Leica M9 was announced on September 9, 2009... 5 years ago. It's considered a couple of lifetimes in the digital world. Just to give you an idea, it's the same year iPhone 3GS was announced, and we just heard about the iPhone 6. The M9 was the first ever full-frame digital rangefinder, and they've got it right the first time. It still makes beautiful images today. I've been tempted by the newer models that have been released over the years, but the images I take calms me down. Let's hope it'll keep going for many 5 more years!
We went to visit a few interesting places in and around Palos Verdes (PV). First, we saw the Wayfarer Chapel, which is a small chapel made of glass panels. We couldn't get inside because there was a wedding ceremony going on, of which they are very popular, as you can imagine. It was quite hot today, nearly 87 degree by the coast. I couldn't help but imagine it must have felt like a hellish green house in the chapel.
Speaking of hell... we then drove down and visiting a place called the "Sunken City", which was a part of a residential area that were lost to landslide many years ago. Slabs of concrete and asphalt are now covered with graffiti. The whole area was fenced off, but it didn't stop us and quite of few others from exploring the place.
You can see the full set of photos [HERE].
It's been a while since we've been out, and my camera has been quite lonely. The kids' schools will start next week, so this is the last weekend for their summer vacation. So, today we went to the Getty's Museum. Besides the art pieces displayed there, I was awed by the modern architecture. Beautiful white walls, large glass windows, and stairs...
You can see the full set of images [HERE].
Alice invited us to a party at her house in Rancho Cucamonga... It's always fun to see friends whom you have not meet for a while. It was a day of fun in the pool for the kids, and free flowing alcohol for the adults :D
We went to the Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival with a lot of expectation, perhaps too much. We wanted to see a lively show with people cheering and lots of good food. However, it turned out not too so much of a spectator sport. There's no announcers so we had no idea who was racing and whether or not it's an important race, no score board, so we had no idea what we're watching, except we see people sometimes race, sometimes not. Don't even get me started on the food. Let's just say we spent about 40 minutes there, had some grubs, and everyone wanted to go home. I've got some shots to share, nonetheless.
SoCal living... What to do when you're bored? There's always the beach! Today was a hot day... but we got bored hiding in air conditioned home all day, so we decided to head to the beach... at around 6pm! We still got a good hour of sun and some fun chasing (or being chased by?) the waves.
The 35'Lux ASPH FLE is really a wonderful lens. When I reviewed some of the shots at home on the retina screen, I'm just wow'd by its color and super sharpness. The out of focus area is smooth when shooting wide open and really make things pop. I also have the 35'Cron which I thought was enough for my needs, but I just can't seem to let this go.
For 4th of July, we went to a friend's house for BBQ. At night, all the kids got some fireworks to play with. I thought to myself, if only I had the Sony A7S... Since I didn't, I tried to do what I can with the M9. I set the ISO at 1250, and just let the fireworks provide the light for me.
I saw someone's pictures on Instagram of a lotus pond and it fueled me to go out to take some pictures. A quick search showed that Echo Park Lake is the perfect spot. I switched between the 90MEM and 28'Cron, but I think if I have another chance to shoot it again, I'd use the 50'Lux for its shallow DOF.
Back in May, during our weekend stay in Palm Springs, I took a couple of rolls with the Rolleiflex SL66 and just got it developed. Since I got some weird stripes from my old online processing place, I decided to try another place. This place, The Darkroom, is awesome. They provide a mail-in envelope and is very reasonably priced. This time I tried out some TMAX400 film, and I'm in love. I like it much more than Tri-X!
Yesterday was Darren's high school graduation, the entire family/clan couldn't be more proud of him. It was a rather cool summer evening with good light and a joyous mood. It was awesome to find that Mr. Ziolkowski, one of my favorite teacher back in high school, was there to give a touching speech.
I started with the 90MEM to cover the walk-in, speeches, and the handing out of diplomas. Then I switched to the 50'Lux with a ND-filter to handle all the portraits. I did not dare to use f/1.4 too much because I needed to make sure everyone's faces are in focus, so I mostly stay around f/2.8, unless I see some opportunities to go wide-open. Here are just some select shots, you can see the full set [HERE].