Delayed satisfaction definitely has its power... that must be why I'm so happy to receive my films back. I don't think I get this excited looking at digital files at the end of the days of shooting. So far my glassware has been working wonderfully as my light meter, I almost use it exclusively for shooting film now.
I didn't think BW film was good at capturing sunrises, but I gave it a shot anyway.
Today we visited a house with pool up on the Hollywood Hills. This perhaps the last chance for the kids to get to splash in the pool before autumn roll around. Labor Day, to me, is always the holiday to send off summer with a last hurrah.
It feels kind of strange, now that we're grown up. Back in the days, this marks the beginning of another school year, time for us to collect ourselves. But now I look at September melancholy because it feels like another year is almost passing us by... Where have all the time gone? What have I done this year that was memorable?
Maybe these shots of empty pools shows what I'm feeling. It reminds us of the fun we had... after the party ends, all that's left are the still water and the eerie lights.
When you find a campground that's well maintained and has easy hiking trails that showcase beautiful sceneries, it's hard to resist going back again and again, and again. This time armed with the WATE, I was determined to rediscover the landscapes and see if I can find different angles to capture its beauty.
Something different about this trip, was taking a few more family members, like my mother-in-law, and niece and nephews. Having new members sharing our camping experience is always a good thing. For the full set of images, please visit my personal gallery [HERE].
Can you even see it? The yellowish/greenish streak, that's the little shooting star I caught last night. There's another streak below it, which I think was a moving plane. Last night's shower was much better than the previous year. We drove to Mt. Baldy to try to avoid the city lights. For about the two hours that we watched, I think most of us saw about 15-20 shooting stars, except for those who were busy eating and talking (you know who you are!) and those who just fell asleep. We ended the night on a high note, after we saw a bright shooting star about 5 times longer than the one I captured here.
For my 41st birthday, I asked my wife that we go camping. Luckily, we were able to find a open spot in Barton Flats Campground in San Bernardino National Forest (Near Big Bear Lake). Strangely enough, we've been camping all around California, and yet, this is the first time we've camped near Big Bear. I guess we always thought of it as a ski resort thing in the winter, but I'm glad we've found more use for it during the summer!
Barton Flats turned out to be a great campground. There are many big trees here to provide good shades and there are nice clean toilets and free showers. The camp host does an excellent job upkeeping the place... each campsite is raked and cleaned before the guests' arrival. We definitely wouldn't mind coming back here again.
Very near the campground, there's very nice short hike (approx. 1 mile) up to Jens Lake. It tooks us about an hour, with plenty of rests, to hike up to the Lake. The stunning view of the lake makes the hike worth it. Some of us went walking around the lake which probably took less than 30 minutes. The water is very clear, but we told to not swim in it because there are lots of fish hooks from people's line getting caught in the algae.
All in all, what a lovely weekend to celebrate my birthday. I found that 16mm is great for taking selfies, so you might see more of me in my own photographs! NOT :) If you would like the see the full set of images from this weekend, [CLICK HERE].
The WATE has been stuck on my M9 for the past month. Still learning its characteristics and adjusting myself to shoot at such wide angle. I'm starting to notice the distortions it brings when shooting at close quarters, but overall I'm still very happy with it. We'll soon be going on a camping trip and I can't wait to take it out in the wild!
Shooting with a wide-angle lens is a lot of fun. At 21mm, your field of view is about 90 degree, and at 16mm, it feels like looking with one eye open... it's WIDE! With the recently acquired Wide Angle Tri-Elmar (WATE), I figured I needed some time to get to know the lens, its operation, the frankenfinder, and just learning to shoot wide-angle shots overall. Today we took my son and our moms out for some sun exposure. We first went to Long Beach and stopped by the Restoration Hardware Outlet, and we went to Redondo Beach to walk around. I had a lot of fun trying to figure out how to compose a scene and here are the results:
I thought the Leica 16-18-21mm Wide Angle Tri-Elmar (WATE) was going to my landscape lens. However, I didn't know how much fun a wide angle lens can be in a close quarter, capturing scenes that I never imagined before. What a fun lens!
A father's day present that came early! 28'Cron has served as my wide angle lens for a while now. While I'm able to make it work most of the time, I always had a wandering eye for something wider. I've been hawking over the online forums and eBay for the 21'SEM and the WATE for a while now. Finally, last week I was able to pick up a great condition WATE for a very reasonable price, I'm so happy my patience paid off. My wife agreed with the purchase and said it'll be my father's day present :P
Here's a snapshot of my son while I tested the lens out:
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.