Monday, September 1, 2014

Los Angeles Meetups

Always honored to have my photographs printed and blown up/hung. One of my friends blew up a 24 x 32 canvas print for his wife of my hummingbird which is hanging on their wall.

I always think of what print I would blow up to hang but my wife and I have different opinions. I'm a bit biased to some of my shots due to the experience I had while getting the shot so some of my most favorite are not the prettiest. I guess we'll decide on that whenever we get a house of our own.

On another note, I've been going out to a few IG meetups in Los Angeles. I've been wanting to check out the steel wool craze so figured it would be my best bet. One was hosted by @conquer_la and one was hosted by @mastershotsla

Here are a few of the steel wool captures I was able to get:

Steel wool spinning downtown Los Angeles Grand lower

Had a good time, met some cool people, and can't wait to do it again.

Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography

Monday, August 18, 2014

Views of Los Angeles

Haven't had much time to update the blog as I have been trying to get out to LA to go shooting. I also went deep sea tuna fishing for the first time a few weeks ago. Here are a few snaps I took:

We hit our limits so that's 70 yellowfin for 12 anglers. Other than getting sea sick it was a blast reeling them in. I think the biggest catch was around 40 lbs. We probably made every type of tuna imaginable, sashimi, seared, sushi, smoked, deep fried, etc, etc. Probably the freshest fish I will ever eat, but we are all sick of it so won't be eating any more anytime soon.

Here is a photo dump of random LA shots from the past weeks. I've been going out trying to find new spots to get a good view of the skyline.

Dodger Stadium and Los Angeles at Twilight Downtown Los Angeles from Cesar Chavez Ave Downtown Los Angeles blue hour from Figueroa 6th Street light trails, Downtown Los Angeles Sunset Over Los Angeles Car Trails on the 110 Freeway overlooking Downtown Los Angeles

Got some more spots lined up, so will probably be out for the next few weeks as well. We are also heading out to Big Sur for a weekend next month so hopefully the skies are clear for some Milky Way shots.

Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography

Thursday, August 7, 2014

More from the South Bay

Been trying to get out and shoot more around home. Been heading into Long Beach and San Pedro for the past few weeks to re-shoot some shots during twilight as well as to try out some new shots. Funny how I have been able to reconnect with some old friends through InstaGram finding out that they have similar photography tastes. Been on an InstaGram kick lately, trying to stay active with one platform and engage with my followers so give me a shout if you are on IG:

Instagram page

Anyway, here are a few from the past weeks.

1. Sunset from Harry Bridges Park near the Queen Mary in Long Beach
Downtown Long Beach sunset

2. Blue Hour from under the Queensway Bridge in Long Beach
Under the Queensway Bridge in Long Beach

3. Shooting the Ferris Wheel at The Pike off Shoreline in Long Beach

Waiting their turn for the Ferris Wheel - The Pike downtown Long Beach
4. The Long Beach Lighthouse during an awesome twilight when sunset colors hung around

Long Beach Lighthouse at twilight

5. The Vincent Thomas Bridge from the San Pedro side
Vincent Thomas Bridge light trails at twilight

Trying to get out to Big Sur either this or next month to get some MilkyWay shots. I have been wanting to go back there for a while now.

Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Weekend shoot

Headed out Sat and Sun night with my homie Jeff to go shoot some locations around Los Angeles and San Pedro. On Saturday the weather was a little weird since it sprinkled in the day and the thick clouds hung around and never really opened up.

We were setup for sunset at Elysian Park overlooking Dodger stadium and LA but the sky never lit up so we packed up and headed to the bridge that overlooks the 110 freeway into downtown.

Downtown Los Angeles from Elysian Park overlooking the 101

Twilight colors were decent, definitely not the best I've seen but I still got the shot I wanted. It was pretty crowded on the bridge, with lots of other photographers shooting photos and video. The past 2 times I've been here, there was nobody else around. Must be the new hot spot.

On Sunday we made a quick drive over to San Pedro to catch twilight at the harbor. It was about 15 minutes after sunset and the Vincent Thomas Bridge was still not lit. It turned on about 20 after sunset and I was able to snap a few shots getting some reflections in the water before the color faded. Can't really see but I got the light trails from a ship passing by in the back.

Vincent Thomas Bridge Blue Hour San Pedro CA

We stopped by an overlook on the way home where you are looking at the bridge head on so you can see the car trails. Probably will try and get to this spot in the next few weeks for twilight as well as hit up some spots in Long Beach.

Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Weekend shooting

So I met up with my buddy Jeff who I haven't seen since we used to skate back in the day. I wanted to re-take a shot in Palos Verdes, on the top of PV Drive looking down the s-curve so I took him there to go shooting. He didn't have a wide angle so he was setting up a bunch of different shots and videos.

Sunset was pretty nice which lit up clouds the way we were facing. I setup a bit after sunset and waited for blue hour. I knew this was going to be tricky because blue hour only lasts for a good 30 minutes, and the road isn't a busy one so I needed some luck to get cars coming in both directions.

Unfortunately I didn't get a good shot that night. We tried to go check out the Vincent Thomas Bridge after since Jeff hasn't seen many places around San Pedro and Long Beach, but Harbor Blvd was closed off. We'll have to hit up some spots later on.

J and I went to see a movie and eat at Pavich pizza the next day. Still one of our faves around the area.

Since we were in San Pedro, I made another trip to the lookout to try and get another shot. Fortunately, that night was the night of the supermoon so there were quite a few cars that stopped off to take pictures of it rising around sunset. So I setup and waited for blue hour again. This time there was quite a bit more traffic so I snagged one with about a 74 sec single exposure.

Twilight light trails in Palos Verdes, CA

Left the foreground dark intentionally to keep focus on the car trails and the blue twilight sky. The moon adds a nice touch. I thought about taking a short exposure to blend it in, but wanted to keep this one pure with a single exposure.

Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography

Friday, June 13, 2014

Campus Point postcard for EDC

About a month ago I was contacted by the Environmental Defense Center to use one of my photos from Campus Point off the UCSB campus for a postcard at the Ocean Festival. The EDC is a nonprofit based out in Santa Barbara and helps in protecting coast and ocean resources, open spaces and wildlife, and human and environmental health. Campus Point is a Marine Protected Area (MPA) which helps increase its coherence and effectiveness at protecting the state's marine life, habitats, and ecosystems.

Campus Point has always been a special place. It was walking distance from my freshman dorm and I used to paddle out all the time. It's the beach I actually made the transition to surfing too.

Throwback pic from freshman year when I went bodyboarding.

The pic

Last light at campus point, Santa Barbara, California

The postcard

Haven't gotten a pic from there that I am completely satisfied with yet. Past few times we have been back the sky wasn't too dramatic, so I guess its just another excuse to get back up there...besides eating of course.

Been wanting to start trying to take surfing photos too. Too bad the waves suck around here. That new Tamron 150-600 looks tempting. Will have to wait for some more reviews to come out on it tho.

Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

San Diego

We decided to get away for the holiday weekend so we took a 2-day trip down to San Diego to eat and relax. We stopped by the SD Safari park on the way down. It's a pretty small park and wasn't too crowded considering the long weekend.

We rode the Africa tram first before the line got too long. They get you pretty close to some of the animals which is cool considering it's not an extra charge like some of the more personal tours they have. We spotted a vulture with her baby. I only had my 18-200 on so couldn't get a close enough pic but here are some cropped versions.

I realized I wasn't going to get close enough so I switched to my 300mm + 1.4tc for the rest of the ride. We saw a bunch of other animals which was pretty cool since they are out in the open and not behind cages like at the zoo. This is probably the closest we will get to Africa for a long time. I snapped a few others, and one of a baby Giraffe towards the end.

We hit the park in about 3 hours, and I got a few other decent shots.

The lion cubs were out during the am. They pretty much laid in the shade the whole time tho. There was about 2 seconds where they played together but I had my long lens on and didn't get a good shot.

The Gorilla exhibit had a new baby. I was able to snap a few before she took it behind some logs.

After the park, we headed down to SD. We had dinner at OB Noodle House which we saw on Triple D. We had the pho, spicy garlic wings and house fried rice.

I'm not a huge fan of pho, but I liked the broth....J said because it was milder than some of the ones she goes to. She said some of the ones around here are better.

But the garlic wings were so good...crispy, juicy and tons of flavor. The best wings we ever had were the fish sauce wings at Pok Pok in Portland, but these were probably second best.

The fried rice was also good, had their house sausage, shrimp and some other kind of beef. It had a sweetness to it like the Chinese sausage but it was really flavorful.

We would definitely come back. Other reviews said the sizzling fish was good so maybe we'll have to get that next time.

We headed over to harbor island to take skyline pics at sunset/blue hour. Clouds rolled in tho and there wasn't much of a sunset. Blue hour wasn't all that great either as most of the color was blocked by the clouds. I still managed to get a panoramic of downtown SD with the Coronado bridge.

Obligatory shot

San Diego skyline and Coronado Bridge from harbor Island
Skyline at Twilight

I woke up early the next day for morning twilight/sunrise pics looking across from Coronado. Downtown San Diego blue hour from Coronado

It was still cloudy but the blue/purple hues from twilight still came through. Twilight was over the next 30 second exposure I took right after this as it doesn't last very long. The water was nice and calm making for some good reflections. There was no sunrise so I headed back to the hotel early.

We went to an early breakfast at Hash house. I read reviews to get there before 8am to avoid huge crowds so we got there by around 7:45 so there was no wait. I ordered the sage chicken and waffles and J had the corn beef hash.

Portions are ridiculous...probably big enough to feed a few people. The chicken and waffles was meh. Bit dry and not that much flavor. Roscoes kills it by a mile. The corn beef hash however was good. If we ever went back, they have a smoked salmon scramble that sounds good. As we were leaving, the line outside was crazy. Not sure what all the hype is about, but we'll have to try it again when we are back.

We spent the day shopping at the mall near hotel circle. On the way out we headed over to Lolita's for some carne asada fries.

Still a koo spot, but maybe next time we will try one of the other highly rated Mexican joints in the area for their carne asada fries.

We stopped by the Carlsbad outlets and had some Menchie's and called it a trip. No recent trips on the horizon. We have been wanting to go back to Seattle tho for some Serious Pie and Salumi and I want to retake city pics at twilight. Who knows, maybe in the near future.

Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography