Near/around Downtown Los Angeles
It's so peaceful down there.
Two of my dear friends, Jud and Elizabeth, had their wedding a couple of weekends ago. It was truly beautiful to watch two people so much in love be married. And under the magnificent backdrop that is Palm Springs, it couldn't have been a more perfect scenario. Congrats, Judd and Liz!
This past Sunday, I went to explore the arts district in Downtown Los Angeles that I had been anticipating visiting. From what I'd seen and heard, it was amazing and when I went, I was amazed. Luckily that day, there was a bike-only event so streets were closed off, businesses were thriving and thousands of interesting people roamed around enjoying the sun. Days like this one are what makes me love living in LA.
Images shot with the Mamiya C330 w/ Kodak Portra 400speed.
Daily randoms with my five year old cousin, Annaka.
Yashica Electro 35 GS w/ Kodak Portra 400 speed.
A foggy day in Santa Monica last weekend
I went to shoot the fog on the beach and I found a man whistling into a microphone. When I asked him if it was alright to shoot his photograph, he spoke slowly and calmly back to me through the amplifier underneath him. His broadcast was to me but it sounded like it was meant for the world. When I got close to him to drop the change I had, his glasses reflected everything he saw back at me. This was one of the most enlightening moments I've had in a long while. It felt like a dream the way everything happened so peacefully. It was an incredible moment.
Shot with the Mamiya C330 + Kodak Portra 400 speed.
Here are a few of the selects from the second roll of 35mm film I've shot in the Yashica Electro 35 GS. Both of the first two rolls have been film lying around the house. I've noticed the increase risk of light burn when using these rolls which have been exposed to huge fluctuations of temperature and care. For my third roll, I shot with Kodak Portra 400 speed and noticed a huge reduction in images with light leaks. That's a relief! More on those images coming soon.
I recently bid $50 on a rangefinder through ebay. I did it partly thinking I'd be outbid since it had 4 "followers" and was one of the only Yashica Electro 35 Gs's with a necessary battery adapter to make it functional. 2 days later I get an email saying I won. Woah! Me? For real? Awesome! Wait, I'm broke! But really though, I was stoked, even if it was something I bid on thinking my truck's gas level would stay at a comfortable half-tank instead of a quarter. Anyway...
I'm super excited about this camera. When it arrived in the mail, and I searched for it in those packing peanuts, I felt the most excited about photography than I have in a little while. I threw in a roll of cheap film and took it out around Los Angeles to see if it worked. Luckily, it did! There are a couple issues. Seemingly, the rangefinder is a little testy and the light leak problem that a lot of online forums mentioned may be true for my camera as well. But, out of the 24 exposures, most of the light leaks weren't completely undesirable or weren't very visible at all. Above all, I'm happy to have a lighter film camera than my Mamiya to take with me every day. Plus, cheaper processing fees are a welcome necessity to my wallet ;)
Here are a few of my favorites from the test.