Gary Ayala

Gary Ayala

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Gary Ayala replied to the topic 'The Coffee Shop: A place to relax and hang out.' in the forum. 6 hours 8 minutes ago

Pete Franko wrote:

GaryA wrote:

Toby J wrote: Long day, my mind is toast.  Any of you move to electric car yet?  With all the tax credits and fuel savings, is your bank account happy?

We are thinking about getting a Tesla 3.  Starting our research.  


Gary's neighbor just received his Telsa.  He loves it and it's a fine automobile. Gary has given long and hard thought to an electric vehicle.  Presently Gary and Mary Lou drive Volvos, (the SUV and the convertible), there is nothing affordable (at least affordable for us) and equal to the SUV and nothing to equal the convertible. Electric cars are very commonplace out here, all kinds. We used to say "Look, a Tesla!" ... but not anymore.  Tesla's are everywhere out here.  Gary's main concern with Teslas is the viability of the company. 

PS- But, Gary and Mary Lou are planning to toss up some solar panels for the house.


You mind me asking who's solar panels are you looking at?  We have been considering however haven't started the research side of things yet.  


Looking at the complete solar packages, hardware and installation.

A) Sunrun
B) Solar Max
C) Semper Solaris (American made hardware)
D) Sun Lux
E) Renew Financial (a financing company which specializes in solar loans and provides recommendations and only finances hardware which meet or exceeds state and national standards) 

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Gary Ayala replied to the topic 'Bad habits you have with photography' in the forum. 6 hours 27 minutes ago

Carry wrote: Nothing wrong with that! When I come back from shooting, I like to have a glass of wine to unplug and look through my photos.  


Beer is refreshing ... wine is to be relished.

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Gary Ayala replied to the topic 'DSLR owners that 100% moved to mirrorless?' in the forum. 8 hours 10 minutes ago

I used to shoot 1D's.  For fun I picked up a Panasonic mirrorless.  It was small and fun.  Then I got more serious with OMD's.  As a former pro, I was only concerned with doing whatever I had to do to get 'The Shot".  Camera weight fell into the ... it is what it is category. While camera weight was never a concern, I did appreciate going light.  I evolved from MFT to APS-C, which I found to be a great compromise between the IQ of FF and the footprint of MFT.  For what I shoot and how I shoot, the differences between FF and APS-C are largely insignificant. For me and generally, for what I shoot, a bit thinner DOF or a bit more low light noise will not make an image successful or more successful.  My shooting is more about Image Impact than Image Quality. (Granted there are always exceptions.) Now I shoot Fuji's. I shot SLRs professionally way back in the film-only days.  I found all the external controls on Fuji's to be quick, second nature and wonderfully SLR-ish.  

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Gary Ayala replied to the topic 'The Coffee Shop: A place to relax and hang out.' in the forum. 13 hours 22 minutes ago

Finn wrote: @Gary,

You have any tips on pizza maker?  We have decided to pick up one and I'm looking for good recommendations.  

Let me know .  Thank you! 


Nope, Gary uses his oven or the Kamado (with the grille rise up). Gary has found that for breads, heat is heat.  Personally, Gary thinks there is no difference in flavor between a wood fired brick oven and a regular gas heated oven. He has a friend with a wood fired brick pizza oven, while it looks great, it cooks the same (end product tastes the same) as Gary's kitchen oven or charcoal Kamado.

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Gary Ayala replied to the topic 'The Coffee Shop: A place to relax and hang out.' in the forum. 13 hours 34 minutes ago

Matt Nguyen wrote:

GaryA wrote:

Cory J wrote: Wait till you get to season 7 Fess!  Best season ever.  


Hey any of you on a wine a month program?  


Gary belongs to six wineries (down from a high of 12 wineries) which ship out quarterly cases of vino.  Additionally, he is a member (Angel) with Naked Wines, and he gets a few cases a year from them. (And Gary grows Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Merlot and Pinot Noir in the backyard). 

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Silver Oak Wines!  We love their wines.  Are you going to be there in August for their 2015 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon?  


Silver Oak is amazing.  Maybe, August is a long way away.

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Gary Ayala replied to the topic 'The Coffee Shop: A place to relax and hang out.' in the forum. 13 hours 41 minutes ago

Chase Audate wrote: Just got back from a great coffee shop here in town, french press delight 


French Press makes a great cup of coffee.  

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Gary Ayala replied to the topic 'The Coffee Shop: A place to relax and hang out.' in the forum. 13 hours 42 minutes ago

EOS Man wrote: Spiced up my coffee tonight with a little brandy in it. Going to make some short bread cookies now! 


Brandy is sooooo good in brandy.  Years and years ago Gary used to purchase coffee bean that have been soaked in brandy.  Gary can't find those beans now ... he thought about soaking his beans in brandy ... then it hit him that there's no need to soak and dry the beans, one can skip the middleman and simply pour brandy into the cup. (duh!)

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Gary Ayala replied to the topic 'The Coffee Shop: A place to relax and hang out.' in the forum. 13 hours 49 minutes ago

Toby J wrote: Long day, my mind is toast.  Any of you move to electric car yet?  With all the tax credits and fuel savings, is your bank account happy?

We are thinking about getting a Tesla 3.  Starting our research.  


Gary's neighbor just received his Telsa.  He loves it and it's a fine automobile. Gary has given long and hard thought to an electric vehicle.  Presently Gary and Mary Lou drive Volvos, (the SUV and the convertible), there is nothing affordable (at least affordable for us) and equal to the SUV and nothing to equal the convertible. Electric cars are very commonplace out here, all kinds. We used to say "Look, a Tesla!" ... but not anymore.  Tesla's are everywhere out here.  Gary's main concern with Teslas is the viability of the company. 

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Gary Ayala replied to the topic 'The Coffee Shop: A place to relax and hang out.' in the forum. 14 hours ago

Kenta wrote: Fresh pasta is the best.  We make it a point to make it at least once a month.


Even better than making and eating fresh pasta ... is making and eating fresh pasta outside.  Gary took a little square in the backyard and setup what Gary calls his BBQ Patio.  Gary has his propane grill, a Kamado and a dedicated electric smoker set up along with a prep table and a couple induction plates.  He also has a three burner propane camp stove, but this has been replaced by the induction burners. Most of Gary's cooking is performed outdoors.  The BBQ Patio was originally enclosed overhead by a pergola canopy, but Gary has replace the cover with a canopy of grapes (Pinot Noir).  Recently, Gary has installed speakers ion the BBQ Patio, so now he cooks with music. ;)

Being in SoCal, Gary can comfortably cook outside all year long.  

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Gary Ayala replied to the topic 'The Coffee Shop: A place to relax and hang out.' in the forum. 14 hours 19 minutes ago

Fess Walker wrote: The problem with beer is it takes up so much space to make.  It would be fun, but I would rather make a nice red wine. Or any wine for that matter.  


Lol ... both beer and wine take some space, sorta depends on how much you make I just.  I have a few books on making wine and one book on construction of all the apparatus necessary.  I think buying a kit is easier.  I have located a few wine making suppliers in SoCal that I should stop in and have a chat. Back to time ...

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Gary Ayala replied to the topic 'The Coffee Shop: A place to relax and hang out.' in the forum. 14 hours 23 minutes ago

Ken Brun wrote: You know what would be fun to make?  Beer.  I have always wanted to try this.  My brother years ago, made home made wine and it was OK, but had a very sweet flavor to it.  He then tried making beer, and forgot about it, and it molded over and no one dared to try it.  

That would be fun to explore.  


LOL ... sounds like a college kid's fridge.

I have a friend who was a master brewer ... but thought that a steady job as a teacher would be better than a micro-brewery.  That micro-brewery has taken off and he's still a teacher.  We talk about making beer and vino.  I need to stick him in the BBQ patio also. 

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Gary Ayala replied to the topic 'The Coffee Shop: A place to relax and hang out.' in the forum. 14 hours 27 minutes ago

Ian Stone wrote: I've been thinking about picking up the 'Weston Electric Meat Grinder & Sausage'

Just need to figure out all the details on making the sausage.  

What has stopped you from it? 


Time ... just not enough time in the day.  Then after a bit, one forgets.  I need to bring it out from the garage and set it up in the BBQ patio, in plain sight.

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Gary Ayala replied to the topic 'The Coffee Shop: A place to relax and hang out.' in the forum. 14 hours 29 minutes ago

Ian Stone wrote: There sure is, here you go:  www.amazon.com/Coravin-Model-Wine-Preser...052&s=gateway&sr=8-3


Coravin makes a number of different models.  


There are cheaper 'wine savers'.  Hand operated air pumps with self closing stoppers.  For a few days these work well.  They start around $15USD.  (See Amazon)

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Gary Ayala replied to the topic 'The Peace March' in the forum. 14 hours 36 minutes ago

Breanna Ellington wrote:

GaryA wrote:

Hannah Williams wrote: I was moved to tears with these shots. Thank you for sharing. 


Thank you Hannah.  It was a tough shoot.

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This shot is really emotional. I was moved to tears as well. 


Thank you so much Breanna. 
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Gary Ayala replied to the topic 'Hollywood' in the forum. 14 hours 43 minutes ago

NewavaMike wrote: LOL !! Disposable cameras. Who would ever think of such a thing.


LOL ...
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Gary Ayala replied to the topic 'Hollywood' in the forum. 14 hours 45 minutes ago

Lauren Grant wrote: The color in the 4th shot is really cool! Nice composition here. 


Thanks.
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Gary Ayala replied to the topic 'Shakespeare By The Sea' in the forum. 14 hours 51 minutes ago

NewavaMike wrote: Nice set here.  All of em .  

Thanks Mike.

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Gary Ayala replied to the topic 'Shakespeare By The Sea' in the forum. 14 hours 54 minutes ago

Breanna Ellington wrote:

GaryA wrote: Thank you Kira.  Fortunately for me, I haven't found stage/theatre lighting to be "bad".  Tricky yes ... but not truly bad. Tricky lighting, more often than not, adds more drama to the shot.  In this case, the lighting was fairly even overall and no Spots.  Spot lighting, especially in the hands of high school kids is deadly as the body will be highlighted and the face in shadows. This is a free event, open air clam shell theatre ... so stage production was minimal. 

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The facial expression is hilarious! Nice colors and lighting. 


It was a good time at a fun event.
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Gary Ayala replied to the topic 'Shakespeare By The Sea' in the forum. 14 hours 56 minutes ago

Eshan Rachit wrote: I find the 6th shot to be really fascinating. It has the most genuine emotion although the focus is a bit off but the composition is really good. 


Thanks.
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