SLO Railroad Museum - Central Coast Model Railroad

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The San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum is building a 1200 square foot Central Coast Model Railroad. If you are visiting SLO on a Saturday, the museum is open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and admission is $3 for adults. I enjoyed seeing the work in progress on the model railroad that depicts actual scenes in the SLO area.

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Radwood 2017: Celebrating 80's and 90's Car Culture

The Radwood 2017 car show was held yesterday in Brisbane, along the water just south of San Francisco. Radwood is a celebration of 80's and 90's car culture. Attendees were encouraged to bring period correct cars, and also wear 80's or 90's clothing. The event was low key, the setting was great, and there were some hilarious outfits. My favorite costume was a guy dressed as an 80's business man with a giant cell phone who arrived in a really nice Subaru SVX. He was handing out cans of Tab and Fresca. I hope the Radwood organizers do this show again next year!

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Pier 24: The Grain of the Present Photography Exhibit Time-Lapse Video

Pier 24's 9th exhibition features the work of 10 photographers at the core of the Pilara Foundation collection: Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Lee Friedlander, Nicholas Nixon, Stephen Shore, Henry Wessel, and Garry Winogrand. These photographers appeared in one of two landmark exhibitions: New Documents (1967) or New Topographics (1975).

Six additional contemporary photographers are also featuerd: Eamonn Doyle, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ed Panar, Alec Soth, Awoiska van der Molen, and Vanessa Winship. Schedule your free visit to San Francisco's Pier 24.

Time-lapse technical details: Go-Pro knock-off mounted on a shoestring around my neck. One photo every 2 seconds. Images processed in Lightroom. Time-lapse assembled at 10 fps in Photoshop. Freeze frames, titles, and music added in iMovie. View additional time-lapse videos from Pier 24.

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Mare Island Cranes Full Moon 360 Panorama

A 360 night panorama of cranes in front of the dry dock at Mare Island Naval Shipyard

A 360 night panorama of cranes in front of the dry dock at Mare Island Naval Shipyard

At last night's Nocturnes full moon alumni event on Mare Island, two large cranes were positioned in front of the dry dock. Click the image above to see the interactive 360 panorama shot in the historic core area of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard.

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Swiss Rock: A 360 Panorama of Madonna Inn Room 135

Madonna Inn Room #135 - Swiss Rock

Madonna Inn Room #135 - Swiss Rock

This 360 panorama shows room #135 at the Madonna Inn, better known as Swiss Rock. Alex Madonna was Swiss, and the Madonna Inn features a few rock rooms with stones gathered from the surrounding farmland. You can also view 3 additional rooms in the 360 tour including Misty Rock, Rock Bottom, and What's Left.

Technical Details: This 360 panorama is composed of 6 shots around and 1 shot down using a Nikon D750 with a Samyang 12mm fisheye lens. I used a Nodal Ninja R1 panoramic head on a Sirui N-2204X carbon tripod. Five shots were taken at each camera position, 2 stops apart. The resulting images were processed in Lightroom, blended in Photomatix Pro, stitched in PTGui Pro, finalized in Photoshop, and output using krpano.

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The Best Books That I Read In 2016

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The image grid below shows the best books that I read in 2016. The list is heavy on graphic novels, and also includes some amazing photography and art books. Most images are linked to Amazon, but maybe your local bookstore or library has a copy. Special thanks to Mike Emmons for turning me on to so many weird and wonderful works of art that are disguised as comics. Check out Goodreads to see what I'm reading in 2017.

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The Rosetta Stone: Unexpected Archaeology and Childhood Artifact as Artistic Metaphor

Artist: Joe Reifer
Venue: Sixth Grade History
Title: The Rosetta Stone
Created: 1982, Los Angeles
Medium: Plywood, clay, acrylic paint, typewriter correction fluid
Associated Work: History paper on the Rosetta Stone (missing)

Stored in Los Angeles from 1982-2008. Loaned multiple times to local students between 1989-2006. According to the curator, this artifact never received a grade of less than an A. The Rosetta Stone was professionally boxed and moved to Arizona in 2009. Moved in the same archival container to the Palm Springs area in 2016. Excavated and photographed by the artist on October 23, 2016, and subsequently destroyed.

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