Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

I had to force myself away from the beaches today. The last four days, I’ve made it rather easy on myself by just shooting down at the shore during low tide at sunset. Well the moon cycle is waning enough now that it’s no longer low tide at magic hour so it’s just about time for me to take my photography elsewhere. I’ve always wanted to photograph at the Ballona Wetlands. I’ve driven past it for years now and never actually stopped.

The area is actually a little bit harder to access than I thought it would be. It’s divided crosswise by both Culver Boulevard and Jefferson Boulevard, neither of which are very bike friendly to traverse. Furthermore, the westernmost quadrants, which seem easiest to access from Playa Del Rey are closed to the public. I managed to access an open area at the intersection of Jefferson and Sepulveda. So although it doesn’t seem like it in this photograph, I’m actually only about 50 feet from a noisy wave of rush hour traffic on one of the busiest surface streets in LA.

I was a lot slower and more methodical with this shoot compared to those form the last few days; taking the time to find the best light, carefully focus, and relax. I tried some “levitation” shots later in this session and while I got some great results from all my jumping up and down, I felt that this shot best captured my short time of calm among the hustle and bustle of the day.

Exif Data:
Canon EOS 6D
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 @ f/2.0
ISO 100