I love shooting in Santa Barbara. I truly do. And yet, there’s not a whole lot going on here outside of retail shopping and watersports. I’ve reached the point where my close friends are starting to make fun of me over my every growing — and very respectable — library of California Brown Pelican images. They’re great, but it does get old shooting in your backyard everyday. Once you’ve covered all of the landmarks and monuments you really do start to pine for something outside of the norm.
I travel to the Los Angeles waterfront every couple of months. There’s always enough activity to provide for good prints and sunsets that truly can’t be beat.
My Street Kit, Perfected
After a whole lot of testing, I’ve finally established my street kit and I’ll be writing some posts about that kit over the summer.
As a teaser, here’s what’s in my Street Bag:
- Fujifilm X-Pro2
- Fujifilm X-T2
- Meike 28mm f/2.8 pancake lens (cheap-ass $85 native X-Mount lens that performs like a champ!)
- Meike 50mm f/2 almost-pancake lens (another cheap-ass $85 native X-Mount lens that performs like a champ!)
- Canon 100mm f/2.8 FD lens, circa 1975 with a cheap Fotodiox FD-X mount adapter.
I like to pull focus manually when I’m working the streets. I’m not entirely sure why but I know that I feel as though I have more control over my creative process. I only use autofocus on paid portrait gigs and even then I pull manually more than 50% of the time. That’s just how I roll.
Our Day in Los Angeles
My friend Jeremy and I flew into LA early in the morning for a day of shooting. I’d never hit Venice this early in the morning, and that sort of blew me away for reasons that I wrote about here.
We hit the Venice Beach Boardwalk first as it was all still waking up and worked out way over to Santa Monica. We spent an hour or more at the Santa Monica Pier and then worked our way back to Venice Beach, which had come fully awake by that time.
I was shooting my street kit and he was largely shooting his iPhone 7 Plus and a DJI Mavic Pro drone. He got some incredibly cool footage over the Pier and over Venice Beach. One of the cool moments was when a crow attacked his drone in an attempt to protect its nest. This crow threw down. I got some images of the crow going after the drone and at one point it flew in front of the Mavic’s camera as well. I’ll ask him for some footage to post here.
Anyway, here’s the first Ambulant Photographer sketchbook for June, 2017.
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