Fujifilm Velvia 50

Back when I was putting miles on the Evo to break in the new engine, part of my travels brought me back to Santa Barbara. I don’t usually get out there much, but it always feels relaxing spending time there since it’s much more chill than Los Angeles. This was also during some big fires east of the area so in one photo the plume of smoke can be seen rising over downtown. After getting there I took a break to just walk around downtown and shoot some of the area on Velvia. I always love Velvia for scenery, it’s going to be a sad day when Fuji also decides to stop producing it.

Smoke rising over downtown Santa Barbara

Granada Theater

Spanish style entryway

Whitewashed buildings in the shade

Possibly Santa Barbara Town Hall

Old Courtyard


Back when Cam was here we took a break one afternoon from cruising around and shooting cars to go up to Vasquez Rocks. Given its prevalence in media for such a long time and its true wild west vibes I always like to show it to family and friends who haven’t been out to California when they visit. He seemed to also really enjoy it and we got a lot of good shots around the area and with the sun setting.


I don’t use my Horseman 6×9 medium format back on my large format camera enough. I really love the results I’ve gotten from it in the past even though on this roll I only got 4 out of 8 shots that I think were ok. The 6×9 aspect ratio feels really natural for a lot of types of shots and at times I miss having my Fujifilm GW690 camera still too. Despite it only being a fixed lens range finder with no meter, the results were always extremely sharp and it made it very quick to setup and grab shots that I can’t do anywhere close to as fast with the 4×5.

These few photos from the roll still came out well enough, though I still want to get the next results sharper or with perhaps better control over the depth of field. I have a roll of Kodak 500T in the back now that I’ve been waiting for the right nights to bring out and shoot with. Hopefully I can get some good semi-foggy nights and car stuff shot with it. In general I haven’t been using my 4×5 enough for the past few months, but that should change as I have some projects and travel lined up this year.

Downtown Los Angeles shrowded in fog at night

Downtown LA at dusk on a rainy day

Guy stands on part of Vasquez Rocks which dwarf him in size

Skies rapidly turning pink in Joshua Tree National Park