Venice Beach Busker

© Dale Hardin

Venice Beach Busker

Rhonda Burger 3/22/2009 12:09:27 AM

Super comp on this Dale. Wow, he is strong. Rhonda #1102066

Jeetendera Kalia 3/22/2009 3:50:50 AM

X E lent frame,timing & DOF good job! Dale:):):) #7313660

Vicki Snow 3/22/2009 7:13:01 AM

oh to be young again......i really like the can almost hear them chanting....the shadows are awesome #7314332

Dale Hardin 3/22/2009 9:26:11 AM

Thank you Rhonda. And congratulations on the win for "Heiliger Sand" A beautifully crafted shot. Loved it. #7314783

Kathleen Nealon 3/22/2009 9:28:16 AM


I love your new self portrait. That must have taken a lot of practice to get the timing right between remote shutter release and the hand stand. No wonder your arms are so developed. LOL

Kathe #7314788

Dale Hardin 3/22/2009 9:30:23 AM

Thank you Jeetendera. I enjoyed your gallery. Especially the fine portraits. #7314793

Dale Hardin 3/22/2009 9:37:23 AM

Vicki, couldn't agree more about the "oh to be young again" statement. Oh, well, at least I'm still young at heart.

Thanks for the nice comment. I've been cruising your gallery and was especially drawn to the untitled shot of the dragonfly. Lovely image. #7314807

Dale Hardin 3/22/2009 9:54:52 AM

Thank you Kathe for being the only one to realize the truth. #7314834

Esther R. Tinz 3/22/2009 12:31:09 PM

Dale this shot needs flipped vertically.... Just kidding. You captured a 'second' in time. Well done #7315301

Christie R. Bielss 3/22/2009 1:47:48 PM

Wow Dale - looks like you've got some pretty good moves! Now I know what the tripod is for!!! #7315535

Dale Hardin 3/22/2009 7:20:18 PM

Ester and Christie, thanks for the kudos. I'm still laughing from your funny critiques. :-) #7316280

Jeanine M. Bailey 3/22/2009 7:22:48 PM

Awesome Dale!!! :) #7316287

Debbra Bailey 3/22/2009 7:54:53 PM

Awesome shot Dale! I love the guy in the background to the left cheering him on! #7316366

Dale Hardin 3/22/2009 11:01:05 PM

Thanks Jeannine.

Debbra the guy in the background is part of the group of buskers that were performing acrobatic moves that day. I have some other shots of him as well. #7316654

Robert K. Bemus 3/22/2009 11:12:21 PM

Great action and comp, Dale!! #7316662

Dale Hardin 3/22/2009 11:35:39 PM

Thank you Robert. I should have realized that "Illusion of Speed" was from the same talent that took "Duck Dive" Didn't recognize the name when I commented on it. #7316696

Anthony L. Mancuso 3/23/2009 6:03:31 AM

Nice shot guys have quite the characters out west.. #7317709

Aimee C. Eisaman 3/23/2009 9:41:04 AM

Really cool capture Dale! Love the background...really makes the shot with that guy and the camera, and especially that guy to the left and his expression....fantastic! I think you made a wise choice setting the straightness with that tree instead of that street light...sometimes that is a difficult dicission, but going with something closest to the center of the shot is the way to go! :~) That being said I must say that the foreground shoe having a blur on the sole seems odd because it doesn't look like a motion blur, but rather a gaussian blur from editing! #7318745

Dale Hardin 3/23/2009 9:48:56 AM

Thanks Tony. You're right, we sure do and you can find most of them at Venice Beach all summer.

Aimee, you sharp eyed vixen you. You always keep me on the straight and narrow and catch me when I get lazy. Yep, it's a Gaussian blur all right. Shame on me for letting that get by me.
Don't let up Aimee, I love the challenge of trying to get it just right. #7318788

Penny l. Haviland 3/23/2009 9:57:45 AM

Great capture on this colorful and active street scene! Love your gallery! ;p #7318838

Jodi M. Walsh 3/23/2009 11:20:04 AM

very cool shot and I won't be letting Sadie see this (don't want to get her any more ideas for acrobatics) :-) #7319012

Joan E. Hoffman 3/23/2009 12:03:42 PM

Really fun and interesting capture Dale! Love it!! #7319118

Dale Hardin 3/23/2009 7:53:28 PM

Penny, thank you so much. And thank you for introducing me to your gallery. I had such a good time. Let you some notes. #7320839

Dale Hardin 3/23/2009 7:55:34 PM

Thank you Jodi and Joan.

Jodi, I have another shot of this fellow that takes even more strength to pull off. What the heck! I'll post it for you. #7320847

Jodi M. Walsh 3/23/2009 8:06:37 PM

hey- no encouraging my little daredevil ;-)

these are amazing captures Dale. very cool and very California :-) #7320884

Debbie E. Payne 3/23/2009 8:22:21 PM

Very nice action shots, Dale. I wouldn't even dream to advise you to straighten him up a bit; He's defying gravity and you were right there to freeze him in action. Great job and I SO agree with Jodi - very cool and very California! #7320935

Dale Hardin 3/23/2009 10:59:47 PM

Jodi and Debbie, thanks. Only on Venice Beach!! Need to go back there soon as it's a photogs paradise. #7321146

Anthony L. Mancuso 3/24/2009 6:08:26 AM

Hey Dale... I like the second one better!...i'm not sure why, he just seems more dynamic, and his body position seems better compostionally...i KNOW you checked this but the image does feel to me like it is slanting from left down to right slightly..could be the slant of the pole or height of the people in the crowd..but either way I like this one better. :-) #7322365

Dale Hardin 3/24/2009 9:40:30 AM

You're quite right on the slant Tony. I used the tree as the vertical reference because it was the most predominant but in actuality I should have either cloned out the pole or leveled the shot and cloned out the tree (or both)

You can verify the pole should have been the correct refereence by comparing the tiny bit of sidewalk showing just to the right of his arm band.

By the way I think it's very funny and fitting that I'm getting dinged for not being "on the level" since I've been harping about it so long. LOL. It's a gas but proves that everyone now is aware and that is very cool. #7323126

Ellen H. Robertson 3/26/2009 2:14:10 PM

Very cool subject. Great shot. How do they do that. I have a hard time just keeping my feet going in the direction I am going. #7335873

Angela C. French 3/26/2009 6:38:17 PM

Wow! Hard to catch good shots of street preformers! #7337405

Dale Hardin 3/27/2009 8:43:54 AM

Thanks. Not sure of their methods, Ellen. I haven't been able to do it for years now, and don't remember if I did it with two hands or just one. Darn senior moments! LOL :-)

Thank you Angela. Must admit I caught these shots because I was too lazy to stand and got down on the sidewalk to rest. :o) #7340070

Christie R. Bielss 3/27/2009 10:17:55 AM

See, sometimes age has its advantages - like getting the AARP hotel discount, or discounts at the movie theatre! :) #7340488

Anthony L. Mancuso 3/27/2009 6:31:02 PM

I hope you didn't have to press your "I've fallen and I get up" button Dale :-p #7342033

Dale Hardin 3/28/2009 9:59:35 AM

ROTF Tony! That is tooooo funny! Made my day. #7344321

M.Christine Duncan 4/22/2009 1:06:14 PM

Congrats Dale on this fine finalist!!! Super shot! #7432610

Kathleen Nealon 4/22/2009 1:12:04 PM

Great Job. Congrats on the Finalist. #7432674

Patrick Rouzes 4/22/2009 1:17:16 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on this amazing finalist, Dale!!! Been to Venice Beach!!! #7432726

Esther R. Tinz 4/22/2009 1:43:38 PM

Congratulations Dale!!!!!! #7432929

Christie R. Bielss 4/22/2009 2:15:43 PM

Congratulations Dale! #7433226

Joan E. Hoffman 4/22/2009 3:27:53 PM

Knew we would see this one again Dale! Congrats and hopefully I will be congratulating you again in a couple of days! #7433988

Anthony L. Mancuso 4/22/2009 3:47:36 PM

Congrats buddy...awesome shot and treatment.. #7434173

Debbra Bailey 4/22/2009 5:17:27 PM

Yeah! Congratulations Dale! #7434913

A P 4/22/2009 5:17:45 PM

those guys in Venice are really talented aren't they? Awesome capture and congratz on your wonderful Finalist Dale #7434916

Aimee C. Eisaman 4/22/2009 6:39:19 PM

Congrats on your finalist DALE! :~) #7435603

Dale Hardin 4/22/2009 10:37:06 PM

Thanks to everyone for the congratulations. I need to get out more. I didn't know I'd rec'd it and was wondering why I had so many emails today. I've overwhelmed. #7437063

Sherry McClead 4/23/2009 6:00:39 AM

Congratulations Dale... awesome image!

Sherrybear #7438759

Mitch Spence 4/23/2009 8:43:24 AM

Great shot, Dale. Congratulations! #7439649

Dale Hardin 4/23/2009 9:09:57 AM

Sherry and Mitch, thanks so much. #7439774

Colleen Farrell 4/23/2009 10:02:05 AM

Fantastic, Dale! Big congratulations! #7440142

Dale Hardin 4/23/2009 2:46:59 PM

so nice to hear from you Colleen. Thank you. #7441308

Colleen Farrell 4/27/2009 4:47:16 PM

And now, congratulations on your WIN, Dale! So glad to see it! :D #7457671

Leslie McLain 4/27/2009 4:50:40 PM

Congrats on your wonderful winner!! #7457702

Aimee C. Eisaman 4/27/2009 5:20:44 PM

Whoohooo and it's a winner! :~) Congrats DALE! #7457914

Esther R. Tinz 4/27/2009 5:26:51 PM

Yippy Skippy - Congratulations #7457931

Dale Hardin 4/27/2009 8:05:19 PM

Thanks so much Coleen, Leslie, Aimee, and Esther. This came as a real surprise because I thought the contest was over. But I'll take it any day!!!!
HooRah! #7458742

A P 4/27/2009 8:05:54 PM

Picture perfect Dale CONGRATULATIONS on your win!! Right out of my own backyard. LOLOL #7458744

Dale Hardin 4/27/2009 11:30:34 PM

thanks Ann. Next time you and your hubby go to Venice beach let me know and Betty and I will take you to lunch. #7459114

Evy Johansen 4/27/2009 11:49:42 PM

Big congratulations on a great win, Dale!! #7459162

Kathleen Nealon 4/28/2009 5:04:39 AM

Congrats Dale! That's two months in a row, isn't it. #7460054

Sherry McClead 4/28/2009 6:08:22 AM

Congrats on the gold Dale. WTG!!

Sherrybear #7460206

Christie R. Bielss 4/28/2009 6:35:27 AM

Big congrats on your win Dale!! #7460315

Elida Gutierrez 4/28/2009 7:37:03 AM


 "Purple Crystal Trophy"

A Special Trophy for

"August Winners"


Dale Hardin 4/28/2009 8:14:27 AM

Evy, Kathe, Sherry, Christie, and Elida, thank you for the wonderful response. So nice to hear from you. #7460969

Anthony L. Mancuso 4/28/2009 9:10:30 AM

Congrats Dale!!! #7461264

Elida Gutierrez 4/28/2009 9:23:11 AM


 "Purple Crystal Trophy"

A Special Trophy for

"MARCH Winners"

Sorry!!! #7461341

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 4/29/2009 2:53:36 PM

Awesome Dale, congratulations on your win! #7465720

Dale Hardin 4/29/2009 3:55:04 PM

Thanks so much Donna. How did I miss your "Photo of the Day" with the Panda?
Congratulations to you also. #7465851

Robert K. Bemus 4/29/2009 11:42:44 PM

Congratulations on your win, Dale-- WTG!!! #7466755

Linda Blair 4/30/2009 5:35:47 AM

Congratulations on your win!!!!!! #7467940

Dale Hardin 4/30/2009 10:00:54 AM

Thank you Robert and Linda. Much appreciated. #7468996

Christine Czernin 5/10/2009 11:31:25 AM

Big congratulations on this fabulous win, Dale.
I just came back from a trip and have a lot to catch up it seems. #7505990

Dale Hardin 5/10/2009 7:39:20 PM

Thank you Christine. Where did you go? Looking forward to seeing shots from your trip. Please let me know when you post them. #7507247

Dominick M. Dimacale 5/20/2009 2:23:38 AM

Congratulations Dale on your Win!!!

Dominick #7539047

Dale Hardin 5/20/2009 8:28:21 AM

thanks a bunch Dominick. #7540310

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