Feb 28, 2015

Mamiya 645 1000s in Santa Monica

I got my hands on a Mamiya 645 1000s to try out medium format film. The camera is a bit cumbersome, but I'm sure with more use I'll become more used to all the functions. It was also my first time using 120 film, which resulted in a slight light leak in the first photo because I didn't know how to seal the film after taking it out of the camera properly...oops! 

It was a beautiful day in Santa Monica. It rained the day before, which meant the usually smoggy LA air was clearer than usual and the sun decided to come out and play.

I loved how this woman was basking in the sun, but I tried to keep my distance to not be rude or creepy.

If you've ever driven down PCH by Santa Monica you've probably noticed that pink and purple house. I love how the "Barbie" colored house right next to the all black house, it's an interesting juxtaposition.

All photos taken with Kodak Ektar 100 120 film.


Feb 20, 2015

A Day at LACMA

On President's day weekend I decided to have a solo museum day. It was a free museum day at LACMA because of the holiday, so it was the perfect opportunity. I loved visiting museums on my own when I was in France and Spain, so I decided why not go to museums on my own back home? I also wanted to take out my old Canon AE-1 becaue I enjoy shooting film, plus I wanted to try out the ol' sunny 16 rule, to help develop my understanding of exposure. Also, if some of the shots look washed out...it's because I'm terrible at winding film and accidentally opened the film back before finishing winding the film, at least the photos aren't completely ruined!

Ah yes, the famous Urban Lights -- loved by locals and tourists alike. I was being a creep and people watching from afar haha. The second photo was taken moments before the couple kissed.

I took a few moments between exhibits to admire the architecture of the Museum. The last time I visited LACMA was 4 years ago to see the Tim Burton exhibit! I recognized a few exhibits, but I discovered a new exhibit that I fell in love with -- Larry Sultan's photography exhibit. I could've spent hours on the floor admiring his amazing photos he took of his parents and his Los Angeles. I want to get my hands on his "Here is Home" book.

If you're interested in more classical art, the Hammer Building contains a large collection. It reminded me a scaled down version of the Prado museum in Madrid, but I did get a little lost walking around.

I spent the rest of my visit walking around the grounds and searching for the infamous Levitating Mass ~exciting. 

All photos shot on Ilford Delta 100 35mm film.


Feb 17, 2015

Blooming Tea

I love a good cup of tea in the morning. There's something calming about the "ritual" of making tea--waiting for the water to come to a boil, the smell of tea leaves, watching the tea steep. I recently decided to buy some blooming tea from Teavana (Peach Momotaro Blooming Tea to be exact). Watching the flower bloom isn't very exciting, but it's so lovely when it's open.

I tried playing with off-camera flash. Artificial light is so difficult, but it's all a learning process. Photographing glass is also difficult without a polarizing filter because of all the reflections. I tried to remove some glare...just don't look too closely :p


Feb 4, 2015

Tulip Textures

I remember wanting to avoid flowers and their pollen for weeks after taking a Developmental and Cell Biology lab my senior year of undergrad, I'm still haunted by photos of pollen and hanging drop slides haha. But I like that I can appreciate nature from a both a scientific and aesthetic point of view.

Feeling inspired by some of my favorite photographers I decided to get more use of my tulips by photographing them with a ~moody background. Amazing what you can do with some black velvet and black card. I couldn't help but admire the gradients on the tulip petals and the beautiful textures. Alright, enough with the tulip photos. Seems I need to make a trip to the market to fill my now empty vase.


Feb 2, 2015

Morning Treats: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

make lemon ricotta pancakes! It's no secret that my favorite television channel is the food network, which inspires me to get into the kitchen and try out new recipes! I'm not the best cook, amateur at best, but cooking is something I always try to make time for.

This particular day I decided to make lemon ricotta pancakes following this recipe. Light, fluffy, lemony...yum. 

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