The Big Laguna Trail

The Big Laguna trail is a series of interconnected loops that are part of the Cleveland National Forest. I can’t remember exactly when we found the particular loop we’ve been hiking, but it’s been one we’ve been doing regularly for a few years. We usually arrive at midday and finish at sunset. For the most part, it’s a very empty, quiet, place. I keep thinking I want to do a portrait shoot here, but being that it is remote and takes a couple of hours to get to the more picturesque parts, I haven’t made the attempt yet.

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    Joshua Tree October 2022

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      Star Wars at Disneyland

      Star Wars is forever the big draw for me on a modern Disneyland trip. Each time I go I’ve photographed something different. I like all of it. From the vehicles, infrastructure, characters, and even the random buttons on the walls. Even Star Tours, which is dated as hell got some cool updates that make it worth going on again. Maybe one of these days we’ll actually make it into the Cantina.

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        Pirates of the Caribbean

        I don’t know exactly how often I went to Disneyland as a child, but it was often enough to develop a pretty deep love for one particular ride – the Pirates of the Caribbean. Now without trying to deliberately age myself I do have to say that the Pirates I remember was one devoid of Johnny Depp. It also was a Pirates that was from an era where you could go into the gift shop and buy replica flintlock pistols and rifles made out of actual wood and metal. While I’m not fond of the post-movie changes they’ve had to it, I am still grateful that the essence of the ride is unchained. Including that water smell that people often think is due to the water being chlorinated. It’s actually bromine that they use. Minor details.

        Basically, I stopped going to Disneyland once my elementary school years were over and did not return until just a couple of years ago. Naturally, I felt drawn to photograph the parts of the park that I felt nostalgic for, both new and old. Most indoor Disney rides are pretty dark, but Pirates is insanely dark. I had just about given up attempting to photograph it at all until I got my hands on a 50mm f/1.2 GM lens. Even with one of the best low-light lenses on the market, taking photos of the ride is still very difficult. It would be cool to get my hands on a very fast wide-angle lens to capture some wider shots. A little hard to justify wanting a lens just for my favorite theme park ride though.

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          Cape Disappointment

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