Quick Impressions of Nikon’s New Z 7 Mirrorless Camera

I got a chance to try out one of Nikon’s new Z 7 mirrorless cameras at Samy’s Camera in Los Angeles yesterday. I only spent about 10 minutes with it, but did get to try it with the native 35mm …

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Can US citizens still travel to Cuba?

Cuban taxi

How to get into Cuba legally and some travel tips for American visitors

I’ve just returned from a truly amazing and rewarding 7 day trip to Cuba and loads of people are asking me what the latest restrictions are for …

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Thomas Fire, Ventura, CA

So I made it up to Ventura today, Dec 23, with the Thomas Fire still burning and only about 60% contained. Downtown Ventura is no longer in the path of flames and is just now starting to cope with the …

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The difference between a 99% eclipse and a 100% eclipse

Solar eclipse of August 21, 2017

Here’s a quick post after my 900 mile trip from LA to Albany, Oregon to witness the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017.  I debated going only part of the way since the totality band was so far.  I’m …

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Fiat 500e Electric Car Review




I’ll be honest and admit that I’ve never been a big fan of Fiats. They lurk at the bottom of all the quality and reliability consumer tests and have had a bad reputation for as …

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Fate of the Furious box office smash and promo shoot

Lamborghini Aventador

Lamborghini Aventador

I’ve been getting some fun photography gigs lately 🙂 Last weekend I was hired to shoot a couple of fancy cars around Los Angeles to promote the new movie “The Fate of the Furious”, starring Vin Diesel.   The …

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Trona Pinnacles – Martian landscape in southern California

So it turns out that southern California has its own Pinnacles natural area in the Mojave desert just a few hours northeast of Los Angeles. I’d been to the Pinnacles National Park in northern California before (southeast of San Jose), …

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Doors Day in Venice – January 4, 2017

On January 4th, 2017, councilman Mike Bonin of Venice, California declared this day as “Doors Day”, the 5oth anniversary of the first Doors album. On hand were Doors surviving members John Densmore and Robby Krieger, as well as several family …

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Merry Christmas from Southern California

Los Angeles

The snow-capped San Gabriel mountains form a backdrop for the downtown LA skyline – photo: Paul Vachier (Nikon D750 w/Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII)…

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