What Are You Passionate About?

Redondo BeachHey! It's Wednesday!

And I'm sooo excited!

I was up at 5 this morning. Headed to the airport around 6:30. Don't ya just love the hustle and bustle of the airport? Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta is the busiest airport in the world, and I always enjoy the people watching. There's something about the frenetic energy of the airport that I've always loved. So many people going to so many places. 

The air is electric with anticipation...and the smell of coffee.

Some of my earliest memories include flying with my family to visit relatives. We had some crazy adventures - like the time we were coming in for a landing in New York. We got within feet of the runway only to shoot straight back into the air because the runway was iced over.

We landed in Boston instead. The airline put us on a bus and sent us to New York. 

I still remember everyone clapping when the plane landed that night. 

Today's Photos

I flew into Los Angeles today, and tomorrow I go to Brooke Shaden's Promoting Passion Photography conference out in Joshua Tree, hence my excitement. 

My friend, Al, picked me up from the airport. I'm staying at his place for a night before I go back to LAX tomorrow to catch the bus to the conference. I came a day early so there was no chance of missing the bus due to flight delays, etc. 

The first thing I did after Al dropped me off at the apartment was put on some shorts and walk down to the ocean. I exercised for over an hour, ending with a steep climb up a long staircase. It feels so good to exercise after four hours on an airplane.

When I was done, I went back and got my camera.

There wasn't a lot happening at the beach today. It doesn't matter. Any day at the beach is a beautiful day! I love the way the sand, ocean, and sky are all similar. They stretch on for what looks like forever.

The sky and water didn't offer much contrast today. I kept it that way in the final edit. 

This was taken at 1/500, f/9, ISO 100. I used a stylizing filter in Photoshop to add a painterly look. 

The sky was overcast, but not in a pretty puffy-cloud sort of way. It was hard pulling some texture out in the photo.  

On the way back to the apartment, I saw this sign. Old retro signs are fun. The sky was a little cloudy and bright.  

An old retro sign for an Italian restaurant.

Did I mention I was excited about the Promoting Passion Photo conference? Ya...I thought so.

Enjoy the fall, and find something fun to do this weekend. Do something you're passionate about!

See you between the raindrops!