I uploaded the first version of Ted Marcus’ Virtual Light Table to the Web 18 years ago today. It’s exciting to look through the Web site’s log summaries each week and see so many visitors from all over the world. It’s even more exciting when those visitors order prints or image licenses!
I’ve updated the Travel Photo Essays on the RMS Queen Mary and Griffith Park in Greater Los Angeles; New San Diego and Balboa Park in San Diego; and Waikiki and Oahu Beyond Waikiki in Hawaii. I’ve also updated the bestiary of image file formats and the article on legacy technology, and made minor updates to several other pages. It’s amazing how quickly external links change or disappear.
I’ve updated the Travel Photo Essay on Victorian Landmarks in Downtown Los Angeles to reflect today’s announcement of an agreement to refurbish and reopen Angels Flight, a funicular railway closed since an accident in 2013. There’s also a new version of Courtyard Through the Arch at Mission San Luis Rey.
I’ve added two new pictures to the Rancho Palos Verdes Photo Travel Essay page. They are nice views from the Vanderlip Park Trail along the cliffs east of Long Point and Terranea that I visited in December. This has been an unusually wet winter in Southern California; but on the days between winter storms there is often very nice light during the early morning and late afternoon “golden hours.”
I’ve added (lucky) 13 new pictures, thanks in large part to the beautiful light often seen in the early morning after a winter storm here in Southern California. First, there are four new pictures I took at the Terranea resort on Long Point in Rancho Palos Verdes.
The other nine, on the two Fine Art galleries, are more “artsy” or abstract, demonstrating that the right light (combined with looking and thinking, as always) can make interesting photographic subjects out of seemingly mundane or ordinary things. First, sunrise light can give the wood frame of a house under construction or bricks in a garden a golden glow. It can also reveal the textures of a paperbark tree trunk, the rough concrete of a cinder-block fence, or the criscross pattern of a furrowed driveway. The low angle of the sun near the Winter Solstice can cast interesting shadows on walls and on an asphalt street. It also enhances the details of two xeriscaped gardens that, here in drought-plagued Southern California, are increasingly replacing the traditional front lawn with a combination of rocks, wood, and drought-tolerant plantings.
Finally, as one of the many people who, for so many reasons, are glad to see 2016 recede into the rear-view mirror, let me wish you and yours a very happy 2017!
Yes, I’m still around. But I’ve been focusing on self-publishing my music for concert band on the Sheet Music Plus “SMP Press” platform, and making recordings of the music available on Soundcloud. Arranging music for band is something I’ve been doing for almost as long as photography, though most of it was not suitable for publication.
I’ve accordingly updated the biographical sketch on the main commentary page, and also made miscellaneous small improvements, updates, and fixes to a number of other pages.
A batch of updates to catch up with some recent news. In Downtown Los Angeles, the Travel Photo Essay on L.A. Live reflects the recently-completed renaming of the former Nokia-branded facilities. The section of Downtown Superlatives about the Library Tower includes the recently-opened “OUE Skyspace LA” observation deck. The Travel Photo Essay on Bergamot Station and the Water Garden reflects the opening of the long-delayed Metro Rail Expo Line extension to Santa Monica.
Ted Marcus’ Virtual Light Table made its Web debut on 18 April 1999.