Night Photography Meetup

Night Photography & Steel Wool

A couple years ago after moving to California I signed up for a Night Photography Meetup. Held at an isolated beach just off the Pacific Coast Highway around central Malibu, the beach itself is not visible from the road. It is quite narrow and backed by cliffs of rock. This picturesque area is frequented by photographers due to nature’s backdrops of rock, water and sand, and an inability for crowds to gather.

I had never heard of the photo approach we used that evening. I may still be missing some details but the gist of it was: tie steel wool to a rope, light it and then swing it around while people take photos. It was a total blast to see the resulting images. Thank you to Rusty Nelson for helping me with my camera settings. http://www.rustynelson.com/

Photo credits: Jodyt2.com

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Santa Ynez: Wine Tasting

This first image is misleading as it’s not in Santa Ynez. The Oceana tasting room was only a bike ride away from our hotel in Santa Barbara, The Presidio. They had a great port.

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Hey Wisconsinites! Did you know Carhartt’s—the maker of rugged-wear clothing—has their own tasting room in California? They are such a small outfit (400 cases/year) you won’t be finding this in any stores or restaurants. But if you make it Los Olivos, CA, you won’t regret a stop here! They had a great little patio area shaded by HUGE red peppercorn trees.

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Above are Laurie & Alex relaxing on the Carhartt patio, and Alex and myself outside a deli in Los Olivos.

Next up, the Fess Parker Winery. Remember Davy Crockett, and Daniel Boone? Did you know those parts were played by the same actor, Fess Parker? Here I am sporting my Daniel Boone look. The baby coon cap on the wine bottle was available for sale too.

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The photo (above) shows a picture of Fess Parker, and the other is of the FP vineyard. Laurie said she & Alex were there several years ago when Fess Parker was there signing bottles of wine.

Third on the list: Babcock Winery. Wines were good, but what caught my eye the most were these PENCILS – how fun! I bought some for my trip, now I just need a pencil sharpener. I also enjoyed this energetic, colorful painting on the wall.

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Last, but not least, was Curtis Winery. Their tasting room was in high ceilinged warehouse/garage space. Laurie pointed out that it was set up like an Anthropologie store: candles, cards, unbleached dishtowels, fun sayings on things, old cool wooden furniture. Wine tasting and shopping!

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Arrival: L.A.

What is it?

I wasn’t the only one I saw in the airport that looked like this!

DAY 1:  Santa Barbara Marina, tile on a State Street restaurant –

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coin belt on a mannequin, passing a window full of cool wigs…

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the cutest tricked-out trailer with fins, and a sculptural bush trying to be an octopus.
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Stick around for Day 2 – wine tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley.