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From the Peterson Automotive Museum

Posted in Photography by Bridget Casas on June 22, 2009

I took this photo a while ago at the Peterson Automotive Museum in downtown Los Angeles. It was a fun place to visit with many, many vintage automobiles and motorcycles. They even have a big display of Matchbox Cars! It was a very fun afternoon. We topped it off with a burger at Bob’s Big Boy! I cannot take any credit for the art work of this neon sign, of course. I was just glad I was able to get this photograph.

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Zoom, zoom zoom…

I spoke with my computer guy Steve Dalton extensively this evening about building us a new computer. This one I use is about 6 years old now and I think we are due. It is so slow! Especially when using Photoshop and Bridge. We will talk more in a few days. There were a lot of fireworks going on tonight, I do not know why, and both dogs are shaking and panting. I don’t know why they are afraid of a little noise. We are ignoring them so as not to encourage this behavior. Donnan was under my table here and at one point turned everything off. Luckily I was not in the middle of something important!

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Los Angeles City Hall

Posted in Photography by Bridget Casas on April 14, 2009

Willie and I were in downtown LA recently to take some photographs at night. We took some photos around the Disney Hall and then I liked the way City Hall looked. Using my tripod and telephoto lens, I took some photos of the City Hall Building. It used to be the tallest building and a landmark in downtown Los Angeles. It is still a landmark but it is dwarfed by all the other newer buildings around. I am sure all of you have seen it – if not in person then in a plethora of movies and TV shows.

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Los Angeles City Hall…

I just found out we do not have class tonight. I know the instructor’s wife is having a baby due next week, so maybe it is a little early.  I will find out next week. I do not like it when a class is cancelled. I feel I am being cheated! Larry and Shelley are back from Mammoth. I will check the website to see if they put some new photos on their site. I took my client his soy candle photos yesterday. I told him I would put a link up when he gets his website going. I like the way this photograph looks in black and white. I am very happy with it! Thank you for stopping by and  taking a look at my photos!

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Watching Over Someone Special

Posted in Personal, Photography by Bridget Casas on January 26, 2009

Willie and I decided to get out of the house and take some photographs. We ended up at a cemetery, of all places, and walked around some. I came across this sculpture looking over a grave and thought it was very pretty. It came out very nicely and I hope you like it too. It was on a young child’s grave. The lady is looking over the child protecting and taking care of it. I hope the family sees the photograph and likes it.

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A beautiful guardian to watch over me…

Again, it is a photo of someone else’s artwork, but I like it and wanted to share it. I will work on getting more creative. I finally felt a little better yesterday so that was good. I am meeting an old friend on Wednesday for lunch and I am looking forward to it very much. We first met in the third grade and she stood up for me at my wedding. It will be wonderful to spend time with her and catch up. Nothing else new today – look for a new photograph from me tomorrow.

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Los Angeles International Airport at Night

Posted in Family, Photography by Bridget Casas on January 4, 2009

We went to pick up Larry and Shelley at the airport and of course I took my camera with me. Their plane came in at 9:30 P.M. and traffic was not bad at all. It took us about 35 minutes to get there. They had been up for 24 hours and they were exhausted. They had already gone through customs in Phoenix, so it was smooth sailing. I hope you like my photograph.

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Busy LAX at night…

Larry gave me a very nice present. It is a wool scarf with the Burns Clan plaid from Scotland. My mother’s maiden name was Burns and that is where the paternal side of the family was from. It is very beautiful. The maternal side is all Irish and that was what my mother focused on! Their trip was great and I am anxious to hear more about it and to see all of their pictures. We didn’t push for info because they were both very tired. Have a great Sunday!

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One of My Favorite Photos

Posted in Photography by Bridget Casas on November 24, 2008

I really like this photo I took of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. It is such a beautiful building. Frank Gehry was the architect. It looks like The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, which he also designed. I love going to downtown Los Angeles and just driving around.  Actually, Willie does the driving. He knows Los Angeles so well, he can get us anywhere! He takes me to places that are not on the tourist’s maps!

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Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA

I was looking at the Huntington Beach Pier Camera yesterday around 4:30 P.M. It showed a very beautiful sunset – made we wish I was down there instead of at home doing laundry! Remember, that link is always at the top of my weblog on the opening page. Donnan gets his stitches out this afternoon. I am so glad things will finally get back to normal around here. I hope the vet does not  put any restrictions on him (which in turn will put them on Kyla and us). I will let you know tomorrow!

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What’s Behind the Green Door?

Posted in Photography by Bridget Casas on November 3, 2008

This is the last photo I will post here from my visit last Wednesday to Olvera St. I am putting the rest of the photos on my Web Site in a slide show. I thought this green door and the wooden door behind it had a kind of mystery. It was in the morning and the sun was a little low. There were beautiful shadows, and the sun reflecting upon the dark wood and the dark green paint were very intriguing to me. It makes the carving on the door stand out more also. I hope you like it. To see all the photos, click this link to my web site.

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What is behind the green door?

These vertical photos take up more room then the horizontal ones on these pages! The only thing I am not crazy about in the photo is the aluminum trim – I think it should be wooden. But, no one asked for my opinion! I guess I could go in and crop the photograph –  I’ll think about it. Well, now I need to search out some new photo ops for this week.  It will be great fun! Have a good week!

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Over to Union Station

Posted in Photography by Bridget Casas on November 1, 2008

This photograph was taken at Union Station on Alameda St. in downtown Los Angeles. This is not from the part of Union Station that you have all seen many times in movies. This is at the other end on the east side of the terminal. It is all new over there and this is a beautiful ceiling with the sun reflecting through. There is a beautiful water fall that starts at the top of a tower outside and ends in a pool inside the terminal. This is one more photo from our trip to Olvera Street and Union Station the other day. To see the rest of the photos, click this link to my web site.

Beautiful Mosaic Ceiling

Beautiful Mosaic Ceiling

Larry and Shelley invited us for dinner tonight.  He asked me to bring some beans. I am anxious to show you a photo tomorrow from what we did this morning. It was a fun Saturday morning but we had to get up early! I will take a nap before we go to Larry’s. This has been a good photo op week and I want to take advantage of every opportunity I have! This post begins my third month of blogging. I am having a great time!

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Olvera Street

Posted in Photography by Bridget Casas on October 31, 2008

Here is another photo from our day at Olvera Street. It is called Velarde’s Fruit. They sell fresh fruit, drinks, etc. It is a little trailer that has been painted to resemble a brick building with the paint coming off. With the trees around it and the colorful barrels it was a very pretty site. We saw so many pretty and colorful sites. It is located in the main courtyard by the back entrance to all the vendors. To see the rest of the photos, click this link to my web site.

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The Velarde Fruit Store

I enjoyed my Flash class last night. It was very good and the instructor showed us many useful things. I am going to work on improving my web site and he gave me a lot of good ideas and some new things to try. It will take me a while to incorporate them, but I am looking forward to it. I really love going to school and learning all of these new things! Today is Halloween – have fun with all the little ghosts and goblins!

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Dia De Los Muertos!

Posted in Photography by Bridget Casas on October 30, 2008

Dia De Los Muertos is one of Mexico’s traditional holidays reuniting and honoring beloved ancestors, family and friends. It is a day for honoring your loved ones. The actual holiday is this coming week-end. November 1st honors deceased infants and children, and November 2nd honors deceased adults. There were a lot of preparations going on at Olvera Street for this week-end; many altars decorated for loved ones, with sugar skulls, fruit, bread, candles, flowers and more. You can read more about it at the Olvera St. link I put up in my last post. There were a lot of people and some kids on school field trips. There is no relationship to our Halloween – they are totally different. To see all the photos, click this link to my web site.

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The Day of the Dead

Along with going to Olvera St., we walked over to Philippes for lunch and then over to Union Station to take more photographs. It was a great day. Not too hot – it was in the 80’s, but there was a nice breeze. Willie, Carol and I took many photos and I will share more from my day here with you. The above couple are a good representation of the celebration to come. There will be so many people there this week-end! Well, until tomorrow – it may be more Olvera Street or inside Union Station. Please come back to see.

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One More Getty Center View

Posted in Photography by Bridget Casas on October 20, 2008

This image I took at the Getty Center shows a lot of the things I really like about the place:  the beautiful texture of the stone used to create the building and the walls, the architecture and designs of both the structure and the gardens and the juxtaposition of the building on the site among many other things. I hope you see the beauty that I saw. I enjoy sharing this with you.

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The Getty Center

Hopefully we will be going to the Getty Villa in Malibu sometime in the Spring.  It is just as beautiful there but in a totally different way. Yesterday was a rather uneventful day. I watched some Lynda.com videos on Flash and then watched a little TV.  I added a link for an RSS feed from my Weblog here. Sign up if you want to. For some reason I felt very physically and emotionally drained yesterday. Today is already better!

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The Beautiful Getty Gardens

Posted in Photography by Bridget Casas on October 17, 2008

I was at the Getty Center this week, which you would know if you follow my Weblog. I shared some of the building architecture with you in my last post and now I am sharing some of the garden architecture. There are many beautiful garden areas, including a cactus garden. A meandering stream ends in the center of this photo after going through different areas of plants. The Pacific Ocean is at the horizon along with Catalina Island in the background. The Getty is on top of a hill and there are beautiful views from any direction.

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The Getty Gardens

We have been there about four times, and there are still a few areas we have not explored – hopefully, next time we will see it all.  When the hedge in the center of the photo is in bloom, it is covered with red flowers and is very beautiful. I think I will share one or two more Getty photos with you. Donnan’s growth is not getting smaller – Willie thinks it is getting larger.  Until tomorrow…

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Great Day at the Getty Center

Posted in Photography by Bridget Casas on October 16, 2008

We had such a great time at the Getty  yesterday. There were some wonderful exhibits that were very impressive. Especially a photography one with work by Carleton Eugene Watkins. I was not familiar with his work but I will definitely learn more about it. The architecture at the entire Getty Center, including the gardens, is so beautiful and I love photographing it. This photo is of an overhang that circles around one of the buildings. I was in the gift shop later and saw a postcard with the same image! I have other photos from the Getty I want to share with you. I hope you see all of them.

Such a Gorgeous Day in LA

Such a Gorgeous Day in LA

The dogs were alone in the backyard over eight hours yesterday and they were very happy to see us when we got home. It started out being a hot day but the clouds came in and that cooled it off. We were very glad we went. Tonight is Flash class and I will do some reading and watch a few videos. It should be a good class. Come back tomorrow to see what is new!

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