Thursday, November 29, 2012

How Do You Fall? Clark Park

I don't know how it is for you guys, but Thanksgiving Day is just like an ordinary Thursday for me. Well... as ordinary of a day as one can have. I had the day off, and I was going to make sure I would use it to its fullest extent.

Around 9:00 or 10:00 in the morning I took off down the street to Clark Regional Park in Fullerton,CA. I've been here before. In fact, it was the first park I took my brand new used DSLR to for a test spin. Back then, I wasn't good at taking pictures with that type of camera. You think less when you're out shooting with them. At least that's how I feel every time I go and shoot my medium format camera.

This park has always been a fun place to go. Its a mixture of a regular city park, a small but decent size nature reserve and everything in between. This time around, I took the long and scenic route instead of checking out the middle of the park like I did on my first trip, many moons ago. The scenic route is a trail that basically follows the boundaries of the park. My arrangement today basically starts at the entrance to the park and working my way around. Hope you like them!

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.