November 26, 2010 in Santa Ana, California. Stan Schack, a gentleman and friend, as we sat around his fire pit after a second Thanksgiving feast.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Taken November 25, 2010, in Santa Ana, California.
These are two of my friends, John and Sadie, at my house on Thanksgiving Day. If Sadie knows you, and trusts you, she'll willingly play a game of silly face with you.
November 25, 2010, in Santa Ana, California.
My Pembroke Welsh Corgi shot at a very shallow depth of field. This was shortly before the tryptophan in the bowl of turkey I gave her took effect and she slipped into a blissful food coma.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Bethel Woods, New York. May 2010.
Okay, so I made this gobbling sound with my throat and raised up my arms. Evidently, Tom saw that as a threat and started approaching me, stopping to turn sideways and issue an agry cry. This went back and forth, with my younger brother and his friend laughing their heads off in the car behind me. "He's got a hardon for ya, Steph!", yelled Vic.
Perhaps. But I got my picture and what was Tom's fate today?
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Taken December 25, 2006 in Santa Ana, California.
This is my daughter, aged 9, on Christmas morning. I think her face is a great reflection of the joy that exists for kids on Christmas morning. Note the tangled hair: just out of bed at the crack of dawn!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
November 16, 2010 in South Pasadena, California.
I had business in the area and my dear friend - still a friend after we attended high school together some 30 years ago - Michele Willms Silveri, aka "Meesh", made me a delightful home-cooked lunch of her outstanding eggplant.
Her dining room had some lovely natural, diffused light falling into it, so I simply had to take my 50mm and take a picture. Which is hard, because Meesh does not like having her picture taken. But she's beautiful!
March 17, 2007 at St. Joseph Church in Santa Ana, California.
I am working towards putting together a book of my photos for my church and was looking at some from long ago. In March 2007, we had a parish concert to celebrate our 120th anniversary. Jay White, a remarkable guy, sang for us.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
The Westboro Baptist Church had announced that it was going to picket the performance of "The Laramie Project" in the Artist Village of downtown Santa Ana, California. Between 200 to 300 people turned out to counterprotest but alas, the WBC turned tail and never showed up.
However, if you would like to see my hastily processed set of photos from tonight, go check out my Flickr set for it.
You know what, I don't care how you feel about homosexual behavior. (A) They are still human beings, (b) Matthew Shepherd did not deserve his gruesome end, and (c) the Westboro Baptist Church is odious.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Taken November 11, 2006 at the Cathedral of Our Lady Queen of Angels in Los Angeles, California.
Outside of the cathedral, there is a sculpture garden that features statutes of various animals found in Scripture. The sculpture is designed specifically for children to climb and play.
The boy is my son, then 6 years old.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Shot December 30, 2005 in Cabazon, California.
I originally shot this picture using a black-and-white in my camera. You shouldn't do that. Shoot in color and convert later in Photoshop. In some cameras, you can cheat and it will let you shoot both a color image and a black-and-white, but why . . .
Interestingly enough, the Brontosaurus at the Cabazon truck stop along I-10 near Palm Springs houses a strange gift shop run by evangelical Christians who do not accept evolution.
What caused the dinosuars to disappear? Noah's flood. What causes evangelical Christian families to disappear? Hungry dinosaurs.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
April 9, 2006
During my parish's annual Blessing of the Street, passing through the east end of the French Park neighborhood in Santa Ana, California, I caught these men watching the procession.
A solitario is a man who has left behind his family to travel to the United States, el norte, in search of work and wages. These are three men on a Sunday afternoon - their one day off - hanging out on the balcony. There are no women, no children. Note the bicycle that is stored there - that is someone's transportation, not recreation. What they are watching is a Eucharistic procession, something that would likely be a common sight in their home villages.
Shot August 6, 2005 at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California.
Many wedding parties use the exterior of the Bowers for their pictures while the guests stand around and wait.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
November 27, 2005 in San Diego, California.
In putting together a compilation of photos for my church, I am wading through the thousands of shots taken throughout the past five years. It is interesting to see how my style of photography has evolved. This is a picture I took of a very tired 8-year-old - my daughter, Katherine, during the trolley ride back to the train station in San Diego.
March 1, 2009 at Disneyland, in Anaheim, California.
I am going through some old shots and liked this one, seeing its black-and-white potential. The boy is my son, Patrick.
What is everyone looking for?
Taken back in 2008, on Palm Sunday in Santa Ana, California.
I am going through old photos that pertain to my parish, in the hopes of having a picture book printed up as an item for the silent auction at our annual Christmas dinner dance.
I came upon this one. My parish has an annual Blessing of the Streets every Palm Sunday, where we have a Eucharistic Procession through the neighborhood where my church is found.
I always like the way the sunlight reflects off the monstrance and onto the priest's face.
Monday, November 08, 2010
I don't know why, but the song, "Waiting on a Friend" by the Rolling Stones came to mind when I saw this picture.
She's lost that bloom of youth, but I don't think she realizes it yet. That's okay; she's got her own soundtrack in her head and if the rest of us can't hear it, who's concerned about that? Not me.
At Noche de Altares in Santa Ana, California. November 6, 2010.
Isn't she lovely? The faces for Dia de los Muertos are sometimes painted half-and-half to show the two worlds, here and the afterlife.
Sunday, November 07, 2010
November 6, 2010 at Noche de Altares in downtown Santa Ana, California. A local store, Calacas, sponsors this Dia de los Muertos celebration.
Anyone or any group can reserve a spot to build their altar for a person or cause. So schools, churches, families, individuals, etc. did so, resulting in a huge celebration with some 70 altars, as well as vendors, food, and music.
Taken with my iPhone.
Friday, November 05, 2010
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
This is an iPhone shot, then processed in Photoshop, of a statute at this tiny church, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
Today is All Souls Day. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the our of our death. Amen. (+)