Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Hiking Runyon Canyon with the 5D Mark III

< Here in Los Angeles, we have the equivalent of NYC's Central Park, called Runyon Canyon.  It's quite the scene for Hollywood's large collection of struggling artists, and those seeking exercise high above the pollution of the city.  If you've seen photos of the Hollywood sign, you've seen the rolling hills and canyons that are Runyon.  There are many trails to follow, and due to my avoidance of anything exhausting, I've always skipped the most difficult trail that leads 2000 feet to a double summit.

I've heard wild stories from those that have returned to tell the tale: devil worshippers, rattlesnakes, mountain lions, and the occasional dinosaur lizard are trail threats.  I had to finally see it for myself.  I conned my Wisconsinite buddy, Rob Stenger, to go on the hike with me by telling him there was a fondue factory at the top of Summit #2 (I lied).  The weather was a perfect 72 degrees, with amazingly clear skies.  I hauled my 5D Mark III camera with the 70-200mm f/2.8L lens, and began the 2-hour hike.

< The Hollywood Sign from somewhere on the trail.

Photo: Robert Stenger

< Summit #1 achieved.  DSLR with 70-200mm f/2.8L hauled.

< Stenger scoffs at Summit #1.  He might be part mountain goat.

< When you get close to Summit #2, this view of the skyline suddenly appears.  Loved the reveal.

< Me, relaxing into my key light.  Photo: Robert Stenger.

< View of Santa Monica and the ocean.  You can even make out Santa Monica Blvd running west, between the red building and tree section.

< Some dude looking over Wilshire area.  Probably a devil worshiper.

< High above Hollywood.  Photo: Robert Stenger

If you want to see more photos from my Runyon Canyon DSLR summit hike, please CLICK HERE to go to my Flickr set.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Guerrilla Filmmaking 101

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< Not too far off.  Just sayin'.