So I noted that my photos and my website were shown on CNN the other day, well I am going to be back on CNN. The weekly "On the Story" show is filmed tonight and will be shown at 7-8 p.m. ET Saturday and 1-2 p.m. ET Sunday. Today I got a FedEx'ed yellow pelican case containing a Mac Mini and an iSight. During the show "correspondents give you the inside word on the stories they cover each week" and I am going to be the featured "internet correspondent". Hopefully CNN won't spin it like Deutche-Welle spun it (
starting at 8:00 [it is already down]), where they called me an "activist protesting the [HR4437] bill".
Update: Well that went pretty smoothly. I'm looking forward to seeing the show. They definitely didn't spin me as an evil blogger or an activist. Everyone on the crew was very nice and I actually enjoyed it. Hopefully I didn't look too nervous. Btw Abbi told me that the Saturday show will be preempted for some other coverage, but it will be show again on Sunday and possibly late at night.
Many of the local writers who attended came back with glowing reviews. Dave Bullock of Blogging.la had one of the best words/pictures combinations, and remarked: "It was the greatest show of patriotism I have seen my whole life, and the whole event really moved me."
This morning I was contacted by CNN Internet Reporter, Jacki Schechner. She wanted to know if she could use my photos from the Gran Marcha on The Situation Room. I said go for it and she just let me know that my photos were featured at 5pm EST on the show. I didn't get a chance to see them so if you did and happened to record it somehow, please send me a copy! Here is the transcript from the CNN website:
Penelope and I ate at La Parilla twice in the last few weeks. Penelope had been bugging me for months to try La Parilla, as it won the LA Downtown News best mexican restaurant award in 2005. If it was up to me I would try every Japanese restaurant in Little Tokyo before anything else, but when in a relationship on has to compromise from time to time.
From the trailer this movie looks totally surreal and somewhat disturbing. I bet it will hurt my brain.
I didn't realize this until just now, but supposedly I have famous photographers in my lineage, both from my father's side of the family. The two photographers are Edward S. Curtis the famous photographer of native americans and the nature photographer Wynn Bullock. I am trying to track down the full lineage to confirm the connection.
For the last 10 years or so I've been taking digital photos. Before my first digital camera I had a 35mm Konica SLR and I took some pretty cool pictures with it, which someday I will have to scan and add to my online galleries. I have been using my Canon EOS 20D almost daily for the last year and I decided I wanted to get a backup SLR that could take the same lenses that I have. I also decided I wanted to shoot film.
I didn't want to spend very much money because I am saving for a wedding and a honeymoon right now, so I looked on ebay and saw the first ever EOS, the Canon EOS 650 selling for about $15. I bought one (actually I bought 2, but hey they were cheap) and they arrived last week. I ordered a couple batteries and some film: Kodak Ultra Color 100UC, 400UC, Kodak Portrait 160, Kodak T-Max 100, Ilford Delta Pro 100 and Ilford XP-2 Super 400 from Adorama and waited patiently for it to arrive, which it did a couple of days ago.
Today I went to the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens to test it out. I took 4 rolls of film (all the C41 stuff) and shot it all, right after I shot the same subject with my 20D. I then took it to Ritz Camera at the Glendale Gallery Mall and had it developed, scanned and put on photocd.
You can see the results here, they are not too bad for my first attempt, but they aren't nearly as good as my digital shots. I am not sure why, but most of them came out overexposed, It may have to do with the camera only supporting TTL instead of the ETTL my MT-24EX can do. It may also have to do with the 650's metering system. Also if you zoom in all the way the photos are somewhat grainy, but to me it doesn't look like film grain and it may be artifacts from the somewhat low resolution scans.
I really love my 85mm 1.2 although it can be slow to focus, but the results the lens gives me are amazing. I just read that Canon is now coming out with an updated lens that focuses much faster. I am not going to go out and sell my lens right now, but I will probably upgrade sooner or later, probably later because I am going to upgrade to a 5D first... oh yeah and there is that wedding and honeymoon to pay for!
It has been about a month since the last Art Ride and some new galleries have been added to the route. Eric took the time to update the route and the map that the company he works for, Cartifact, was cool enough to let us use. You can download the map here in PDF [1 MB] or JPG [595KB] form. You'll see that we have added a note about spending only 10 minutes at each gallery. If we spend more time than that we will never make to to all the galleries on the route. See you at 5pm on Thursday at the Downtown Art Gallery.
- Four Jobs I’ve Had In My Life in LA:
- Four Movies About LA I Could Watch Over And Over:
- * Blade Runner
- * Chinatown
- * Falling Down
- * Pulp Fiction / Reservoir Dogs / Jackie Brown [3 way tie]
- Four Places I’ve Lived All Over L.A. (With Food Memories From Each):
- * Long Beach on Anaheim & Orizaba - only recently I've been back to the area and I tried Joe Josts which rocks.. I like pickled eggs
- * Long Beach on Broadway & Redondo - Coco Renos has great shrimp burritos
- * Hollywood - Koji's at H&H is good.
- * Downtown LA - too many to list... watch my blog for more!
- Four LA-Themed Shows I Love(d) To Watch:
- * The Shield
- * Three's Company
- * Sleeper Cell
- * The Monkees
- Four Places I Would Vacation At In LA:
- * New Otani Hotel
- * The Standard Downtown
- * Hollywood Hills in a mansion
- * Catalina Island
- Four LA-Based Websites I Visit Daily [with my RSS reader]:
- Four Of My Favorite Foods Found In LA:
- * Natto and Mountain Yam @ Suehiro
- * Coconut Seafood Soup @ Sanamluang
- * Delmonico @ LA Prime
- * Danger Dogs
- Four Places In LA I Would Rather Be Right Now:
- * My Loft in Downtown
- * Huntington Gardens
- * In my fiance's arms
- * In the Mojave desert (not quite LA there)