Ball-Nogues’ Cradle at the Santa Monica Place Mall

Santa Monica Place Mall

Ball-Nogues’ Cradle located at exterior wall of the Santa Monica Place Shopping Center

Next time you’re headed into the parking structure at the Santa Monica Place Shopping Center on 4th St, look up and you’ll see this cool piece of art by Ball-Nogues called Cradle.

I’ve driven by it many times and it’s a large piece so I know you can’t miss it. But most people see it from a normal perspective, straight on as they drive by. Because it’s so large, the photos I’ve seen of it are all from far away showing the silver balls hanging from the side of the parking structure.

I wanted to capture it from a different angle. Using my new Nikon D5100 I stood underneath it and using the articulating screen was able to capture it on “live view” pointing upwards. If you right click and open the image on a new tab, you just might see my reflection on the silver balls. The bottom of the photo is the wall and the top is the blue sky.

Sometimes by seeing things in a different perspective, we gather a new appreciation as we did when we first encountered it. Take some time today to appreciate the beauty around your city, it might just make your day a little more enjoyable!

Not sure where its at exactly? See it here on Google Maps!

Christmas Lights at St. Albans Road in San Marino

Holiday Lights

Spectacular Christmas Lights at St. Albans Road in San Marino

Earlier today as I drove home from a long day at work, a quick detour took me to a very popular street during the Christmas season, St. Albans Rd in San Marino. Each year the trees are all decorated with Christmas lights making it a perfect place to drive or walk at night. It looked so cool that I had to stop and capture a few photos.

On a side note, a several weeks ago I upgraded my camera from a regular point and shoot to a full size DSLR, I’m now sporting a cool Nikon D5100! It’s a big jump from what I had before, but I’m loving all the new features.

Plus, it’s great in low light. Can you believe I shot the photo above at 1000 ISO? There’s hardly any noise/grain whatsoever. I couldn’t do that with my small compact camera. So expect to see many more images from me!

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