2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition – 2013 LA Auto Show

Fiat 500 1957 Edition with Samantha Skowronek

Samantha Skowronek with the 2014 Fiat 500 ’57 Edition at 2013 LA Auto Show

The 2013 LA Auto Show is in full swing this week and one of the highlights is the new 2014 Fiat 500, a 1957 retro edition. As always, the Fiat viewing area was unique. This year the featured vehicle had a backdrop that included the Hollywood sign, downtown LA skyline, City Hall and LAX. Overall it made for a pretty good promotional photo setting.

No, I don’t work for Fiat, but I did admire the setup. The presentation was well thought out. It didn’t matter which angle you took a photo, it was going to look like a magazine ad.

As for the car, well it’s retro. By that I mean it’s small, cute and reminds me of a 1950’s toaster. I don’t mean that in a bad way, small is always good when trying to find a parking space in Los Angeles! Plus, the gas mileage isn’t bad either, 40 MPG. I’d say that’s pretty good.

Expect to see these on the road in the Spring of 2014.

LA Auto ShowWhile I was taking the photo above, my friend Ignacio was observing the new Jeep Cherokee (right).

He had a puzzled look. Later saying that the new design made it look more as a crossover suv than a traditional Cherokee. And that it may appeal to a wider demographic, but some of the die hard Cherokee fans may not approve of this new redesign.

Seems like he was right, because Edmunds also called it a “small crossover SUV”.

In the end we had a fun time at the 2013 LA Auto Show. I was accompanied by Ignacio and JC.  We beat the crowds, traffic and amusement park priced food, but overall it was worth it.

The 2013 LA Auto Show runs until through December 1, 2013.

Below is a video by Kelly Blue Book on the new Fiat 500, 1957 Edition. Continue reading 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition – 2013 LA Auto Show

Colorful Night Lights at the Santa Monica Pier

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Night lights at the Santa Monica Pier

The cool photo above showing the bright colorful night lights at the end of the Santa Monica Pier was actually taken by our other photographer Nacho. However, today he’s out celebrating his wedding anniversary so I decided to post it up for him.

Happy Anniversary Nacho and Lili!

Now to the photo. According to him, he set out to capture a long exposure shot of the north/west side of the pier.  The original photo he took needed a little editing so he asked me to work on it. You can see the original picture here.

In the foreground he had included part of the sand/beach, but I felt it detracted from what I thought was the more interesting part of the image, in this case the colorful lights and reflection. After cropping that out, I used Photoshop and Color Efex Pro to enhance the contrast and color just slightly.

The original image had the following settings: f/16, at 20sec shutter speed, ISO of 100 and a focal length of 36mm. Taken with a Nikon D5100 (now replaced by the Nikon D5300).

Long Beach Marathon and Half Marathon Runners

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View of the runners at the Long Beach Marathon and Half Marathon

Earlier today, 20+ thousand runners and bike riders participated in the Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon (they also had a 20 mile bike ride option). I was there to support my wife who ran her first half marathon at a respectable time of 1 hour and 59 minutes.

While she was passing up runners left and right, I was out taking photos of the event. The view above was taken from the overpass that extends from the Rainbow Harbor to the Long Beach Convention Center. The local fire department hung a giant American Flag near the path of the runners, which created a nice setup for a photo.

It’s not uncommon to see celebrities or other well known people run in these events, today was no exception. While walking along the course, somewhere around mile 6, I noticed someone who is well known in the tabloid media, it was Nadya Suleman, otherwise known as the Octomom. She was running in the pack and later I noticed her at the finish line.

She kept her head down, as to avert making eye contact with anyone. Probably so they wouldn’t recognize her.

Overall, it was a fun morning and event.

Antelope Valley Fair – H.W. Hunter Pavilion

A.V. Fair Market Place

The H.W. Hunter Pavilion during the Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival.

Yesterday we headed over to the Antelope Valley for the 75th year of their Fair and Alfalfa Festival. Although Lancaster and Palmdale reside in the Los Angeles county, because of their distance from where the LA County Fair is held (Pomona), each year they have a local event.

My drive, from OC, was just under two hours and we arrived as it opened at 2pm. Although it was a hotter than we expected, my wife and I had a nice time looking at the arts & crafts exhibit and the photography hall.

A good friend of ours, Dr. Rick Duenas at Performance Chiropractic AV, had a booth at the H.W. Hunter Pavilion Market Place (pictured above). He’s a local chiropractor in Lancaster and like many in his profession, events like these are great ways to introduce his services to the community.

Before we left, I made sure to stop by his booth and captured the photo below. Grace, his assistant, posed for the camera while Dr. Duenas in the background talked with a lady about the variety of services he provides in his clinic.

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Large INSPIRE Exhibit at the OC Fair

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What inspires your imagination? – Taken at the Orange County Fair’s Culinary & Crafts exhibit inside the OC Promenade.

It’s that time of the year again, when the county fair is in full swing. The 2013 OC Fair started this past weekend and it didn’t disappoint.  As usual the crazy and fatty foods were everywhere to be found, but this time my wife and I spent most of our time in the exhibit halls.

The visual arts exhibit was great, they even had a small (and free) Photoshop lecture for those that needed a refresher course or simply wanted to sit in an air conditioned hall.

In the OC Promenade area where the Culinary & Crafts exhibit was located, we found this awesome and large setup with the words “Inspire”. My wife insisted I take a photo of it and I did. It was about twelve ft tall and over 15 ft wide, so it was a large piece. Luckily, we were there in the morning and the crowds were light enough that I didn’t get anyone walking by.

I did pump up the colors just a bit on Photoshop, but that was all. Whoever put this exhibit together did a fantastic job.

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