Monday, December 22, 2014
We love going to the Santa Monica Promenade during Christmas season. A wonderful place to walk up and down the pedestrian walk, and people watch. They have all kinds of street performers and musicians for entertainment. This drummer is part of a three-man band that was performing, and they have a great sound - worth stopping and listening to. I noticed these three young children who were watching and then it occurred to me that this was not Christmas music that was being performed. In fact, almost all of the music was not holiday music at all, which might seem a bit strange. But because so much of the time the holiday music seems to be about getting people to buy stuff, it almost seemed refreshing not to be hearing it.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 12:46 AM
Sunday, December 21, 2014
This being Christmastime, Sarah and Liz and Amy have been spending a lot of time working on new Christmas songs. Some of the songs are three-part harmony, and they have been practicing them for a while now. Tonight just Sarah and Liz were practicing some songs on their Ukeleles, and it was a lot of fun to hear them. I haven't heard ukeleles in years. Notice Liz' dog Wesley on the couch, checking out their performance.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 1:05 AM
Saturday, December 20, 2014
There is a stunning photographic exhibit at the Getty Center. It is called "Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful." He has been a photographer since the late 1950's, shooting only black and white film. He first covered the invasion of Prague by the Russians, then he did a photo essay on Gypsies, and later on panoramic photographs of the devastation of coal mining, and of the wall dividing Israel and Palestine. The richness of his prints is just amazing, and I left wanting to see if I could recreate in a digital image, the sense of black and white film shot in a camera. So this is one of the plazas at the Getty, and this image started out as a color photograph, and then I worked on it some, to get to this image. It is not exactly the same, but it has some sense of what I felt in the exhibit.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 12:11 AM
Thursday, December 18, 2014
OK, so I know there is no such word as "squiggledy." But I like the sound of it. It came to me at 33,000 feet when I looked down on this meandering river on our flight out to Los Angeles. This is, I believe, the Big Sioux River, which makes up the border of Iowa and South Dakota. I love that I can find so many beautiful abstractions when flying at the flight levels, which is why I always choose the window seat. Although I hate to have to disturb people when I want to get up and stretch on a long flight. These days, six hours is a long flight!
Posted by Ken Spencer at 10:59 PM
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Today we flew from JFK to Los Angeles. When we were at the gate in New York, I looked out the window and saw this scene, once I zoomed in with my camera. There are some interesting things going on in this photograph. At the top left, we see an Airbus 320 tail, then in the middle of the photo, an Airbus 321 winglet, and to the right, an Airbus 320 winglet. The winglets are mounted on the tips of the wings to make the wings more efficient. Basically, they prevent the air rushing over the top of the wing, from taking a shortcut and sliding off the tip of the wing, instead of flowing over the full chord. The 320 winglet is an older version, and the new 321 winglets are the newer version - much larger, and much more efficient.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 10:58 PM
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
I was on the way to the grocery store in the next town over, and I caught a flash of a white statue in the window of an antique store. I was in a hurry, so didn't stop. I came back later in the day. The original statue that I had seen was not promising looking, but a window away were these two statues, and they came together nicely in a composition for me. It was nice that I caught something in the first trip past, and that it turned into a reasonable photograph.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:07 PM
Monday, December 15, 2014
So they are in the next to last stage of finishing off this building. Once they get the last of the brick off, then they will start cutting the structural steel which has been holding everything up. So here is my big fear - we are headed to California for Christmas, and I am afraid that they will make great strides in the demolition, and I will miss documenting an important part of the process. Man, how many people do you know would even CARE about tearing down a building? It is pretty interesting when you enlarge the photograph, to see all the details of this structure.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 10:15 PM