Photographic Journey Across America: Los Angeles 2019

Photographic Journey Across America: Los Angeles, 2019

Shooting some fresh shots across Los Angeles.


I flew back from LA last night after spending some time there. I shot primarily on film, so that article will be coming soon. However, I do have some digital shots to share with everyone here, thanks to my trusty D750.

I shot these shots with the Nikon 50mm 1/8G and the Sigma ART 24mm 1/4. Man, I love that Sigma. Let's begin.

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I'm going to start this article off with some street photography. I love shooting street work in black and white, and I like to highlight interesting architectural perspectives that I see as I travel. I liked the side lights here illuminating the symmetrical bike racks downtown.

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I love interesting perspectives, so I shot this with a wide angle lens standing directly beneath the building.

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I like the framing of this shot, and the glow added a nice edge light to the leaves of the plant.

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I hope you like Black and White. This picture was nice because it emulated a grainy BW film stock to me. The framing is tasteful and accents nice symmetry.

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This was from the rooftop of Ace Hotel, and I liked the illumination of the structure at night.

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The last one, I promise. I liked the negative space of this shot. It's nice on the brain.

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Let's reset the visual pallet. Again, the framing here is intentional and the color contrast between the green palm, red school, and blue sky is nice.

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This image is really disruptive. I shot it near Beverly Hills, and I liked the reflections of the palm trees into the glass windows of this complex.

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This was shot on Rodeo Drive, and I liked the lights offsetting the frame of the giant storefront structure.

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Again, shot on Rodeo, I liked the color scheme here and the framing.

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The classic concert hall, I liked the wide-angle approach to include some empty space on the right.

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On the rooftop of Ace, I shot the skyline. I always enjoy seeing the skyline. Shot at ISO 6400 some grain is unavoidable, and I also may or may not have had to shoot through a window.

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I liked this image for the subtle light thrown onto the wood texture around it. I also liked the depth of filed as reflected in the bottom right corner. Additionally, I like the angles of the stakes.

It's always real, LA. Stay premium.

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.

Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

Cover Image Credit: Megan Sutton

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