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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Venice Beach Low Tide

May 29, 2013  

Monday, May 20, 2013

Venice Wave

Surf was up this evening at the Venice pier

Venice Beach iPhoneography

 A few of my iPhone photos from the past week. I will be conducting an iPhone photography workshop in Venice Beach this summer. Details will be posted in the next few weeks. Thanks-ja

Friday, May 10, 2013

Hanging Loose, Venice Style

Epic sunset May 9, 2013

Marty of surf lessons and rentals at the Venice Pier parking lot May 10, 2013

Friday, May 3, 2013

Springs Fire Burns to the Sea

 At around 10 PM last night I arrived for the graveyard shift for Reuters at the Springs Fire to relieve a colleague. It was very surreal, you could hear the flames roaring and the peaceful sound of the waves crashing on the beach simultaneously. 

Late Thursday evening, there wasn't too much firefighting happening because the flames were mostly on extremely steep hillsides. At my editor's suggestion I went about looking for a lifeguard tower to portray the story of the flames meeting the Pacific Ocean. I was down on the sand shooting reflections of the flames glowing on the water, and when I climbed up to the eerily empty highway, a police officer stopped to make sure I was ok because it was totally deserted at that spot except for my car parked on the road. He was super nice and asked if he could see the reflection photos.

The winds calmed down around 3 am or so and suddenly there were hardly any flames. I sat in my car editing and sending photos to the desk. Then I had some down time to rest until sunrise brought the winds back and bam, the fire was out of control and burning fiercely again and jumped PCH and started burning a remote section of the Point Mugu Naval base with a hardcore firefight taking place.  It was a crazy 12 hours on the fire lines for sure.