Sunday, November 25, 2012

How Do You Fall? El Dorado Park Nature Trail

Welcome to Post # 2 of my current running series How Do You Fall? Ever since I regained my taken up free time last month, I've just been going everywhere. What madness is it to think that you'd already exhausted all of your local travel spots? Complete, simply put.

Last week, I took a trip back to a place I haven't visited since my beginning photo class last year, El Dorado Park. It is smooshed right in between the 605 Freeway and the San Gabriel River in Long Beach. This is one of those parks that really does it all. It is incredibly HUGE. Three city blocks to be exact. The main part of the park is what you would expect from most regional parks, a big road that goes around the entire thing, a road that snakes its way through the middle, a lake in the shape of a giant horseshoe, a massive lake where people bring their remote control boats to sail, and an archery range. I used to go shoot arrows over there, but it is a way bit too popular to go on a Saturday morning.

The next section directly south is the nature trail that I documented with my pictures below. Its one of those places where you can walk into the center of it and not realize you are in the middle of Southern California.

The last section is more or less similar to the main part of the park. The only differences are the mini train for the little kiddies to ride, a big airfield for remote control airplanes and couple of pretty decent size lakes. You can probably spend all day in the park and not see everything.

Here are the goods. Let me know what you guys think!

With this series, I started playing around with my camera settings and decided to start distinguishing myself from the average photographer. If you can tell what I'm doing differently drop a comment below. Lets just say that it is a theme that I've enjoyed over the past year since I started researching the photographer Paul Strand. It'll be a bit more prominent in the set that I shot this last weekend.

Thanks for dropping by! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.