Posted: February 19th, 2010 | Author: Mike | Filed under: Photography | Tags: 17-35mm L, Canon 20D, mall, sushi | 2 Comments »
I was up late last night trying to catch up on all the Olympics coverage that I had missed this week. So I slept in this morning meaning that I woke up a little after 7AM instead of 5AM like I did yesterday morning. So without my morning photos, I decided to keep things low key by shooting our evening activities.
My wife’s birthday is this Wednesday so we decided to celebrate early by going to our favorite sushi joint with Nate Dogg. Nate enjoyed his smelt egg sushi and shrimp tempura. He kept us entertained by making funny faces throughout dinner. After dinner, we headed over to the Westfield Culver City for some ice cream and some running around.
The mall used to be called the Fox Hills Mall, but it was remodeled recently and they changed the name to go with the new digs. I’ve been to the mall a couple times since they reopened and I have to say that the entire mall looks really nice.
Now we’re at home, Nate is down for the night, and my wife just cracked open a bottle of wine. Time to sign off.
The sushi chefs at Sakura
Seared rib-eye sushi with avocado and sea urchin - amazing!
Nate, mugging for the camera
Nate at Westfield Culver City
Nate Dogg and Marie-Z
The Westfiled Culver City, post remodel
Posted: February 14th, 2010 | Author: Mike | Filed under: Photography | Tags: 17-35mm L, Canon 20D, creek, hiking, long exposure, slow shutter, waterfall | No Comments »
Just north of Altadena is a great little hike called the Millard Canyon Trail. I met up with my friend who suggested this hike for what is normally about 1.5 miles hike roundtrip, but today it was more like 3 or 4 miles with some significant elevation gain in the early going. The recent rains had caused sufficient damage to the roads and the parking lot that the entry road was closed to motor traffic.
The good news is that the rains also made the falls much very picturesque. I’ve seen a few pictures of the falls online and it is little more than a trickle in most of the images. But today, it was a full-fledged 50′ waterfall!
I eagerly set up my tripod and pulled out my camera only to find that I had taken the tripod mount off of my camera! Bummers. So I had to make do and simply rest the camera on the tripod and hope that I could hold it steady as I snapped my long exposures. I think they came out fine despite not having a rigid mount.
I hope you enjoy today’s images.
Millard Canyon Falls
A mid-trail cascade
Posted: February 5th, 2010 | Author: Mike | Filed under: Photography | Tags: 28-80mm L, beach, Canon 20D, El Porto, long exposure, ocean, slow shutter | No Comments »
There wasn’t much in the way of waves this morning at El Porto. At least not enough to try any water shots so I settled for snapping a few shots from the beach and then caught a few waves on my longboard.
Waves are supposed to pick up this evening and stay big over the weekend, but we’re also supposed to get some rain so who knows what the conditions will be like. Hopefully, I’ll be able to try my hand at the water shots again tomorrow.
El Porto, looking south
El Porto, looking north
Posted: February 3rd, 2010 | Author: Mike | Filed under: Photography | Tags: 28-80mm L, beach, Canon 20D, dawn patrol, oasis, ocean | No Comments »
It’s nice to know that even in a big metropolis like Los Angeles, you can still find a couple places where you can get away from the crowd.
Posted: February 1st, 2010 | Author: Mike | Filed under: Photography | Tags: 17-35mm L, Canon 20D, night time | 2 Comments »
Today, I had to get into the office at 7:30 AM so I didn’t have time to shoot anything until my drive home from work. The Howard Hughes Promenade is on my way home from work, so it served as a good subject for a day when I just didn’t have a whole lot of time to shoot. Today was all about not breaking the chain.
Howard Hughes Promenade
Posted: January 29th, 2010 | Author: Mike | Filed under: Photography | Tags: 17-35mm L, beach, Canon 20D, long exposure, ocean, pier, Redondo Beach, slow shutter | No Comments »
I’ve always called this the Redondo Beach Pier or the Redondo Pier. I guess I never noticed the sign that simply refers to it as “THE PIER”. I’ve got nothing against Redondo Beach or its pier. It’s a nice town and the pier is a pretty fun destination every once in a while. But I think it’s a little lame for the town to call its pier, “THE PIER” especially when there are so many other lovely piers within a short drive. In fact, if you do a Google search for “THE PIER”, the Redondo Pier isn’t on any of the first few pages of image results. I think the folks that decided to make the sign should have done some focus group testing or checked Google before referring to their pier as “THE PIER”.
The Redondo Pier, Perspective 1
The Redondo Pier, Perspective 2
The Redondo Pier, Perspective 3
The Sign for The Pier