This weekend we went out on a surprisingly cold evening to see the lantern display at the LA Arboretum. I took my Olympus Pen-f digital fitted with the 7artisans 25mm lens. (These images are resized for web JPEGs straight out of the camera as I am without photo editing capability this week)
I had a few minutes to spare on my way to the UK on a recent trip and couldn’t resist braving the heat outside and get a few pictures of the Theme building which is situated at the centre of the LAX airport complex.
This is an iconic building and classic mid-century ‘googie’ design; I’d love to get inside someday.
All pictures shot on Olympus Pen-F Digital
I shot this roll of FujiPro 400 over a few weeks as I didn’t manage a full photo walk and shoot it in one go. I used the Vitomatic II for this as my Prominent and Sensorex are both away for a service at the moment and it’s been a while since I used this one anyway (I was also inspired by a few recent posts and comments on 35mmc).
Still like this camera and it remains a favourite especially for travel as it is compact and self contained.
As a result there is a range of subject matter… Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #14”
Seven? What happened to Six? I here you ask…
Well Six was a dud. I loaded a not-long-expired Portra 400 into my Mamiya C330 and something didn’t go right meaning the roll didn’t feed right and I ended up losing it; luckily(?) this all happened before i could even take a shot so at least I didn’t waste much time or lose any actual shots (still annoying though).
For #7 then I chose a fairly fresh roll of Ilford PanF plus 50 which I think is ideal for my 1940ish Voigtländer Bessa Rangefinder –
I had a reason to go down to the airport and took the opportunity to snap the wonderful Theme Building (would love to tour inside one day).
Film 5 was Kodak Portra which I shot in my Miranda Sensorex as it’s last hurrah before it goes up for sale. I have two and only need one, the other is away for CLA and so once it gets back should be in top shape; this one which works really well can find a new home.
I do like Portra; it’s becoming my preferred choice for colour film photography.
I found this odd structure down in LA; it seems to be a 30 foot periscope of sorts. I suspect the mirror at the top isn’t the original as it is not very effective. The weather was dry (ish) and I managed a few shots.
Also found a junk store that I had never noticed before; it’s all outside and they have some fun items which made for a few interesting shots. Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #5”
Part of ‘The Thirty Six‘ project this year to try to shoot the 36 films I have in stock.
This is a part of film #4 which was Ilford Delta 400 35mm using my Voigtländer Prominent (w/Ultron 50mm) to shoot.
I’ve visited this station just off of downtown LA a few times and I love it features. It was built in the 1930s and is a mix of Art Deco, Mission Revival, and Streamline Moderne styles.
For this visit I happened to be meeting a friend coming into town and decided it would do no harm to arrive a little early and see what shots i could find; as it was her train was delayed and I had a couple hours to wander around. Continue reading “Union Station, Los Angeles”
It was my birthday last week and my fiancee asked me what would I like to do. I didn’t really have anything that I could really think of other than photography time. So, she agreed to accompany me on a photography walk downtown in LA and as she was looking for a few things we started in the ‘fashion district’.
My fiancee is someone who likes to have a plan and ideally an itinerary, by the very least a goal to aim for. By contrast I am happy to wander aimlessly just looking about and seeing what I see.
The other Saturday I completed my chores in good time and as ‘S’ was away for a few days I decided I had earned a few hours to take myself to Downtown LA for a photo walk.
I do like shooting DTLA as there is plenty of interesting buildings and people about to keep me occupied. Typically I would always take my Pen-F digital as well as a film camera (just in case) but for this day I decided to go 100% film. I did still take two cameras the Voigtländer Vitomatic II and the Bessa RF, the latter as it only had a couple of frames remaining which I wanted to finish off.
The Vitomatic was loaded with Fomapan Classic 100; I have a few rolls of this and trying to see if I like it.
It was a lovely sunny say and I centered myself in the area around the Bradbury building; famous for many films including Bladerunner.
Apologies for not posting, I went on vacation and was away from decent network access, now I have been evacuated due to Los Angeles fires and so posting is not easy.
Here’s a couple of pictures I took yesterday; the first is the road up to the city I live in and as you can see there is quite a smoke plume above where I am heading. The second is from the driveway of my house just as we were leaving, there are flames just visible on the hillside.
We are safe though and that is the main thing.
At the edge of Griffith Park next to the i5 is the LA Zoo, a modern establishment housing animals in somewhat reasonably humane conditions (depending on your overall opinion on zoos) but just around the corner the other side of the hill that the LA Zoo now sits upon in the site where the zoo once was and much of the old place is still there to see. Continue reading “LA’s Old Zoo”
A few weeks ago I visited the newly opened Los Angeles State Historic Park. I understand this park has been a long time in the making and opened something like 16 years late.
Anyway it’s a nice open space close to Chinatown and Downtown LA, well worth a visit if you want to chill out. It’s quite open and new looking, much of the trees and shrubbery still need to mature and it can only get better. Considering it’s newly opened there was a lot of repair work going on but it was still nice to walk around for an hour or so.
I took my Voigtlander Bessa RF with me loaded with Ilford Delta 400. Continue reading “Los Angeles State Historic Park”
I took this a while ago on a hike near the Hollywood sign; nearly stepped on it as my eye was stuck to the viewfinder of my camera. Luckily my daughter was paying attention and alerted me to the little critter.
Photography can be a dangerous pastime.
My response to Weekly Photo Challenge Danger!