Saturday, February 22, 2014

Foggy Los Angeles

I've been trying to get a few shots of Los Angeles recently. One being from Kenneth Hahn park with the San Gabriel's in the background. I went after a night of light rain for sunrise but the whole city was fogged over. It burned off a little bit after the sun came up to where just the tops of the skyline buildings were showing but never got any better. I took a portrait shot to show the clouds, skyline, and some of the city below for scale.

I'll go back next time we have a storm.

I've also been trying to get one from the Hollywood hills behind the Griffith Observatory. Using a telephoto lens, it gives the perspective that the city skyline is close, which is really a few miles away. I'll have to go back here too on the next storm.

Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Santa Barbara weekend

We headed to Santa Barbara for our now annual February tradition to visit UCSB and eat at all of our favorite places in Isla Vista. We invited my bro and his family as they also graduated from UCSB but rarely go back to visit. We left Saturday am and met in town to eat a small breakfast at Rosaritos. The bfast burrito is still pretty good, but nothing like what it used to be before they changed it years back.

After bfast we walked around campus a bit, stopping by the arbor, Ucen, and we walked out to campus point.

They open up a sealife viewing area on Saturday's where the biology stuff is right before you get to campus point.

Evan liked looking at all the animals.

Campus Point

J&J's dorm

Near Storke Tower

We picked up Freebirds for lunch and headed to the SB zoo for a few hours.

Can't beat the original SB nachos

We headed back into town and I headed back to campus point to take sunset pics. Clouds ended up being pretty nice.

We had dinner reservations at Bouchon for Jaime's bday dinner. We had high expectations due to the good reviews. A ton of the appetizers on the menu looked good so we had to try them all.
French Onion soup

Pork belly with duck egg

Crab cakes

Scallop Trio

All the appetizers were amazing. Our waiter accommodated us too and asked if we still wanted to order the duck as our last appetizer came out. We were pretty full so we didn't order it and ended dinner with the lava cake.

We'll definitely be back and will have to try the duck and lamb entrée next time.

The next morning I picked up some Cantina bfast burritos and we ate them by the pond at the hotel.

Still the best bfast burrito!

We headed back towards home. The girls stopped by the outlet and Justin and I took the kids to the park to play.

J&J treated us to lunch for Jaime's bday at Lure fishhouse by the outlets.


Fish n chips

Fish tacos

Everything was fresh and real good. Thanks J&J for lunch!

All in all, a good trip with the purpose to eat everything in sight (which was accomplished). Hopefully all the food pics made you hungry!

Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography

Monday, February 10, 2014

Los Angeles Panoramas

Been looking to get out and get a wide view of Los Angeles. So I headed out last week after the light rain we got in hopes of getting some shots without smog.

The first is from a hike in the Hollywood hills behind the Griffith Observatory. Los Angeles is on the left and I believe Century City is on the right. Sunset wasn't great but the visibility was pretty good.

Los Angeles and griffith observatory panorama

The second is from behind the Hollywood sign. Its about a 40 min hike up and the sign is guarded by a 7 foot fence. So I lugged a stepstool up with me, and both myself and my tripod were balanced on the stool (and leaned against the fence) to take this. Couldn't quite get the entire shot with my Tokina 11-16mm so I had to stitch some together. Being as nothing was level, stitching wasn't great. I figure a gorillapod would work good here, just attaching it to the chain fence.

Hollyood sign sunset

They have camera's all over the place here. Some people actually tried to climb over and the police told them to hop back over from a loud intercom haha.

Another shot I have been trying to get is from Kenneth Hahn park with the San Gabriel's behind the city skyline. Almost need perfect conditions from here to get this shot. Need rain to clear the smog, clouds for a colorful sunrise, and snow on the mountains. Kenneth Hahn park is pretty close so I'll keep trying.

Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography