Sunday Night Lights in the NoHo Arts District on Roundme

Every Sunday evening this June and July, Sunday Night Lights is happening for people to come and create, dance, listen, slam and express something. It goes from 7pm to 11pm in the NoHo Arts District at the Secret Rose Theater on Magnolia.Sunday Night Lights is hosted by Off the Wall Graffiti, a fantastic non-profit organization that helps youth express themselves creatively without having
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Virtual Tour of Las Vegas Street Art Featuring Works by Alexis Diaz, AWARE, D*Face, Doze Green, Vhils and Zio Zeigler

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas -- literally!Last year, the Life is Beautiful Festival, backed by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, was held in Downtown Las Vegas and a number of street artists were invited to participate to give the Fremont East Entertainment District a makeover. The festival has long since ended but the works of Alexis Diaz, AWARE, D*Face, Doze Green, Vhils and Zio Zeigler have been left
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Valley of Fire in 360° Panorama on Roundme

Recently I discovered this new website to showcase my panoramic images called Roundme. The image quality that Roundme offers is super sharp with an elegant user interface making the site highly effective for an immersive view. I really like what they have to offer and I hope you will too. I think this platform is so cool, I've gone and updated all of this year's blog posts to feature the same images
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DTLA in 360° Panorama Series: "Redemption of Angels" by DTOAR / Fin DAC

View on Google MapsAnother ab-fab-collab for the City of Angels Arts District is by DTOAR (pronounced detour, an acronym for the "Drunken Taxicabs of Absolute Reality") and Fin DAC. This piece is entitled "Redemption of Angels" and was completed a year ago last April.Across the street is the the Coca-Cola Company building built in 1915 that replaced the company's  former location on San Pedro
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DTLA in 360° Panorama Series: "Alice in Wonderland" Virtual Tour

In Skid Row, at the corner of Towne Avenue and East 4th Street (view on Google Maps) is a fantastic series of street art that riffs on the "Alice in Wonderland" theme.In all, there are 12 panels altogether and I've captured 11 of them to view in this virtual tour.  I'm bummed I didn't get all of them but one of the vendors was open for business at the time so it was impossible to get a photo.It
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DTLA in 360° Panorama Series: Luis M Commission for the KC Salon

View on Google MapsLocated near Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles, this mural by Luis M was commissioned by the KC Salon in 2011.Love me, love my Doge! DNFefCqH9pGpYsXxyxVg7o34dyzuahwNZD
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I'm the Featured Photographer Today on Flickr!

Today on the Flickr blog have the honor of being the featured photographer where I discuss street art, the Los Angeles mural scene and of course, 360° photography from how I got started to my camera set-up.In my interview with Arnold Chao, the Senior Editor at Flickr, I mentioned that I got hooked on photographing street art in the 80's as I was passing through Checkpoint Charlie on a visit to East
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The American Hotel Street Art Free Wall in 360°

The American Hotel Free Wall - View on Google Maps Back in January I captured this pano of the American Hotel's free wall. It featured a piece by Cali Killa called ”Beware Hipsters” (above). Then last week, I took this pano of the same wall (below) which features among other works, a message from Fearless LA, a church group originally from Modesto that's settled into the Los Angeles scene.In
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A Virtual Tour of Downtown Los Angeles' Historic Indian Alley in 360° Panorama

View on Google Maps Way back in the day and way before the street address 118 Winston Street became the art gallery and a yoga studio it's known for today, it was the meeting place of the secret society known as Catholic Knights of America (St. Joseph Branch # 397) according to Newmans's Directory and Guide of Los Angeles and Vicinity: A Handbook for Strangers and Residents published in 1903.
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New Mural in DTLA by Fin DAC and Angelina Christina entitled "Upon Reflection"

There's a new mural in Los Angeles -- an ab-fab-collab by Fin DAC and Angelina Christina and let me tell you: it's absolutely stunning!  It's entitled "Upon Reflection" and you can see it for yourself near the corner of Winston and Los Angeles in Downtown Los Angeles.View on Google Maps.Have patience for this one to load -- you're in for a treat as I'm trying something different. Also, be
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360° Panorama of "Touch of Venice" Mural in Venice Beach

Jonas Never's "Touch of Venice" mural on Windward Avenue pays homage to the opening sequence of the 1958 film noir classic "Touch of Evil" directed by Orson Wells.The famous scene was actually shot on location along Windward and Pacific avenues although the scene as it was written is supposed to be a Mexican border town instead of a sunny SoCal beach one. I've shared a YouTube video that you can view
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Free Humanity Takes on Monsanto (Again)

"Winnie The Pooh in GMO Land" - View in Google Maps Last week Free Humanity hit the streets of downtown Los Angeles with his latest guerrilla art piece entitled "Winnie the Pooh in GMO Land" in which the Pooh bear character with eyes as wide as saucers is clutching a honey pot as honey bees die at his feet.You can find the piece near Indian Alley at 104 Winston Steet in DTLA.  [Map it]It
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I've Got a Featured Photo on Flickr!

Repeat that three times fast: "Featured photo on Flickr! Featured photo on Flickr! Featured photo on Flickr!"Woo hoo!OK, sorry about that folks -- thanks for indulging me. Now, enough with alliteration! Here's the scoop:Earlier this evening I was receiving a ton of notifications from Flickr with members of the community "favoriting" and leaving nice comments about the above referenced panorama.(To
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New in NoHo: "Soliloquy" Public Art Mural by Levi Ponce in 360

Artist Levi Ponce Levi Ponce's latest public art's project entitled "Soliloquy" took about a week to complete and was finished over this past President's Day weekend. The subject and title is a rift on Hamlet in which Ophelia contemplates her beloved's skull. This piece is located on the side of Al’s Discount Furniture in the Noho Arts District and measures 100' x 13'. Medium: acrylic. View
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"On the Road" New Graffiti Art by MTO and UTI Crew in 360° Panorama

The latest graffiti art in DTLA is a giant entitled "On the Road" by MTO and UTI Crew (Black Light King, PETAL, FEAR, NUKE, SWAN) that features imagery inspired by Jack Kerouac's 1957 travelogue of the same name.This mural is sponsored by "L.A. loves you", organized and curated by Melissa "Zippy" Downing with the assistance of Roy CHO.Location : Al's Bar yard (backside wall American Hotel), 303 South
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Rest in Peace Leonard Knight (1931-2014)

Yesterday artist Leonard Knight quietly passed away. Knight was unlike anyone else I've ever met. He was pure love embodied. It's visions like his and his firm belief in a loving God that give me a sense of comfort when I contemplate my own mortality.Salvation Mountain, a set on Flickr.The series of images above are from his life's work "Salvation Mountain" located the Salton Sea of California. Read
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Dumb Starbucks Big Reveal in 360°

This afternoon at 4:00pm PDT, Canadian comic Nathan Fielder revealed that the 'Dumb Starbucks' coffee shop in Los Feliz was a publicity stunt for his Comedy Central show "Nathan For You". View on Google Maps. I knew something was wrong not long after I got there. I cut through an alley way to find a place in line when I found a filming permit that was used over the weekend that identified the production
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Foster The People - "Supermodel" Mural in 360º Panorama

Foster The People "Supermodel"Pre-order on iTunesLast week the LA based band Foster The People dropped their first single, "Coming Of Age," from their upcoming new album "Supermodel." The music video (below) features a time-lapse video documenting the creation of a mural of the album's cover art.This seven story mural is located at 539 S. Los Angeles Street in downtown Los Angeles
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DTLA in 360° Panorama Series: Audrey Hepburn by Free Humanity

Free Humanity's finished mural "It's that wonderful old fashioned idea that others come first and you come second" is located the corner of the Winston and Los Angeles in DTLA, adjacent to Indian Alley (view on Google Maps). It features style icon Audrey Hepburn with a riot of candy raver colored hearts. I think the artist might have a crush on the divine Audrey (and who wouldn't?) as this is not the
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DTLA Arts District in 360° Panorama Series: Tristan Eaton "I Was a Botox Junkie"

"I Was a Botox Junkie" by artist Tristan Eaton appears on a wall outside Zip Sushi Izakaya near the intersection of East 3rd Street and Traction Avenue in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District. View on Google Maps.While Eaton is a Los Angeles born artist, he is now based in New York, where he heads Thunderdog Studio, a successful creative studio working for clients such as Disney, Canon, Kid
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DTLA Arts District in 360° Panorama Series: Damon Martin's "5 Elements - Korean Mythology"

Another mural by Damon Martin is a work-in-progress entitled "5 Elements - Korean Mythology" located in front of the District Gallery at 740 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013. View on Google Maps.Detail "5 Elements - Korean Mythology"
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DTLA Arts District in 360° Panorama Series: Damon Martin "Every Piece of Ivory Comes from a Dead Elephant"

"Every Piece of Ivory Comes from a Dead Elephant"little planet projectionArtist Damon Martin's piece entitled "Every Piece of Ivory Comes from a Dead Elephant" is part of a multi-national campaign funded by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to spread awareness of the plight of elephants. Completed in 2012, it is located at the intersection of Rose and 3rd street in DTLA (approximate
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DTLA Arts District in 360° Panorama Series: Kim West "The One with the Bubbles"

"The One With The Bubbles" is a whimsical mural by artist Kim West that can be found on East 3rd Street on a wall that is sandwiched between Wurstkuche and the Apolis Common Gallery. View on Google Maps.Peace Goddess by Shepard FairyIf you look up to the left you can catch a glimpse of Shepard Fairey's "Peace Goddess" which is part of the LA Freewalls Projects. Turn to your right,
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DTLA Arts District in 360° Panorama Series: The Mona Lisa of the Arts District

The Mona Lisa of the Arts District by graffiti artist Thomas Burns is located at Traction Avenue and Rose Street in DTLA. View on Google Maps.Photo LA TimesThough it may be impolite and completely un-pc to say this, the truth is she's a bit old having been gracing the side of this building since Burns was commissioned to do the mural on behalf of a production company filming a soft drink commercial
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DTLA Arts District in 360° Panorama Series: B.B. Bastidas ”Pluto”

Over the New Year I had an opportunity to revisit the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District and for the next few days, I will be presenting a series of 360° panoramic images of some of the neighborhood's murals.The area initially was used to grow grapes and by 1849 was the largest producer of wine in California but by the turn of the century oranges and grapefruit became the staple produce. In fact,
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New In Reseda: Albert Einstein Mural by Levi Ponce

Yesterday, artist Levi Ponce completed work on his latest mural featuring a portrait of Albert Einstein located behind the Magnolia Science Academy on Sherman Way in Reseda, California. This location is also noteworthy for the film "Boogie Nights" which was also filmed here.Ponce is a rising San Fernando Valley artist who is best known for his series of murals also known as the Mural Mile in Pacoima.The
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Woohoo! I'm the new Featured Photographer on Sphere!

The Sphere for iOS and AndroidGreat news today in my in-box from Jamison Ross, the content curator at Sphere, the premiere 360° panorama photography app for mobile devices.In the email, Ross announced: "We're celebrating the folks who contribute the most beautiful and engaging content on Sphere and we've chosen you to be one of the few photographers we're featuring."Woohoo! This is so amazingly
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“Archways” Commissioned Public Art by Mark Grieve & Ilana Spector - Santa Clarita, California

View on Google Maps: “Archways” by Mark Grieve & Ilana Spector by Tanja BarnesIt's always fun to catch up with dear friends so when artist Mark Grieve and his crew came down from the Bay Area to install his latest public art piece "Archways" for the City of Santa Clarita, I jumped at the chance to catch up and take this photo sphere.Mark (featured above) had just completed the project and
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Universal Studios Landmark in 360° Panorama on Google Maps

Views: Universal Studios Hollywood by Tanja BarnesEarlier this summer, Google Maps launched a product called "Views" -- a global photographer community featuring some of the best panoramic photos worldwide. Google calls these images "photo spheres", their new and catchy phrase for panoramic photos. This new product really seems to support the Google brand as most of the images I've seen were taken
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The Sepulveda Dam in 360° Panorama

Built and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1942, the Sepulveda Dam has been used for locations for countless films and commercials including "Escape From New York", "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai" and most recently "Gattaca", "Bones" and "Iron Man II".  Last year the Deadmau5 music video "Professional Griefers" was lensed here.Today the dam is part of the Sepulveda Basin
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The Spirit Tree of Joplin, Missouri

The Spirit Tree of Joplin, MissouriThe "Spirit Tree," was one of the many trees in Joplin, Missouri destroyed by a deadly tornado that struck on May 22, 2011. This 40' tree on 20th Street near the Kansas City Southern Railway tracks was painted with vibrant colors inspired by Native American spirit stick art. It was done by Dolores and Darrel Bilke and members of the Tank, a public art group that has
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Manzanar National Historic Site in 360° Panorama

Within the Manzanar National Historic Site is the Manzanar Cemetery. 71 years ago today Manzanar was the first of ten "relocation centers" built by the War Relocation Authority as ordered by Franklin D. Roosevelt following the attacks at Pearl Harbor. The order resulted in the forced relocation of over 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of whom were native-born American citizens.  They were
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Meet Kimba, My Poster Cat for FixNation

This is Kimba, a feral kitty that was neutered last month at FixNation. As you can see, he's doing well despite his preferred grunge/slacker kitty appearance. About two years ago he began to show up daily on the porch for his breakfast and dinner. Even though we're friends now, he always keeps a distance of at least 15' from me when I'm near him but this morning I was able to capture this photograph
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Nightmare Rock in 360° Panorama

Four miles west of Lone Pine, California, nestled in the Alabama Hills along the portal road to Mount Whitney, sits Nightmare Rock. The Alabama Hills are a popular filming location for television and movie productions, especially Westerns set in an archetypical “rugged” environment. Since the early 1920s, scores of movies and television shows have been filmed here, including Tom Mix films, Hopalong
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Grave of 1872 Lone Pine Earthquake Victims in 360° Panorama

Over a hundred and forty years ago, the Great Lone Pine earthquake struck on March 26, 1872. Historical evidence detailing the damage it caused in settlements and landforms near the epicenter, and the geographic extent to which noticeable movement was felt, leads researchers to estimate a Richter magnitude of 7.6 to 8 or greater — similar in size to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Most buildings
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The Grand Salon Of The Nethercutt Collection in 360° Panorama

This blog post marks a return to the Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, California.  The collection features rare collectibles ranging from mechanical musical instruments and antique furniture to the true heart of the collection: over 250 American and European automobiles dating from 1898 to 1997.  To view a panorama from my previous visit to the Nethercutt and the interior of a 1937 Pierce
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Bison Paddock at Golden State Park in 360° Panorama

On a recent trip to the Bay Area, I went to see the spectacular Gaultier exhibit at the De Young in Golden Gate Park. Nearby, next to Spreckels Lake, is the Buffalo Paddock which is home to a herd of bison that live in an enclosed field.Since you can't really get close to the bison, this panoramic image is unremarkable as they appear teeny tiny in the distance due to the wide field of view of my Sigma
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The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in 360° Panorama

Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, first opened its doors in the fall of 2011.Due to the complex shadows this building casts, it is quite tricky to capture a pano of the interior and it became necessary to make a two separate visits. The first time was when I arrived for my midwest vacation last month, the second
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The Bartlesville Community Center in 360° Panorama

Appending yesterday's blog post is this panoramic image of the Bartlesville Community Center, a performing arts facility, located down the street from the Price Tower.The Center was designed by William Wesley Peters, chief architect of Taliesin Associated Architects and son-in-law of Frank Lloyd Wright.Just left of the American flag and west of the venue is a view of the Price Tower.
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Price Tower in 360° Panorama

Frank Lloyd Wright's signature tileThe Price Tower was originally intended to be built in Manhattan sometime in the 1920s but when the Great Depression struck, the project was shelved only to be adapted for the Oklahoma prairie in the 1950s.  It is the only extant skyscraper by Frank Lloyd Wright.The building's nickname "the tree that escaped the crowded forest" not only refers to the notion that
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Scotty's Classic Cars - Arma, Kansas

For 12 years Scotty's Classic Cars Museum in Arma, Kansas, educated and entertained visitors about the automobile history and its impact on society through the maintenance of exhibitions, publications, collections, records and a library. Sadly the museum was shuttered in 2011 having sold most of the contents to the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History in Rosanky, Texas.As of April 2012, eight
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Friday Flix at the Colonial Fox Theatre in Pittsburg, Kansas

While I was unable to actually explore the interior of the Colonial Fox Theatre during my recent visit, I was able to snap this pano of the parking lot where during the summer months the Colonial Fox Theatre Foundation presents “Friday Flix” a special series of outdoor screenings. It is a free event but donations are always appreciated and help with the organization's efforts to restore the
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Rose O'Neill's Bonniebrook Homestead in 360° Panorama

Rose O'Neill and Kewpie dollsThe Ozarks were my destination while traveling along Route 66 in these past few blog posts. Specifically what I wanted to see was Bonniebrook, the home of Rose O’Neill (1874-1944) an American illustrator, author, artist, poet, sculptor, inventor, suffragette, and creator of the world famous Kewpies.Due to some heavy road construction en route to Bonniebrook, I arrived
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The Giant Praying Hands of Webb City, Missouri in 360° Panorama

I was still cruising along Route 66 the day I shot this pano on my way to check out the Hornet Spooklight when I came upon the Giant Praying Hands in Webb City, Missouri. Weighing in at about a 100-tons, these hands were cast in concrete by Jack Dawson, who at the time was a 20 year old college student, back in 1972. Due to the lighting conditions, I attempted to pull out the shadows by exposure bracketing
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Abandoned Gas Station along Route 66 in Heatonville, Missouri in 360° Panorama

D.L Morris Garage & Station is located at corner of Co Rd 1142. It was built on the site of the old Heatonville Post Office (1872-1881). My dad told me that when he moved out to California back in his early twenties that he picked up on Route 66 passing through Chicago. I'd like to imagine that perhaps he fueled up at many a place like this one way back when.
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Memorial Day 2012: Pittsburg State University Veterans Memorial in 360° Panorama

At sunset on Memorial Day, a rainstorm began to take shape when I took this pano of the Pittsburg State University Veteran's Memorial. The setting sun caused these crazy dramatic rays to cut through the clouds and across the sky. The sound of the wind blowing through the display of the 50 state flags that are featured on the north berm of the memorial made the entire experience breathtaking.Designed
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Bowling Ball Yard Art - Nowata, OK

It's nearly sunset on Lollipop Row, a section of Chris Barbee's Bowling Ball Yard art in Nowata, Oklahoma. Chris, a widower, welcomed us warmly and gave us a tour of all his creations including the Bowling Ball Fence, the Bowling Ball American Flag, the Bowling Ball Rosary, the Bowling Ball Pink Ribbon (commemorated to his wife who passed from breast cancer in 2006), the Bowling Ball Cross, the Bowling
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Coffeyville, Kansas: Where the Dalton Gang Took a Dirt Nap

The Dalton Gang dead in Coffeyville KsIt was in Coffeyville, Kansas where the Dalton Gang was gunned down by the well-armed citizens of the town and shot 'em dead on October 5, 1892, after the outlaws were attempting to rob not one but two local banks.  The town has since erected a self-guided walking tour that culminates with "Death Alley", the exact spot in which the showdown occurred.The tour
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Winganon Cement Mixer Space Capsule in 360° Panorama

On the roadside near East 300 Road and South 4130 Road just off of Highway 169 [map it] in Rogers County, Oklahoma, lays what appears to be an old NASA space capsule.The Facebook page of the Winganon Space Capsule elucidates: “The mixer wrecked when the Winganon bridge was being built in 1959. The cement hardened and the truck was hauled away while the mixer was abandoned due to weight. It has become
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"Spirit Tree" Joplin's Tornado Landmark in 360° Panorama

A year ago a deadly EF-5 tornado ripped through the city of Joplin, Missouri, killing 161 people and damaging or destroying about 7,500 homes and 500 other buildings. Despite it all, the city is well into a significant recovery mode but there is still work to be done. Along the tornado's path at the intersection of East 20th Street and the Kansas City Southern Railway tracks, where Dillon’s
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Wesak "Super Moon" 2012

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” - BuddhaYesterday the observance of Wesak, also known as the celebration of the Buddha Full Moon, not only coincided with Cinco de Mayo but is also notable as this year's "super moon", the closest and therefore the biggest and brightest full moon of the year. But instead of partying at a local tequila bar or dedicating my
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Portal of the Folded Wings Shrine to Aviation

A year ago I posted my first 360 panoramic image to my blog featuring the interior to the Portal of the Folded Wings Shrine to Aviation which is very similar to the image posted above. Some improvements between the one from this year and last year:Portal of the Folded Wings (exterior)"Little Planet" projectionUse of a nadir shot (to hide the tripod) using a fantastic tutorial by Florian Knorn.Use
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More 360° Panorama Photos from the Epicenter of Carmageddon, July 2011

Click to embiggenLast Saturday night's concert of the Monkees at the Greek was awesome, especially after coming off the excitement of being on the 405 freeway when it was closed off. As promised, here are some more panorama photos taken at the epicenter of Carmageddon.On the morning of July 16th, I decided to risk being stuck in what was being predicted to be LA's worst gridlock nightmare. My plan
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Interior of a 1937 Pierce Arrow Trailer at the Nethercutt Museum in Sylmar, California

1937 Pierce Arrow Trailer Interior at The Nethercutt Museum in SylmarIn memory of my father and grandfather, for Father's Day this weekend I visited the Nethercutt Museum in Sylmar, California, to have a look at some of the world’s greatest antique, vintage, classic and special interest automobiles on display.Growing up dear old dad drove a black convertible 1955 Cadillac El Dorado which
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Desire Obtain Cherish versus Stella Artois on Hollywood Boulevard

I'm house-sitting in Thai Town, an area on Hollywood Boulevard roughly between Wilton and Normandie just off the 101 freeway.  In addition to featuring some of the best Thai restaurants in Hollywood, the hood  also plays host to a dream team lineup of some of the city's finest street artists including the LA Mural Front, Miles "Mac" MacGregor, RETNA and most recently the street team
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It's Full of Stars - The Central Rotunda at the Griffith Observatory

Vault of the rotunda at the Griffith Observatory. Click to embiggen.The Central Rotunda at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles has the distinction of being one of the top 10 ceilings in the world. It was designed by muralist and Hollywood art director Hugo Ballin who also worked as a sketch artist on MGM's 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz".Be sure to click on the image above to see all the gorgeous
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Here's to 2011!

QuickTime required for viewing. Click and drag image to view. Use Shift or CTRL to +/- zoom.2010 has been a fantastic year for me both personally and professionally. I have been lucky enough to meet wonderful people, work with some amazing artists and learn from a variety of talented experts -- all of which I feel has given me a great stepping stone for 2011.
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