Rainbow Over Pasadena City Hall

I’ve long envisioned taking a photo with a rainbow over Pasadena’s City Hall but it’s not exactly an easy feat to pull off considering that the Los Angeles area doesn’t rain very often. Even if it rains, other factors include the positioning of the sun (assuming the sun is even visible during a storm), and …

Pasadena Wind Storm Damage

Pasadena made the headlines this past week due to the biggest windstorm to hit Southern California in 35 years. Pasadena and Altadena were the hardest hit cities in the region, and the neighborhood where I live had some of the worst windstorm damage. The news reported that Pasadena had winds reach up to 97 mph. …

Why Pasadena is a Great Place to Live

Since moving here earlier this year, I’ve gained an even greater appreciation for Pasadena. I spent a lot of my childhood at my grandparents house in Pasadena but hadn’t really explored the city much as an adult until this year. Now that it is convenient to do so, I’ve been trying to go to as …

Pasadena City Hall View from Euclid Avenue

Pasadena City Hall is undoubtedly a beautiful building but the biggest challenge in photographing it is the amount of cars and people (generally tourists and wedding photographers) in front of it off the more commonly viewed Garfield Avenue side. It doesn’t help that the best light from Garfield Avenue is at sunset; when there are …

Pasadena City Hall Architecture

I was hoping that the flood lights would have come on at dusk but it wasn’t to be. I sort of like the resulting warm and cool color juxtaposition though. It will be interesting to see how the same composition looks at sunrise. Pasadena City Hall is full of interesting architectural details including the staircases. …

The Rose Parade

Female Dancer and City of West Covina Rose Float at the 2008 Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, California I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Years on the East Coast and then the West Coast three hours from now! (Such a weird world we live in.) I won’t be photographing the Rose Parade …

Pasadena City Hall Photo

Photo of U.S. Flag Hanging on Lamppost in Front of City Hall for Labor Day, Pasadena, California I spent a lot of time in Pasadena when I was a kid because my grandparents raised my cousins and I while our parents were working. My mom and aunt worked for the city so I saw City …

Rose Parade Floats

On New Years I went to the 2008 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. This year the theme was “Passport to the World’s Celebrations.” And fittingly there was the Chinese Beijing Olympics float which was nice looking but the impressive part was the outfits of the chinese dancers. It was beautiful to witness, well through …

Rainout 1-2-06

Last year was the first time I’d been to a Tournament of Roses Parade. Rain was predicted but it nearly missed. It hadn’t rained on the parade in 51 years so my family was optimistic the weather would hold up for this year’s parade. That was not to be. My mother gets very good seats …