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