Old Mission Santa Barbara (Black & White)

This is the second set of photos from an unplanned day out in Santa Barbara. I used the last few frames left on the expired roll of Fujifilm  Neopan SS 100 that’s been in the camera since April.

All photos taken with Leica M6/Summicron 50/F2

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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 (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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Dude Motel
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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
Ogimachi village suspension bridge
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

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 | An afternoon at Marina del Rey

We had a late lunch and went on a relaxing stroll on the harbor front. It was a great way to end the weekend.

All photos taken with a Leica M6/Leica Summicron 50/2 on Perutz Primera Color 200 (expired)

Here are my favorites:

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2017 | Petersen Automotive Museum

I can’t recall the last time I visited the Petersen. But I wanted to visit it again after its $90 million dollar renovation. I opted to add the Vault tour when I purchased my ticket. The Petersen’s Vault has 150 cars which includes a Mercedes used by Saddam Hussein, a Popemobile, and a Ferrari given by Enzo Ferrari to Henry Ford II. The highlight of the tour is the Round Door Rolls, a 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 Jonckheere Coupe. Unfortunately, photography is not allowed in the Petersen Vault, but you can read about the Round Door Rolls here. During my visit, the Art of Bugatti and Keith Haring’s Art Cars were on display.

All photos taken with a Leica M6/ with a Summicron 50/2 and Canon 7E with a Canon EF 28/2.8 on Arista Premium 400 pushed to 1600

Here’s a few of my favorites:

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The Champagne bottle that Dan Gurney used to spray the crowd while standing on the victory stand, after winning the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans.
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