Friday, September 30, 2011

A Double Rainbow in L.A.

Ooh, a double rainbow in Los Angeles. Shot in the mid-city, on a iPhone4.

What does it mean?
Photo by Ted Soqui © 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

President Obama At The House Of Blues

President Barack Obama held a campaign event at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. About 800 guest were in attendance and each paid a minimum of $250 to get in.
Rapper B.o.B and the Gay Mens Chorus of L.A. were the musical guest.
A visibly tired President was heckled by a man yelling something about Jesus Christ and calling the President "the anti-Christ." The President quipped back at the man telling him "first of all, I agree Jesus Christ is the Lord, I believe that." The Secret Service escorted the man out of the room as he continued to yell at the President.
The Sunset Strip was shut down to all traffic except for emergency vehicles during the President's visit at the HOB.
President Obama.

The Sunset Strip shut down to all traffic.


President Obama waiving bye to the H.O.B.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Six L.A. Art Legends

Had the recent opportunity to photograph six legends of the Los Angeles art scene for the L.A. Weekly.
Brought my standard gear to each shoot, but ended pulling out the iPhone4 and used it as a camera with the Hipstamatic app.
I liked the Hipstamatics portraits so much more, and the L.A. Weekly ran several of them in this weeks issue.
So here they are.

Ed Moses and his cactus garden.

Billy Al Bengston at his Venice home.

Chris Burden at his studio with a new creation.

Barbara T. Smith at her Venice home.

Eli Broad at his Venice Foundation.

Michael Govan at LACMA.
Photos by Ted Soqui © 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Two Fullerton Police Charged In Kelly Thomas Beating Death

Two Fullerton police officers were charged today with second-degree murder, involuntary murder, and excessive use of force, in the beating death of Kelly Thomas by the Orange County District Attorney.
Thomas was beaten, tased, and eventually had his throat crushed by up to eight Fullerton police officers on July 5. 2011. Thomas was a un-armed mentally ill schizophrenic homeless man living on the streets of Fullerton.

Ron Thomas, Kelly's father,  delivering the news of the 2 FPD officers arrest to Kelly's Army.

Kelly's Army listening to the DA's press conference.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

California Republican Party Convention

Historic re-enactors today at the California Republican Party Convention at the Marriott Hotel in downtown L.A.
Abe Lincoln.

Ben Franklin.

Either Alexander Hamilton and/or George Washington.

The founders of the U.S.A.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Michelle Bachmann In The OC

Republican presidential candidate and Tea Party member Michelle Bachmann held a rally at the Orange County Fairgrounds today.
A crowd of 50, mostly Tea Party members, attended the rally.

Michelle Bachmann and her "titanium spine."

Unsafe at any speed?

A Tea Party member.
Photos by Ted Soqui © 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fab Four Bandits

The Fab Four as bandits on LA Brea Ave.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Thomas Hank McVicar Wall Memorial

Spotted on a fence in Santa Monica, a memorial to Thomas Hank McVicar who died in a solo traffic accident on 1-3-2011.
Hank was the son of B&B star, Daniel McVicar.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Charlie Sheen Roast

A model painted to look like a marble statue sits out front of the Charlie Sheen Roast at the Sony Studios.
Charlie showed up along with a bunch of his friends including Ron Jeremy, Steve-O, Mike Tyson, and Dog The Bounty Hunter.

Only in Hollywood, and Culver City.
Photo by Ted Soqui © 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Burningman 1997 Unplugged

Burningman back in 1997. An unplugged view of the festival in the Nevada desert.

Burningman Festival 1997 - Images by Ted Soqui

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Republican Debate At Reagan Library

Rick Perry gets in to Ron Paul's face during a commercial break.
Eight republican presidential candidates, Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman Jr., Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum faced off in a debate today at the Reagan Library.

The candidates.

Michelle Bachmann

Mitt Romney and Rick Perry.

Rick Perry, Ron Paul, and Herman Cain.

Pre-spin room.

Elephant topiary.
Photos by Ted Soqui © 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

LA County Fire Firefighting Aircraft

LA County's firefighting aircraft fleet is now fully ready to handle fire season.
Royal with cheese.

Canadair Superscooper CL415T.

Le Big Mac, Erickson Air-Crane.

Le pilot, Carl Villeneuve.

A County Firehawk.
Two Canadair Superscooper aircraft on lease from Quebec, Canada recently arrived and will remain in LA till the end of December.
The Superscooper aircraft saw duty and made quick work of the fire yesterday, just north of Mandeville Canyon.
The Superscooper can literally scoop up 1600 gallons of water from a lake or ocean in a matter of seconds. The Air-crane can suck up 2200 gallons of water from a pool, lake or ocean, and the Firehawk can load up to 1000 gallons from a lake, ocean, pool, or firetruck.
Also on display today at media day were an Erickson Air-Crane "Helitanker," and a County owned Sikorsky Firehawk.

Photos By Ted Soqui © 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Battle For Malibu Lagoon

Took this photo of a snowy white egret, hunting in the Malibu lagoon, for a story on the lagoon that appears in this week's issue of the LA Weekly.
"The Battle for Malibu Lagoon" is written by Hillel Aron, and is about the controversy on wether or not to drain and re-make the lagoon.

Snowy white egret.
Photo by Ted Soqui © 2011

Beach Flooding In L.A.

High surf washed out part of the bike path between Playa Vista and Dockweiler beach, creating a giant pond of water on the beach. More high surf is expected till the end of week. Venice Beach pier was also closed today due to the heavy surf.

Bike path/pool.
Photo by Ted Soqui © 2011