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The Spirit of Burbank

Some would argue that the Spirit of Burbank is the worlds first Mach 2 Fighter Aircraft, while others would say its the smell of soapy cars making their way through a car wash on a bright sunny Day. Some would even shout that it’s the name of the Halloween store open year round on historic Magnolia Blvd. I would just say that Burbank’s spirit is just something fleeting, something in the lighting. It’s something that can only be captured on film. And also the plane. The plane is Literally called ” Spirit of Burbank”

I was getting a bit restless this weekend, and I wanted to try out a new film stock, So I packed my Canon AE-1 Program wit a couple rolls of Fujifilm 200 and set off on my bike searching to capture some of Burbank’s magic

Kelly Johnson’s faster than sound fighter was a deadly missile in both ordinance and design. They sometimes referred to it as the Missile with the Man Inside. Not all F104’s were equipped with men inside though, In 1964, Jackie Cochran set the women’s speed record at 1400 Miles per hour in one of these winged rockets.

Burbank’s thirst for aviation is powered by the Burbank Water and Power utility company, which you can get an amazing view of on the Magnolia bridge, I stopped here on my bike to get a shot of that beautifully pastel tower.

If you wish to visit Burbank, One of the possible ways to get here is by Train. The metro line stops very close to downtown. Although the preferable way would be the classic Automobile…

The wide streets and slow speeds limits of Burbank are perfect for vintage cars. You can see plenty of them cruising on the weekends. Or just parked out on the curb in one of the many free parking spaces that Burbank seems to have so much of.

Perhaps you are more of a downtown person. I like getting up high on the parking garages to see the tops of buildings. I like the way the light hits them and makes the strong diagonal shadows on the ground!

Or perhaps you would like to get even higher, and away from the city. For those who wish to raise their spirits, there is wild wood canyon trail. A steep hike that rewards hearty travelers with a view of one of Southern California’s finest Radio towers. This day was a bit hazy, so there were no good pictures of the valley, but Hopefully I’ll snag one soon.

A Day at the Zoo : 2022!

Today I took the DLSR out to the LA Zoo. I haven’t been here in over a year and with a camera lens with this kind of length! it was great to be able to finally optically zoom past the fences and get closer to the animals! and the Anteater was here this time!

The seal posed for me while I fumbled with the film camera!

And the Flamingos got into a tiff with each other while the Mira cats kept a look out.

I love how tall the vegetation is. there is so much vertical foliage at the Zoo, you ca never tell where you are!

The Tamron lens still isn’t as close as I would like, but I was able to shoot over the crowds and get these nice full body shots of the elephants and zebras!

And there were so many wonderful Giraffes comin out to munch on some branches!

A ruler for scale!

I never usually get good pictures of the monkeys! But here are a few chillin out for every one to see! I also got some pictures with my film camera! so hopefully those will turn out good!

Ahh and at long last I meet the Ant Eater. He was scarfing down a big bowl of ants behind that log. occasionally lookin up at the crowd to flick his tongue!

Dodgers vs the Reds!

Animators see what a Sportball is all About!

Saturday Night a few of us from Rick and Morty got box seat tickets to a Dodgers game, I’ve been in LA for 10 years now and never seen a game, so I figured it was time. Plus I really liked seeing what Dodger Stadium looked like when I got my vaccine, and always wanted to see it from the inside!

I left more than an hour early. But to get into dodger stadium from my apartment (only 9 miles way mind you) took over 2 hours! I didn’t arrive until the 5th inning and I had to pull over on stadium way just to use the bathroom. I’ve never seen such a traffic jam. Maybe dodgers fans just watch from home?

There was a sweet little model outside. I was too late to get a shot of the park during the day, so the cool little model had to suffice.

The first order of business was getting a dodger dog, They had a buffet full of them sizzling in the room. basking in the hotdog water, waiting to be eaten. I forgot to add chili on mine. oh well, next time.

Wes take a huge bite of a doggo!

The box seats were exceptional. We had an amazing view of the stands, the game and all the cool old architecture and glow’y signs.

I love the colors. That pastel blue siding looks amazing with the stiped green. Probably even better during the day time.

I think the first 6 innings were spent enjoying the free alcohol, After that people started to realize there was a game happening outside.

Much discussion was had about sportball.

The lighting came out just right for these shots!

We gathered every one together for group photo.

This is probably the first time I’ve ever used the flash on my camera, It’s certainly not a flattering look, but I liked the cool diagonal shadow on me in this shot that Kevin took.

some one hit a foul ball, and then the dodgers won, and then we all somehow got a free pizza! Also I love this family taking a victory photo underneath us!

The Dodgers win the Superbowl, The Dodgers win the Superbowl!