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In Santa Fe, I Ran Into A Hibiki 12 Year Old Suntory Whiskey

November 10, 2015
12 year old hibiki suntory whiskey photographed by orange county lifestyle photographer, John Ussenko.

While visiting some friends in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the pleasant conversion about life, photography, architecture, and weather quickly turned into whiskey. I’m not well versed in the language of whiskey so I grabbed some verbiage from the distiller’s site.

Even though it kills me to see misspellings and trying to keep within the proper copyright rules of the original author, this is what is cited verbatim on their site: “Kanzen”or complete, Hibiki is a harmonious blend of innumerous malt and grain whiskies which are meticulosly blended to create a full orchestra of flavors and aromas.

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The Art That Disappears

November 4, 2015
man-one-basketball-mural-dtla

This mural was created back in 2001 for a 2 page spread of EA Sports’ NBA Street video game. It was created by two artists, Man One and help from his friend, Sacred194. I really don’t know much about the artists other than they produce incredible work.  I shot this photo on September 9th, 2005 with my fisheye lens while walking around downtown LA. Fast forward to present day. Guess what? You’ll never find it.  It has been completely removed from the wall. The actual wall itself has been completely removed from the city due to redevelopment. Out with the old, in with the new. It is sad really. This type of art only stays as long as the city allows it.

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Carlsson Mercedes Benz Sets The Stage On Fire In Orange County

October 30, 2015
Custom mercedes benz photo shoot in Irvine by photog: john ussenko.

Recently, I’ve been thinking about what to shoot. For me, props are difficult to come by and when you have one in your driveway, why not?! So I decided to start taking photos of my Mercedes, why not? What else is a Benz good for besides getting stuck in traffic on the 405? It’s actually difficult to find the right spot to shoot but luckily this rooftop parking structure does the job.

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The Steel Beast: Frank Gehry Disney Concert Hall In Downtown Los Angeles

October 4, 2015

There’s a lot of cool architecture in downtown Los Angeles and the Frank Gehry Disney Concert Hall happens to be one of my favorites. The beautiful steel exterior constantly reflects any light source so your shots will look different depending on the time of day.  I recommend going early in the morning to miss the crowds and traffic.