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San Clemente Pier Yellow Flag Storm Warning

To start off my new 2011 Collection of California Piers, I started close to OC in San Clemente.  Main reason we have a business license for this city plus a real city “Film Permit” to shoot on the pier, beach with no fear, there will be no Gorilla photo shoots here, we are legal to set up our tripods, gear without fear.   Winter storm was here so why not, see what is there, at the pier that is.   Packed the Ford with gear, for a 20 minute drive south.    Over the next three evenings this was the best of our capture.  The first day, I did not even get out of the car, too much winter for me, the next eve was a Yellow Flag day, surf warning storm coming, I did capture the lifeguard tower classic shot [see below] and the last evening I wanted the low tide evening Long View of the pier, the whole enchilada plus a palm tree or two in the image would give that California feel, I think we got em.

The best images for evening pier absent of a once a year in the right place right time,  red sky sunset, our capture is best rendered in black and white or variation of B&W, in a slight mocha with highlights.  One color image in the full Long View was produced, but it is more of a tourist shot that wall art, maybe someone will buy it? Like it call me.   My personal fav is the lifeguard tower, flags blowing, red jeep ready, a classic down the wood pier photo, enjoy.   All images are for sale as screen savers, or printed on canvas, just ask.

OC Beach Stock Photography

We have a few new collections of OC [Orange County] California BEACH stock photography images and movie clips now available.  You can purchase directly from us or several stock agency’s we work with, your choice. Take a look at the sample slides below, more stock is available as I get time to post to the web.  OR Place your Custom Order with us, our team of professional photographers are ready to help create a custom set of images for only your exclusive use.

We have beach communities from Malibu to San Diego plus most all of the 30+ beach piers & harbors.  Still images in High Res 18mb photography captured on our Canon 5D or Canon 7D and short movie clips in HD 1080P 24fps, ready for any cinema stock image production. License available for any use, web site use of any single image starts at $50.

Coto lifestyle video

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Video is new for me personally.  I have been out shooting a lot of stock video with our new Canon 7D for posting to various stock web sites for life style in OC [Orange County, California].  Soon I will share more of these videos with you.  I found person in Australia, Brett who has made over 6,000 Real Estate Videos.  The unique thing is these are not walk about the house shooting every room like you see so many now on YouTube for selling Real Estate, these are selling the “Life Style” of the area, second is telling a little about the house, a few clips in here & there, all incased around a video of the neighborhood, lifestyles of the place, interesting concept.

Selling Real Estate in USA market, I see this coming for the higher end homes, especially one’s in a Country Club.  We were commissioned recently to shoot a home in Coto de Caza Country Club, I took this first opportunity to make a short video, not a RE Walk About, but more in the style that Brett has made popular down-under.  Take a look, your comment are welcome.

We made one more version with the Realtor introduction to the home, posted on YouTube, so you can see both a “base video” above, and the final product for the Realtor which they like, advertising them too, shown just below.

Casaestrella the top link below is to Carlton Bacons video for Sotherbys Real Estate and the next two links plus the YouTube is form Bretts work which show the new concept for selling Real Estate, sell the  “Lifestyle” in videos, check out the last link for Remax which is again, nothing about the home, a lifestyle.  These are my goals to be able to produce video like these professionals, take a look.  Brett said recently in a post on about his work, which rings true, Brett’s description says it all on his video style, “no commentary, no stating the bleeding obvious. And it even has a social conscious.” Awesome work Brett as usual.

Pipes Cardiff by the Sea Restaurant best cheeseburger in Socal San Diego

This is the ultimate cheese burger in SoCal.   PIPES Burgers in Cardiff by the Sea a short one block walk  across PCH from the surfing beach San Elijo State Beach or better known Swami’s Surf spot, [check surf cam here] , just around the corner from DJ Donuts, is Pipes.

The thick cut bacon cheese burger with extra tomatoes & everything includes mustard is killer, I order the french fry’s well done a bit, as these big steak cut frys need a bit longer to cook, just awesome noon meal.   This is all served on an open air patio you can hear the Santa Fe Coaster go by a few hundred feet away, one block off PCH, ocean beach close.

They serve breakfast too, but do not be late, as they fold up the entire place just before 3:00pm everyday, be here by 2:00 to make sure your served.  Cash only…. give the girls a tip they deserve it.

Greatest Hamburger anywhere in San Diego, see my next review of another burger establishments of LA, coming up next.   Got a place you want me to review, drop a note.   Mean time check out the photos below, enjoy.

COST:  $10 bucks with fry’s

FRYS:  Steak Cut, order them well done come with season salt all ready to eat.  Ketchup in squeeze bottles

CONDIMENTS:  None needed it comes complete, extra pickles on request or added mustard, 1000 island is on bun

SODA:  The normal assortment of Coke, they brew ice tea and make great lemon aid

KIDS MENU:  None really, order them a “grill cheese”


DOGS:  OK, on the patio, got a dog feel right at home here.

PARKING:  Street only, do not part at the market across the street, security there, an just not a nice thing to do, park at the library n walk

LOCATIONS:  Two one in Cardiff & one more in San Clemente, “Cardiff” is the best !!

BABE METER:  Sort of on the high side, cursing in-out, remember the beach is close, bikini are OK on the patio !!

OVERALL:  The best hamburger for the money, just like you would make at home on your own backyard BBQ, hand pressed grill fried burger with a nice slice of cheese, all the fresh vegies make your taste buds think it is heaven.

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Berkeley Hot Dog Mission Viejo California taste review +Coke

Hello again gang, all you “Hot Dog” lovers of the world, time again for a tastie treat review by the master, me, the lover of all hot dogs on this planet.

My stop today is at a hot dog place that is famous and close to the campus of Berkeley University, non other in Berkley California.  They have recently opened a friend’s place in SoCal, that is, OC for Orange County California in the community of Mission Viejo, [google map it] if you have not heard of the MV in OC.

I first love hot dogs, hum !! any kind with all the goodies, so I was looking forward to this review and a bit on the good side looking forward to what I remember & know, living in the Bay Area, Berkeley Dog’s of Berkeley, Top Dog.

Let us get on with it.  I have visited this place now three times to give a good opinion of what to expect, chatted with the owner a Berkeley Grad that wanted to bring campus life hot dog to OC.   Glad he did, this place has no real hot dog place’s at all, chains yes, but no individual Gourmet Dog’s.

My last trip, I tried just a plain old frankfurter , natural case, longer, which is sort of like a Dodger Dog, nothing exciting to speak of.  Todate I have sampled most of the menu, with various results, see my final comments below overall.

Today I will address my last consumption of a treat to the taste buds.  The German.  After all this truly where all this came from in the first place, Germany.   This is part beef part pork, spices packed in a crisp snappy natural case.   Do not burry this in “chile” ,only  mustard, relish & onions will make this a killer meal, just see the photos below.

My grip:  The hot dog was not on the grill very long, hey dudes, cook these puppies, come from a cold refer, to the grill top for only a minute or two, is NOT enough time to get them “HOT, as in the name “Hot Dog” get it?    Mine was a tad cool inside, mind you they are fully cooked product from the manufacture, no harm to eat cold or raw for that matter, just I was expecting more, like something at least warm.   This has happened now on two visits, cool dogs, hum,,, maybe a new name, cool dog of Berkeley,,, how bout that.

My buddy from San Diego who was visiting ordered a Jalapeno  Dog wanted chile & red onions just like the picture on the counter, in full color a photo, looks like a home made photography of good quality, with a hot dog, sliced kosher pickle spears, chips and this chile dog with red onions.  They said sorry we do not have red onions, not that they were out, just they did not have any or use them, only for the photo to add color.  Hum..??  OK, the regular onions then will have do to, but then can you add an extra Kosher Pickle, then came the second slammer, we do NOT have any pickles, that was only added to the photo for color,,,, what the…??  edited for children what my buddy said.

OK, Mr. Berkeley Dog owner:  Why put a bigger than life advertisement “in your face” on your front counter showing a hot dog, red onions, chile, pickles, chips, and NOT have it available??  Just plain bad business.

I got it I got it.   I think this Berkeley Dog owner needs to Google himself, see what others have said about his place, I will not be that un-kind, but I am sure you will get my drift.

HOT DOG:   Good when heated to full temp, something on the order of a stadium style grill fried Dodger or A’s or Padre dog, nothing fancy so do not get your hopes up, one step up above a Costco Dog, which is now not even Kosher !

BUN:  A little different, a roll sliced, heated on the grill to a burned bun on one side,  they may consider changing the bread company, OK, but different, I will wait to see the comments of others, interesting, not the same quality for bread of the “original” Berkeley Dog.

CONDIMENTS:  I will give them two thumbs-up, a great selection of mustards.  NO RED onions, NO Tomatoes.

CHILE:  Great but lacked good cheese, of the cheese used not a medium aged cheddar, wake up guys, use real cheese, skimpy serving too.  Jerry’s dogs do not charge extra for Chile, hey Berkeley Dog what gives?

SODA: serving Coke, normal selection, no Coke Zero?  Hey what gives, this is now number one diet drink.  One size only, a big gulp.

ADD ON’S:   Well no French Frys, sorry, chips only.  The potato salad in a plastic cup, is like someone took something great put it in a blender and wa la,,, potato salad.  They first opened with a true German Potato Salad, which was good, the stuff they are now serving, keep your money in your pocket, not worth tasting, yuckie yellow stuff.



FAST FOOD OC:  They seem to see this is new to OC, read the review, but note they say nothing about tasting the hot dog, only about the location and Top Dog in Berkeley.  Read it here

LOCATIONS:  OC now have two of them, google the locations address, Brea & Mission Viejo

BABE FACTOR:  Not much happening here, sidewalk seating limited, no street view traffic, small parking lot.

OVERALL:  Good if you want a Dog, slightly better than Costco, skip the kids here, no kiddy friendly hot dog, no french frys.  I will give it a 50/50 for the taste buds.  Go again factor, yea.  Good Value for the buck, less than $4 for a hot dog that is OK, when warmed up.

Check out the photos for yourself, see if this looks good..for you to visit & eat a dog or two.

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