Once again I was sent on a business trip this year. You might still remember that I was the lucky one that went to visit Beijing/China in June 2014. This time I was sent to the opposite side of the World. The destination this time was Los Angeles. Actually the city of Long Beach where the company I work for has an RD department. Well I´ll be damned. I have to fly to LA in November. What a misery.
It had been becoming increasingly cold in Germany and off I had to travel to sunny California. And that is just what I did. It meant that I had to leave my very beloved wife back at home for 16 days all together. I wish she could have joined me. But then again it gave me some free time to go and do what I love most. Photography!
Of course I had to work as well. The company is not shelling out thousands just to send me on vacation. The downside was that the working hours where long and by the time I had finished it was dark already. Just like in Beijing I had to make the best of the evenings and the weekend in between. Luckily I did not have to work on the weekend.
The hotel was situated right by the Pine Ave in Long Beach. There are plenty of bars and restaurants there so I definitely did not go to bed hungry. The so called Shoreline Village seems to be a touristy place which did make it feel a bit like a vacation, at least in the evenings, especially being able to sit outside with the temperature at about 22°C in the evenings drinking a cool bear. Sometimes it was warmer and sometimes colder!
Anyway, to cut a long story short I did get the opportunity to take my Fuji X-T1 and the lenses I had with me for a run. I packed the XF18-55, the XF23, the Zeiss 1.8/32 and the Samyang 12mm f/2 in the bag. There was no lens I used most but I must admit that the Zeiss 32 could have stayed home this time. Sorry Zeiss!
Don´t get me wrong, I love, love, LOVE this lens. It is among one of the best I have ever used in my photographic history! But it´s just a little too long for LA! At least for my photography. I am glad that I took the XF23 1.4 with me as I did not get much chance to try this one much at home. It had only arrived some two days before I left. Thanks Amazon for the fast delivery!
The Samyang got put through its paces on this trip. Wide was the way to go in this city.
The weekend came in fast and two of the colleagues took me out on Saturday for a day trip through LA. First stop Hollywood and the Greystone mansion. Wow, what a place. After that it was time to hit the road again down to Malibu Beach where we decided to get some lunch. Fish was the way to go! And man it was delicious!!!
After a short beach walk and some photo fun it was time to hit the road again. Sitting in a Honda S2000 with the roof down, I took some drive by photographs of Carl´s Porsche Turbo. Believe it or not but the X-T1 and the XF 18-55 is very capable of taking this kind of pictures. Not everyone was sharp but in most cases the AF system worked just fine and produced some super images. Take a look at the gallery and you will see what I mean. The X-T1 is a stellar performer and worth every penny.
Sunday I met up with a friend of mine who is just taking some courses in LA. What a coincidence that was that we were both in the city of angels. We decided to meet at Venice Beach. Now that is a crazy place. The people, the sounds of music, the smell of …. No I´m not going to tell you what I could smell there J I did not take many pictures there as we just talked all the time. There was so much to speak about and it was very nice to see her again after such a long time. Sometimes the camera just has to be put away.
During the second week I did not get much time again. The days just rushed by coming back to the hotel at night again. Just one evening I got the chance to do some more night shots.
Soon it was Saturday again and it was time to leave back home again after a fortnight in Long Beach. As my flight home was not until 8.45pm I had the afternoon time to take a look at the Queen Mary and the Russian Scorpion submarine which is lying in the Docks of Long Beach. It was very interesting to see a submarine from the inside. It is all very tight and cramped inside and I am glad that I did not have to serve on one at the time of the World War 2. I do not think that that was much fun at all. I am not sure if the photographs taken with the Fujifilm X-T1 and the Samyang or Zeiss lens can show how small everything is. Just to give you an idea of the height. I am 1,62m which is pretty small for a guy and even I had to pull my head in sometimes.
That was my trip to Los Angeles this year. The City of Angels let me go again, back to Germany and to my wife. The Fujifilm X-T1, the XF 23 1.4, the Zeiss 32 and the Samyang performed flawlessly once again.
I do hope you enjoyed reading this longer blog post of mine. Feel free to leave a comment below.
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