I posted this great view from the top of Palos Verdes above the La Venta Inn. It was a little overcast but the shot came out super sharp with the Sony SEL 24-240mm lens. Really impressed with the quality this gives even hand held. This was a hand held shot taken on the Sony A7RII. If you can zoom in to 100% you can see the fine details. You can actually see the new SoFi Stadium in the distance.
I was out and about at the amazing Huntington Gardens and Huntington Library a couple of weeks ago. It is a fascinating display, both in the mansion and grounds. A truly magnificent collection of plants, trees, cacti, succulents and shrubs from around the globe. The grounds are so well put together and some the fine collections have been well maintained and cared for over many years, allowing the gardens to mature in a veritable paradise! I took a couple of photos while there and would like to add a few to this page, so you get a feel for the beauty and history which embodies Huntington Gardens…
The Japanese Tea Rooms by Mike-Hope
Japanese Tea Rooms 2 by Mike-Hope
Japanese Tea Rooms 3 by Mike-Hope
Mount Vesuvius art on Display
Thanks for taking a look and I hope you enjoyed the pics…
A Manhattan, New York evening shot from Brooklyn as the sun went down and a 50’s filter was used to give this an old time feeling. This was shot from a high rise in Williamsburg, Brooklynon the 27th floor through double pain glass so there is a little double reflection an some areas. Hope you like it!
Taken on the way through Wisborough Green in West Sussex, UK, on Monday this week. The owner of the Van, Ralph Restorations, was renovating the telephone box in the background. The vehicle is a 1960’s Austin A35. The owner restores telephone boxes as well as old items of street furniture, such as petrol pumps and Royal Mail post boxes. He told me when the telephone box was restored it would be as shiny as new, similar to the photo from his web site below. I said I would check it out next time I was over that way. Perhaps I’d see him again over a pint in the Three Crowns Pub just down the street
Ralph Restoration – A35 1960’s Austin Van by Mike-Hope
This is an example of what the restored Telephone Box should look like (Ralph Restorations web site).
What better place to finish up than, The Three Crowns Wisborough Green…
The Three Crowns Pub Wisborough Green by Mike-Hope
Had a great trip out to Vasquez Rocks near Aqua Dulce last weekend. It was late afternoon but managed to get a few shots before the sun went down. It is definitely worth a trip.
Vasquez Rocks Vista by Mike-Hope
Vasquez Rocks by Mike-Hope
Vasquez Rocks Sundown by Mike-Hope
Vasquez Rocks Sundown 2 by Mike-Hope
Vasquez Rocks Cloud Formation- by Mike-Hope
Vasquez Rocks Last light by Mike-Hope
Also, just down the road there is a Farm Sanctuary where you can visit for an hour or two and find out some very interesting, and sometimes disturbing, facts about the animals and how they arrived at the sanctuary. Definitely worth a visit and the folks at the sanctuary really do a great job in caring and looking after the animals.
Thanks for taking a look and have a great day out!!
this MLK weekend was really clear and sunny in the South Bay area of LA, so I took the opportunity to get around the Palos Verdes Peninsula and try out a 24-70mm Sony GM lens, that I managed to get at a really good price. I took some shots of La Venta Inn and then drove around the coast ending up at the Point Vicente Interpretative – Whale watch Center. Really a great place to visit and take a hike along the cliffs. Anyway I will post a few photos of the Sunday drive. Hope you like them.
We were down in San Jan Capistrano last weekend and I came across these water lilies in the Mission area. They were so colorful and reminded me of Monet’s famous water lily collection I had viewed earlier in the year whilst visiting the de Young in San Francisco, so I gave it a bit of a painterly feel. Hope you like it…
I was messing around with some sounds and found an intro to an old Big Band recording I have, as well as a talking segment from legendary Xavier Cugatwhere he talks about the joy of bringing people together through music… I added it to the beat mix for this short segment. Hope you like it and I’m working on some extended versions with a Latin/Cuban flavor.