Old Mission Santa Barbara (Color)

The mission is the 10th of the 21 religious outposts built in California from 1769 to 1833. These photos were from an unplanned day out to Santa Barbara. We walked around the church garden and cemetery, but didn’t have a lot of time to see the church interior. The staff informed us that the church will be closed to visitors for the rest of the afternoon, as they were making preparations for a wedding.

All photos taken with Bessa R4M/CV Color Skopar 21/F4 on Kodak GT 800 (expired)

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A Look Back | Mission San Fernando Rey de España

These photos were shot in 2012 on a visit to Mission San Fernando, located 25 miles north of Los Angeles. This mission is the 17th of the 21 religious outposts built in California from 1769 to 1834. We walked around the complex, and visited the museum before making our way to the church. As you exit the church, there’s a pathway that leads to a memorial garden and burial site of legendary comedian Bob Hope.

All photos photos taken with Horizon 202 on Kodak Gold 100

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Exterior corridor
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Mission life exhibit
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Mission life exhibit
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Historical Museum
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Entering the church from the East Garden
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Church interior
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Statue of Our Lady of Hope
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Memorial garden pathway
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Bob Hope burial site

Saturday Walk #03

For this walk, I explored a section of the route that I take on the way to work. The auto repair shop went out of business a few years ago, and the building looked run-down with its facade covered in graffiti. But the building also has beautiful murals painted on its walls.

All photos taken with a Nikon FE2 and Nikon E lens 28/2.8 on Brooks Photo film ISO 400 (expired)

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Out of Business
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Auto shop
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Future car-free pedestrian coop development
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Mural by Arbe LTS KOG
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Mural by Arbe LTS KOG
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Memorial mural for Dominic Smith by EL MAC, Kofie, and Plek

2018 | Matsumoto Castle, Nagano Prefecture

Matsumoto Castle is also known as the Crow Castle due to its black exterior. The climb up the steep wooden stairs was a bit of challenge, and the stairs became narrower as we climbed higher into the keep. Once we reached the sixth floor and had the time to catch our breath, we were rewarded with a beautiful view of the castle grounds.

All photos taken with Leica M6/Summicron 50 on Ilford HP5+ and Fuji Neopan SS 100

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Matsumoto Castle, Nagano Prefecture
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Matsumoto Castle, Nagano Prefecture
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Castle gate
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Matsumoto Castle, Nagano Prefecture

A Look Back | Hotels, Rest Stops, and Gas Stations (Color)

These are a collection of images from last year’s Labor Day road trip. I took these photos on a week long trip that started in Los Angeles heading to Yellowstone National Park. On the journey back to LA, we made stops in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. The photos are arranged in no particular order, I did not take any notes during the trip and I have a hard time recalling the names of most of these places.

All photos taken with Voigtlander Bessa R4M/CV Color Skopar 21/4 on various color negative films ISO 400 (expired)

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Filling-up gas
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Rest stop view
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Utah
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Empty hotel lobby
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Winding down
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End of the day

A Look Back | Hotels, Rest Stops, and Gas Stations (Black & White)

These are a collection of images from last year’s Labor Day road trip. I took these photos on a week long trip that started in Los Angeles heading to Yellowstone National Park. On the journey back to LA, we made stops in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. The photos are arranged in no particular order, I did not take any notes during the trip and I have a hard time recalling the names of most of these places.

All photos taken with Leica M6/Summicron 50 on Kodak BW400CN

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Check-in
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Free Ride
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Montana
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Montana
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News of the day
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Holiday Weekend
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Dude Motel
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Round -Up Motel
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On the way to dinner
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Big rig at Flying J
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On the way to Las Vegas

2018 | Ogimachi Village, Shirakawa-go

Out of all the places we visited in Japan, I was most excited to see the thatched roof houses of Shirakawa-go. The steep slanted roofs were made without nails, and can withstand the heavy snowfall during winter. We stopped by Shiroyama viewpoint, before visiting Ogimachi village. We arrived at the car park just after 4 P.M., and the attendant informed us that the heritage museum had just closed for the day. He politely showed us the suspension bridge that led to the village. It was drizzling and we had to wade through the crowd of people taking selfies while crossing. As I walked around the village, the fog slowly descended on the densely wooded mountains that surround the area. It was an amazing view, and my best memory from the whole trip.

All photos taken with Leica M6/Summicron 50 on Ilford HP5

Ogimachi Village suspension bridge
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Ogimachi Village, Shirakawa-go
Farmhouses in Gassho-zukuri style which means constructed like hands in prayer
Myozenji Temple bell tower
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Myozenji Temple, Ogimachi Village
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Ogimachi Village, Shirakawa-go
Gassho-zukuri Farmhouse
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Farmhouse roof
Shop Window, Ogimachi Village
Shop Window | Ogimachi Village