Los Angeles. The Angels. The City of Angels. La La Land. Tinseltown. LA. The Entertainment Capital of the World. Whatever you choose to call it, there is no denying that Los Angeles is an epic city to visit. It is a place that has a soul.
I was in Los Angeles in March to spend some time in the sun after a prolonged and cold winter, and to give my girls time to enjoy the city, Universal Studios and of course a few days at Disneyland. As always, I managed to sneak in a few hours of street photography here and there, including a day spent with fellow Official Fujifilm X Photographer Rinzi Ruiz in downtown LA.
I recently found time to edit and process the images I shot during that trip, which I am happy to finally share with you in this two part series. All images were shot as jpegs on a pre-production copy of the Fujifilm X100F, with a little post processing in Lightroom as needed. If you are curious about my configuration and camera settings for street photography you can read about them HERE.
Before we get to part one of this series I’d like to share a few quick thoughts if that is ok:
First: It is important to always try to create balance in your life. This trip was very much about spending quality time with my family, but they know how important my photography is to me so we always strive to balance family time with my need to shoot. I love them for that.
Second: My style of shooting changed a bit for this trip. I am usually a patient photographer, often waiting up to an hour for the right subject or the right light. Because I was time limited on these short excursions, however, I found myself shooting in a more reactive and less methodical manner than I normally do. I think it is good to come out of your comfort zone from time to time. It makes you a better photographer.
Finally: This trip, and some of the international attendees at my workshops this summer, serve as a great reminder to me of how small the world really is now. It is an honour to represent Fujifilm as an Official Fuji X Photographer and to be in a peer group with amazing artists like Rinzi, people who I can connect with during my travels all over the world. I am also so appreciative of the friendships that I have made with people from around the world through the Fuji community. I count myself fortunate to know so many of you.
I hope you enjoy these images. Part two of this series can be viewed HERE.