Archive for February, 2011

>Great snow in SEKI on a Sunday afternoon

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on February 28, 2011 by William Hooks

>Captain’s Log, Stardate 201102.27

Will try HDR with the shots taken at 400mm with the 200-400 f/4 of the High Sierra from General’s Hwy.. first tests with new Nikon flash SB-700 here in the studio apt. Nice to think that the days keep getting longer and DST approaches…

It was so good to play with Kendell last night! and to hang around with Grant and Galen- I had an excellent weekend.

>A beautiful,boring day

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on February 27, 2011 by William Hooks

>Captain’s log, Stardate 201102.26

Shot at the studio as usual, boring. Drove around the snow covered southland looking for a convenient place to practice with shelters, found yet another parking lot in the street heading up to Mt Baldy and turned around. Went to B/N searching for the book TEAR DOWN THIS MYTH- they’re all out of this text. Called to the Carib’ nd told the  signal was lousy… bought Nikon SB-700 flash from Sal and managed to get into another political fray over unions….

Galen and I are sitting at the table with notebooks. I can’t locate the New-matic crampons to go with my red alpine boots?? Other than that, it’s been boring. But I have been able to rest.

>On the radar screen again?

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on February 26, 2011 by William Hooks

>Captain’s Log, Stardate 201102.26

Maybe extending my MKR contract? Fred Lau decided to return to LA….so we’ll see.

Terrible weather returning to so CA in a storm, but at least I got here. The world is morphing in front of my eyes.

>PRADA TO NADA and finding a phone

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on February 25, 2011 by William Hooks

>Captain’s log, Stardate 201102.24

Finally caught the movie, eating a teriyaki burger and my free soda from the theater.. it was fun. Found an international-ready phone at the Rite-Aid on Whittendale.  Good day at the imaging center. At least the Wisconsin workers are still in the fight….

The CR-V is pretty loaded for the trip tomorrow. Well, February is almost over- keep plugging.

>THE WORLD AT WAR and its music

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on February 24, 2011 by William Hooks

>Captain’s log, Stardate 201102.23

Late last night I had the wonderful experience of reliving the series and its seminal score by Carl Davis. I often have wondered what it would have actually been like to not know how WW II was going to end, to have lived through that 6 years. Would that have been a magnificent blessing- making it as clear as possible that we can NEVER have another world war- or the most horrific curse?

Today was not difficult at work; Midi’s unhappy as a Spanish climber is soon returning to Europe -but found that water bottle…

I continue sorting items to relocate, and catch up on politics. Nothing exciting happening- if I don’t work full time this summer, it would certainly be great to really concentrate on backcountry trips and photography, spend serious time at TCSP/TCPA, and enjoy more time with my children and grandson. Also, consider further CME if feasible.

>Nice start to a short week

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on February 23, 2011 by William Hooks

>Captain’s log, Stardate 201102.22

Great weather today, wish I could get back to where I was yesterday afternoon in SEKI. I’ll hang around town tonight and catch up on politics, update View NX2 and maybe enjoy my clips of Kendell.

I hope very much that the workers in Madison, WI are able to hang onto their collective bargaining rights against the governor…

>Back in Visalia after a traffic jam in Castaic- Caltrans…..

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on February 21, 2011 by William Hooks

>Captain’s log, Stardate 201102.21

That lost hour cost me- I ‘d wanted to head to the Sierra this afternoon but it’s already mailto:3PM#$@%
so I’ll find something to do that’s fun… had a long phone conversation with Mom, so glad she’s all right and still don’t know what caused the blackout last week. At least I’m well rested!

The weather is fantastic here- hopefully it will hold for a while and not turn into summer……. same for SoCA??

Haven’t seen a movie for a while, maybe it’s time. Already started gathering things to move to LA this week.

>Grant and Kendell resting nearby, while I work on this machine

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on February 21, 2011 by William Hooks

>Captain’s Log, Stardate 201102.20

I shot some precious video of Kendell in the driveway this afternoon, following a pretty boring but beautiful Sunday here in the LA area driving around trying to find good snow without 3,000 cars parked nearby. I certainly didn’t have any luck when I got to the intersection of 138 and the road leading to Wrightwood- which was completely full of cars…
Ian Masters came through yet again with a great KPFK radio program at about that time, thankfully. The ongoing events in the Middle East , etc…

>Having fun with Kendell- it took long enough…

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on February 20, 2011 by William Hooks

>He’s recovering from illness and fairly sleepy sometimes, but otherwise fine. It’s been a month since he’s seen me… I wish I could have headed for snow but got too late a start. Maybe tomorrow. Got some REI Thermos ‘glomitt’ type gloves this afternoon, great for winter photography.

>Arrived in LA during another storm

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on February 19, 2011 by William Hooks

>Captain’s Log, Stardate 201102.18

Tough drive after a 9 hr workday at That Place… but the Subway tuna was good and I got the news that the Jetboil Sol is released, want to try one soon for alpine use! Called Midi on a very good quality line from Leval West stop enroute.

Unloaded another batch relocated here, that project’s going well. People really seem to like those HDR shots I did in the alley in Covina- so do something different and create something else!

My thoughts turn to the past as I often ponder what it might have been like to live through WW II and not know how it would end. Then I think of my own lost people, like Larry Gehringer my first music teacher on piano, wondering if we ‘d make it up Gough St hill in San Francisco to get to his apartment for my lessons… and how sad I was when my mother told me he had died. I remember them all. Gordon Lowe, Pik’, Poppe,
George Matthews, Ruth Kilby, Joyce Hodge, those who helped me so much along my way to finding my place in the world and how I saw myself in it.

I’m tired, but happy. When others have no confidence in me, I always believe in myself. The future is uncertain, but I’m not. Life will evolve and I intend to enjoy the continuing journey. Let’s see if I can start by making the most of this storm after the photo shoot in the morning…….?