The LA Metro just recently opened a line that goes straight to downtown Santa Monica, so we decided to give it a try on this Memorial Day. We start from the closest Metro stop from our house, the green line Norwalk station, then changed to the blue line up to Downtown LA, then switch again to the Expo line to Santa Monica. It took about 2 hours in total, one way, which was fine to us since we had the whole day and it gave me chances to shoot something interesting along the way.
Once we arrive Santa Monica, we first walked the 3rd Street Promenade to grab a bite for lunch. After that, it's all about the beach and the boardwalk. What a fun day my son had, and it made me wish I was young again. We rode on the ferris wheel today, which was a first for all of us.
What a long fun day... I traveled light with the 35'Cron all day and didn't felt too much need to switch lenses at all. The 35mm Summicron v4 isn't the sharpest lens, but it does gives a bit of that Leica glow. For the full set of images from today, [CLICK HERE].
My son's been taking an after-school chess class and Friday was their tournament day. He's never play chess before and he's doing quite well. He even beat me! However, I'm not a chess player either, I barely know how to move the pieces. Here are some shots with the 90'MEM because I wanted to hang back and not disturb them.
CicLAvia is an organization that creates multiple events per year around LA that close off major city street and let everyone ride whatever they want right in the middle of the main road. It's an awesome feeling and we love taking advantage of it whenever they have it. As usual, I mounted the lightest lens I own, the 35'Cron, and rode with it the whole day with the camera dangling by my chest.
Haven't been shooting much lately, so I gathered the family and went to visit the recently opened The Broad Museum in downtown LA today. The admission was free, and all the reservation ran out online, but they had a walk-in line that queued around the block. We had nothing else to do, so we waited the 1.5 hours to get in.
While we waited, I walked around the perimeter to take some shots of the exterior. I decided to travel light today, so armed with just the 35'Lux, I did what I could to capture the distinct architecture and did some street work since there were lots of people around.
Once we're in, there were lots of interesting pieces to look at, reminded me very much of LACMA. Many works of famous modern artists, and I was surprised that I knew many of them. Although I'm not a fine art major nor have I study it much, I owe it to the various podcasts that I've been listening to recognize many of the artists.
Afterwards, we walked around the area some more and decided to go have dinner in Little Tokyo. It felt really good to be out and shooting again. While shooting, I thought about the recently released LCD-less Leica M-D camera. The removal of the back LCD is somehow very appealing to me, so I tried to avoid using the LCD on my M9, except for adjust ISO, and for my casual photography, I think the M-D will be a great fit. I'm going to hold off, however, just to see if Leica will announce an update to the M240. Please [CLICK HERE] to the the full set of images from today.
My Journey into Leica...
A path not to be taken lightly, not without reservations, and not without dedication, but the results can be sweet, OH SO SWEET! This is a documentation of my trials and tribulations into the world of Leica Rangefinder Photography, and I hope you'll enjoy coming along with me.