Exploring LA -visiting the fashion district-

Taking a trip to the LA fashion district and snapping a few pics along the way.

We had planned to get an early start on the day and head down to Los Angeles around 9:30am. Living in Southern California offers a great deal of things to do and all within reasonable reach if traffic permits. When we got to our destination we didn't want to have to hunt for a parking so we just popped into the first payed lot we could find. At ten dollars for the day it wasn't too bad but as we walked around we found plenty of other places for even less (live and learn).

Instead of going out there to look at clothing this trip was geared toward the fabric stores in the area.. Never have I seen so many bolts of different fabrics. From silk to sequence there was something for everyone and at unbelievable low prices. In a location like this with prices and products relatively similar I wondered how each shop works toward gathering the most business. The answer I found was customer service.

While my fiancé went from store to store we found that some shops wouldn't even approach us to ask if we needed help or were interested in buying. Other shops were on it coming up to us and really trying to sell us on the quality of the material and moving quickly for the sell asking how much fabric we needed and what we might be using it for.

After a bit of walking around we made our way to the food stands. With lots of different options I looked for something new that might catch my eye. At the end of the block was a stand selling Pambasos a sandwich with chorizo, potatoes, cheese, lettuce, mayo, and you choice of beef, chicken, or pastor. They then threw it on the flat grill to melt the cheese and toast the bread. This sandwich set me back about eight dollars but was well worth trying at least once in my life.

The Pambaso

The Pambaso

I got lucky getting this photo. There was a woman working that booth yelling "no pictures" to people with their cellphones trying to get a pic for their Instagram and snapchat posts. To wash this sandwich down I bought a strawberry lemonade from the stand to the left of this one. They had tons of different flavor to choose from and even offered samples of each. With my food and drink in hand it was time to dig in.

Cecilia St

Cecilia St

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Food Photography

Taking photos of food at a restaurant:   

    Nothing snaps you back to reality faster than when your nephew asks, "why are you taking a picture of your food?" I tell you kids just don't understand.

Late Night Cubano from The Stand

Late Night Cubano from The Stand

When I started taking photos using a DSLR camera was completely foreign to me.  I figured the best way to learn outside of taking a class was to carry my camera with me everywhere I went.  I started taking photos of everything I could. Starting with landscapes before transitioning to street photography, and food.  I learned a lot about my camera shooting in restaurants.  After blocking out the looks when pulling out a camera I soon found that the biggest challenge will be the lighting.

Often the natural lighting casts a color tint on your photo.  I took is as a way to also learn how to edit that out of my image once I imported to Lightroom. Next was getting a sharp image without increasing my ISO too much due to the low light.  For this image I shot it with a 35mm f1.8 prime lens at ISO 1250.  The food at The Stand is amazing and needs no adjustment to look photogenic. It is delivered to your table photo ready and mouth watering good.  Do you take photos of your food with a camera other than your cellphone? Let me know on instagram. If your new, welcome, and be sure to follow me on instagram @ramon_campoamor