I started my summer by standing in the Atlantic ocean, and ended it in the Pacific.

It's Highly Flammable

Good advice no matter where you are.

Santa Monica

While I was almost always using my little pocket camera, pairing the Ricoh GR with the Nikon V1 and its long zoom worked very well. It's almost certainly what I'll use the next time that I'm near a pier.

Market Liquor

Despite appearances it's really a photo of the sign.


Vincent Thomas Bridge

The Vincent Thomas Bridge is the fourth-longest suspension bridge in California.

Tugging Masculinity


YM Masculinity

Masculinity in the Port of Long Beach.

People sometimes think that I make things up, but the truth is that I'm not that funny.

USS Iowa

The battleship USS Iowa in the Port of Long Beach.


Rust Monster

San Pedro, California.


Sunken City I

The slabs in the second and third photos are visible toward the centre of the first photo.

"Sunken City" landslide, San Pedro, California.

Sunken City II

Two views of Sunken City taken looking back at each other.

Sunken City III

The slab in the second image is visible in the top-left of the first image.


Sunken City East

The higher ground on the east end of the landslide.

Sunken City Tabletops

"Sunken City" in San Pedro, California.

Sunken City Palms

"Sunken City" in San Pedro, California.

Flight Details

1 - If only somebody somewhere had invented a non-gender-specific stick figure, or other way to indicate a baby change station.

2 - Why is there a working ashtray in the washroom of a brand-new Westjet 737-800?



Our Neighbors Will Appreciate It!

My twelve-hundredth post, figuratively speaking.

One of the very first photos I took after landing in Los Angeles, it was a mandatory image after a mandatory first meal.


Night Life II

I have about 3200 photos from my week split between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, about half of which are wedding-related, and half are personal. I'm editing the personal ones second, to give the series and singles some time to settle out, so hopefully I'll have some new images here next week-ish.

These Ricoh GR photos have been processed properly, through DxO Optics and Lightroom, while the version in the previous post was done entirely on my little iPad while I was still travelling.

Incidentally, when comparing these photos for sharpness and tone, it's worth knowing two things. One is that the software that I run the GR images through on my Mac costs about as much as an iPad Mini. The other is that the GR is accomplishing this level of detail while resting on a railing next to a busy roadway on a Joby Micro 800 tripod that folds almost flat across the base of the camera when I'm done using it.


Night Life

I've lost count.


Las Vegas has been something of a blur.

I have broken the links to hundreds and hundreds of photos, which will take a long time to repair. The workaround is to replace "photo.matthewpiers" in the link URL with "matthewpiers.smugmug". Awkward, but only temporary.

This is happening because I have revamped matthewpiers dot com. More of what I write and photograph will be going there, so check it out as well.

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