I headed to Union Station yesterday without any real idea of what I wanted to photograph. As I wandered around Downtown Los Angeles, I came upon a freeway overpass that I'd driven under countless times. Having never seen the 101 Freeway from this angle, I instantly became mesmerized by the change in perspective. My first instinct (as it usually is these days) was to create some long exposure images of the freeway. With the help of a 10 stop ND filter and several sturdy railings, I was able to create the following images that depict something rarely seen here in Los Angeles; an empty 101 Freeway.
On a side note, I shot all of the images using my new Fujifilm X100S and a Fujinon Wide Conversion Lens I rented from LensRentals. My take on the conversion lens is that it is very solidly built and results in no loss in image quality. The wider angle of view is subtle but noticeable. I'd consider buying one if I didn't own an X-Pro1 and the XF14mm lens. I would definitely rent it again for any trips where I want to leave the X-Pro1 at home.
Photography is my creative outlet, but I sometimes get caught up with the how instead of the why. I get fixated on the technical aspects of photography like technique and gear and forget about the creative aspects like vision and style. Maybe it's because I'm a geek at heart, but I find that the fleeting joy of owning a new piece of technology can occasionally overshadow the satisfaction of creating an interesting photograph. Whenever this happens, I find that it helps to wander through a new place (or anyplace I haven't been for awhile) with my camera. As I wander, my curious nature surfaces and I start photographing everything that catches my eye. The point of wandering is not so much about the photographs, but the act of making them. Letting my curiosity take over reminds me how much I enjoy seeing the world through a lens and clicking the shutter just to see the result. Here are some of the results of that curiosity from our recent trip to the Huntington Library.