Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Los Angeles skyline

Living around LA my whole life, I really never took the opportunity to capture any shots of downtown. There are tons of vantage points with different perspectives, unfortunately some are not in the greatest parts of town. Jaime and I went out last night and went to two spots that I had checked out earlier in the day.

The first few are from the DWP building. The architecture of the building is pretty cool, but since my goal was to capture the skyline, I didn't take any of the building itself.

Downtown Los Angeles from the DWP building

Downtown Los Angeles from the DWP buildingDowntown Los Angeles from the DWP building

The next few are close to Elysian park from a bridge that overlooks the 110 freeway and downtown.

Downtown Los Angeles and the 101 freeway from Elysian park

Downtown Los Angeles and the 101 freeway from Elysian park

Downtown Los Angeles and the 101 freeway from Elysian park

I will update the blog once I have the chance to head back for some different perspectives.

Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas weekend in Santa Barbara/Pismo Beach

It's been sort of a tradition that Jaime and I get away during Xmas break, since it's one of the only extended breaks of the year. Last year we went to Peru and the year before that Australia. This year we decided to take a short local trip to SB/Pismo to re-visit UCSB and eat the food we missed while we were there for college. A lot has changed since 2004, but a lot is still the same and brought back old memories.

No trip would be complete without a trip to Freebirds. Glad to see they haven't really modified anything, like all the new ones popping up around LA which are all crap.

We spent most of the day in Camarillo, so didn't have much time besides visiting campus so we just hung out and saw a movie at the Camino Real Cinemas. The strip with Cantina and Rosaritos was closed for renovation so we didn't get to eat a breakfast burrito...maybe next time.

The next day we drove up to Pismo. We checked out the outlets, pier, a few lookouts, and hit up the good food.

Went to Splash Cafe, had the chowder and the fish taco. Good food, no line because it was the day before Christmas.

Pismo Pier

Lookout at a Best Western near Pismo

Lookout from Margo Dodd Park

Pismo Beach pier, sunset at Christmas
Pismo Pier at sunset (Christmas tree for the holidays)

Pismo (Oceano) dunes overlooking Pismo beach
Pismo (Oceano) dunes with Pismo in the background

The stretch up and down the 101 / highway 1 has so many photogenic locations. We plan on taking a longer trip up to Big Sur early next year so I'll start hoping for a little more clouds for more dramatic sunsets.

Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography

Sunday, December 4, 2011

My 9/80 at Bolsa Chica Reserve

I am thankful for my flexible schedule at work. 9/80's mean less people on the road, less people at location, and spending every other Friday doing anything I want. With my 300mm F4 packed up, I headed back down to the Bolsa Chica reserve. Water level was lower so I walked around the reserve, rather than hanging out on the bridge. I was on the lookout for birds feeding, as well as birds I have not captured before.

Great blue heron trying to feed on a dead grebe. This thing was at it for a good 15 minutes, figuring out how to try to jam it down its throat. It kept trying, then washing it off, then trying again. I left to take other pics, but returend after and it was gone. I'm guessing it was not successful in eating it.

Reddish egret

Willet feeding on some kind of kelp

White-faced Ibis

Flock of willets. These things were flying in huge packs and you could hear their wings buzz as they flew by.

Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography