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‚ÄĒthe maker of rugged-wear clothing‚ÄĒhas 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.