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Hello! I'm making this post from the comfort of bed and typing it on my phone so excuse any typos. Anyways, this "impromptu" post is to share some new photos. Today, I pulled the trigger and picked up a new lens, a Canon 100mm macro lens. I've always wanted to get into macro photography since its art form brings attention to details which easily get ignored. To test out the lens, I decided to photograph some of my mechanical watches. What you'll see are a bunch of shots of Fossil watches. To note, I'm not affiliated with them in anyway and really just own a bunch of Fossil watches. Anyways, onto the photos!

Today was a day off work so I decided to spend it taking photos. For today's photo adventure, I re-visited the Los Angeles Zoo to take some shots of the animals there. The last time I spent some quality time there was still in 2011. I paid a few visits in December for the L.A. Zoo Lights display, but all the animals were asleep and was a totally different experience than a typical zoo visit. Anywyas, for this trip, I brought along my Canon 70-200mm F/4 lens and snapped away. Here are a few shots from today's adventure. :)

When I was a kid, I always enjoyed the rainy day schedule at school because that meant the teachers pulled out the awesome toys and you get to play with them in class. Now that I'm all grown up, the idea of a rainy day schedule is just a thing of the past. However, the awesome thing is that I've got more flexibility on what I want to do on a rainy day, whether that be just to stay at home, or go out and enjoy the wet weather. This past Saturday was one of those days and instead of staying home indoors, I ended up going to Disneyland where I brought along my handy-dandy camera to take some photos. Enjoy!

Welcome to the Griffith Park Observatory! Located near Loz Feliz, the observatory gives you a nice view of Los Angeles. After hearing that the observatory provided a decent view of the night sky, I decided to pay a visit one day after work to see for myself and see what I could capture. Unfortunately, the light pollution of the city was still too strong, and the full moon definitely did not help. However, you've got to work with what you've got and with some long exposures, I was able to capture a few interesting shots of the area.

A few weeks ago, I got the chance to visit the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. The ship is supposedly haunted, but I didn't get to catch any ghosts during my visit. Instead, I got a brief look at history, seeing some of the luxury and elegance the ship had to offer. Today, this ship is no longer in service but is still open for guests to explore. In addition, the ship also serves as a hotel for guests who are visiting to stay in. Knowing that it's haunted, I decided to not try my luck. However, with my Canon 6D on hand equipped with the 24-105mm f4 lens, I roamed around and snapped a few photos to share.

I'm a huge fan of long exposure photography. I feel that it's a great way to capture sharp images at night, but also helps you capture the world in a way that you're not used to seeing. One example, capturing star trails. Usually, we look up at the sky at night and see a several stars in the sky (the actual quantity you see can vary depending on weather and amount of light pollution in your city). However, by exposuing for several seconds, or several minutes, or if you're daring enough, several hours, you can see the night sky in a new way. This is where my photo experiments come to play.

Welcome to New York! I'm spending a few days here on essentially what's become a photo adventure of the city. On my first day, I paid a visit to the Top of the Rock, an observation deck at the top of the Rockefeller Center. While the Empire State Building offers a higher vantage point of the city, Top of the Rock, I feel shows more of it thanks to it's prime location and three levels for observation. On one side of the building is most of the city including such iconic sights such as the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge. On the other side, you get a clear shot of all of New York's Central Park.

After giving some thought of upgrading my Canon EOS M to a new camera, I finally gave in and went for the Canon 6D, Canon's most affordable full frame SLR camera. The EOS M was a great camera to me, and continues to offer great features for the buck. It's size and portability, great 22mm kit lens, compatibility (with an optional adapater) with existing EF and EF-S lenses, and touch screen interface really bumped the EOS M to the top of my favorite camera list. But I was craving something new. I was looking to find a camera that was faster, had improved low light compaitibility, and offered better lens options compared to what I could get now. Only option in that was to go full frame and thus I bought a Canon 6D with the 24-105mm "kit" lens. While I don't have a full extensive review of the camera (as there are plenty of that on the interwebs), I did snap a few test photos. My true test is when I take the camera with me on a few travel adventures and test low light performance, focusing speed, sharpness, dynamic range, and other attributes that I think help make a great camera. In the mean time, here are a few of my test shots. Enjoy!

Yesterday, I paid a visit to the Rancho Simi Community Park in Simi Valley, California. At first sight, I though it'd be a park that I'm used to visiting - some grass, trees, tables, and playgrouds. However, after some exploration, I saw a nice flock of birds roaming around calling this place home. Not sure why, but these birds were pretty calm around people. Usually stepping within 15 feet of their space would cause them to want to fly away. But not these birds. They just sat there giving some cool opportunities for some close ups. The first one above was me with my 22mm lens maybe about 2 feet away from the bird to get a decent close up. Take a look at a few more I snapped during my visit.

Tonight, I decided to do more long exposure photos from my car, but this time I wanted to get a different angle - a selfie angle. There were a few challenges with this one in general:

  • How do I secure my camera to get the angle I want?
  • How do I control the camera?
  • How do I stay still enough to myself in a long exposure to not be blurry?