me and the man that hasn’t technically flown until he lands (r.e.t.) went out for an excursion a while back, i believe it was early august. this picture was taken over-looking a train station off of the 6th street bridge in los angeles. we were in downtown for a while and then decided to head up towards the bridge. ryan told me that they landed the plane from “swat” (the movie, with ll cool j) on this bridge. i remember the scene i just don’t remember whether he said it was the bridge we were on or a different one. anyways, going back to the picture. i started getting into some hdr photography recently, as we all are now, and was going through some old pics when i came across this one to throw some high dynamic range at. i thought it came out pretty well for not having much experience with hdr, i wanted it to be kind of subtle.
Canon 40D – 28mm – f/11 – 10.0s – ISO100 – Tripod
Update: So after some Google research i did and some google research that ryan did we he has concluded that: me+google > you+google (me=ryan/you=me) as you can see in the comments. also he has concluded that this bridge is not the 6th street bridge but the 4th street bridge. so sorry for misinforming everyone. please don’t sue.
taken in red mountain, ca. this one goes out to fred (you know who you are). this one was taken in red mountain, ca. the winds were blowing so fast i barely got to take any pictures, not that it is an excuse but it’s hard to take pictures when something is trying to knock you down. but during the day was fun. i got to ride like 4 different dirt bikes, did some back flips, got super cold, and most importantly got to spend all of it with my favorite (and only) girlfriend.
Canon 40D – 10mm – f/3.5 – 50.0s – ISO800 – Tripod
i was wondering if this picture was worthy enough to go on my blog but the story that is attached to it is worth it. it might be one of those “you had to be there” stories, but i’m gonna tell it anyways. so its about 10:30 at night and me, peter, cameron, jillian, and betsy were somewhere along these palos verdes hills on the winding roads. me, peter, and jillian were taking pictures of cars when all of a sudden this car just stops in the middle of the road on the turn (which is a blind spot to any cars coming around the turn). he stops there for 10 seconds, rolls back, pulls forward a little, then stops for 10 more seconds, gets out of the car, slowly walks across the road with a paper bag in his hand, goes behind some bushes on the side of the road we are on but doesn’t notice us. then he comes out with no bag in hand. he gets back into his car, does a U-turn and heads back down the hill. in the mean time we are freaking out cause it was weird and me and peter start walking towards the bushes expecting to find a severed hand (or head). we wussed out and had cameron get the car and pick us up asap. as we were walking back from the bushes though the same guy drives back to inspect his crime i guess. and that’s when we knew it was really fishy (or is it fishey). so after we left and about it we decided to go to my house and get some flashlights. we did. we came back. but it was way to weird and scary that we left again. instead we went to the police station and told a cop instead of calling 911. i gave the cop my phone number too so he could let me know if anything happened. 30 minutes later i got a call from the cop. he said that one of the officers had found “bones”. and that’s all he told me. i wonder what it was.
Canon 40D – 12mm – f/3.5 – 30.0s – ISO100 – Tripod
dockers as in those two boats, not the pants. this was a fun night. after going to a couple of camera shops trying to get them to sell my friend a lens for cheap i managed to sweet talk my way into a good deal and we got it. then we were off to the docks. but i was really hungry and i lost a piece of my tripod that holds my camera on. so we ate at mcdonalds (which was really disgusting and gross), and then we went to the 99cent store to buy a clamp for my tripod. after that we went to a prison and followed out by a security guard and then went to the ports. this shot was taken right next to a mexican karaoke night club. it was loud, but me, my 99cent clamp, and tripod managed.
Canon 40D – 10mm – f/10 – 10.0s – ISO400 – Tripod
mammoth mountains. i could for sure move to mammoth. or anywhere i can take pictures like this at night. i set up my tripod, camera, lens, remote, the usual. then clicked away. some of the pictures were 5-10 minutes long. so while waiting i would lay on the ground and look into the sky. you can see shooting stars, airplanes, the milky way (not the candy bar), but the coolest thing to me is that you can see satellites. they just glide across the sky, you can even follow them with a telescope if your lucky enough. so my lesson for today is buy an expensive camera, expensive lens, expensive cabin, a cheap blanket for the ground, and enjoy the world. if that’s too much for you just go do something for 10 minutes without a cell phone.
Canon 40D – 10mm – f/3.5 – 99.0s – ISO3200 – Tripod