Tour with me into the lands of California, specifically Los Angeles. Former home. This is not a definitive guide as I didn't have time for that, or the gear with me, for that matter.
So many things I love about the city, while there are equally so many things that turn me off. I didn't travel with my normal photography gear, instead I only had my newest acquisition, the Fuji X100S which is simply a (awesome) 23mm f2 fixed lens. That means no zoom (short of using my legs). Nor did I bring my trusted Gitzo to stabilize shots at night. In other words, this was really all work with very little play, but I wouldn't be caught dead without a camera and the iphone just doesn't cut it.
My first stop was in Redding, CA and what had attracted me to stay here was a juice bar and coffee shop I read about. Actually, they are nothing too special but I tend to look for organic or at least higher quality foods when I travel. I'd stop at both of them again because both were quite refreshing.
Zooming passed Shasta. Very clever of Motel 6 to have their sign so aptly placed.
Took a detour on my second night to feel a bit of the country. Not quite like the tree heavy landscapes of the pacific northwest, but instead the Los Padres National Forest, a higher desert environment, where I was able to stay and be chewed on by horses.
Mini horses and big horses
Back to LA.
I'll focus on the positive, the things I like about the city.
The sun. It was about 90 degrees this last weekend. Two weeks before Thanksgiving and it's 90 degrees. While I enjoy a little heat, it can get too warm if you dress like me. The temperature is a stark contrast to the 40 degrees that it is now in Seattle as I write this. I've always thought it'd be great to have a home in both places.
Another positive is that from the last time I lived there, the air quality seems to have improved remarkably.
While I was in LA it was pretty much all business. I apologize now to the friends I didn't get a chance to see.
I did have the opportunity though to see a little gem over in the Silverlake area. It's called the Chandelier Tree. 30 of them hang from this tree. Many thoughts went through my mind. Wow, this is fucking awesome was the first one. Next was, I'd love to do a shoot here with a model or two at night. One of my last thoughts was, how the hell do they change the bulbs?
Check it out:
They do accept donations, via a parking meter, maybe to help pay the electrical bill or bulb replacement.
Had I had a tripod I could have come down from ISO 6400 and had more stable shots, but again, my trip wasn't about sightseeing or socializing. This just happened to be around the corner from a grocery store I was at.
After that I was taxied by a convent. There I stopped and attempted to free the ladies inside, trying to get their attention to let them know that their lives were passing them by. I mean it's totally fine with me to be religious, but not segregated from society. Eventually I was doused with holy water and left but I think I got a couple of them to consider my words. I moved on.
My evening wouldn't have been complete without stopping by Zankou Chicken. My standard, and I've actually never ordered anything else there, is the rotisserie chicken with their mouthgasmic garlic sauce, which you spread inside a piece of pita bread and stuff with chicken, before stuffing your face. My mouth is watering again. Damn good stuff.
This concludes my short trip with roughly 24 hours of it being spent in LA. There was very little time to sleep. But it was productive in many ways.
If you want to see a few more photos from LA go here.