Monday, July 21, 2014

iPhone 5s

I've been frankly shocked at the photo quality from the iPhone 5s, at least in daylight. There's a few from my iPhone 4 in here, but for the most part, all from the 5s. Why the 16x9 crop? Instagram has made me sick of squares. If you'd like to see more photos like this, but in square, follow along @dankrauss. Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ben Carlson Paddle Memorial - Newport Beach - LA Times

This was a very sad, but incredibly powerful experience to be a part of. On July 4th, lifeguard Ben Carlson was caught in a 12-foot wave while trying to rescue another swimmer. He was the first lifeguard in Newport Beach to lose his life in the line of duty. The number of people that attended the paddle memorial was astounding. Literally thousands of people paddled out or watched the experience from the pier. It was so powerful to see how many people's lives Ben Carlson had impacted. I met his father (in blue with the surf board) and some of his close friends, who kept their heads held high and proud, showing respect to Ben's life and powerful ocean that took his life. My condolences go out to the families and friends that knew him and thank them for allowing me to share their story.

Please read more of the story on LA Times.