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Noted: How to Photograph Lightning – the Ultimate Guide via Digital Photography School

October 14th, 2014 Comments off

How to Photograph Lightning – the Ultimate Guide via Digital Photography School

How to Photograph Lightning – the Ultimate Guide via Digital Photography School

If someone told me I could only take pictures of one thing for the rest of my life – I’d think about it for awhile, and then choose lightning. Luckily I live in reality and no one will ever say that to me, but it does speak to how passionate I am about photographing this stuff.

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Noted: 11 Hard Ciders That Are Better Than Beer via Mashable

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11 Hard Ciders That Are Better Than Beer via Mashable

11 Hard Ciders That Are Better Than Beer via Mashable

Admit it, beerficianados: Ciders are the best slightly alcoholic drink on the market.

Listen, I like beer. I will even go as far to say that beer is great, but I’m not obsessed with beers like some of my friends are, and I will never understand why anyone would pay $15 for a 12-ounce can of a beer made with elderberries.

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Video: Places LA: Stough Canyon, Burbank, California

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Video: Places LA: Stough Canyon, Burbank, California

I have been trying to get back into hiking lately and with the son attending school in Burbank, it only made sense to locate a few trails in that area where I could walk before and after school. I have known about several trails in the Verdugo Mountains which abut Burbank, but i have never spent much time there. For my first trip up into the mountains I choose Stough Canyon. Along with the hike there is also a Nature Center to check out with the kids and family should you wish.

The Stough Canyon Trail is a nice loop about 1 mile on fire road and another mile on a smaller trail. For this first trip, I headed up the fire road and down the trail and that is probably what I would recommend for others, as the fire road, while steep in the beginning, seems less steep than the trail. This is one of those hikes where the distance is just about right for my abilities and condition. I huffed and puffed a bit early on — as you can hear in the video — but I reached the crest right about when I started wondering where the top might be. Another short climb too me to the trail head for the downhill journey which was, of course, a much easier — if slipperier trip. On clear days you get some wonderful views of the San Fernando Valley, Bob Hope Airport and even a glimpse of Downtown Los Angeles in the distance.

Stough Canyon via Google Earth

  34.213844° -118.307826° – Click to view in Google Maps

Photo: Yucca in black and white via #instagram

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Video: A Day on the Santa Monica Mountains – Photo Montage

October 13th, 2014 Comments off

Photos: A Day in the Santa Monica Mountains

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Photo: Fruit of the vine via #instagram

October 10th, 2014 Comments off
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Noted: 11 Apple Recipes for Fall via Food52

October 10th, 2014 Comments off

11 Apple Recipes for Fall via Food52

11 Apple Recipes for Fall via Food52

If there were a prom for autumn produce, the apple would be crowned its queen every year. They are the darlings of fall — just the idea of them conjures up wholesome images of apple picking, apple pies, and hot apple cider on chilly mornings. Sometimes sweet, sometimes bitter, and — if you’re lucky — crisp and crunchy, they embody their season well. And they’re versatile enough to go into salads, stuffings, and (of course) desserts.

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Noted: A 10 Minute Lesson to Photographing Images with More Pizzazz via Digital Photography School

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A 10 Minute Lesson to Photographing Images with More Pizzazz via Digital Photography School

A 10 Minute Lesson to Photographing Images with More Pizzazz via Digital Photography School

Even the most seasoned photographer wants to continue to stretch their creativity. I know I do!

One simple activity you can do in your spare time is to find new ways to photograph everyday, plain things. Yup, the things you see or use every day; no models, no glamorous set-ups, no breathtaking locations. You don’t even need to do this with a fancy DSLR camera or have a significant amount of time. The lesson you learn can be achieved in 10 minutes once a week, using a $100 camera or a smart phone.

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Noted: Give It a Rest, Pumpkin Spice Lattes: It’s Hot Toddy Season Too! via The Kitchn

October 10th, 2014 Comments off

Give It a Rest, Pumpkin Spice Lattes: It’s Hot Toddy Season Too! via The Kitchn

Give It a Rest, Pumpkin Spice Lattes: It's Hot Toddy Season Too! via The Kitchn

Think hot toddies are reserved for only the coldest of cold days of winter? Think again! Call me antsy, but the the minute it’s the least bit chilly, my go-to cocktail starts heating up. Move over pumpkin spice latte, it’s toddy season!

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