We went camping again this past weekend at Barton Flats Campground in Big Bear Mountain. Since other campers didn't seem too enthused about hiking the short trail up to Jenks Lake again, I went with my son, who kept telling me this is one of his most favorite hikes.
Last month when we were here, the water level at Jenks Lake was really low. But it has returned back to normal level now. While we explored around the lake, a ranger told us that they had to clear a 3.5 mile stream with shovels to keep the water coming in. He was really proud, and we thanked him for his hard work.
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We went RV camping this weekend in a friend's C-class RV at Oceanside, near San Diego. It was my first time camping in an RV park and it felt quite different than regular tent camping. Sleeping arrangements were definitely more comfortable, but it didn't have the connections of living close to nature. Perhaps RV'ing in campgrounds will be better, but the RV park we stayed in just felt much more city-like.
The kids had fun, nonetheless. They were constantly on their bikes riding around the RV park, and it was safe because people were conscious about driving slowly around the park. The beach was also only a short walk away, so location-wise, it was not bad at all. At night, no big campfires, but you're allowed built a small fire in a portable fire pit.
This campground around 100 miles away from our house is slowly becoming one of my favorite place to camp. Though it's near Big Bear Lake, popular local mountain resort city, this campground only required a short drive on a less traveled road that has less traffic and easier to drive. Jenks Lake is only a short hike away from the campground with nicely shaded trails and it's not too strenuous.
The Lake has lost a lot of its water from the recent drought, and even the non-eventful El Nino couldn't help it much. 50'Lux does its wonders again, giving me creamy bokeh and lovely colors. The WATE isn't lacking, either, giving me the wider perspective and sharp as needles. For the full set, [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].
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.
Sure, autumn has great colors, but I'm getting some nice colors now. I liked the new spring green mixed with the red maple leaves. It's a lovely sight just for stepping out to pick up today's mail.
This weekend marks the beginning of my son's spring break. So we went to check out the Natural History Museum (NHM) and California Science Center (CSC) next to USC. This was our first time visiting the NHM, and it was as expected... a display of old bones :)
We've been to CSC before, but I've never seen space shuttle Endeavour since it moved in there. What a magnificent display! Humanity really can accomplish anything, if we put our minds to it.
28'Cron was glued on the M9 the entire day. I tend to not switch lenses once I get out... maybe half of it is just laziness, but the other half is because I become adapted to the field of view of whatever focal length the lens I have on, and I just feel comfortable staying with it. To see the full set, [CLICK HERE]
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.