Tag Archives: Long Beach

2018 Long Beach Grand Prix Best Photos

This year I had the privilege of shooting photos at the 2018 Long Beach Grand Prix.

A marketing company hired me to shoot the #19 Paysafe IndyCar driven by the 19 year old rookie Zachary Claman DeMelo. They were looking for marketing assets for Paysafe including action shots of the race, candid shots of the driver, environmental shots that showed off the vibe of Long Beach, and behind the scenes images of their crew.

2018 Long Beach Grand Prix Winner – Alexander Rossi – #27 NAPA

Here are my 35 best photos of the Long Beach Grand Prix, including a few of the winning #27 NAPA car driven by Alexander Rossi.

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10 More Photos of Long Beach, California

I went on a few more photo missions around town recently to capture some of Long Beach’s culture that I love so much and came back with some more photos I wanted to share…

If you want to license any of these photos or want other photos of Long Beach for your business, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

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Yoga on the Bluff - Long Beach, California - Photo by Fat Tony

Yoga on the Bluff – Long Beach, California – Photo by Fat Tony


10 Photos of Downtown Long Beach

I’ve lived in Long Beach for nearly a decade now and the scenery never gets old to me.

One of my favorite places in the city is Rainbow Harbor in the heart of downtown.

I went out with my camera a few days ago just for the hell of it and came back with a handful of photos that I was stoked on. Here are 10 of my favorites!

Click here to see 10 photos of Downtown Long Beach at night.



Random Photo: Jumping Dolphin

A few weeks ago I took a whale watching cruise out of Long Beach’s Rainbow Harbor, and although we didn’t see any whales, we did come across a mega pod of dolphins with an estimated 1,000 dolphins in it.

As we were leaving there were several dolphins surfing in the wake of the boat and I managed to capture this shot of a dolphin jumping out of the water.

Dolphin jumping out of the water.


Date: April 25, 2013
Location: Long Beach, California
Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF-L f/2.8 70-200mm @ 200mm
ISO: 100
Shutter Speed: 1/800
Aperture: f/5.0

Recent Work: Mike Gray Video For Freegun Underwear

I’m really excited to post this video I recently produced for Freegun Underwear. My good friend Mike Gray and I spent three days filming around Southern California for it, and I couldn’t be more pumped on how it turned out. Mike is a super talented rider and a really great kid. I’ve known Mike for a few years now, and as someone on my side of the lens and industry, it’s always a treat to see a deserving rider like him work his way up to the pro ranks over time. Be on the lookout for lots more from Mike in the future!

Also, check out what Freegun has going on over at their site. Freegun is a lifestyle-based underwear brand that’s been stepping up in BMX as of late, and I’m honored to be doing work with them!

Downtown Long Beach – 10 Long Exposure Photographs

For the past seven years or so I’ve traveled the world shooting photos. I’ve been fortunate enough to nearly every state in the U.S. and more than 15 different countries on five continents. However, no matter how much I travel or where I go I can never get enough of my own town—Long Beach, California.

One night not too long ago I decided to do a quick personal project and shoot 10 long exposure photos of the sights I see on a nightly basis while cruising around.

The following 10 photographs were shot on August 28, 2011 within a mile and a half of my house between 8:15pm and 9:30pm in and around Downtown Long Beach’s Rainbow Harbor.

Canon 5D Mark II
Lenses: Canon 24-70mm USM & Canon 15mm

Photo Shoot Sneak Peeks

Over the past few weeks I’ve had the chance to shoot some dope photos that I’m really stoked on, but unfortunately I can’t show them to you yet… I can give you a sneak peek though, so here you go!

Morgan Long - BMX

This setup is one that I shot twice with Morgan Long just a few blocks from my house in Downtown Long Beach. The first time we went there he crashed, but the second time he nailed it perfectly. The photo (a completely different angle than this) will be a spread in the new Stolen catalog. I’ll post that up once it’s out.

Chad Johnston - BMX

Chad Johnston

Pete Brandt - BMX

Pete Brandt

These next two images are a glimpse into two of the photos I shot for the 2012 Flatland Calendar. This will be the fourth year in a row I put together a flatland calendar and it’s going to be another good one! Can’t wait to show everyone once it’s done…

10 Random HDR iPhone Photos

I’m not afraid to admit this…I’m pretty much in love with the Pro HDR photo app for iPhone 4. I’m constantly blown away at how quickly and easily I can create awesome images right from my phone. Here are 10 random HRD iPhone photos from Long Beach, San Pedro, and Los Angeles, California.

All photos taken with Pro HDR app on iPhone 4 with no further post-production editing or processing.

Tsunami In Long Beach, California?

After the magnitude 8.9 earthquake hit Japan last night the California Coast was threatened with Tsunami effects early this morning. Naturally I grabbed my camera and pedaled down to the beach to see what panned out…

These photos were taken along Long Beach’s shoreline from around Alamitos to Junipero and Bixby/Cherry Park. Shot on March 11, 2011 from between 8:35 to 9:00am. All photos by Fat Tony.

While Long Beach didn't see any large waves (as of yet) we did notice the tide being sucked out a bit.

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Behind The Photo – S&M’s Chad Johnston Full-Page Ad

Chad Johnston is an amazing flaltand rider with deep roots in BMX. He has been riding pegless for about four years now, which is a pretty new concept, and shooting photos of it can be tricky. However, when Chad hit me up with a one-day deadline for a full-page S&M Bikes magazine ad I was up to the challenge.

Chad Johnston S&M BMX Ad by Fat Tony

S&M's art director Mark Lepper did a great job laying out this ad. The layout works great with Chad's minimalist style, which corresponds with S&M's straight-forward Intrikat flatland product range.

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My Best iPhone Photo Apps – 10 Images From Downtown Long Beach

While pedaling around Downtown Long Beach on my bike today I pulled out my iPhone 4 to try out a few new photo apps I recently downloaded. Then I got the idea to make a quick series of photos using the different apps… So the following 10 images were all created and edited with different apps on the Apple iPhone 4 within a span of about an hour and a half on the evening of January 18, 2011. Enjoy!

* Images have been scaled down in Photoshop on my computer to upload easier. The Hipstamatic images were accidentally shot using the “low quality” setting. Woops!

Here are the the different iPhone 4 photography apps I use…

Camera – The stock camera on iPhone 4 is really good, and I still use it most often for taking snapshots with the phone.

Hipstamatic – This app is super popular and is kind of a cheater’s way of making a cool image. But I don’t care, call me a cheater… A cool image is a cool image in my book. My favorite lens and film combo is the John S lens with Kodot XGrizzled film.

AutoStitch Panorama – Overall I am really impressed with the AutoStitch app. It makes great panoramic images, but since you have to take several individual photos and “stitch” them together, it doesn’t always produce the results I hope for. I think I’m starting to like 360 Pano a bit better now that I’ve used it more. However, because AutoStitch uses individual photos, the end result is sharper than 360 Pano, so I feel like I have to choose which app to use based off the intended usage of the photo. The cropping tool works great, too.

Pro HDR – This is probably my favorite photo app so far…well worth the $1.99 price tag. It has plenty of manual controls to tweak your photo, and it is super easy to use. I’ve been extremely impressed with the quality of the images it produces and I don’t feel like any other apps give me the the flexibility that this one does. I would recommend this app to everyone that owns an iPhone 4.

– This is a pretty rad app that has really cool results. Some people may love the look, and others may hate it, but I’m into it. However, I haven’t paid for the high-resolution (and ad-free) upgrade, so my image quality hovers around 640 x 479 pixels, which is really small compared to what iPhone 4 is capable of cranking out.

Camera+ – Am I missing something here? Besides being able to set a self timer, I haven’t found a time when this app comes in handy. I never use it.

360 Panorama – With this app you simply wave your phone through the air (slowly and smoothly) for the app to capture what’s in front of it and build a panoramic photo out of the scene. The image is created seamlessly, so there aren’t ever any vertical lines showing where multiple images have been stitched together, but the cropping tool is difficult to use, and the image quality isn’t as sharp as I’d like it to be.

TiltShiftGen – Creating a tilt-shift effect is pretty cool, but even though this app is easy to use and produces good results, I’m either just not a fan of the tilt-shift look, or I simply haven’t found many instances where it is effective. This one is almost more of a novelty app to me as opposed to something with a great function.

iTimeLapse – This app is more for the video side of things, and I haven’t used it enough to figure out if I like it or not.

PS Express – I only keep this app around for basic photo editing—rotating images or adjusting the contrast, saturation, or exposure. It gets the job done.

CameraBag – This app has a bunch of different types of photo filters built in, but I don’t like any of them very much so I rarely use the app.

8mm Vintage Camera – This is another video app, so I won’t go into details here, and although I love this one for Twitter videos, I have never tried it out in any other outlets.

A Flatland BMX Video – Six Quick Clips With Fat Tony

At the beginning of 2010 I was really motivated to ride flatland a lot, and I set a goal of filming a video section of myself riding flat. However, at some point in the year my focus shifted elsewhere and I stopped riding flatland as much as I had been. Even though I didn’t film an entire video part, I was able to put together the six clips I managed to squeeze out and decided to post them up. Enjoy!


Thanks to Fox for the apparel and footwear, and thanks to Tip Plus and Colony BMX for the dialed flatland bike.

Filmed With:
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 USM
Canon 15mm f/2.8
Silk Pro 340DX Tripod

Music: Ratatat, “Wildcat”

ARCHIVE: Here’s a street riding video I put together last year with all the footage I collected during 2009…

California Flood – Revisiting The Long Beach Flood Of January 19, 2010

In lieu of all the severe weather, heavy rains, and flooding that Southern California has seen over the past few weeks I decided to dig up some photos from my archives and repost them. Before I started this blog, if I wanted to share a series of photos with my family and friends I would create a simple Web page and email the link out to a few people. However, through the power of social networking and Google, the page I made for the Long Beach, California, flood that happened on January 19, 2010 made quite a buzz around the Socal area. To this day, even though the link is not visible from anywhere within my site, the Long Beach flood page is still the most hit page on my Web site…

Now that I have my blog set up I will repost a bunch of the photos I previously had tucked away in hidden links, and I am starting with the most appropriate for this rainy Wednesday.

I shot these 17 photographs between 1:30pm and 2:30pm on January 19, 2010, when the neighborhood just West of Wilson High School in Long Beach, California, flooded.