Labor Day Weekend (Prepare yourselves for a good deal of images)


Over the long weekend, my family (Except for my dad, because he likes his alone time.) went off to San Diego after work and school on Friday.  My uncle is a chemist up in Torrey Pines so we went up there to stay with his family.  It's so beautiful up there and it's a joy to take pictures up there.  These first set of pictures were taken up in La Jolla, California.  I wanted to talk quickly about the first one in the set... I saw this elderly man looking out on the ocean with a sextant, measuring whatever sextants measure.  It was just a really cool sight to see this guy with a this really precise and intricate tool and his wooden box with his notebook and other measuring tools.  Maybe he was going out sailing that night?

This next set was taken on day two out of three of trip.  I'm sure I've said this before, but I'm not a fan of the beach.  It's just not my preferred place to spend my time on vacation.  And there's no place my family would rather be.  So I'm usually off on my own taking pictures.  It's good that I have a hobby I can and love to do anywhere.  So while my family was down on the beach in Del Mar, I went exploring around the neighborhoods and city streets in the area.  I was having a bit of a struggle with my 50mm lens.  It's my favorite for pictures of people but it's too tight (in my opinion) for taking pictures of buildings unless you're a fair distance away from the subject.  Which in this case there was not enough room to do so.  So it was a bit of a compositional challenge... Which turned out to be quite fun and a good learning experience.  It made me go out of my comfort zone and take pictures of things I wouldn't normally.  And not take pictures of things I normally would.  

Later on the second day, we were going out to take pictures around sunset and we were headed towards this cliffside when I noticed these hot air balloons in the distance and my aunt said she knew where they took off and landed so we decided to head that way instead.  We ended up catching a balloon right as it was lifting off and it was amazing to see.  I got some pictures of the balloon right over-head with my Hasselblad that I'll have to get developed soon!  I actually shot these pictures in 16:9 aspect ratio.  One of the amazing things about the X-Pro1 is that when you change the aspect ratio, it changes the view in the electronic viewfinder as well as the frame line in the optical viewfinder to match which is perfect.  The main reason I don't usually crop my images is because I frame my images how I want them when I take them and it drives me crazy when people do drastic crops after the fact instead of framing when you take it.  That's just a little pet peeve of mine and to each their own.   

On our last stop of the day we visited this abandoned farm house in San Diego that had been newly renovated, yet still no one was living in it.  It was very beautiful.  And me, having my loving for abandoned and decrepit things, kind of wish they hadn't fixed it up.  It was the perfect place to be during dusk.  

Finally! The last set.  Funny thing, I was actually really unhappy with the lot of my pictures but they kind of grew on me since I took them.  One of the reasons you shouldn't just delete pictures off your camera if you don't like them at the time you took them.  So on the way up to San Diego from Scottsdale, we drove through Gila Bend and I was dying to take pictures around the town.  It kind of just fits the bill of what I like to take pictures of.  So out of the kindness of my mom's heart, she let me stop there for five minutes on the way home.  I was able to just get pictures of this old hotel called the Stout's Hotel.  Things in small towns like this one really intrigue me and I hope my pictures show that.  Every little thing in towns like that have such a huge story behind them and I absolutely love that.

Well, that's it.  I'm writing this late at night after a long drive so I apologize for any bland-ness and improper use of the English language that might have occurred throughout this article.  Thank you, and goodnight.

Suggested Song: Disclosure - Latch (feat. Sam Smith) Just because I'm listening to it right now.

All these pictures were taken with my Fujifilm X-Pro1 and Fujinon 35mm (53mm eq.)