It's been a while! Life goes on as usual, but I've been choosing to enjoy the family experience fully instead of carrying my camera. Surely, there's a balance to be had... to be able to have a camera with me and still be present enough to enjoy and participate. It's always rewarding, though, after we come home and find some nice captures to remember the day.
CicLAVia events are always wonderful to participate. There's just a strange feeling when you're riding in the middle of street where is usually filled with cars. It makes it easy to imagine a day when our city planners give bikes more room on the street. One can hope!
We had a busted hose in our house a couple of months ago, caused major water damage in the house. That's why I've been missing in action in the photography front. Finally, everything is repaired and life has returned to normal. We took my son and nephews to Universal Studio Hollywood today because their spring break is coming to an end. I didn't take a lot of shots since it was our 4th or 5th time back with our annual pass.
Today is another CicLAvia event, in the heart of LA. The bike routes connected Chinatown, Boyle Heights, and MacArthur Park. We parked our car in Chinatown and rode our way through Downtown LA's financial district to MacArthur Park, and stopped by Little Tokyo for lunch on our way back.
With my minimal setup, just the M9 and 35'Cron, I caught a few keepers along the way. This bike event always gave us a great experience because it allowed us to pass through places that we normally took for granted, showing us beauty that can only be appreciated if you slow down.
The route also past right in front of the Bradbury building, so of course I couldn't resist to go inside and just bask in its beauty for a little bit. I wasn't expecting to take that many pictures so I didn't put in a freshly charged battery and ended up running out of juice around lunch time. I was glad to at least caught this last image, though.
Went to have lunch with father-in-law today at Din Tai Fung, in the Arcadia Mall. They told us it was going to be 1.5-hour wait... and we saw that a new Uncle Tetsu bakery just opened next door and there was a long line for that too. So why not kill two birds? We waited in line for the cheesecake while waiting for our table for lunch. Here are just some shots while being bored.
It was a hot day... after a brief debate in the morning, we decided to follow our plan to visit the Universal Studio Hollywood since the kids have been wanting to see the new Harry Potter attractions. It was nice of them to install many misty cooling fans all around the theme park on a hot day like this. It really made it more bearable. When the light hits mist in the afternoon, it also made dramatic images.
Today, I went light... armed with just the 35'Cron and a spare battery. Once I settled in with the 35mm field of view, things got a bit easier and I was able to take some street shots. People paid no attentions to me as I snapped away. To see the full set of images from today, please [CLICK HERE].
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].
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.
It's not everyday to have a Sunday brunch with 4 of my grand uncles. With each of them all nearing the age of 90 and living in different parts of the world, it took quite a bit of miraculous effort to make this happen. I'm just glad I was there to capture this shot.
For some reason unknown to me, kids' world are full of primary colors. The colors are strong, vibrant, and make beautiful histograms :)
Once in a while, we gather all the kids up and take a group photo. We already have 3 of these on our wall, and I'm sure we'll be putting this up as well. They grow up so fast, don't they? Looking back, the first one we took, my son was still just a baby. I just don't know how many more of these we'll be able to take...
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.