Finding great classic neon in old Las Vegas

Anyone who has spent time in the old Las Vegas “Glitter Gulch” remembers the amazing light show the casinos used to put on to attract business. They were huge, blinding, flickering and constantly changing. They were amazing to see. But in the new Vegas, the great old neon signs have given way to a vertical video…

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Huge crowd celebrates Eclipse at Manhattan Beach Library

Even though the Eclipse 2024 wasn’t a total one, and we didn’t get “totality” we did get community awe and wonder at seeing the Moon cover the Sun for about an hour Monday morning.  The Manhattan Beach Public Library staged an Eclipse viewing party, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. with long, long lines before opening to…

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Q&A: Solar Eclipse & Phone Photography

On April 8, the great solar eclipse will take place in the United States, from the San Antonio area to the Maine/Canada border. Yes, you can photograph it with your phone. I’ve received so many questions about it, let me answer a few of the best ones here. What makes witnessing a total solar eclipse…

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TRAVEL: San Diego’s Oceanside is worth pulling over for

The idea of the PhotowalksTV series is to take you along with me to great places, show you around and offer tips on how to best capture the location with your smartphone. When I do it right, I hopefully inspire you to visit places you either haven’t been before, or might consider revisiting, wowing you…

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New Travel Video: San Diego’s Oceanside

The latest from PhotowalksTV: a short 90 minute drive from the Bubble (on a good day) or 2 hours or so, brings us to the cute North San Diego beach town of Oceanside.  Like Manhattan Beach, Hermosa and Redondo, it also has a classic pier (way longer though, one of the longest in the state) …

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TRAVEL: San Francisco’s best views–Treasure Island

San Francisco has one of the most beautiful skylines in the world, but it’s one that’s hard to admire while you’re actually in the city. You need to leave and step away to capture her beauty.  There’s a little island right off the Bay Bridge with a tiny population of 2,000 people, one restaurant, a…

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Return to Venice Beach Again, it’s been cleaned up

Nearby Venice Beach has always been a fun, funky place to visit, but in recent years, it’s been over-populated by so many homeless encampments that many people preferred to stay away.  But as I discovered on a recent visit, to film the latest episode of PhotowalksTV, Venice has been cleaned up. There are still a…

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SLO-MO: Tips on how to get great slow motion video

You might not realize this, but you live with Slow Motion video every day. Every movie, nearly every TV show and commercial, most YouTube videos—yup, they all showcase slow motion, and for a very good reason: it just looks so damn cool. (And just wait for the Super Bowl game–you’ll be seeing so many Slo-Mo…

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TRAVEL: San Diego’s Mexico border town, Imperial Beach

During a recent trip to Tijuana, I tried to figure a way I could just walk down the San Diego coastline into Mexico, from the closest town, Imperial Beach, 5 miles away. After all, I could see the Tijuana skyline from the Imperial Beach Pier, and even closer from the four-mile long Tijuana Estuary, home…

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Evelyn Schmitt lives for Pierhenge, happening again Saturday

For Manhattan Beach resident Evelyn Schmitt, there are no greater days than the twice-yearly Pierhenge natural events at the Manhattan Beach Pier.  That is when the sun sets in a way that finds it twinkling directly in-between the pilings of the Pier. (The same thing happens by the Manhattan Beach Library for “Lightgate,” when it…

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The show must go on

    Lynne Gross has hosted TV children’s shows, produced PBS shows, taught at two universities, and written 12 textbooks. She’s not done yet inside by Jefferson Graham Lynne Gross retired in 2009, at age 70, after teaching “a little bit of everything” at Cal State University Fullerton for 20 years. During that time, she…

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