Los Angeles' Little Tokyo

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by Gary, Sep 4, 2014.

  1. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    #1: No Smoking
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    XT1 w/ 10-24 @ 10mm

    #2: BofA
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    XT1 w/ 55-200 @ 200mm

    #3: Sal
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    XT1 w/ 8mm (fish)

    #4: Destroyer
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    XT1 w/ 55-200 @ 200mm

    #5: Cig and Caffeine
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    XT1 w/ 55-200 @ 200mm

    #4: Wholesale Mayoreo
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    Thanks for viewing,
    Gary
     
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    good to see your shots again, G.
     
  3. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    stunning series thanks
     
  4. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    Thanks Luke.

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  5. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    Thank you ReD

    Truck 9
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    XT1 w/ 8mm (fish)
     
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  6. mnhoj

    mnhoj gee aahrr

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    Jan 27, 2012
    Awesome stuff Gary.
    It's really great to have walked that path with you and to see your vision.
    Amazing.
     
  7. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    Thanks John.

    & Chips
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    XT1 w/ 8mm (fish)

    Monitored by Closed Circuit TV
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    XT1 w/ 10-24 @ 10mm

    San Mar
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    XT1 w/ 32mm

    Bar
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    XT1 w/ 8mm (fish)
     
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  8. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Gary,

    The photos are great - almost goes without saying. But I'm really happy to see YOU around here again! It's been a while, man - wondered what became of you... Hope you're well....

    -Ray
     
  9. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    Hey Ray. Thanks. I've migrated to Fujifilm, which I consider neither a compact or MFT. But I enjoy lounging as I am not Serious. I am well. How the hell are you? What are you shooting with now?

    Gary

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    Anthony Quinn
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    XT1 w/ 10-24 @ 24mm

    Parking
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    XT1 w/ 10-24 @ 24

    US
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  10. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    I'm well too - no complaints at all. Staying out of trouble. I've been doing a bit less street, but still enjoying shooting. And when I get the chance to head into the city with a camera or two, I don't pass it up.

    As for what I'm shooting with, jeez man, you won't believe me if I tell you. My two main cameras last year were the Sony RX1 and the Nikon Coolpix A, and I had a mix of Fuji and M43 to handle the other focal lengths, but I did the vast majority of my shooting with those two little fixed lens cameras. But the RX1 sort of ruined me because I'd never shot with full frame before and I was constantly astounded by the files from that camera as I'd work with them in processing. I've always had a sort of heavy hand with processing and those files held up to anything I threw at them in ways that NOTHING else I'd ever worked with did. I suppose that's all of the gobs of dymanic range it's recording, but I could throw anything at it and it came out looking how I wanted it to.

    Basically what I'm saying is I got spoiled for full frame sensors. And then when I went looking for how to find them with a variety of focal lengths, I ended up where you started off - with a Nikon DSLR system (apologies if you used Canon - but I know you used to shoot a full frame DSLR of some sort). I thought about the Sony A7 family but there just aren't the lenses for it yet and I think the bodies need another generation or two of evolution as well. Then I shot some with both a D610 and a Df and loved 'em both - I ended up with a Df. The D610 has the same sensor as the RX1 and is amazing. The Df has the same sensor as the D4 and D4s and doesn't have quite as much dynamic range but is among the best low light cameras in existance (I think it was THE best until Sony released the A7s). The D610 and Df are both relatively small and I'm sticking mostly with smaller prime lenses and the overall package really isn't much larger than shooting with the X-Pro or XT1 setups I've used. These Nikon bodies are bigger, but not overwhelmingly so, and the lenses I'm mostly shooting with are mostly smaller than the equivalent Fuji primes, which keep getting better and better but also larger and larger. If I was into shooting with fast zooms, I wouldn't be into full frame because that stuff is just prohibitively huge. But my primes are all pretty small and pretty good.

    So anyway, I still have the RX1 and Coolpix A. The Coolpix A is still my main street camera (although I've done a fair amount of street with the Df too and there's not a damn thing wrong with it for that kind of shooting). The RX1 is kind of my very very very nice 35mm lens because I'd never get anything for the Nikon as nice as the Zeiss on that camera. And it's also a nice small/light alternative and some days I just go out with it and the Coolpix A and leave the bigger stuff at home - as I did when the bigger stuff was Fuji... But my main rig is a Nikon DSLR kit, so go ahead and have a chuckle, as I did when you first started talking about the fun of the experience shooting with Fuji. :cool:

    BTW, that last photo in your last post - the "US" painted on the wall with the razor wire fence, is just BRUTALLY good! That should show somewhere prominant...

    -Ray
     
  11. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    Thanks for the follow-up ... you are doing well. I thought you like that image. :smile:

    G

    BTW- I restored my old Medici. It is beautiful.
     
  12. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Doing OK, getting older, etc. Not doing any hard-core riding for the past year and a half or so, due to asthma problems. But I still get out and ride around town doing shopping/errands as long as the weather isn't too terrible. The Medici sounds great - are you riding it or is it a show-piece? Any pics? My townie is my only aesthetically pleasing steel bike (lugs, etc) anymore. My road bikes are both boring ti - but they ride right, when I can ride them that is...

    Bike ride-11-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    -Ray
     
  13. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    Hey, I have a Townie also. That would be my everyday bike if I rode everyday. I've been riding the Medici, over the protests of the all the employees in the shop that restored it. They think I should just hang it on the wall. No photos, I gotta work on that. I love your bike above. A masterpiece of utilitarian transportation and comfort. But I think it should be a three speed. lol

    Gary
     
  14. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    I have a Brompton too. That's essentially a three-speed (Sturmy-Archer, of course), but then they stuck a second ring on the back and a little two position derailure / chain guide and now it's a six-speed. And I plead guilty - I don't use the full range available (on either bike), but I like having the in-between gears a lot.

    7019329445_8a073143a0_z. Brompton by ramboorider1, on Flickr
    7019329401_f31a53da9d_z. Brompton Parked by ramboorider1, on Flickr
    7019329361_4180b1bb9c_z. Brompton Folded by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    -Ray
     
  15. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    No cleats?
     
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  16. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    The neighbourhood looks a little rough, but the images are anything but. Nice to see you 'round again.
     
  17. pictogramax

    pictogramax SC Top Veteran

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    Aug 18, 2011
    Belgrade, Serbia
    Great set(s)! Thanks!
     
  18. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    Thanks Nic. I hope all is well with you and family.

    Black
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    King
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  19. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    Thank you.

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  20. qhs232

    qhs232 SC Regular

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    Oct 6, 2013
    Metro Detroit
    Gary
    Very nice Gary, I really enjoyed them. When I lived in LA I use to go to various places in the downtown area for my work as a SAG rep, which I always enjoyed ...diverse groups of people, different energies, and something that I do miss!
    Gary