I believe this is roll #10 and #11. I try to keep film always loaded in the SL66, so that I can pick it up and shoot a couple of frames whenever I'm inspired. Due to the cost of film and processing, I usually shoot portraits because I think pictures of love ones will increase the values of these negatives over time. Do you see a black bar about a third of the way from the left? It's back! Last time I thought it was solved by going to a different film processor, but now I think it may have something to do with shooting in bright day light. Maybe there's some kind of light leak that causes the stripe as I advance the film. I shall be more careful next time.
Here's another interesting place to visit on our way to Vegas. Take the Kelbaker Road exit off I-15 at Baker and go east for about 20 miles, then turn left on to Aiken Mine Road, which is a dirt/gravel path, for another 4 miles. While driving towards the destination, you can almost tell from the landscape where the lava flowed from, coating the land, and where it stopped, creating a wall.
Once I knew that we were going to visit this place, I wanted to buy the Sony A7s camera which would be perfect for this opportunity. But after some debate, I decided to stick with the M9 and bring a tripod instead. Limitation breeds creativity, right? Unfortunately, we got there a little too late to catch the sun ray beaming through holes. So, I setup the tripod and we took some silly long exposure shots.
It gets pretty dusty in there, so I wouldn't recommend anyone staying there for too long. After climbing out of the hole and look at the surrounding landscape again, you can't help but wonder how was this place ever discovered. Here's a shot of my friend, David, who at the time of this shot, had no idea his daughter Isabella will born in another 24 hours. Somehow, I feel the essence of happiness is captured here.
I also took a bunch of photo and videos via Google Glass, you can see them [HERE].
When I think about driving to Las Vegas from L.A., I usually dread that boring 3 to 4 hours drive. There is a high chance of slow moving traffic on certain spots, and some long stretches of nothingness through the desert landscape. So when I had to make that drive this past weekend, I tried to look for interesting places to visit along the way. The Bottle Tree Ranch can be found on the historic Route 66 between Victorville and Barstow.
Apparently, some guy named Elmer just decided to build this in the middle of nowhere. It has grown over the years and the "installation" has gained some notoriety. We spent around 15 minutes just look around the forest of bottle trees and saw other groups of tourists stopping by. Too bad we weren't able to speak to Elmer directly that day.
I'm a sucker for scenes like this. Not a super interesting shot, but I was walking by and saw the sparkling afternoon sun filtering through the leaves and hitting the blinds. By the time I got the camera out to take a shot, it was slightly too late as most of the golden sparkles was already gone. This image gives me a new idea, though... I wonder if one day I can capture 4 distinct feel/emotion in the same image, a different color/tone in each panel. I'll have to keep an eye out for that ;-)
Halloween is a big deal if you have kids. The M9, however, is next to useless if you want to capture some shots of kids going trick or treat. Doesn't stop me from trying, though. Here are a few shots from today... The elementary school had a parade this morning for the kids to show off their costumes, which I thought was a nice idea.
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.