Month: September 2006

Walt Disney Concert Hall at night

Walt Disney Concert Hall at night

Los Angeles, California. While downtown to see Doubt I strolled down the block to see Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, home of the LA Philharmonic. The night lighting on the stainless steel skin of this amazing building was striking but there still wasn’t a lot of light for handheld photography. I shot anyway and figured I’d get nothing but this image, while not all that sharp gives you a good sense of the drama of the building.

Doubt at the Los Angeles Music Center

Doubt at the Los Angeles Music Center

Los Angeles, California. Last night my mother and I went to see Doubt at the Ahmanson Theater at the LA Music Center. She can’t drive at night or on the freeway anymore (she’s 91) so she hadn’t been to the Music Center in a while.

We got there early and the entire plaza that houses the three theaters was alive with people eating, drinking, and dancing to big band music. The weather was great and the light was fantastic.

Just to orient those of you who have not been to this place, ahead of me is the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion where the LA Opera performs. The round building I’m standing next to is the Mark Taper Forum, a small, intimate theater (Doubt would be been better in this smaller venue) and behind me, out of view is the Ahmanson Theater, a relatively large theater where we saw Doubt.

My mother pushed my wife and me to go see Doubt in New York but we never made the time (and tickets were hard to get). So, she took matters into her own hands and pulled/pushed me to go on this visit and I’m delighted that she did. Doubt is, without a doubt, one of the best plays I’ve seen in my life (I’ve seen many and I’m not young). It is superb in every possible way. The playwright, John Patrick Shanley has written the most amazing script (he wrote the screenplay for Moonstruck, one of my favorite movies among other plays and screenplays), and the cast is incredible. Cherry Jones, Chris McGarry, Lisa Joyce, and Adriane Lenox are all outstanding. This play and its actors have received numerous awards and they are well deserved. The staging, the lighting, the entire experience was first rate.

For those of you who don’t do much theater, I must tell you, there is nothing like live performance. I’m a movie-a-holic but theater is different and when you combine a script like Doubt and actors like these you’re in for a mind-blow beyond words.

Perpetual Sunset

Perpetual Sunset

Above The Great Lakes. The great thing about taking off from the east coast at 5:30 pm and flying west is that you’re flying into the sunset which means you get to follow it for a while. Here we’re flying at 38,000 feet and there are numerous layers of clouds, each different and each showing the sunset in different ways.

Tomatoes in Colander

Tomatoes in Colander

Warren, Connecticut. After a summer of rain and odd weather where we thought our garden would be a failure it is now pumping out tomatoes of all kinds daily. There are only so many fresh tomatoes we want to eat so when we’re overrun we peel them and cook them down into sauce and freeze it. There’s nothing better to bring back a thought of summer in the depths of winter than the smell and taste of fresh frozen tomato sauce on pasta.

Sunrise in the Valley

Sunrise in the Valley

Warren, Connecticut. Most clear mornings the corn field across the road, which is now completely harvested, creates ground fog which slowly burns off as the sun comes up and warms the air. By the time I got dressed and ran across the road with camera and tripod it was almost too late and I was bummed. However, even though the bulk of the fog had burned off by the time I shot this there was still enough in the far “wrinkles” of the valley to make things interesting.

Canon 5D, Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L at 67mm, ISO 100, f/11.3 at 1/100th of a second. Tripod. Sepia.