Monday, December 31, 2007

Hero, blur

Hero, blur, originally uploaded by billaday.

Preston rocked out the Guitar Hero world last night. He was a first timer, and took it to the bank. This was a .8 sec shot with a slow sync flash (that's why his face is growing out of his other face).

Day 21

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Scary spider bug eating a bee

Scary spider bug eating a bee, originally uploaded by billaday.

Definitely the creepiest photo I've ever taken. Thanks to Mark for finding this forsaken spider. What IS it? 8 legs, eating a bee? uf.

Day 20

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Saturday night

Saturday night, originally uploaded by billaday.

My wife is at work and I have a cold. Here's evidence of my Saturday night:
guitar hero controller (Guitar Hero 3 was calling), my camera (to upload yesterday's photo-a-day), and my Nalgene (cuz water makes you feel better). Not too bad.

I'd also like to take credit for doing dishes and cleaning up the house... it just wasn't in the frame, so I didn't mention it at first.

Day 19

Friday, December 28, 2007

Piano Boy(s)

Piano Boy(s), originally uploaded by billaday.

My cousin came down and brought her kids. We hung out and rock some ivories.

Day 18

Thursday, December 27, 2007


A.J., originally uploaded by billaday.

The upside to being stuck in the drive thru for 15 minutes is that you have lots of time to take photos. This is one of them. btw, it was worth it--fried zucchini from Grand Burger is awesome. Almost as awesome as the bokeh here.

Day 17

Wednesday, December 26, 2007


Moonrise, originally uploaded by billaday.

I've seen the sun rise (a few times), but I've never seen the moon rise. Now I have. This is a 90 second exposure, and looks pretty sweet large.

Day 16

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

101 Secrets

101 Secrets, originally uploaded by billaday.

Both Annie and I got the book 101 Secrets a Cool Mom Knows for Christmas. We aren't mothers, though. I think some presents were switched. So that means that there are 2 cool moms out there with our real presents. Ironically, my (cool) mom gave us these books/mistakes.

Day 15

Monday, December 24, 2007

Now that's what I call a gift!

Now that's what I call a gift!, originally uploaded by billaday.

Daniel was very excited about this book.

Day 14

Sunday, December 23, 2007


conform, originally uploaded by billaday.

Listen to the shoe. You know you want to. Oh yeah, and Merry almost Christmas Eve.

Day 13

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Wii won

Wii won, originally uploaded by billaday.

Maddie defeated my dad (who just had his hip replaced) at a tennis match on the Wii.
Of course, then she beat me. And my hip is just fine.

Day 12

Friday, December 21, 2007

Theater 6 is up the stairs and to your left

I grew up going to the Glendora Mann 6. Back in the day, it was unreal that there were 6 movies playing in one place! Not only was this one of the first places I could go to without parent supervision, it featured hits like Short Circuit II and Spaceballs.

Now, however, it is nothing more than a pile of rubble. Heartless companies like AMC have now ripped apart my childhood. They did, however, provide a great photo-a-day, so it's really a bittersweet story.

btw, my favorite part of the shot is the missing staircase.

Day 11

Thursday, December 20, 2007

New car (not the smell, the car)

New car (not the smell, the car), originally uploaded by billaday.

This is Isabelle's new car. It's a new (to us) Saturn. This is my first practical photo-a-day... meaning that there's actually a point to this shot.

My dad just got a new hip. He wanted to see this car that was parked outside his house, but couldn't walk (he has a new hip). So I snapped a quick shot and showed him on my camera. Problem solved.

You could never pull off something like this 100 years ago (unless you're Marty McFly (or older Biff)).

Day 10

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Can you dig it?

Can you dig it?, originally uploaded by billaday.

Can you?
I can.

Day 9

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Chiesa Cattolica Sacro Cuore

Chiesa Cattolica Sacro Cuore, originally uploaded by billaday.

Everything sounds more important (and fancy) in Italian.
Unless you speak Italian.|it

Day 8

Monday, December 17, 2007

Merry X-mas

Merry X-mas, originally uploaded by billaday.

Christmas lights at night. Merry almost Christmas! (Should "almost" be capitalized? (In parenthesis?))

Day 7

Sunday, December 16, 2007

bee minus

bee minus, originally uploaded by billaday.

This dead bee dropped out of a ventilation shaft when the heat got turned on (for the first time since last winter). They say ideas for good photos don't just fall out of the sky, but...

View big.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Flower a la Tim Burton

Flower a la Tim Burton, originally uploaded by billaday.

I helped Wayne move today. Since he's a rockin' photographer, I asked him if he has shot his driveway or these flowers. He said no, so I did. Sadly, the rocky driveway was out of focus where it counted, so this scary flower is the photo-a-day. It looks like it's gonna crawl over and attack you during a Danny Elfman song.

Friday, December 14, 2007


Aye IPA, originally uploaded by billaday.

Argh! This be the mug a friend gave me, says I. It be a 1/2 second exposure with a flash through the (imaginary) fog. This be looking good on black. Aargh!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

I despise winter and its short days, but...

sunrises like this are pretty cool.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Self Serving

Self Serving, originally uploaded by billaday.

This is across the street from this shot taken exactly one year ago. The gas station is to the left, the older photo is to the right. I remembered it was about a year ago, but got a bit lucky that I guessed perfectly.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


Shogun, originally uploaded by billaday.

We ate at Shogun and had some really good sushi. This photo is of the lanterns, though (not the sushi).

Monday, December 10, 2007

Photo-a-Day Year 1

Photo-a-Day Year 1, originally uploaded by billaday.

Here's every shot from the last 365 days. If you haven't seen (every one of) these shots on the world map, do it:
And if you've never been to my Flickr page, here's a cool place to start:
Thanks again for looking!


365, originally uploaded by billaday.

Downtown in the distance on the left, super busy 110 freeway on the right. This is one shot, but looks like a diptych. It seemed fitting for L.A.

Now, on to the big news! This is photo 365! I have one shot every day for a year! Here is a slideshow of the last 365 days.And like any epic adventure, it's time for the credits at the end. (and visit my Flickr page!) Special thanks to (in no particular order):
Fr. Bill
Joshua Radin
Concrete cutter guy
Annie N.
Andy C.
Andy S.
Bicycle guy
Mike M.
Creepy motorcycle guy
Hippie driver
Mark G.

Sunday, December 09, 2007


sptlgt, originally uploaded by billaday.

So, if you haven't seen Zel's minimal set on Flickr, do yourself a favor and go here:

Tomorrow is photo #365! I've been wanting to do a cool shot, so we'll see what happens...

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Photo op a la Wal Mart

Photo op a la Wal Mart, originally uploaded by billaday.

Is this:
A) Professional portrait studio
B) Wal Mart
C) Both
D) Neither

Friday, December 07, 2007


Palatte, originally uploaded by billaday.

My class painted in the style of Monet. Some dabbed, some swirled. I photo-a-day'd.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

I've got the whole...

I've got the whole..., originally uploaded by billaday.

Feeling uninspired, I took a picture of my hand with a tile bathroom background. It was lame, so I added the world in my hand. It's a quick, silly job. Still not sure if the proportions are right...

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Foothills at the 57

Foothills at the 57, originally uploaded by billaday.

Here's the 57 freeway without traffic. You can see Mt. Baldy in the background, too. If you make a right off Temple Ave., there's a lame place to go to for lunch: Scoreboard. Avoid it.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


Heartlight, originally uploaded by billaday.

Turn on your heartlight
Let it shine wherever you go
Let it make a happy glow
For all the world to see
Turn on your heartlight
In the middle of a young boy's dream
Don't wake me up too soon
Gonna take a ride across the moon
You and me

Monday, December 03, 2007

Evening Star

Evening Star, originally uploaded by billaday.

Here's the hallway at my school. I was the last one to leave last night, which means that I'm the most dedicated teacher (of Monday).

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Race car driver

Race car driver, originally uploaded by billaday.

This is when my dad figured out that he would be driving a 600-hp NASCAR-style stock for his birthday. He was really, really happy.

Saturday, December 01, 2007


Mic, originally uploaded by billaday.

We played Jesus Jam out in Rancho Cucamonga. I was told that we rocked hard (by Dustin).

Friday, November 30, 2007

Christmastime Carbs

Christmastime Carbs, originally uploaded by billaday.

This was the first Christmas party of the season for me. Good food good friends. This photo is dedicated to Laurie & Jason: I forgot my camera today and used theirs to take this shot. They're also loyal photo-a-day'ers. (I'll need a better nickname for my fans (that one would never make it on a t-shirt.))

Thursday, November 29, 2007


comprehend., originally uploaded by billaday.

Report cards go out tomorrow. Here's the glossary of terms that go with them (x 20).

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Apple TV

Apple TV, originally uploaded by billaday.

We got an Apple TV for my birthday/Christmas present. It rocks. I have my Photo-a-Day as the screensaver. Oh Apple, how I love thee.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Pedro's Taco

Pedro's Taco, originally uploaded by billaday.

Greg and I ate at Pedro's Taco is San Juan Capistrano. I thought it was the same chain as the San Clemente Pedro's Taco, but it wasn't. I was deeply disappointed at first, but then enjoyed an epic al pastor burrito.

btw, I desaturated the red channel to bring the focus onto the restaurant. That's actually a stop light on the left with cars braking.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Four leaf clover desktop

Four leaf clover desktop, originally uploaded by billaday.

This looks pretty sweet as a desktop background. Dedicated to Danny.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Profile of a double double

Profile of a double double, originally uploaded by billaday.

Hey... how's your burger!???

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Bike ride

Bike ride, originally uploaded by billaday.

We went on a 23 mile bike ride today. It was fun.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Down the aisle

Down the aisle, originally uploaded by billaday.

Family friends got married. I was doing the sound, so I was up in the choir loft when the came down the aisle. Woo hoo!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Orange and brown

Orange and brown, originally uploaded by billaday.

My wife, mom, and sister all wore orange and brown for Thanksgiving. Cool.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Learning Curve

Learning Curve, originally uploaded by billaday.

So, I just got this antique box camera--the Kodak Duaflex II. You can look through the top of it and take a picture (with a digital camera). It's tricky to focus and there's a lot of glare, but the idea is rad. Sadly, my battery died after the second shot, so this out-of-focus shot is my photo-a-day. I'll figure this out soon, then these shots will rock.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Blu-Ray stuff

Blu-Ray stuff, originally uploaded by billaday.

I thought it would be cool to make some blu-ray discs look bluer.

Monday, November 19, 2007


Bridge, originally uploaded by billaday.

My strat's bridge.

Sunday, November 18, 2007


money, originally uploaded by billaday.

The buck apparently stopped there.

Saturday, November 17, 2007


Kenny, originally uploaded by billaday.

Kenny plays in the Matt Maher Band; he rocked during Inspiration at Magic Mountain. Matt's band used our gear, so I was hanging out really close to the stage. btw, that was a big spotlight above his head (or it was God). Either way, it's a cool shot.

Friday, November 16, 2007


Dew'd, originally uploaded by billaday.

There was a bunch of morning dew on the grass in front of school today. I stopped and took a picture of this rare Southern California event.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Orange arch

Orange arch, originally uploaded by billaday.

I bought a carne asada burrito, as I watched the sun slowly descend over the smog-laden palm trees. The light hit the tacky orange arch just right.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A calm drive

A calm drive, originally uploaded by billaday.

Driving down the 10, I blindly took a few 4 second exposures. I photoshopped 3 of my favorite (lucky/random) shots. I did, however, plan to (vaguely) get the truck on the left.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Corner, originally uploaded by billaday.

The (mostly) symmetrical corner of the bathroom at work. I like the high contrast in this shot.