Santa Monica

Leica MP | Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH. | Lomo X200

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | f/4 | 1/750s | ISO 320

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | f/4 | 1/750s | ISO 320

Feast

I believe I had already mentioned that we went for lunch to the Santa Cruz Pier? And it turned out to be the place to have a proper feast. Although the whole pier felt like time-warped from the 1950s into nowadays the food selection was certainly superb. No matter where you turned you saw fresh seafood and fish everywhere. Not sure if they also served the seals that were resting peacefully under the pier :).

Santa Cruz Pier | Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | ISO 320 | 1/350s | f1.4

Santa Cruz Pier | Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | ISO 320 | 1/350s | f/1.4

Santa Cruz

We are still on the Pier in Santa Cruz. Considering it was end of April it was unusually warm already. But fortunately in particular Northern California had seen considerably more rain than in recent years. So chances are high that we might not see a drought as bad as in previous years. Would be a great relief to the region.

Santa Cruz Pier | Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | ISO 320 | 1/3000s | f/2

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 :).