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Photos: Labor Day in DTLA

Had a great time exploring Downtown Los Angeles with friends on Labor Day. We took the Metro and explored the Grand Central Market, Pershing Square, Little Tokyo and Olvera Street.
Pershing Square DTLA


Olvera Street
DTLA

DTLA
Photos copyright Tim Worden, 2015.

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15 Photos from 2015 – So Far

A graduation portrait of my brother Daniel in May 2015.
A graduation portrait of my brother Daniel in May 2015.
Downtown Santa Ana in March 2015. Digital scan from a Fujifilm 400 disposable camera.
Downtown Santa Ana in March 2015. Digital scan from a Fujifilm 400 disposable camera.
A behind-the-scenes look at a Related Grey commercial production shoot for Stones Gambling Hall in January 2015. More info here: http://www.relatedgrey.com/home/2015/1/30/stones-gambling-hall
A behind-the-scenes look at a Related Grey commercial production shoot for Stones Gambling Hall in January 2015. More info here: http://www.relatedgrey.com/home/2015/1/30/stones-gambling-hall
A behind-the-scenes look at a Related Grey commercial production shoot for Stones Gambling Hall in January 2015. More info here: http://www.relatedgrey.com/home/2015/1/30/stones-gambling-hall
A behind-the-scenes look at a Related Grey commercial production shoot for Stones Gambling Hall in January 2015. More info here: http://www.relatedgrey.com/home/2015/1/30/stones-gambling-hall
The Anaheim Regional Transportation Center as seen in July 2015.
The Anaheim Regional Transportation Center in July 2015. Part of an ongoing multimedia project: https://tworden.com/2015/03/01/exploring-artic/
Thunder clouds roll into Orange County in March 2015.
Thunder clouds roll into Orange County in March 2015.
Valentine's Day-themed balloons decorate the Kelly Thomas memorial in downtown Fullerton in February 2015.
Valentine’s Day-themed balloons decorate the Kelly Thomas memorial in downtown Fullerton in February 2015.
A lineup of three DC-3 antique airplanes is showcased at an airport in Southern California in February. Photographed for Vertical Prime. www.verticalprime.com
Three DC-3 antique airplanes are showcased at an airport in Southern California in February 2015. Photographed for Vertical Prime. http://www.verticalprime.com
A portrait of my church's pastors and their wives for Easter in April 2015.
A portrait of my church’s pastors and their wives for Easter in April 2015.
David, a Vertical Prime videographer, stays in communication with a mobile team at a production shoot on location in downtown Los Angeles in March 2015.
David, a Vertical Prime videographer, stays in communication with a mobile team at a production shoot on location in downtown Los Angeles in March 2015.
The DTLA skyline as seen in January 2015.
The DTLA skyline as seen in January 2015.
The Los Angeles Times building in DTLA in January 2015.
The Los Angeles Times building in DTLA in January 2015.
Views of downtown Santa Ana are seen in a reflection in a window for the North Left bar, photographed in September 2014. Digital scan from a Fujifilm 400 disposable camera processed in January 2015.
Views of downtown Santa Ana are seen in a reflection in a window for the North Left bar, photographed in September 2014. Digital scan from a Fujifilm 400 disposable camera processed in January 2015.
Twilight as viewed from Carbon Canyon State Park in August 2015.
Twilight as viewed from Carbon Canyon State Park in August 2015.
Storm clouds roll into Yosemite Valley above Half Dome in July 2015.
Storm clouds roll into Yosemite Valley above Half Dome in July 2015.

Photos by Tim Worden. Copyright 2015. All rights reserved. Contact: timrworden@gmail.com

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Panorama: Rain clouds roll into Orange County

Clouds Panorama

I wanted to test out taking a panorama this morning (Thursday, May 14) to document the mix of sunshine and rain clouds rolling into Orange County. This is at Chino Hills State Park looking northeast.

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Fullerton Fox Theatre to celebrate 90th birthday with Roaring Twenties flair

The theater's sign has been repainted and re-installed. Photographed on May 4, 2015.
The theater’s sign has been repainted and re-installed. Photographed on May 4, 2015.

FULLERTON – After years of vacancy and neglect, the 1920s-era Fullerton Fox Theatre finally revealed visions of its former grandeur this month, as its iconic rooftop sign was re-installed, the capstone of a decade-long renovation project.

The sign, which had been grounded for the past few years, has been repainted a regal red, hearkening to the theater’s roots as a vaudeville house in the Roaring Twenties.

The work is in preparation for the theater’s 90th birthday celebration to be held later this month, a Memorial Day weekend ’20s-themed Speakeasy Days celebration.

The celebration will begin on Friday, May 22, with a sign unveiling and relighting ceremony. A community fair featuring tours of the theater and musical entertainment will follow on Saturday, May 23.

The theater’s resurrection is a thing some Fullerton residents have been waiting a quarter-century for, ever since the theater was shuttered in 1987.

The Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation has been fundraising restoration efforts for much of the past decade, spearheading construction work on the theater’s interior, arch, walls and balconies for the past several years, according to the Orange County Register.

“We are trying to be as truthful to the original as possible,” Jeff Greene, president of EverGreene, the architectural firm that has been working with the foundation to renovate the theater, told the Register in February 2015. “The theater will look like it did the day it opened.”

But not all of the theater’s aesthetic will that of 1920s Hollywood glitz: Chandelier lights, as well as the rooftop sign, have been outfitted with Bivar LED lights, according to the theater.

By Tim Worden. Published on May 8, 2015.

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Photos: Freight train derails in Anaheim Hills

Workers were assessing damage done to train tracks in Anaheim Hills on Wednesday morning after a BNSF freight train derailed there Tuesday night, the Orange County Register reported.

Photos by Tim Worden. Contact: timrworden@gmail.com.

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A commuter train passes by the derailed freight train on Wednesday morning.
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Closeup of damage done to the train tracks.
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A worker surveys the derailed train on Wednesday morning.
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A Metrolink train passes by the derailed freight train on Wednesday morning.
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Exploring ARTIC

In December 2014, the Anaheim Regional Intermodal Transportation Center, known as ARTIC, opened as a 21st century vision for new transportation options for the car-reliant Southern California region.

The $180 million center features a modern, open design and energy-efficient panels and has terminals for buses, taxis and trains. As part of an ongoing personal project to document the building, one of Orange County’s most ambitious architectural projects, I ventured to the station over four days between September 2014 and February 2015 to film the above video, “Exploring ARTIC.”

A calm Presidents Day afternoon on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.
A calm Presidents Day afternoon on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.
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An open space on the first floor of the building features ticket services, a small gift shop and tables and chairs.

On Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, as an unusually-strong storm swept through Orange County, I ventured to the station in the early evening hours. Despite the downpour, welding sparks twinkled in the night as workers bustled around, patching up any last-minute needs before the station would open a few days later. Then, on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 7, I stopped by as the ARTIC officially opened. The smell of fresh paint was in the air. Angel, the Anaheim Police Department’s tactical helicopter, circled low around the building, perhaps for a giddy officer or passenger to snap an aerial photo of the station’s first day. Bus and railway passengers lounged at space age silver benches, meant to complement the building’s sci-fi polymer exterior. Blue-shirt- and orange safety vest-clad security guards, some on bikes, scoured the campus. And meanwhile, the station’s energy-efficient LED lights flashed blue, then purple, then red, then orange, then yellow, then green. And in the evening, the station adorned itself with a rainbow pastel-hued display of aquas, magentas and blues.

The third-floor bathrooms and escalator as seen from a lookout normally restricted to the public, but security allowed me to film from the area for a bit on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.
The third-floor bathrooms and escalator as seen from a lookout normally restricted to the public, but security allowed me to film from the area for a bit on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.
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The ARTIC on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.

But the ARTIC’s “glitter” may not be translating into “ridership gold,” the Voice of Orange County reported, as the station’s ridership numbers in its first month lagged far below estimates. Joining the Voice of OC is the Orange County Register, which criticized the costly station as not living up to its hype. However, several officials are said to have a positive outlook for the station as it establishes itself in the long-run, as it has allured itself as a stop for the proposed California High-Speed Rail system. “We still anticipate significant growth of services and ridership in the future,” Anaheim spokeswoman Ruth Ruiz told the Voice of OC.

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Video, photographs and reporting by Tim Worden. Thanks to Lazy Salon for the music track in the video. Special thanks to Related Grey and Vertical Prime for lending me the video equipment.

The Anaheim ARTIC at sunset on May 28, 2014.
The Anaheim ARTIC at sunset on May 28, 2014.
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Cause of four-alarm fire at Fullerton bar under investigation

Fullerton Fire

Fire damage on the Dillon's Bar and Grill sign.
Fire damage on the Dillon’s Bar and Grill sign.

Update: A portion of Nutwood Avenue, as well as the 57 South on-ramp, next to Cal State Fullerton were scheduled to be closed on Monday as the investigation into the fire continues, according to the university.

Photos and reporting by Tim Worden
Published at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015.

FULLERTON – Fire officials are investigating a four-alarm fire that struck Dillon’s Bar and Grill in Fullerton early Sunday morning.

The blaze, on Nutwood Avenue just across the street from Cal State Fullerton, was reported shortly before 6 a.m., according to deputy fire chief Julie Kunze.

About 80 firefighters from the Fullerton, Brea, Anaheim and Garden Grove and Orange County Fire Authority fire departments assisted in taming the blaze, Kunze said.

The damage was believed to be confined only to Dillon’s, although smoke and ash may have made their way to a pack of surrounding restaraunts.

Kunze said it may take a few days to determine the cause of the fire.

Fullerton Fire

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Year in Review: 10 Photos and Videos of 2014

From reporting on and photographing the reaction to the Kelly Thomas trial to filming weddings and aerial videos, I gained a wide variety of multimedia experience in the past year.

But looking back and reviewing photos I have taken has reminded me of just how much of a novice I am in the field, and I look forward to learning more in 2015.

Here are 10 of my favorite photos and videos I captured in 2014, in chronological order.

1. Kelly Thomas Rally – Jan. 13, 2014
Kelly Thomas RallySupporters gather around Ron Thomas, center, father of Kelly Thomas, as he speaks hours after an Orange County jury gave a ‘not guilty’ verdict for two former Fullerton police officers charged in the beating death of Thomas.

2. Kelly Thomas Memorial – Jan. 14, 2014

Kelly Thomas Memorial

A woman, believed to be a relative of Kelly Thomas, tends his memorial a day after two former Fullerton police officers were found not guilty for their role in Thomas’ beating death.

I had just recently purchased the GoPro camera I took this with and was not attuned to the GoPro’s field of view. As a result, I framed this shot incorrectly, with the woman’s foot extending out of the frame.

3. SWAT manhunt in Tustin – April 10, 2014
Tustin Manhunt

An Orange County sheriff SWAT marksman prepares to aid in the search for an armed robbery suspect in Tustin. The suspect was later found.

4. School bus crash – April 24, 2014

Anaheim Hills Bus Crash

Workers break up a tree that fell as the result of a school bus crashing into a cluster of trees in Anaheim Hills, resulting in about a dozen injuries.

The driver was arrested about 8 months later, in January 2015, on felony charges of felony child abuse and endangerment, as well as perjury, according to the Orange County Register.

5. Love Fullerton – May 17, 2014
Love Fullerton

Fullerton Police Chief Dan Hughes speaks at a morning rally for the inaugural Love Fullerton service day, a collaborative city-wide project, alongside Ev Free pastor Jay Williams, right, organizer of the program.

6. Anaheim ARTIC construction – May 28, 2014

Anaheim ARTIC

The Anaheim ARTIC transportation station at sunset in late spring. It opened six months later, in December 2014, to much fanfare.

7. iPhone 6 launch – Sept. 19, 2014

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An Apple Store employee chats with a law enforcement official who appears to be a Brea police detective at the Brea Mall’s iPhone 6 launch event.

From a photo perspective, this image is boring, flat and grainy. There are several reasons why this picture didn’t come out well: It was taken at 200mm in cloudy conditions at ISO 400, and in fact is a crop from the full picture. The skin tones were captured poorly, as well.

But…

This photo is meaningful to me because I captured this fleeing moment. Most of the time I had been watching the security, this officer was giving a scowl. I saw him lighten up for a moment, and snapped this picture with my telephoto lens.

8. Vertical Prime – October 16, 2014

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Photograph of Vertical Prime’s DJI S100 octocopter. Drones are definitely going to define the future of photography and cinematography, and I am glad I have had the opportunity to work as a camera operator on a few video shoots.

9. Vertical Prime Reel – December 8, 2014

In addition to filming with Vertical Prime this year, I had the opportunity to edit VP’s 2015 aerial cinematography reel, showcasing our video capabilities. We are now booking 2015 shoots too.

10. 6D Helmets Ride Day video – December 29, 2014

I had the chance to work with the Related Grey / Vertical Prime crew to film the 6D Helmets Ride Day at the Perris Raceway. I also edited the video, getting experience in color grading and making a unified edit. Color graded with Synthetic Aperture Color Finese 3 in Adobe After Effects.

Copyright 2014 and 2015 by Tim Worden.
All rights reserved.

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Anaheim transportation hub set to open this weekend

A construction worker, center, is seen in front of the ARTIC amid the rain on Wednesday, Dec. 6.
A construction worker, center, is seen in front of the ARTIC amid the rain on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, known as ARTIC, is set to open to passengers on Saturday, Dec. 6., when train and bus stops will officially transfer over to the transportation hub.

ARTIC’s first week appears to be a soft opening, with a community celebration and grand opening ceremony planned for Saturday, Dec. 13.

When I visited Wednesday night, Dec. 3, workers were still working on the station, despite a heavy downpour of rain that had lasted through the afternoon.

Here are some pictures I took of the station, a $180 million project that boasts energy-efficient panels and a modern design.

The ARTIC on Wednesday, Dec. 3.
The ARTIC on Wednesday, Dec. 3.
A bus passes the ARTIC on Wednesday, Dec. 3.
A bus passes the ARTIC on Wednesday, Dec. 3.

For a throwback, here is what the station looked like back in May 2014 (more on that here):

The Anaheim ARTIC at sunset on May 28, 2014.
The Anaheim ARTIC at sunset on May 28, 2014.

Photos by Tim Worden.

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Photo Essay: A Study in Variance, in 30 Minutes or Less

6:31 p.m. Sunset.
6:31 p.m. Sunset.

Around 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4., a commercial warehouse in Santa Fe Springs caught fire, prompting a four-alarm blaze that sent a black smoke plume hovering over the Los Angeles and Orange County region.

Wanting to photograph the smoke plume, I ventured up to a lookout point at Carbon Canyon Regional Park, a wildland area in the far northeastern boundary of Orange County.

From my perch, I could see everything from Angel Stadium, 11 miles to the south, to the base of the smoke plume in Santa Fe Springs, 17 miles to the west-northwest. (On clear days, Catalina Island, 50 miles southwest, can be seen.)

As the sun crept lower on the horizon, the smoke plume began diffusing the sun’s rays, painting the sky bright orange.

But only in the western sky. Much of the sky, especially to the east, appeared to look normal.

It gave me an idea to experiment with showing just how perspective can change how an environment looks.

I snapped a picture of the moon, which had just risen, amid the sun’s last red-orange light shining on a tree. Even though it was taken a few feet and minutes away from the above picture of the sunset, it looked worlds apart.

The photographs in this photo essay were taken in a 30-minute period, between 6:10 and 6:39 p.m. on Oct. 4, 2014.

6:10 p.m. Houses nestled on a ridge in Carbon Canyon.
6:10 p.m. Houses nestled on a ridge in Carbon Canyon. Click for higher resolution.
6:16 p.m. Sunset.
6:16 p.m. Sunset. Click for higher resolution.
Moon viewed from Carbon Canyon
6:27 p.m. Moonrise. Click for higher resolution.
Carbon Canyon Sunset Panorama
6:39 p.m. Twilight panorama. Click for ultra high resolution, 6,200 by 1,500 pixels.