something to do with learning photography before the digital era. I loved going into the darkroom. I loved the smell of the chemicals and watching an image appear on the paper in the developer. With digital that not knowing whether you got an image or not is gone. We can see it instantly. Another part is that I am incredibly slow at using Lightroom and Photoshop, and I would rather be outside photographing than sitting in front of a computer. Also, there are a lot of distractions on a computer: YouTube rabbit holes, twitter, facebook, reading other blogs. Long story short, I have a lot of images sitting on hard drives waiting for the day that I get around to processing them.

This is an image from last summer in Solvang, California. Solvang is a small town near Santa Barbara, California that is designed to look like a traditional Danish village. The architecture is full of these wonderful wooden lines that create interesting patterns when transformed into black and white.

Solvang 3270

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Sunset at Roy’s

Last Moday, I drove out to hike the Kelso Dunes. The drive from my apartment to the Kelso Dunes passes through the one-stop town of Amboy on Route 66. Back at the height of Route 66, Roy’s Motel and Cafe in Amboy was a major stop. Now, Amboy has largely been abandoned; but Roy’s Motel and Cafe is being restored by Albert Okura. The cafe isn’t fully functional; however you can get gas and stock up on snacks.

Sunset at Roy's

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The High Wire Act

Yesterday, Joshua Tree National Park was free for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. My wife and I decided to take advantage of this and visit the park for the afternoon. Little did I know that we would come across one of the coolest things I have seen in the park.

Once in a while, I have come across rock climbers climbing rocks. Joshua Tree is known for its rock climbing. But what we came across, was on a different level. A rock climber doing a high wire act between two giant rocks. It was amazing a quickly drew a crowd.

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Riverside Convention Center

Last weekend I went to downtown Riverside to check out the Mission Inn’s Festival of Lights. While most people were busy checking out the Mission Inn, I was more interested in a new (to me) building downtown. The Riverside Convention Center (designed by DLR Group) opened a couple of years ago and it is one of the more magnificent buildings in downtown Riverside.

Riverside Convention Center

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