California

I have been to Northern California a couple of times. This time I wanted to head down south. Some had warned me about L.A. It’s a dump compared to San Francisco, many said. Turned out: not so much. Quite the opposite is true. And it also turned out that there seems to be a competition going on between the two cities, quite like between Cologne and Düsseldorf in Germany. And equally on mainly friendly terms, taking the competition very lightly. A couple I met in Malibu went as far as saying that L.A.ers don’t even really care about S.F. (and the alleged competition).

But enough said. Over the coming days and weeks I will be posting some of the photos I took on my trip. So make sure you check back from time to time :).

At the Santa Cruz Pier. Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | 1/1500s | f/4 | ISO 320

At the Santa Cruz Pier. Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | 1/1500s | f/4 | ISO 320

I started off my trip in the Bay Area (actually attending a business meeting). On a quick side trip from Los Gatos we went for lunch to the Santa Cruz Pier where this photo was taken. Lunch was great too. Although I don’t really fancy deep-fried seafood, these were probably about the best fried oysters, clams and crabs I had ever eaten :).

Streetfisher

I’m not an expert fisherman by a long shot :). I think the last time I was actually fishing I was 12 years old and on a summer holiday where one of the other kids I met was really into fishing. Which by the I way liked a lot. Good time killer and very soothing, but certainly something that is normally done out in the countryside.

What I didn’t know was that there is even a special term for fishermen who go fishing in the city: “Streetfisher”. The guy in the picture who was divulging me into the secrets of fishing during my little photo shoot claimed that on a normal morning he would catch as much as 10 kilo of fish out of the river Elbe – in the midst of Dresden.

Leica M Monochrom | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | ISO 320

Leica M Monochrom | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | ISO 320