Photo: A way down
Photo: Sometimes it helps to look at the world with a distorted vision.

So as some of you may know, I rented a fisheye lens a couple of months ago. The Nikon 16mm f/2.8 to be exact, and I went nuts with it. I was finding new compositions and figuring out how to use such a lens since it was the first time I had shot with one. So while at the Griffith Observatory I went for a shot of the front of the building. At 16mm it was so much fun being able to stand so close to the building and yet get the entire length of the structure well within frame. And not only that, I was able to get much of the outlined solar system that’s etched into the walkway into the frame as well. But I probably should have moved that yellow “Caution: Wet Floor” sign out of the way. Oops. ;-P

I had a lot of fun with it but I still don't see myself using it enough times to justify purchasing one. Well, at least not a brand new one at full price. I do want to rent an 8mm fisheye and shoot with that full circle effect. I think it'll be fun playing with that, especially down in the Metro stations and onboard the trains and tight spaces like that.

Photo: 110 South
Photo: Summertime
Photo: I love to see you arrive, but I hate to see you go.

Last week I had the pleasure of hanging out with my pal and fellow cloud lover +Eric James Leffler. He was in town for just a few days so on the day he arrived we shot around the City of Angels, starting with sunset at the Griffith Observatory and eventually making our way into the heart of Downtown for some light trail shooting overlooking the 110 Freeway. We headed over to the 6th street overpass and setup our gear when we were also joined by +Bobby Gibbons and +Khris Griffis as they started their long night towards the following mornings sunrise.

While composing, shooting, and composing some more we all noticed a lone car stopped on the freeway. The hazards were blinking and the headlights were on but it was just parked. Throughout the shoot, they stepped out a couple of times to fiddle with the gas tank so I assumed they had simply run out of gas. But as Eric and I were wrapping up our night, the car decided to drive off seemingly with no problems. We don't know what could have been wrong with that car, but it certainly made for an interesting addition to the shot. ;-)

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Mark Esguerra
110 South
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