View From My Window
It was Monday morning, January 3, 2011, back to work day. Saturday and Sunday I was busy taking family pictures and by Monday, I was yet to get my first copyrighted image in 2011. Too busy to go out, I finally threw open one of the windows in my studio facing 7th Street, stuck my camera out the window and took a handheld shot of The Los Angeles Athletic Club diagonally across the street. I have been thinking of doing this for quite some time now, but my fear of heights gave me a near panic attack every time I got near the 5th floor window. I’m cool when the window is closed, but not when it’s open. On this day, the rain had stopped, the sky was still stormy, and a ray of late afternoon sunlight was spotlighting the 1912 beaux-arts building. Perfect! I went into shooting mode, a trance like state requiring no thought processes other than motor that I have perfected over the past 40 years, and before I knew what happened I was feverishly working to fulfill my vision in Photoshop. Enjoy!