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...
The day after Halloween, it was first day of November, we got an extra hour from the time change. We drove down to Carlsbad, CA, just north of San Diego, and spent a few hours at the beach. Although it was very hot, I think the temperature was in the 80's, the water temperature was still quite warm, by Pacific Ocean standards. It felt like we were given a gift to spend one more day of summer, because the weather is about to turn cold next week, if the weatherman was correct.
My son, Aidan, started out being very careful to not get wet. But as we've seen many times before, he ends up getting completely drenched. Good thing we packed a set of clothes for him to change, so he continued as a carefree kid. What joy it brings to watch him laugh and play!
Though impromptu as it was, and didn't took a lot of efforts, I think we had a quality family-together time just enjoying the simple things in life. I think a simple single-35mm lens setup is growing on me.
We went to visit the Getty Villa yesterday. Despite the horrible traffic on the PCH, our moods lifted as soon as we entered through the gate. There was architecture photo ops everywhere, not to mention the people and exhibits. It's hard to imagine that this used to be someone's home, due to the grandeur of everything.
This time, armed with only the 35'Lux on purpose, I exercised my 35mm frame mindset. It's really versatile, so I didn't struggle too much. However with the bright sunlight and shades from the balconies and tree, I had to watch my aperture setting so I don't under/over expose any scene.
It shocked us to find that we were able to look at everything in just under 90 minutes. There was things to look at indoor, outdoor, and at every turn of a corner. If you like to see the full set of images [CLICK HERE].
My wife and sister-in-laws are thinking about starting a business to sell pet products. I've been tapped to take product photos for them. Not having much experiences in that area, I felt I needed some practice. First, I purchased a 3 light setup with a tent (seen below) and set it up the best I could. Then it's time to take some test shots. I used my MiniDigi Rolleiflex as the model, mount the 90'MEM on the M9 and setup the tripod. Although the diffused lights were too strong, I really didn't have to worry about shutter speed since this is still life on tripod. After about 5 shots, I found f/8 to give me the right amount of depth of focus. Now, I just need to iron the background a little...
I haven't been shooting very much lately, and when I do, I tend to stick with just a couple of lenses. The 35'Lux, which I've long lusted after and acquired last year, has been sitting in the cabinet feeling lonely. Also, the 28'Cron hasn't been used ever since I got the WATE. I'm starting to think that maybe it's time to pare down a couple of lenses and just stick with what I use. But, then I mounted the 35'Lux and caught this shot of my son, now throwing all those thoughts out the window. It's my own fault for not using those lenses, so I should get to it!
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.
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.