2017 | Don King Western Museum

I can’t remember if we stopped by Sheridan, Wyoming on the way to or back from Yellowstone. I did not take any notes on this trip and so the days are all jumbled up in my head. While in Sheridan, we went to visit Don King Western Museum. It also serves as a saddlery so we got a glimpse of the saddle maker’s shop and tools. According to the museum attendant, it takes about a month or sometimes even longer to make a saddle. It all depends on the saddle makers’ level of experience and the intricacy of the saddle’s design.

All photos taken with a Leica M6 with Summicron 50/F2 on Kodak BW400CN (expired)

Here’s a few of my favorite photos:

 

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2017 | Mount Rushmore

The second stop on our South Dakota trip was Mount Rushmore. I really enjoyed seeing the beautiful Black Hills landscape as we drove up the mountain. It was mid afternoon when we arrived and I was feeling a bit tired. We’ve been traveling for days and we still had a few more days of travel ahead. I didn’t hike up the Presidential Trail instead I took photos as I walked around the observation deck and amphitheater.

All photos taken with a Leica M6/Summicron 50/2 on Kodak BW400CN (expired)

Here’s a few of my favorite photos:

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2017 | Crazy Horse Memorial

We spent a few hours in South Dakota, and visited Crazy Horse Memorial. The museum offers van rides that can take visitors to the top of the carving and see Crazy Horse up close. Since our time was limited, we settled for a walk around the museum and took photos of the monument from the viewing deck.

All photos taken with a Leica M6/Summicron 50/2 on Kodak BW400CN (expired)

Here’s a few of my favorite photos:

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2017 | Arches National Park

During the first week of September, I had the opportunity to travel with my family. We went on a week-long road trip, making stops in Nevada, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota, and Wyoming. First stop was Moab, Utah and a quick visit to Arches National Park. Our time was limited and we went on a short hike to the Delicate Arch viewpoint trail. Although the lower viewpoint is quite far away from the Delicate Arch, it still had an amazing view and the trail featured a lot of beautiful red rocks.

Here’s a few of my favorites:

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2017 | St. Paul’s Cathedral, UK

We had an early start on a cloudy Easter Monday. As it was a holiday in the UK, the tube was not crowded and the streets looked deserted.  When we arrived at the cathedral, there was a long line of people at the ticket counter. Since we bought our tickets online, we only had to go through security check. We signed up for the 90-minute guided tour which made our visit to the cathedral more interesting. We did not plan on climbing up to the Golden Gallery, but we decided to just go for it since we were already there and we might not pass this way again. The climb was a bit hard, and we had to take a few breaks on the way up.  After 528-steps, we made it to the Golden Gallery and were rewarded with a panoramic view of London. I am less keen on heights, and so I tightly held on the railings, took in the view, and forgot to take a photo.

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

Photography and filming is not allowed inside the cathedral.  Here are some of my favorites:

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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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