Local Shot Spot – The Bay Lights

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The Bay Lights
The Bay Lights
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The Bay Lights is the world’s largest LED light sculpture, 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet high. Inspired by the Bay Bridge’s 75th Anniversary, artist Leo Villareal creates a never repeating, dazzling display of 25,0000 LED white lights. This iconic light sculpture shines from dusk until dawn on the San Francisco Bay Bridge west span from March 5, 2013 through March 2015. In collaboration with the State of California, a long-term proposal will bring the installation back in early 2016 and will remain forever brilliant.
Illuminate The Arts website



Local Shot Spot – Westin Bonaventure Hotel

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Westin Bonaventure Hotel
Westin Bonaventure Hotel

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites is a 367-foot (112 m), 35-story hotel in Los Angeles, California, constructed between 1974 and 1976. Designed by architect John C. Portman, Jr., it is the largest hotel in the city. The top floor has a revolving restaurant and bar. Encompassing an entire city block in the heart of Los Angeles, the hotel has 1,358 guest rooms and suites and a signature six-story atrium lobby.
Hotel Website



Local Shot Spots – The Walter Pyramid

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The Walter Pyramid
The Walter Pyramid
The Walter Pyramid

The Walter Pyramid, opened on November 30, 1994, is an indoor multi-purpose arena on the campus of California State University, Long Beach in Long Beach, California. Each side of the 18-story Pyramid measures 345 feet (105 m). It was designed by architect Don Gibbs (a CSULB graduate) and built by the Nielsen Construction Company of San Diego. The facility holds 7,000 spectators in a seating system that can be hydraulically raised to expose 39,000 square feet of beechwood flooring for 3 full-court, 6 half-court basketball areas and 5 volleyball areas. It also houses a full-service fitness center and The Pointe, an educational conference center. http://tinyurl.com/7mam9nf


Daily Shot on Facebook 1/10/2015

The Shotwell Collection on Facebook

I have taken exactly one photography class – in portraiture. I needed a model for one of the weekly assignments and my friend, Kim Haapala, kindly volunteered to pose. While perhaps not the best technical shot in the lot (at least that’s what my instructor said), I really like how her wonderful, cheerful personality comes through.

Portrait on The Shotwell Collection on Facebook


Local Shot Spots – Anderson Street Water Tower

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The Anderson Street Water Tower rises 87 feet into the air from a 35 square foot lot just off PCH in Sunset Beach. It was built in the late 1800s to service the steam trains that ran from Los Angeles to San Diego. It was rebuilt in the 1940s with a capacity of 75,000 gallons and was used for the area’s water system until 1975. When it was in danger of being demolished in the 1980s, local architects stepped in, got permits and converted it into a 3-story, 2,800 sq. ft. home. It is now available for events and vaction rental at about $5000/week. Real estate info with interior pictures.

Anderson Street Water Tower



Long Beach Carnevale

Long Beach Carnevale 2015 will be held on February 28th starting at 11:00 AM outside the Long Beach Aquarium.

From the official website:

The Long Beach Carnevale is a masquerade in the true fashion of the carnival of Venice, Italy. The main focus is the many elaborate masked costumes that people show off with as well along with the crowd that participates with them.

My image from the 2014 Long Beach Carnevale was judged to be the Most Mysterious.

Portrait from Long Beach Carnevale by Andrew Schmidt