A new blog post, this time coming from the Eastern hills of Los Angeles, as always a couple months go before i post anything here, but i have continued to post some work on www.immortal-ent.com , so check it out if you haven’t. I’m gonna try and post some updates and some exciting things that have happened in the past couple of months, i’ve just been on the road and editing a new documentary in addition to all the photography work. So since we’ve buddied up with the good people at Leica a couple of months ago i finally got my hand on an M9 for a couple of days and got to test it in LA. ( I’f you haven’t checked out my interviews on the leica blog here are the links. Part 1 – Part 2 I also won a small competition they held on facebook. )
First impression, i think this is one of the most beautiful cameras i have worked with, it gives me the experience of shooting a rangefinder, amazing details and sharpness in the files and the ability to use Leica lenses and trust me, there is a difference. The digital aspect is really weird, the fact that i can review images i just took with a M camera, i had to get used to it, but in the 5 days i shot a total of about 1000 or so frames including a test assignment i created for myself, which turned out to be one of my best shoots. Some interest has been expressed in it so i’m going to hold on posting those images. So simple math would have meant me shooting about 27 rolls of film, costing me about $500 in development and scanning. All i can say is that this camera would fit really nicely into my workflow, and I can’t wait for it to be in my hands permanently.
So for all those who always come by and show support, here is a photo heavy post.
Highland park graffiti
Got to meet up with my cousin who is studying out here in Cali
he actually came with me to pick up the M9, so I decided to give him the silhouette treatment. So L.A with the palm trees
I couldn’t wait to hit the streets so took a quick run down the street and captured some night shots.
The local movie theatre $3 tuesdays and wednesdays, now that’s a deal considering you pay $16 at the Archlight. Did i mention the colors are killer on the M9? Usually i’d be running black and white at night but loved what the camera was giving me.
See what i mean. Now i didn’t have the quickest of lenses with me, so i had to deal with working in higher ISO.
Night time bottle feeding.
Can’t remember the last time I used a pay phone, and why are there carts everywhere on the streets?
The east side of L.A is full of interesting street art.
The hello kitty sign caught my attention first, then i saw the guy with the bike.
Chase that paper.
this one is crazy, eyes and creatures.
Classic Ford…one of my favorite shots of my first run with the camera.
Later on we headed out to the local taco truck, La Esterella, currently my favorite source of food. Taco trucks have played a big role this summer.
In the neighborhood even the vegetable and fruit shop has art on it.
My morning view…far in the distance is downtown L.A, and half way to the right of the image, MCs kills the landscape, with ugly golden arches.
The backyard of where i’ve been staying, all the trees are from lebanon, came here a long time ago.
back at the taco truck, this fella has been spotted around a couple of times in my trips down York, crazy haircut, he should try walking in downtown cairo like that.
too many taco trucks, but this time the famous Alvarado one.
Tested the black and white option on the camera, and i was really happy to see how it rendered the files.
Then i switched back to color, if i wanted to do this with another Leica would have either to switch films, or have another camera. What really annoyed me at the start was that the review screen wasn’t what i was used to with dslr cameras. You don’t get a clear image right away, so i slowly started moving away from looking at the screen after every shot, which was already weird for me, to review images i just took with a M camera.
A couple more from the Alvarado taco truck
Beautiful photograph and print by Mochilla’s Eric Coleman.
Vinyl played a big role in my summer in L.A
Mr Coleman, brilliant photographer and DJ, a big influence of mine. I’ve been really blessed to have spent many hours around him this summer and learned a lot. Plus Eric made sure i got to attend my share of shows and performances this summer. Beirut and Amman peeps, be on the look out, eric will be DJ’ing at the end of July in a place near you.
Two people i got to see perform live. Arthur Verocai, one of Brazil’s finest composers, and DAM Funk, truly funky i must say. DAM’s photo is by Coleman.
Shot this from the balcony, that wall should be familiar.
Penny’s burgers, had breakfast there today, big portions and great prices.
Shot while driving.
The other half of Mochilla, Brian Cross. Every visit to B+ is a lesson in music, history, Ireland and always sharing beautiful photos. Plus i got to watch many world cup games here, 6am for a football game is tough.
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