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.
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!
Bulls on the Beach event in Huntington Beach
The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) came to Huntington Beach this weekend. They setup on the parking lot right on the beach and had a capacity crowd show up. It was standing room only on the beach side. Who would have thought bull riding would bring in a crowd this big?
I’m in Huntington Beach often, so I headed over just in time for the start of the event. I met up with my friend JC who had arrived earlier in the day. With a much better position he captured the photo above. I thought he captured the moment perfectly. The beach was on the left of the image, along with the sun which provided perfect lighting for this photo.
JC captured a few other photos from that day, you can follow him on Instagram here: @crna6pk
Fifteen ft plus waves hit the Huntington Beach Pier
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen waves this big in Huntington Beach. Most of southern California and especially south facing beaches, were expecting 15ft+ waves. Most headed out to the Wedge in Newport Beach, but I was more interested in seeing the waves crash against the Huntington Beach Pier.
The photo above shows a very large wave crashing against the pier, but there were many others that reached the underside of the pier and spraying the spectators. Those larger ones were 20+ ft waves and it was awesome to see the force of pound the pylons and underside of the pier.
Surfers stayed away from here, except for a couple that tried to head out. But it was very difficult to do so due to the strong currents. One brave man was out bodysurfing on the south side of the pier. Most of the spectators thought he was a little crazy being out, but it was obvious he knew what he was doing.
I posted a few other photos from today on my OCSurfPix Instagram account.
Oxen at the OC Fair
The oxen at the OC Fair are always popular with the visitors. These animals are big! The caretakers brought each ox out at a time into the open area.
They carefully placed the wooden harness on both of them and the crowd was allowed to get near them. They seemed very easily controlled.
I’m no expert on oxen, so I headed over to Wikipedia and found out exactly why they are so easily controlled. Castration! Yikes.
These oxen were very tall, just as tall as their caretakers. I believe they normally have them in the big red barn at the entrance of the fair grounds, but during the fair they bring them to the back with the rest of the livestock.
Photographing the animals at the OC Fair
Each year my wife and I take a trip to the OC Fair, no we don’t each the chocolate covered bacon or fried Twinkies. But we do enjoy walking around and looking at all the exhibits.
Plus, it’s a great place to take pictures. I don’t carry my full gear, only my Nikon DSLR and one simple lens.
In the past I’ve focused on the food or in one case the large sign at the Arts and Crafts exhibit. But this year, I spent a little time photographing the animals. And one of the first I chose was the Oxen at the OC Fair.
For the photo above I got down a little low. I wanted my angle of view to be just below the oxen’s eyes. Shooting slightly upwards is much better in this particular case. I’m 6ft tall, so if I shot it at my level, the animal would look big, but it’s size would really be lost. So I quickly got low as they were moving the oxen and one of them looked straight into my camera. Almost as if he was posing!
Overall, we had a great time with the oxen at the OC Fair. I’ll share more images from that day on a different article.