LA Theatre to Whitney Houston: We Miss You

Today is just about a landmark theatre, on Broadway for longer than I have been alive. The owner that I met when working on the latest Tonight Show translite himself passed away last year. And now it is time for the theatre and those who are behind it to send their love to Whitney Houston. (Check out the link for a very complete history of this amazing place.) The last time I was working the neighborhood, it was a good-bye to the king of pop.
Today I am reminded that our time here is limited, sometimes coming to an end as a surprise, at least to us.
The work:




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Wondering about the player size? How tiny can I go?

So, I saw a question about the player… the little window that works to allow us to play with Light Field Pictures. So I thought I would try some. Here is my standard for this blog, 586 pixels wide by 600 pixels high. Then as I make it smaller I will list what I tried.

This is the standard picture: 400 X 415

And here is 250 X 262

And, how about 100 X 104

And now 50 X 52

And finally 20 X 21

Wow. Too much typing.
Thanks for coming by. Not exactly entertaining, except for geeks. :)

Hill Street: Home of Jewels and “Classy Dames”

I walked down Hill Street the other day entering into the light field several times. These are the buildings in LA that could be called the “classy broads” of architecture. I used some of them in the old days for the Tonight Show when we first made the set for the new host Jay Leno when he took over for Johnny Carson. Akira Yoshimura designed the set and wanted to incorporate the heyday of jazz clubs in a small piece for the band area and I shot the area around 7th Street with my 8X10, right around St. Vincent’s. We made the second story into our parade of neon signs. So it was familiar territory. Today I will share some of the shots. Next time I will include some more.
One lesson learned from using the light field camera from Ren Ng’s company is that the two modes called Everyday and Creative could be marked Exposure Adjustment instead of Everyday and Focus Adjustment instead of Creative. The manual says as much, but for some like me, I had to do some work with the camera to make this more important. You may notice that the far away things never really get tack sharp, but I would guess that many small cameras that fit in the pockets of today may have that feature. I looked at the new iPad shots posted at the Apple site and downloaded them. The close-up shots were very clear, but in the far away, not so amazing. But I digress. Have a look and some fun clicking around. If you find the little target in the lower right and click, it may transport you to the hosting site and you can click and get a full resolution picture for further play. For those who might be listening from the company, I would enjoy doing that on the local software before uploading.
And the camera is getting some fans. I helped a friend order one today. She picked the Blue one. It is supposed to come in May or June. Looks like they are selling. Yeah.












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Olympic, the Alley, and all things marketing

So this afternoon I did my walk DT. (Downtown LA for you folks not from around these parts.) I cruised up Olympic east to the Alley- Santee Alley, the home of all things for sale to the 99 percenters left in Los Angeles after the Occupy folks moved and unknown to the majority of those who live west of the 405. I followed the bubble gun vendor and managed to get a few frames below, talked with a smiling new friend named Nancy Miller wanting me to take a stress test, and in general being invigorated by all the activity of the hive of humans called Los Angeles. Sunshine and a good walk made my day better.
Here are the related light fields packed in their cute little viewer windows. Captions appears as you move the cursor/finger near the bottom.





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