Street Performer Nailed it in Huntington Beach

Street performer Huntington Beach

Street performer pulls a nail from his nostril as spectators react.

Whether you go for a walk at the Huntington Beach Pier or lay out at the beach, as you approach the pier, you’ll likely run into a street performer that literally nails it. I’ve been going to the HB Pier often for many years now and have always seen the crowd gather around this man that performs this act of hammering a nail into his nostrils. Normally I walk right past it and find something else to photograph, but today I watched.

I don’t know what was more interesting, a man nailing and then pulling the nail out of his nose with a pair of pliers or the reaction of the people as he did it. Not sure if it’s all a trick or he’s really doing it, but the crowd gasped and were overall very entertained.

These type of street performers are a very special breed. I couldn’t do it. But in some ways, they fill a need that the people want even though they may not know they want it.

Baby Gorilla at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Baby gorilla stands up to a bigger gorilla

Even gorilla’s know you must stand up to a bully!

This little gorilla at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park was having a fun time playing around it’s enclosure when his older brother came by and started to play a little rough with him. I captured this great moment when the little guy stood his ground and lifted up his fist. It was pretty cool.

My wife and I have year passes to both the Safari Park and the Zoo in San Diego and try to visit as often as we can, although it is a drive for us, but definitely worth it.

And for those who are interested in the camera I used to capture this photo, I was using a Nikon D7100.

Kyle LeDuc 99 at the Grand Prix of Long Beach

Long Beach Grand Prix

Kyle LeDuc at Long Beach Grand Prix

Last weekend the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach was in full swing and @crna6pk and and I spent the day photographing all the cool cars and special events. Early in the morning, from the Pike parking structure, we noticed Lyle LeDuc rounding one of the corners with his truck pretty mangled up. But from the photo above you can see he was still able to drive it with no problems.

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach keeps getting better and better each year, you never really know who you’ll run into. For example, on Friday I was able to get a nice shot of Alfonso Ribeiro and Robert Patrick for my OCPix instagram account.

Both Alfonso and Robert were part of the Celebrity Race on Saturday, in fact, Alfonso went on to win that race for the 3rd time.

Overall, it’s a fun weekend that I look forward to each year.

My Beach Selfie


Beach Selfie

I love taking photos, but ironically I’m not too happy about my photo being taken. Not because I’m against people taking my photo, instead it’s because I’m simply not photogenic. That’s just the way it is, some of us simply don’t look as good as we’d like in photos. I’m one of them. So when I take a selfie, it looks like this (see photo above).

I spend so much time at the beach that it’s only logical that I photograph myself at the Huntington Beach Pier. With no one to assist me in my quest for the ultimate selfie, I decided to shoot my shadow under the pier as the water came up on the beach.

Maybe I’ll use it as my next avatar? I don’t know. What I do know is that I just acquired a second Nikon camera body and ordered two different accessories for them. So I hope to be out shooting more often, be prepared to see more photos up on SoCalDailyPhoto soon!

Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona

Pumpkin Festival Southern California

Crowds at the 22nd Annual Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona

This past Sunday, my wife and I headed out for a nice afternoon drive to my old alma mater, Cal Poly Pomona. The 22nd Annual Pumpkin Festival was taking place so it was a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Of course they had a corn maze, petting zoo, horse rides, entertainment, and lots of activities for kids. But the people really came for the pumpkins. And there were lots of them. With the wide open space it was a very colorful landscape.

As usual, I took my D5100 series camera and had a field day shooting the festival. Although the photos turned out great, I’m starting to notice that I may be outgrowing this camera setup. So maybe an upgrade is in my future? Perhaps a D7100 or jump straight into an FX body like the new D750?

Whatever I decide to do, there’s one thing I know for sure, great photos are created by the experience and technique of the photographer rather than equipment.

What do you think? What camera setup are you using to photograph this season’s fall/pumpkin festivals?

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