Posted On: 4:00 a.m. | July 23, 2013
Ker-plash. We descend through bubbles into an undersea domain wearing air tanks, regulators and fins. Listening to the pneumatic hiss-whoosh of my own breathing, the various species of this marine world begin to appear. Sharks prowl sandy shoals. Bat rays with 4-foot wing spans soar overhead. Schools of fish whirl like glittering tornadoes. A Queensland grouper large enough to swallow me whole... View Post»
Posted On: 10:10 a.m. | July 22, 2013
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency operates 40 cable cars. They roll on three lines — Powell-Hyde, Powell-Mason and California Street — that together cover 8.8 miles. They top out at 9.5 mph and board about 19,000 passengers a day. View Post»
Posted On: 6:00 a.m. | July 22, 2013
A photographer may take dozens of shots for an assignment, which are usually edited down to just a few images for use in the newspaper and online. Details and moments significant to the photographer often don't make the cut. "Outtakes" presents a selection of those images. We welcome comments and discussion. View Post»
Posted On: 4:58 p.m. | July 16, 2013
Several months ago I was given the opportunity, along with Los Angeles Times Writer Paige St. John, to tour the Secure Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, California. Crescent City is one of the most beautiful places in Northern California. The rugged, rocky shoreline, shrouded with fog, renders classic postcard coastal views. Inland, a tree-lined road meanders past... View Post»
Posted On: 1:56 p.m. | July 15, 2013
Civil rights leaders at the NAACP national convention Wednesday — Martin Luther King III and the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton — called the acquittal in 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's slaying a setback for race relations — and the audience agreed. View Post»
Posted On: 2:18 p.m. | July 11, 2013
World on Wheels, the last full-fledged indoor roller skating rink in the city of Los Angeles, has closed its doors after almost 32 years as a Mid-City favorite. For three decades, it has won loyalists as an indoor amusement park, party venue, fitness center, haven for young people and hip-hop incubator. It has even played matchmaker.
But a bankruptcy proceeding, a change in ownership and... View Post»
Posted On: 4:43 p.m. | July 5, 2013
[Update: The Dwight Howard decision finally came, and the free-agent center chose the Houston Rockets over the Lakers.]
The Lakers are trying to persuade Dwight Howard to stay with the franchise for five more years. Magic Johnson tweeted the same slogan the Lakers unveiled on billboards last week throughout Los Angeles: "Stay." Steve Nash was also active Monday on Twitter before he boarded... View Post»
Posted On: 10:26 a.m. | July 5, 2013
Fireworks demonstrations lit up the night skies across the country to celebrate Independence Day.Spectators lined the sand to watch the show above the Huntington Beach pier.A fireworks and light show at the new Grand Park near L.A. City Hall entertained a throng of revelers who came out for the Fourth of July celebration.In Simi Valley, 28 people were injured when at least one pyrotechnic... View Post»
Posted On: 9:14 p.m. | July 3, 2013
As a photojournalist I love to let the unpredictable unfold in front of my lens. That's when I'm most comfortable.
For me, shooting set up portraits is often more of a challenge than simply blending into a situation and quietly documenting. Over the past few months, though, I've pushed myself to shoot more portraits -- a practice in how to handle the pressure of a set up shoot.
Usually... View Post»
Posted On: 3:03 p.m. | July 2, 2013
When I shoot an assignment, I want the reader/viewer to feel what it was like to be there. I try to put the reader in a place where maybe they can’t be and do it in a way that adds mood or feeling to the photo. Covering fireworks on July 4th is no different: I try to figure out a way to bring readers to the event in a way that shows the mood. View Post»
Posted On: 8:42 a.m. | July 2, 2013
One of the joys of photojournalism is finding a little gem of a story while working on another assignment. On a recent story I was walking with a neighborhood watch group that gathers every Wednesday night to walk through the Los Angeles Arts District in hopes of developing neighborhood ties in the community. The group has been together for ten years and was started by the late Joel Bloome. ... View Post»
Posted On: 12:49 a.m. | June 28, 2013
For eight years I have photographed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, from his days on the campaign trail in 2005 at a Little League game in Sylmar to this week, his last as chief executive of the City of the Angels. We developed a sense of trust — key with a journalist and his subject — and the mayor has occasionally allowed me to go behind the scenes and capture moments the public wouldn’t... View Post»
Posted On: 8:35 a.m. | June 24, 2013
By Kirk McKoy, Los Angeles Times
Every year The Envelope section of the Los Angeles Times gathers a collection of panelists to discuss the television industry. The panels include people from some of the most popular TV shows in the categories of comedy, drama, reality and show runners.
My assignment was to photograph the panels but find something to make them stand out and present... View Post»
Posted On: 3:01 p.m. | June 21, 2013
When photographing homes, I believe it is important to include family members along with their beloved pets in order to give the space life and warmth. I seldom return to a house a second time, unless I really need a certain picture under better lighting conditions. View Post»
Posted On: 6:04 p.m. | June 19, 2013
For decades, Rosendahl has opened his doors to people who need help. In the 1970s, he let a group of homeless teenagers stay in his Venice Beach apartment, including a young couple who camped in his walk-in closet. Seventeen years ago, he took in an aging street performer, Swami X, who now receives hospice care under Rosendahl’s watch.
They’re a part of the sprawling bohemian universe... View Post»
Posted On: 3:20 p.m. | June 19, 2013
Paul Waters and Kevin Voecks were married June 17, 2008, among the first couples wed in California after the state Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.
Their wedding, organized in just 12 days by Waters, was held on the lot of CBS Studio Center in Studio City and attended by 300 people. They were escorted down the aisle by Waters’ mother, Peggy.
Watch the audio slide show... View Post»