La Brea Tar Pits

I rode the bus over to the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood of LA this morning, intending to visit LACMA and the Stanley Kubrick exhibit. Unfortunately, when I got there the museum was closed. 😦 Fortunately however, the La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum are right next door 🙂 The tar pits themselves are a bit…underwhelming, but there is a very nice park and Mid-Wilshire is a cool area to hang out in and have lunch. I brought along my Canonet 28 and also took some photos using the Camera Plus app with my iPhone 4. 

The Page Museum is sort of built into a hill and there’s a neat lattice structure on the roof which made for some interesting shadows. I also took this on HP5 film. I’m curious to compare the two photos when I get the roll developed. 

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These purple trees are in bloom all over LA. This city can be surprisingly beautiful at times. 

 

purple tree

 

The Camera Plus app is great, but it loses sharpness at even the slightest zoom. Not terrible though, especially for a phone. 

 

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Enjoying the park 🙂

 

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And finally…I snapped this while waiting for a bus and used the built in tilt-shift effect from the app. Rather cruddy, but again, not terrible for a camera phone. 

downtown LA

 

Stay tuned for my film shots!

Chris 

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Graduation and looking forward

Next Friday I will be officially graduating from USC! I can’t believe how quickly my undergraduate career went by. Every year seemed to go faster and faster, and I honestly could not be more ready to be done. I am coming back in the fall for my masters degree. However, I will be working almost full time and living well off campus.

On May 31st I am moving to Berkeley for the summer and working at a large biomedical company doing IT and emerging market analysis. I cant wait to take advantage of all the photographic opportunities the Bay Area has to offer. I’m getting more comfortable with film and will be focusing on that aspect of my work. Also, look for more changes to this website in the near future!!! Big things to come.

And because this is a photography website I will leave you with this photo of my fraternity brothers lounging around when they should be studying for finals 😉

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Thanks for stopping by!
Chris

Hollywood and Vine

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I think that photo-walks are a really good way to get to know your city. I love just walking for a few hours around an area with my camera. I did this all the time in Japan over the summer, but I haven’t had as many opportunities to do so in LA this year. The city is not the most ‘walkable’ ever, but it’s not terrible. I just haven’t had the time to get out there.

A few weeks ago I did get a chance to walk around Hollywood with my girlfriend. I’ve been to Hollywood a bunch, but I hadn’t had a chance to explore it on foot. We took the LA metro (which I think is aesthetically the worst subways system ever…more on that later) to Hollywood Blvd and Vine, and then walked up to Hollywood and Highland. Hollywood is full of interesting people and it’s definitely somewhere I’d like to do street photography. The area is also a lot more grimey than it’s portrayed by…well, Hollywood.

The sun had set completely by the time I took this second photo. I was surprised I was able to hand-hold the camera still enough that the picture came out this clear. The whole front of this tattoo shop was visually enticing but I would’ve been standing in the middle of the road to shot it. I’m still happy with the end product.

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Thanks for dropping by!

Chris

A few new projects

1. I just sent a roll of Ektar up to Photoworks in San Francisco to be developed. It’s pictures from my trip home to Portland, OR at Christmas, and also a bunch from San Francisco when I visited with my girlfriend in March 🙂 I can’t wait to see the results!

2. I’ve been wanting to get a 70’s era compact rangefinder and I finally pulled the trigger on a Canonet 28 that I saw on eBay. Everything works perfectly except for the light meter which is a rather big problem. The Canonet 28 was designed to be almost fully automatic, so with a crippled light meter I’m limited to shooting 1/30 sec. between f/2.8 and f/16. I don’t think it will be terribly expensive to have this repaired. I’m taking it to Walter’s this weekend to get an estimate. I’m hoping for the best because it’s a great little camera.

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3. Finally, I’ve started a photography project shooting architecture around my home in Los Angeles on black and white film. I’m looking in particular for cool angles, reflections, and tones. A lot of it will be from the USC/downtown area which has a ton of neat buildings. I’ve included a few examples below.

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campus center

Thanks for stopping by today!

Chris

Pershing Square

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My girlfriend and I were in downtown Los Angeles this evening to have some after dinner coffee at Tierra Mia. We opted to take the subway back home over the bus which meant a stroll to the Pershing Square Metro station.

Pershing Square has a lot of potential, but I don’t think it’s quite what the city planners had hoped for. All the nearby shops close around 6 p.m. and there is almost no residential. However, it does afford a nice few of the downtown skyline, especially at dusk.

I’ve been neglecting my blog…

Senior year of college has really caught up with me this semester. I’ve been working constantly on my honors thesis for political science and deciding which grad school I want to attend. I couldn’t be more excited to be spending two more years as a Trojan! I’m will be getting my master’s degree in public policy from the Sol Price school.

Photography wise, I have been shooting, just not posting. I’ve got a role of Ektar in my camera that I’m about 60% of the way through and then I’ll be trying out HP5 or Neopan. I have a lot of pictures from around where I live in Los Angeles, and also the Hollywood area. I’m taking the train up to San Francisco and then to Portland this weekend with my girlfriend.

I know there will be a ton of opportunities to finish my color roll along the coast and in San Francisco, and then I’d like to shoot some architectural stuff with the HP5 or maybe do some portraits. If I can finish the Ektar soon enough I’ll definitely drop it off at Photoworks in San Francisco. It’s where I send all my film to be developed and they do a great job.

Expect some more photos soon!

Chris