Thursday, July 5, 2007

Fireworks Flower

Fireworks Flower, originally uploaded by Maltphoto.

The wife and I went to Treasure Island to watch the fireworks last night. Big Mistake. Far too many people, and far too windy. You think I would have learned from the KFOG show that the wind pretty much screws you no matter what you do. This shot was nearly perfect. A little better framing, and no squiggles would have been great. But seeing as the front page of the Chronicle today had a shot that was a squiggly too, I guess I didn't do that bad. The biggest regret I had last night was not making sure the car was filled up with gas as we sat in traffic for nearly ninety minutes (yes 9-0) trying to get off the island. We ended up going into the city to get gas, then headed back to Berkeley. All told it took us about 2 hours to get home which is about 10 miles away. I will never, ever again go to TI to shoot the fireworks ever again. I'll stick to the Berkeley Marina, especially since I couldn't get a nice background like I could at KFOG.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Ocean's 13

As George Clooney has said, this is definitely the one they should have made last time. Still not nearly as good as the original. Decent action and some memorable lines. The best line is when is Matt Damon refers to Ellen Barkin as a "cougar" then says "what? I read about it in Maxim magazine." Hilarious. What I like about the Oceans movies is that they don't try to pretend to be anything they're not. It's a caper movie, pure and simple. There's always a twist at the end, but it's not a real shocker, and most people probably can figure it out. It's a fun movie, some laughs, a little action, and thoroughly enjoyable. If you're looking for a good summer movie, I'd recommend this one.