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Paramount On Location

Paramount On Location


Paramount On Location is a global rental and supply provider for filming, and this is their New York location, found in Long Island City, Queens. I just found the familiar logo an an otherwise nondescript warehouse building somewhat jarring.

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Somewhere On The Washington Coast – Rialto Beach



If I could be more specific I would. I only know that this was taken in 1992 on the coast of Washington, somewhere on the Olympic Peninsula, probably towards the north, but I’m really not sure. Below is an image that one of my fellow tour members took of me at the same location.  Both were taken with a Pentax 105R and Kodak Gold 200 film.

UPDATE: I should have just done  5 minutes of research before posting. This is Rialto Beach, near the town of La Push, Washington.


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  • Lilith LittleMarch 21, 2014 - 12:29 pm

    Stunning view. The color of the sky and sea is wonderful. ReplyCancel

The Accidental, Unexpected, Auto-Awesome, Jaunty-Angle, Dead Horse Point, nXnw Panorama



I just discovered that a fairly recent update to Google Picasa — a free photo organizing and editing software — now automatically comes with something called Google Plus Auto Backup. There are stories about the release here and here and you can download the programs at this link,  even though that page and the download link only mention Picasa and are silent about Auto-Backup.

The really neat thing comes in 2 parts: First, Auto-Backup will back up any and all images to your Google Drive strorage and if you set the program to limit the files to a max size of 2048 pixels on the longest edge then the storage is free and none of it counts against your Google Drive storage limits. Second, once the images are up there Google automatically runs them through its Auto-Awesome feature. Now auto Awesome sometimes creates fun images, sometimes great images, and sometimes silly and ridiculous images you never want to show anybody. But you can just ignore those and focus on the good results. And the neat thing is that by backing up your entire hard drive of images you will start getting Auto-Awesome images from pictures taken 5, 10, 15 years ago or more.

This is a panorama it made from two quick snapshots from my #nXnw trip to Moab, Utah last Spring. To line things up it had to skew the angle and cut off poor Rick Louie‘s head. That’s him on the left, Justin Balog on the right, and my tripod further right. It’s not a perfect image to be sure, but it’s a panorama I never expected or even tried to make and that’s pretty cool. Plus, it’s made from a pair of iPhone photos and looks pretty crisp.  And the storage and image processing were all free. I think that deserves the word awesome, don’t you?

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2014

Yesterday I had the pleasure and honor of walking in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade up Fifth Avenue with my high school, Regis High School. Regis does not usually participate in the parade, but it is marking its Centennial this year, and the school invited alumni to take part. We ended up with a contingent of about 250 men, comprised of current students, faculty, and alumni. It was a lot of fun. We just walked up the avenue, without marching or any music, but people still cheered and waved to us and we smiled and waved back.

These shot above is one of my best of the group while we were marching. Directly below comes from our meetup on 46th Street. The black and white is straight out of the x100s with no fiddling. I am playing with the in-camera black and white settings of the Fuji system and am close to finding something I am very happy with. I will report once I’m done.

Next up is an image which I think was my best composition of the day but I blew the focus. This is after we turned on to Fifth Avenue.

Next up is a bit of the St. Regis Hotel on Fifth Avenue. It has nothing to do with the school, but still.

Finally I will finish up with some shots of the crowd. First a group of ladies who sang and danced and swayed and chanted and really seemed like they were providing more entertainment than we were. Then some folks on a low balcony with a St. Patrick doll?/statue?/effigy? In a wheelchair? You got me, but they’re smiling. Next up a fine looking St. Patrick costume, and finally some young folks who brought very colorful blankets to handle the cold.

And oh yeah, here’s my taken on my iPhone by one of my classmates (Class of 1980) – thanks Mike.


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Professor Valley Panorama, Rte. 128 Utah

Professor Valley, Moab, Utah


Professor Valley along State Route 128 in Utah near Moab and Arches National Park.  This is a single-take panorama created by the Fuji X-E1, with no edits straight-out-of-camera. Busy day so I’ve got to make this short and run.

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  • Len SaltielMarch 17, 2014 - 1:49 pm

    Perfect timing for this beautiful image Mark. I am heading there bright and early tomorrow morning.ReplyCancel

    • MarkMarch 17, 2014 - 6:25 pm

      That’s awesome. Have a great time Len.ReplyCancel

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