Sunday, April 03, 2016

Sunday #10: First Fridays + Camping

Chilao Campground, Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles
Hello! This post is brought to you this Sunday evening from the couch, writing as I watch Documentary, Now with the mister and friends.  It's been a pretty eventful weekend for me so I am thoroughly wiped out.  

I.  I started the weekend going to First Fridays at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles to see Night Beats and Car Seat Headrest.  As per the last two times I went to a concert, I brought my camera with me, equipped with my friend's zoom lens.  Now I am not producing pictures on the caliber of professional photographers out there, but I like to think I'm capturing quality moments.  I'll be sharing them in an upcoming post.  

wolf, Natural History Museum Angeles National Forest, Devil's Canyon Hike

II.  I'm always complaining to the mister that we don't go on enough "adventures."  Well, this Saturday, we went with some friends to camp up in the mountains of Angeles National Forest.  We went on a hike on the Devil's Canyon trail that was fairly easy downhill, but rough on the uphill climb back.  The views of the forest and mountains were spectacular.  The only downside to the hike was my negligence in failing to bring a dry set of clothes to change into afterwards.   I spent the bulk of the night shivering.  Note to self: this is how people get hypothermia in very cold weather.  And yes, it gets COLD in the mountains at night.

III.  I've been practicing my photography a lot recently.  I acquired the Canon EF 50 mm/1.8 STM lens, or the Nifty Fifty, recently and have used it on two portrait/headshot shoots for my girlfriends as well as self portraits.  I'll be sharing that work soon.  The response has been pretty positive thus far (lots of Facebook likes, which we all know is the epitome of objective goodness, AMIRITE).  I'm considering pro bono or time for print work to build my portfolio and get more practice in.

I'm keeping it brief today.  I didn't get any sleep while camping so I'm looking forward to catching up on that!


  1. Beautiful pictures! I love the color of the sky in the third one! :)


  2. Your photography is definitely looking awesome these days! I used to use the 50mm all the time, it's such a great lens! I switched to a now discontinued 35mm 1.2 which is great too and it's basically permanently attached to my camera these days. I'd like to upgrade my camera but you know, I keep spending my money on bags haha!

  3. Wow those mountains look beautiful and so rugged. And yes! I always forget how cold it can get at night on hiking trips etc, take the shelter of walls too much for granted sometimes.

    Looking forward to seeing your photos!

    nat - Dignifiable

  4. I always underestimate how cold it can get in the mountains. These photos are really nice, and I love your blog. I hope you were able to get some sleep!

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

  5. It can get VERY cold in mountains at night. You seriously can never win. If you dress up good for a night, you will be sweating like a pig in a day time. But if you don't dress up properly, you will be shivering like crazy! I guess, the only option here is to bring extra clothes. Also, I am very excited to see your photography work!! :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  6. Facebook likes are the ULTIMATE when it comes to validation, hahaha. Always. Can't wait to see the photos you've shot lately with your new 50mm (one of my favorite lenses).

    And camping sounds like so much fun! I always end up bring 20 layers to be prepared for how cold the nights get, which still baffles me after a really warm day. Sup with that, Mountains?


  7. Sounds like you've had a great time being out camping, I'd really love to go camping as I haven't properly, just something I've always thought about doing but never actually done, I HAVE to change that this summer! Thanks for the reminder, haha! ;) I love your photos, you're really talented! xx Would you recommend the 50mm 1,8 because I've planned to buy it but also heard a lot of talk about people really enjoying a 30/35mm lens.. I don't know what seems like the better choice, haha! xx

    Filippa ⎮ Always a Dot

  8. It's nice to hear you were able to go on an adventure as you had been wanting to do. I haven't gone on a hike in forever. :]

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  9. These photos are beautiful! It looks so cold but so stunning :)
    - Ambar | Her Little Loves

  10. It sounds like you've had so much fun! The idea of a concert at a museum sounds so dreamy haha <3