Good evening! It's the month of August, so you know what that means? It's Perseid Meteor Shower season! I'm no astronomy expert, so when the news came up for this event, first thought in my head was "photo adventure time!" For this year's meteor shower, a new moon was coinciding with the event, bringing even darker skies, making it easier to see more meteors burn up through Earth's atmospher. As a photographer, this was exciting since that meant a better chance at capturing a night sky. However, living in Los Angeles, there was still the HUGE challenge of the city's light pollution.
Good evening! It's back to a normal 5 day work week, but this past weekend involved another trip to Disneyland (surprise!). In an attempt to leave early, I was greeted at the parking structure with some loud explosions, marking the start of the fireworks show for the evening. Rather than drive home at that time, I decided to stay an extra 15 minutes, viewing the show from one of the stair cases, giving me a decent view of the show from a new perspective. Plus, I figured it was safer to stay put until the show was done so I'm not sharing the road with distracted drivers trying to view the explosions while driving 70 miles per hour on the freeway. :) Anyways, here are some of the long exposure shots from my point of view. Enjoy!
It's been a busy few weeks where I really haven't had the chance to post anything on my blog, but I did go on several photo adventures some of which I only shared on Instagram or Flickr. There were several photos of the new Paint the Night Parade at Disneyland taken with my 100mm macro lens, that time I went to the Zoo, and visited Travel Town in Griffith Park. Eventually, I'll get a collection of them up here, but for now, I've got some fireworks photos to share. These photos are of the new Disneyland Forever show at the Disneyland Resort. These shots were taken with the 16-35mm f/4L lens from Canon from the Disneyland Hotel. These photos were an interesting adventure on their own. Fifteen minutes before the show started, I was nowhere near where I wanted to be to take these photos. Instead, I was trapped in the crowds inside the park closer to where the actual fireworks view spots were. However, I was determined to grab some new photos from a vantage point I've never done. With a night booked at the hotel, it was the perfect vantage point for me to snap something different. I walked passed on the crowds, power walking my way through Downtown Disney and making my way up to the 11th floor to my room overlooking the resort. I didn't walk fast enough and missed the first 2 minutes of the show, but I did get most of it. Setting up my camera really really quick, I established myself and grabbed the following photos from the show. Enjoy!
In perhaps my most boring title blog post, I bring to you some photos from the Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3! This trade event spanning three days at the Los Angeles Convention Center invited several video game developers, publishers, and popular this year, VR headset makers. Names such as Activision, Disney, Warner Brothers, EA, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo were all on hand to show off their latest projects. I attended for the last two days of the events, checking out what each company had to offer. I did not have the patience to wait in the terribly long lines, but did just walk around to see some of the cool things they had on display.
Yesterday, I shared some photos taken on a plane as I few to Maryland. While the trip was to just visit some family over the weekend, it quickly turned into a photo adventure. After 2 hours of sleep on a 5 hour flight and a day of meeting and catching up with some relatives, I headed out to our National Monuments in Washington, D.C. for some late night adventures. To be more accurate, it really was just a super early morning adventure. Anyways, this adventure consisted of visiting the Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and a few other stops. While going around, I did see the Jefferson Memorial, White House, and Capitol Building, but because of the time we had, and difficulty with finding parking, I wasn't able to take photos of those locations. But on the bright side, it give me another reason to want to return to the area. Anyways, here are some of the photos taken that evening/morning.
I probably just had one of the most adventurous weekend in 2015 so far! Departing Los Angeles on Friday night, I flew across the country to spend a weekend in Maryland to visit some family and take some photos. What I though was going to be just a simple weekend getaway took a turn for the adventurous side when I went on a midnight exploration of some of our national monuments followed by the cancellation of my departure flight due to bad weather. As a result of these events, several photos were taken, the first of which will be some night photos from my flight departing the City of Angels.
After work, I decided to pay a visit to the Old Los Angeles Zoo, located in Griffith Park, CA. I visited the Old Zoo for the first time a few months ago to photograph the history site and decided to stop by again after seeing some traffic on the way home. The pitstop served as a good opportunity to wait for the traffic to die down while going on a quick photo adventure. For this shoot, I had my trusty Canon 6D with the 16-35mm F/4L lens which allowed me to capture a few different wide angle shots of the location.
The Apple Watch has been out in the public's hands for about a week now. While the actual watch is in short supply and backordered till June, there's a small handful of people out there that already has the new wearable tech on hand (or on their wrist) to try out. I was one of those fortunate people who managed to get their pre-orders in on time for a day one shipment of the first supply of watches. Being one of these early adopters, I'm frequently asked what my thoughts are on the device and after a full week of ownership, I think I'm ready to to share my initial thoughts.
I recently decided to pick up a new lens - the Canon 16-35mm F/4 L IS, one of Canon's sharpest wide angle lens released to date. I actually picked it up last week, and took these photos last week as well as a test for the lens. This won't be a review of the lens itself, but just a recap of some of my experience with playing it for a day. There are plenty of detailed reviews for the 16-35mm, but overall i found it to be a wonderful lens. Labeled as a "L-Series" lens, the glass does not dissapoint. Overall, I found it to be sharp and the image stabilization made it quite usable in low light conditions. The only down side I found was that the F/4 aperture still made it difficult ot work in low light scenarios with moving objects. While the IS did help, the IS only resolves for camera shakes, but not so much for moving objects. Anyways, you can take a look at my first set of photos with this lens below.