Hermosa Beach live Photowalk event

Living in the South Bay and enjoying beach life is great. It’s even more fun with a camera in your hand, and double that when a group of like minded folks are by your sides, capturing the beauty of our area at the same time.  I started leading Photowalk events just for that, and have…

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Travel: the dramatic, rocky Oregon Coast

There are some 363 miles of rocky, rugged coastline in Oregon, home to agates, Dungeness crab, seals and puffins and home to some of the most iconic lighthouses in the world. It is one fantastic spot for a photo road trip. In the accompanying video, we drove all 363 miles, from Hammond at the top…

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Manhattan Beach Vigil held for victims of Texas shooting

By Jefferson Graham Over 75 people showed up Friday evening for a small candlelight vigil for the young victims of the recent Texas school shooting.  The event was held at the Manhattan Beach Pier, with remarks by John Bowes, the superintendent of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District and Joe Franklin, a member of the…

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Travel: Visit Monterey Bay with #PhotowalksTV

We began our Highway 1 central California coastal journey in April, with episodes in Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo, and the car comes to a final stop in in Monterey, before turning back and heading home. A 6-hour drive from the South Bay, or about two hours south of San Francisco, Monterey is home to arguably the…

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Before you livestream an event: what you need to know

I was asked to help ER put on a livestream for the Monday 90-minute debate, and said yes, both as a learning experience and because I love the Easy Reader and publisher Kevin Cody. But let me tell you—clicking Zoom to join a call is a whole lot easier than actually presenting an event and staging…

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Travel: The Best photo spots in Carmel-by-the-sea

Our Highway 1 Central Coast California journey continues today to the idyllic small town of Carmel-By-The-Sea. Population, just under 4,000 people. Carmel, just north of Big Sur and south of Monterey, is known for its fairytale gingerbread cottages, cute, walkable downtown with cobblestone streets, massive waves on the rocky coast (by the sea, remember?), multiple…

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Travel: Four must-see spots in epic Big Sur

As those of us who live in our little South Bay bubble know, when we look to make the great drive between here and San Francisco, it usually begins with a basic question: “5 or the Coast?” The interstate is considered to be a faster route, by at least 1 hour, but it’s not pretty:…

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Travel: Coastal Cambria on Highway 1 near Hearst Castle

For the past few weeks we’ve been telling you about our road trip up the central California Highway 1 beach cities. We started in Pismo Beach and continued to San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay and Cayucos. Today’s stop: Cambria, which is about 10 miles north of Cayucos and 9 miles south of Hearst Castle and…

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Travel: Tiny Cayucos on California’s Central coast

The town of Cayucos is so small, it’s probably no bigger than 4 blocks of a downtown. It’s clearly the smallest of the Highway 1 Central California Coast towns, just 7 miles up the road from Morro Bay, and 15 miles south of the larger tiny coastal town of Cambria. So what’s the appeal of pulling off…

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Travel: Morro Bay and Highway 1

The South Bay Beach Cities have a lot to offer, beachwise, with miles and miles of sand and waves. We even have jettys and rocks to explore. But we don’t have those big huge ones that you find on the central coast. Like the 576 foot high one that dominates the skyline of Morro Bay.…

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Travel: PhotowalksTV explores Pismo Beach & SLO

Season IV of PhotowalksTV is now live, and this time around we’re exploring the Central California Coast, on one of the most epic road trips in the world, from Pismo Beach to Monterey.  Each Saturday will feature a new episode shot on Highway 1, with the first two live now, from Pismo and San Luis…

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RB Ukrainian Family Hopes for Peace

  By Ruth Stroud   The horrors of the situation in Ukraine become personal when you know people who are experiencing the suffering firsthand.    In 2019, I became friends with a Ukrainian family currently living in Redondo Beach after receiving an assignment to conduct a conversational English class with Oleksii Dubrovnyi and his wife…

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Finding your lost photos with TAGS

We had a death in the family this week, as my brother in law Michael Stroud passed away, after a three-week hospital stint. There are many parts of the grieving process, of course, and one big one is revisiting memories, with photos and video. As the photographer and archivist in the family, I spent several days this…

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Travel: San Francisco’s 10 Greatest Photo Hits

San Francisco isn’t the most visited U.S. city. In fact it’s no. 5, after New York, Miami, our Los Angeles and Orlando, attracting 3.3 million visitors yearly, per the World Atlas. But it happens to be the most photogenic, IMHO, with more photo eye candy per square mile than its competitors. Think about it—the New…

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