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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Venice Bike Path at Dusk

October 20, 2012 Photographed with an iPhone4

Monday, October 15, 2012

"Professor Shapley, Congratulations, you've won the 2012 Nobel Prize for Economics"

©Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

The call came in around 5:30 am from Reuters senior picture editor Hyungwon Kang awakening me from a deep sleep recovering after a long weekend of Space Shuttle Endeavour coverage on the streets of Los Angeles for Reuters. The instructions were to get to the home of Lloyd Shapley as soon as possible, the UCLA professor had been awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize for economics and I needed to make a picture as soon as possible. I tried calling Mr Shapley, but it went straight to voicemail. It was still dark outside when I arrived, and AP photographer Reed Saxon pulled up about a minute later. We walked up the driveway and rang the doorbell. After about a minute, an obviously fresh out of bed Mr Shapley opened the door. We both congratulated him and told him that he won the 2012 economics Nobel prize! Incredibly it was apparent he had no idea about this and it took him a few seconds to process the information. He's 89, still half asleep and hard of hearing so I showed him the message on my iPhone showing that he had won the Nobel Prize. "I won the Nobel Prize" he said smiling as the reality sunk in. His hair was a wild mess, and we wanted to make dignified images of this brilliant man, so Reed lent him his comb before we started to make some photographs.
©Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

But then, he was on the phone with a reporter for the next ten minutes or so happily chatting away with a reporter, no problem though because when Prof. Shapley hung up the phone, the dawn light was hitting his porch so we could make some nice photos before I rushed to file the pictures as quickly as possible. 
My adrenaline was flowing from this amazing experience, I had just broken the news to genius that he won the Nobel Prize. Priceless

©Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

©Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Space Shuttle Endeavour Rolls Through Los Angeles

Randy's Donut 
Crowds come out on Manchester
Moving down Manchester 
                                                    Actor Luke Wilson filming something
Crossing the 405

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Puffy Clouds Above Venice

Excellent day for parasailing above Venice Beach, warm and awesome cloud formations ©Jonathan Alcorn 2012

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Record Gasoline Prices in California

Filling up a Toyota Prius in West Los Angeles on Saturday October 6, 2012 - ©Jonathan Alcorn

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Attention Wal-Mart Shoppers

A shopper walks past Wal-Mart workers on strike protest over unsafe working conditions and poor wages outside a Wal-Mart store in Pico Rivera, California, October 4, 2012. About 50 workers from nine stores in Los Angeles County walked off the job Thursday morning to protest what they say are unfair labor practices by Wal-Mart Stores Inc, sponsors of the action said. 

Gas Prices Spiking in California

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Seth MacFarlane

Family Guy creator and freshly announced host of the next Oscars ceremony Seth MacFarlane stopped by's annual leadership conference to speak with Sharon Waxman.