2017 | Windsor, UK

We left London Paddington at around 10  in the morning and boarded a train bound for Windsor and Eton Central Station with a train change at Slough. As we were coming close to the castle, I noticed a long line of people trying to purchase tickets. From the admission center, the line went all the way down the Castle Hill and into High Street. We booked our tickets online weeks before our visit, and were directed to a much shorter queue. We spent over three hours going around the Castle and went to the Long Walk afterwards. We visited some shops and the St. John the Baptist Church along the way.

All photos taken with a Leica M6 with a CV Color-Skopar 35/2.5 PII on Arista Premium 400

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London Paddington
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Train change at Slough
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Admission Center at Windsor Castle
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Walking up to the Castle entrance
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Making our way to Queen Mary’s Dolls’ house
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A last look of the Round Tower before making our way to the Lower Ward
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One of the many shops in the castle
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The Windsor Guildhall
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Walking down High Street
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St. John the Baptist Church grounds
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St. John the Baptist Church
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St. John the Baptist Church
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Irish Guardsman Statue
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Finally made it to the Long Walk
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At a shop in Peascod Street
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Windsor Royal Shopping
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Windsor Royal Shopping
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At Slough, waiting for our train back to London
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London Paddington
 

2017 | London, UK

We arrived in London on a sunny Tuesday morning and stayed in the neighborhood of Earl’s Court for the entire duration of our vacation. Since it was still too early to check-in at the hotel, we ended up walking around the area looking for a place to eat and decided to visit Kensington Palace after lunch.

We took the District Line to Kensington High Street, and explored the area for a little bit before making our way to Kensington Palace. It took us nearly 3 hours to go through the royal apartments and the Palace exhibitions. We made a quick stop at the gift shop and spent more time walking around the White Garden.

All photos taken with a Leica M6 with a CV Color-Skopar 35/2.5 PII on Arista Premium 400

 

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The ride to Earl’s Court
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Walking around Earl’s Court
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Heading to Kensington Palace
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Please keep to the path
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Kensington Palace entrance
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The Queen’s Apartment
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Princess Diana exhibition
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The White Garden
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The walk back to the tube station
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Waiting for the District Line
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Heading back to the hotel
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Nevern Square

 

2016 | December Neighborhood Walk

One of the things I most enjoy doing on a Saturday morning is a walk around the neighborhood. I usually carry a camera with me and take snapshots of some of the changes I noticed around the area.

Here are the December highlights:

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All photos were taken with a Voigtlander Bessa-L/Voigtlander Heliar 15/4.5 on Arista Premium 400

2016 | Guillermo del Toro Exhibit at the LACMA

A few months ago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art held the Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters exhibition. The items on display included his notebooks, drawings, paintings, film stills, and maquettes. The exhibit ran for a few months, but I only went to see it on its last day. It was crowded but was still fun. I spent about 90 minutes going around the exhibition floor, exploring the the different themes (e.g. death and afterlife, magic, monsters) and learning about del Toro’s inspirations and creative process.

All photos were taken with a Leica M6 /Canon LTM 50/1.4  on Arista Premium 400 (pushed to 1600)

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2016 | Arts District Walk Highlights

One afternoon in October I spent an afternoon walking around the Arts Districts. It was a nice day to be out and I had a great time taking photos and looking at murals and different public art found throughout the area.

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3rd St. and Traction Avenue | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)

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The One with the Bubbles by Kim West | Canon Elan 7E | Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)

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The reasons remain somewhat mysterious by Kim West | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)

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Cafe Entrance | Canon Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)

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Arts District Brewing Company logo | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)

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Totoro at the Arts District | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)

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Art Share LA | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)

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Artists’ Studio at Art Share LA | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)

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The view from the window at the  Artists’ Studio  (Art Share LA) | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)

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Found in one of the street corners |  Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)

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La Abuelita by  El Mac, Augustine Kofie and Joseph Montalvo | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)

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ATM | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)

2016 | Getting excited for Christmas

 

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Nutcracker Soldiers ready for Christmas | Canon EOS Rebel G/Kodak Gold 400 (expired)
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Glitter Balls | Canon EOS Rebel G/Kodak Gold 400 (expired)
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Santa Claus in flight | Canon EOS Rebel G/Kodak Gold 400 (expired)

 

2016 | New York Day #03 Highlights

An early start in Times Square and spent the day walking around Manhattan. From Times Square, we made our way to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and then went up to the observation deck of the Rockefeller Center. We made quick stops at Bryant Park and the New York Public Library and continued to walk towards Grand Central Terminal to catch the train going to the Financial District. We had lunch at Ulysses in Stone Street. After lunch, we headed down to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal and made stops at the Charging Bull and Bowling Green along the way. After the ferry ride, we walked back towards One World Trade Center and made our final sightseeing stop at the Oculus.

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On our way to the subway station | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)
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Early morning in Times Square | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)
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A quick stop at St. Patrick’s Cathedral | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)
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A quick stop at St. Patrick’s Cathedral | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)
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Central Park as seen from the Top of the Rock observation deck | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)
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We passed by Wall Street on our way to lunch | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)
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Lunch break in Stone Street | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)
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Enjoying the view of the Manhattan Skyline aboard the Staten Island ferry | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)

 

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Staten Island ferry | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)
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Bicycle Area on the Staten Island Ferry | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)
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Bicycle Area on the Staten Island Ferry | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)
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Making our way to the World Trade Center complex | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)
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Inside the Oculus | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)
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We passed by the Empire State Building on our way dinner | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)