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Pic of the day September 13, 2010

"Cuatro tacos al pastor, por favor."

At night these little taco stands pop up around Lincoln Heights. This one at Ave. 26 and Humboldt seems to be there the most consistently. I finally tried one of these spots out. It was awesome.


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Pic of the day #24 – Mar 27, 2010

A few minutes too late...

This sign belongs to the oldest still-operating McDonald’s restaurant, located in Downey, CA. I think I’ve kind of become numbed to just how impressive this thing is after living next to it for so many years. It’s too bad it’s been a while since everything on the sign worked properly.

I showed up to do this “magic hour” shot about 10 minutes too late. I wanted to get better balance between the neon lights and the sky light so that the neon wouldn’t be so blown out overexposed. And it would have been nice to have retained some detail in the moon up there instead of having it turn into a burned out white spot. Just a couple of minutes makes all the difference! Oh well. It wasn’t exactly the most amazing sunset today anyway. I’ll try again a different day.


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Pic of the day #22 – Mar 23, 2010

"we have sold 500 million"

Part of the cool animated sign at the old McDonald’s stand in Downey, CA, a location so old that it actually predates Ray Kroc’s involvement with the company. Not a very good pic today, I shot it lazily from inside my car and it’s not even in focus. Oh well, one pic a day, good or bad, right?

I should get better pics of this later since I live right next to it. Although I did also shoot the picture that’s on wikipedia — but I’ve been wanting to improve on it with a nice “magic hour” shot. And it’s not like I haven’t had plenty of opportunities.

I also have this clip of this sign in motion which was originally shot on Super 16mm a few years back when it was in good working order:

Whenever I see the “500” it always makes me feel like I’m inside of an episode of the Price is Right or something.


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Pic of the day #21 – Mar 22, 2010

Norwalk, California

Another picture of an old neon sign in the suburban sprawl of southeastern L.A. county. Pretty soon I’ll have a pretty good collection of these.


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Pic of the day #20 – Mar 19, 2010

Good old Pioneer Chicken

Pioneer chicken locations have all but disappeared but there are still a couple around, like this one at Florence and Garfield in Bell Gardens that I frequent. Let me tell you, I love fried chicken with a passion and there is no crispy, crunchy, juicy, delicious fried chicken skin like Pioneer. The secret is the artery-clogging fat they fry it in, one of the last bastions of the old way of doing things before anybody heard of trans fats or “good cholesterol”



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