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Silhouette SpiritsA Stormy Spooky Strange Dog Walk – Head in the Clouds – Animal Creations From Human Models – My Venice Neighborhood Project – Babies Thrive With Their Furry Friends Creative & Witty Sculptures Celebs, Margaritas & Me The Humanity In HumansMy Favorite Summer Images – Secret Life Of IceWet & WildVisual IllusionsLight Comes Out At Night

Silhouette Spirits


Silhouette Spirits

Venice - sunset - long view, high angle - pier, tiny silhouetts

Most of the photos in the series usually have the silhouette figures large and prominent in the image. But this one is a bit different in that the people are kind of ant-sized. Big sky, medium ocean and tiny humans. Kind of the natural order of things anyway.

Venice-sunset silhouette-paddle board surfer - IMG_2152

So I’m gazing out at the unusually tranquil sea and I’ll be damned if I’m not witnessing a miracle–someone walking upon the water. Well it looked like that. But I really know better but this little kid nearby didn’t and excitedly exclaimed that a man was walking around on the ocean. Because viewing this guy from shore, looking into the shimmering sun and reflections, you can’t see his paddleboard, but he’s stepping back and forth on it, and creating an apparition which sure conjures up miracle time.

A Stormy Spooky Strange Stroll


A Stormy Spooky Strange Stroll

As my dog Nunzi scoots down the beach ahead of me, I can’t but feel some trepidation on this nasty late night walk. Creeping along the deserted stormy shore, pitch black, no moon and no starlight, wind howling, ocean raging, and to me it all adds up and seems like it could be the perfect setting for a spooky horror movie. One where I would be the perfect dumb character who gets snatched by some supernatural something or other.

WHACK! I almost leap out of my skin when the diabolical wind tosses down a large palm tree branch that smashes right behind me and my startled pooch simultaneously lets out a loud yelp.

Photography of dog walking along stormy Los Angeles beach at night

Dog walking along stormy Los Angeles beach

As Nunzi whimpers beside me, I admonish him that it’s his own fault we’re out here in this scary setting because when I returned home, admittedly after being gone for hours, he insisted a romp along the beach was absolutely mandatory. Since the storm died down and the rain had stopped, I relented. But as the angry surf and nasty wind conspires and blast sheets of cold spray at us, we both agree it’s time we get our butts back home.

We start trudging back and of course the rain starts up again. Swirls of sand are blowing off a berm, and as I squint my eyes, I swear I can see ghostly apparitions mixed in with the particle tornados. Hey, I was sleep deprived and had a long shooting day of flashing strobes and my eyes were beyond beat.

But I didn’t have time to ponder the apparitions because–OOF! I trip over a driftwood log, fall and get tangled up in a large slimy mound of seaweed. I lay there and wince at the pain I feel throbbing in my ankle, which I’m thinking could now be sprained.


A Stormy Spooky Strange Stroll

Nunzi kindly runs back to me and licks up my face—good boy. I try to get up but I slip back down into the slippery seaweed tentacles.

Ok. Now I’m thinking this would be the perfect moment when the movie monster descends upon us. Or maybe that sketchy homeless guy I noticed lurking under the pier is about to descend upon us. I also noticed he had a large pitbull, perfect for eating my gentle canine. And maybe the guy has a meat clever too and will choppity chop and then and then… Continue reading »

Head in the Clouds


Just wanted to share a few of my recent cloud and skyscape images. Though my commercial photography is earthbound and people oriented, the past few years I’ve become a sky shooting fanatic on the side.

I was always one of those students staring out the window, captivated by the clouds rolling along and the light dancing dynamics, and tuning out whatever was transpiring in the classroom. And frequently getting admonished by my teachers for daydreaming and being unresponsive to whatever else was going on–“and for the third time, Greg, can you answer the question or perhaps just give us a weather report?” And often followed up by notes to my parents about my lack of concentration, and focus, and on and on. But here, in focus, are a few of my recent faves.


Ocean sunset silhouettes


For the past year, I’ve been working on a personal project–Bellissima Venezia–creating images of my Venice neighborhood while walking my dog. And. I wanted to share a few silhouette photos from the project that I’m fond of. Since I first started out as a photographer, for some reason I’ve been fascinated with capturing silhouettes and shadows. I know one aspect which draws me to it, is that they add drama, mystery and interest to an image, emphasizing the shape of the subject while creating strong focal points in the composition. And I just find that it’s fun attempting to capture silhouettes, especially when they’re fleeting.

Video List



Hero Saves NY Subway ManMystery Hero Rescues Person From FireTeens Save Bus Driver & PassengersMan Assists Poor Community With FoodJungle Animals Viewing Their First Mirror –  Funny IFC Show Maron Dog Swimming With Wild Dolphins Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee Dogs Driving Cars – Dancing With My Baby-Me Further Up YonderAnimal Odd CouplesCardboard BikeBaby Twins Rock OutKen Block Gymkhana 5Andrew Bird EyeoneyeCurb Your Enthusiasm EpisodesBack to Water – 10 Biggest Jumps EverBicycle Sounds10 Bets You Will Always WinVanishing Point – Why Spiders Don’t StickTop Ten Funny BabiesEarthLuckMasters Of Camouflage – OK GoWhen Harry Met Sally 2

Video | man helps poor community with fresh food


Richard Joyner has led his rural community of Conetoe, N.C., to better health by helping students grow and distribute 50,000 pounds of fresh food a year.




Video | young teen heroes save bus driver and passengers


When a school bus driver had a heart attack and the vehicle careened out of control, a couple of middle school students heroically saved the day.

Incredible-acts-of-heroism-by-ordinary-people---teens-save-bus-driver-&-passengersIt was a normal day for middle school students in the small town of Milton, Washington as they rode the school bus, until their driver suddenly lost consciousness and started flailing uncontrollably. Suffering from a heart attack, driver Ryan Callis let go of the steering wheel, and the bus careened out of control. Almost immediately, 13-year-old Jeremy Wuitschick ran to the front of the bus, grabbed the wheel, and steered to the side of the road, while taking the keys out of the ignition. Fellow seventh grader Johnny Wood, who had recently learned CPR, ran to the incapacitated driver and began chest compressions, while another student called 911.



Video | mystery hero saves man from home fire


When an elderly man is trapped in a burning inferno, a stranger happens along, bravely rescues the man and then disappears.

Incredible-acts-of-heroism-by-ordinary-people---stranger-saves-man-trapped-in-home-fireIt was a lazy Saturday morning when fire erupted from a duplex in a small neighborhood in Fresno, California. Robert Wells, 73 years old, who was hooked up to an oxygen tank, could not get himself out.  He had difficulty breathing and walking by himself and was desperately trapped. The people who crowded around the scene were in a state of panic and didn’t know what to do, especially after a propane tank explosion accelerated the fire that continued to ravage the home. Then suddenly, out of nowhere, a man braved the fire and pulled Wells out to safety, carrying him on his shoulders.

Then just as quickly as he entered the scene, the man disappeared; and the neighborhood couldn’t find him for days after the incident despite his heroic act being recorded.

Video of mystery hero saving man

Jimmy Kimmel Surprises Hero Who Saved Man

Video | a hero saves a stranger’s life in NY subway


When someone had a seizure on a NY subway platform and fell on the tracks, a brave man sprang into action and saved him.

Incredible-acts-of-heroism-by-ordinary-people---saving-person-from-subway-train-deathWesley Autrey, now dubbed the “Subway Superman,” was waiting on the platform with his two little girls when he noticed a man suffering from a seizure, causing him to fall onto the tracks. Knowing there wouldn’t be time for the train to stop, Autrey jumped on top of the man, praying he could keep him from flailing long enough to allow the train to pass on over them both—a clearance of 21inches high. Wesley and the man topped out at 20.5 inches.

Video of Subway Superman

Video of Wesley Autrey on Letterman

Websites List



Buildings Of The Year – Top 10 Inspirational SitesStillTasty wikiHow Earthporn Animal Wellness FoundationHarvard Business ReviewSuTreeWhat’s Alan WatchingFunny Or DieAllMyFavesPat’s Papers

Funny Dog Video | freak outs after taking baths


Dogs Freak Out After Taking Baths

Does your dog freak out after taking a bath? These goofy canines do so in very strange ways which are hilarious and very entertaining.

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Funny-dog-video-compilation-showing-dogs-freaking out after-taking-baths

The Arts | stunning animal creations from living human models


You may think you’re seeing a frog–but in fact you’re seeing five human beings, painted and intertwined to create an incredible art illusion by Italian artist Johannes Stoetter.

Body paint artist Johannes Stoetter makes stunning frog animal creations from human beingsInspired by nature, Italian artist Johannes Stoetter turns living models into animals, fruits, flowers, or blends them with the surroundings. These impressively detailed paintings take up to five months of thorough planning and up to eight hours of work to complete. The winner of the World Bodypainting Championship says that the key to success is to love what you’re doing: “I think I observe the world, nature, colors and shapes with very clear eyes and an open heart. And painting is my big passion.”

Johannes Stoetter body painting art video

You’ll have to look really close at this picture of a beautiful parrot to realize that it’s not a parrot at all. The rich red-and-gold plumes are, in fact, a woman’s limbs painted to perfection. The incredibly clever photograph is the work of 35-year-old body painter Johannes Stoetter. Continue reading »

Video | comedic film-maker creates hilarious Vine illusions


Zack King can make traffic disappear, jump through the closed doors of a moving train and steal the Eiffel Tower–and he does so with imaginative fun in his very short films known as Vines.

Zach King, Vine & funny Youtube illusionist comedian steals Eiffel Tower in France videoHere’s What You Need to Know About Illusionist Vine Star Zach King  —  By Laura Lane

Known as the Final Cut King, Zach King is a bona fide Vine star. While other popular Vine users post six-second pranks, mash-ups or jokes, King’s Vines are also comedic, but they stand out from the crowd with his astonishing illusions that use major motion-picture-quality special effects.

In a recent Vine, King grabs the Apple logo from his computer and turns it into a luscious silver three-dimensional apple and takes a bite out of it. “I definitely got lead poisoning, I think,” he tells PEOPLE. “I looked for edible spray paint and I couldn’t find any.” In another video he turns a lazy friend acting like a couch potato into actual potatoes. And in his most popular Vine, he takes a souvenir from Paris with him: the Eiffel Tower. Continue reading »

Business & Life Hacks List


Business & Life Hacks

Being happier at work

What is disruptive innovation now?

You’re already more persuasive than you think

The new science of customer emotions

Mindfulness As A Productivity Tool?

Marketing – Why Some Videos Go Viral

Lessons From The 20 Most Popular TED Talks

Proof That Life Experiences, Not Things, Make You Happier

How To Impress Anyone In 30 Seconds

12 Things Successful People Never Reveal At Work

Natural, Herbal, Homeopathic Sleep Remedies


Podcasts List



Story Worthy – The Adam Carolla Show Smartest Man in the WorldHang Up And Listen Science Friday Mohr StoriesThe BugleSlate’s Political Gabfest – Fresh Air – Dana Gould HourManners For The Digital AgeSlate‘s Culture GabfestMarc Maron’s WTFThe Tobolowsky FilesKevin Pollak’s Chat ShowBrainStuff

Video | aliens among us–beautiful deep sea creatures


Mysterious and stunning alien life is indeed with us on Earth today, and they’re hanging out in the darkest depths of our oceans.

The term deep sea creature refers to organisms that live below the photic zone of the oceanThe term deep sea creature refers to organisms that live below the photic zone of the ocean. These creatures must survive in extremely harsh conditions, such as hundreds of bars of pressure, small amounts of oxygen, very little food, no sunlight, and constant, extreme cold.

These creatures live in very harsh environments, such as the abyssal or hadal zones, which, being thousands of meters below the surface, are almost completely devoid of light. The water is between 3 and 10 degrees Celsius and has low oxygen levels. Due to the depth, the pressure is between 20 and 1,000 bars. Creatures that live hundreds or even thousands of meters deep in the ocean have adapted to the high pressure, lack of light, and other factors.

Video of deep sea creatures

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Podcasts | The David Steinberg Podcast


The legendary comedian and director, David Steinberg, sits down with comedians, entertainers, and creators to discuss life, art, and comedy.

Podcasts David Steinberg logoOne of the many interesting aspects of podcasting is that performers seem to be discovering the medium at the same time listeners are finding their way here, too. David Steinberg has signed in, and it’s great to have this longtime standup comedian in front of a microphone after what seems forever. The David Steinberg Podcast

He’s mainly been directing television for the past few decades (having won several Emmy awards along the way), but his background in improv and comedy have stood him in good stead over the years.

Some of the guests he has had on the podcast include Mel Brooks, Kevin Nealon, Martin Short, Kathy Griffin, and Phil Rosenthal. Continue reading »

Business Hacks | Learning to love networking


Why? Because professional networks lead to more job and business opportunities, broader and deeper knowledge, improved capacity to innovate, faster advancement, and greater status and authority.

Corporate photographer shot this networking business meeting in Los AngelesLearn to Love Networking

by  Tiziana Casciaro, Francesca Gino, Maryam Kouchaki

“I hate networking.” We hear this all the time from executives, other professionals, and MBA students. They tell us that networking makes them feel uncomfortable and phony—even dirty. Although some people have a natural passion for it—namely, the extroverts who love and thrive on social interaction—many understandably see it as brown-nosing, exploitative, and inauthentic.

Corporate photographer shot this networking business meeting in Los Angeles

Corporate photographer shot this networking business meeting in Los Angeles

But in today’s world, networking is a necessity. A mountain of research shows that professional networks lead to more job and business opportunities, broader and deeper knowledge, improved capacity to innovate, faster advancement, and greater status and authority. Building and nurturing professional relationships also improves the quality of work and increases job satisfaction.

When we studied 165 lawyers at a large North American law firm, for example, we found that their success depended on their ability to network effectively both internally (to get themselves assigned to choice clients) and externally (to bring business into the firm). Those who regarded these activities as distasteful and avoided them had fewer billable hours than their peers.

Fortunately, our research shows that an aversion to networking can be overcome. We’ve identified four strategies to help people change their mindset.

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Funny Dog & Cat Video | unlikely hodgepodge of cross-species fun friendships


This very funny and heartwarming viral video, Be Together–Not the Same, features a hodgepodge of animals of different species, romping around together and having friendly fun.

Humorous dog and cat video with unlikely interspecies friendships with elephants, monkeys, deer, lions, rhinos

Humorous dog and cat video with unlikely interspecies friendships with elephants, monkeys, deer, lions, rhinos