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.
Around the same time last year, we went camping at Gaviota State Beach, near Santa Barbara. We experienced some terrible winds at night that felt like our tents were going to blow off. Since the location was right off the beach and had great scenery, we've always loved and scared about going back. I saw some open spots in the campground again this year for spring break, so I tried to find a good spot with wind breakers and we packed our heavy coats for another trip.
The winds were calmer this time, and since we were well prepared for it, we had blast at night in our tent. I purchase the Goal Zero solar panel and rechargeable battery so we can watch movies on the laptop while our tent swayed. Since it was just the three of us this time, I had less chance to wander and take photos, but it was great family bonding time.
I shot with the WATE all weekend, loving that extra wideness. I wish I brought a tripod to capture some night shots because the stars were beautiful and extra bright at night. I think with good preparation, I would come back again. On our way back, we checked out Refugio State Beach and El Capitan State Beach, just to see how they were, since they're only a few miles away. Our conclusion was: no place is perfect, it's perfect if it's available when you need it :) For the full set, [CLICK HERE].
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]
Feels like it's been ages since I've taken the camera out. Today we strolled through our local farmer's market and I took a few shots of this travelling musician. I believe he was setting up all the equipment for his one-man band (not counting his dog). What kind of dedication does it require to maintain this gig, with all the setups, tear-downs, driving around, and often tuning his instruments and craft... just to make a few bucks at this smallish farmer's market? I think it's more than that... there must be passion. Then I think of myself and my photography... what a fair weather practitioner I am.
Our friends invited us to join them for a weekend in Palm Spring staying at a Korean-owned hotel in the Desert Springs area. The hotel offered a large heated pool and many indoor and outdoor jacuzzis. It was nice to enjoy some water fun in the middle on winter to relax and replenish our souls.
For a change, I brought the 90'MEM with me this time, hoping to capture some close-ups while the kids are playing in the water, but I ended up with some scenery shots instead. For the full set, [CLICK HERE].
Thanks to El Nino that dumped a bunch of snow in Big Bear the past few weekends, today we took our son to see snow for the first time in his life. It was also the first time I've shot the M9 in snow. He had a ton of fun sledding in the snow, and I ended up with a ton of post processing work. All metering was off while shooting in the snow... the white balance was off most of the time, picking a way too cool temp, and the exposure was mostly 1 stop under (I was shooting in A-mode).
There was no way I could have focused fast enough to catch people coming down the slope, so I cheated by pre-focusing at a spot on the ground about 8 feet from me and just waited for action to come to me. While I didn't get the right focus in many shots, I still like them because the emotion was there.
Shooting these cute kids is just cheating. There was no way I could get a bad picture.
If you would like to see the full set, [CLICK HERE]
Finally returned for a week long vacation in Oahu, Hawaii. This my fifth time there, same island, and I still can't get enough of its beauty. This time I brought only the 16-18-21 WATE and the 50'Lux, but I mainly shot with 16mm almost 90% of the time. Here are some of my favorite shots from the trip:
I had a ton of fun shooting it wide at f/8, almost paid no attention to focus. For the full set, please check it out [HERE].
Just a few shots of my son's school's winter recital. This year he also get to be announcer introducing his grade, so he was pretty nervous about that. One little parental tip I gave him was to look up when he's saying the last sentence so it doesn't seem like he's just reading off the card. He did a great job, and I'm a proud papa!
We passed by the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) before, but never got to visit inside. So today we decided to give it a try. The kids will have the whole week off from school next week, and we didn't want them get stir crazy at home. First, we stopped by the Mitsuwa Japanese market near South Coast for lunch.
The museum was surprisingly small, compared to all of the other museum we've been to in Los Angeles. I guess that meant we'll have time to really study each exhibit. Most of them seemed really modern, lots of audio/visual stuff and recorded performances. Then there were a couple of interesting statistical stuff that picked out the most frequently used words from each President's speeches, and a map of cities labeled by the most common words captured from online dating profiles.
After OCMA, we swung by Fashion Island Shopping Center to walk around and get some PinkBerry.
A quick grab shot from yesterday's golden hour. She was sitting in the light, probably to absorb the warmth, and I just couldn't resist. It seems we have skipped Autumn this year... we went from a long summer and jumped directly into a cold dry winter. El Nino is coming...
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.