You know, I just can't walk past a mirror without taking a self portrait.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Le Pain Quotidien

One of my favorite bakeries and places for lunch is 'Le Pain Quotidien'. Fortunately it is not just a local chain. Here are a few images I shot the other day,without imposing on other patrons.
While black & white images best bring out the textures of the the bread and the bakery itself,

only color images will do the pastry justice.
If there is one located near you, enjoy!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

2010 MB 6 man Beach Volleyball Tournament

The unofficial description for the annual Manhattan Beach 6 man (team) Beach Volleyball Tournament used to be 'booze and bodies strewn across the beach'. It was not how it started out, but it is what it had become. In 2009 the booze took over, 90,000 (est.) attendees, many very drunk. This year Manhattan Beach decided to clamp down. No alcohol on the beach, that doesn't mean you couldn't get a drink at the nearby bars or at one of the many house parties adjacent to the beach, but no booze on the beach. Access to the beach was restricted, the contents of all bags were checked, no opened containers of any sort were permitted. One really smart move. The attendance for Day 1 (Saturday July 31) was still at about 60,000 (est.), huge but notably better than the year before, and you could actually move around. Day 2, the finals day, felt more like a beach volleyball event. Much smaller crowds with a real emphasis on the sport.
Here are a few images from day 1 - crowd images. More can be found at the following links.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 1 images shot with a Leica M8, Day 2 with Canon 5 D. Neither really sports cameras, but then again I was more interested in the crowds.