Wednesday January 9, 2013

Wednesday January 9, 2013 4.50/5 (90.00%) 2 votes

PALM DESERT CALIFORNIA – I made the soul-crushing drive up to Palm Desert from Santa Monica this morning to take my medium format Alpa and Phase One gear (a so-called technical camera – probably because you need an engineering degree to set it up and get the most out of it) to Camera West to trade for a Leica S medium format camera. The Alpa just hasn’t been working for me – it requires working from a tripod and my vision suffers when I use a tripod – my work is best when I use a more intuitive and less calculating approach. The Leica S can be hand held elegantly. I traded my technical camera and four lenses for a Leica S and four lenses and got some change back. Nice.

After completing my deal I made the short drive to Sunnylands where I had arranged for a tour through a friend. Sunnylands is the Annenberg estate – it includes a private golf course and a house, grounds and decor that are tributes to mid-century Modern. It’s currently owned by a foundation and used for high-end conferences.

Too much chit-chat here. Let’s move on to some images. The first two with my new camera. The balance are with my Leica Monochrom.

Leica Heaven

Leica Heaven

Visitor Center

Visitor Center

Sunnylands

Sunnylands

Sunnylands

Sunnylands

Sunnylands

Sunnylands

Sunnylands

Sunnylands

On this day last year: Park Avenue pedestrian.

Park Avenue Pedestrian

Park Avenue Pedestrian