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As it Happened | Escape to L.A.

Jun 4th, 2011 | Categories: As it happened, Los Angeles | by Michael Williams

All photos with the Fujifilm X100 + some post production.

Comments: 30

30 Comments to “As it Happened | Escape to L.A.”

  1. Chia
    on Jun 4th, 2011
    @ 6:49 AM

    Love the BP- IWC Boutique? Also loving the GMT!

  2. Francois
    on Jun 4th, 2011
    @ 6:52 AM

    The good thing is that the watch was too big for your wrist anyhow!

  3. Noble County Gold
    on Jun 4th, 2011
    @ 7:38 AM

    That’s was LA is all about, margaritas and G wagons!

  4. Elias
    on Jun 4th, 2011
    @ 8:01 AM

    Love the Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar…. Francois, I beg to differ!

  5. Sam
    on Jun 4th, 2011
    @ 8:27 AM

    The photos look great! Enjoy the camera!

  6. Ryan Hines
    on Jun 4th, 2011
    @ 8:43 AM

    What an appropriate post, as I’m moving back to Los Angeles today. Actually I’m leaving in 30 minutes…

  7. iván
    on Jun 4th, 2011
    @ 10:14 AM

    What are your final thoughts on the Fujifilm?

  8. andy
    on Jun 4th, 2011
    @ 10:34 AM

    Everything is saturated.

  9. Charles
    on Jun 4th, 2011
    @ 1:56 PM

    Makes me miss Kodachrome and my old Olympus OM-1. I still can’t get the consistency in composition and color without a lot of backend photoshop work using a digital camera that I did with a film SLR.

  10. TMH
    on Jun 4th, 2011
    @ 3:18 PM

    Another miserable trip huh? Sorry things aren’t
    working out. Keep the faith Michael.

  11. TWB
    on Jun 4th, 2011
    @ 3:23 PM


    Any chance you could give us some [slightly] detailed thoughts on the Fuji after having it for a little while? I know this isn’t necessarily a photo blog, but I’m seriously considering purchasing one when they make their way back into stock.

    It seems every review out there is either focused on the technical aspects of the camera, or from a professional photographer who uses it as an alternative camera.


  12. eran
    on Jun 4th, 2011
    @ 3:29 PM

    ACL is constantly building up my crave for this camera. Bad Bad Habit!!!
    the 1st photo with the Palm tree is perfect, Especially for people like my with an endless craving for L.A.

  13. Clifford
    on Jun 4th, 2011
    @ 4:04 PM

    Nice shots. Is the vignetting natural in the photos on top?

  14. Speedmaster
    on Jun 4th, 2011
    @ 5:14 PM

    Love that IWC!

  15. Duncan
    on Jun 4th, 2011
    @ 6:45 PM

    Looks like you had a really good time!

    The colors of the images look pretty saturated which I happen to like a lot.

    The image TO TELESCOPE I find ironic since Los Angeles has probably the worst light pollution anywhere in the country (apart from air pollution), attributable to suburban sprawl and the unfortunate desire to illuminate everything including the sky itself, therefore rendering telescopes as almost useless.

    I’m assuming that sign was leading to Palomar.

  16. Ramalhoni
    on Jun 5th, 2011
    @ 6:13 AM

    Great pics.. amazing details… I knew that the fuji took good pics! But that good! I couldn’t imagine ;))))

  17. Brandon
    on Jun 5th, 2011
    @ 3:33 PM


  18. Nick
    on Jun 5th, 2011
    @ 10:26 PM

    Dave Coury! :)

  19. Ryan
    on Jun 6th, 2011
    @ 12:15 AM

    What you editing in, and how’d the Audi drive? A4?

  20. Tumbry
    on Jun 6th, 2011
    @ 12:55 AM

    Great photos! I’m continually impressed by the pictures out of that Fuji.

    As for The Mission Cantina, some of my favorite tacos in Hollywood –don’t miss a taco tuesday, quality dollar tacos.

    Oh &Duncan, Palomar is in San Diego…

  21. Michael Williams
    on Jun 6th, 2011
    @ 1:33 AM

    Ryan — the Audi is a Q5 (driver pictured, not me) and I am editing in Aperture.

    Telescope is the at the Griffith Observatory.

  22. Smith&Ratliff
    on Jun 6th, 2011
    @ 8:44 AM

    LA looks so great saturated. Just like in reality.

  23. JonIndia™
    on Jun 6th, 2011
    @ 10:00 AM

    ooooo nice IWC.

  24. Justin
    on Jun 6th, 2011
    @ 12:58 PM

    This just reminds me how much my camera sucks

  25. Rick Steamboat
    on Jun 6th, 2011
    @ 1:02 PM

    Photo with hanging Levis…taken from?

    Looks like we took similar “Telescope” shots!

  26. doane
    on Jun 6th, 2011
    @ 4:19 PM

    The vintage Coleman coolers in the corner of the AETHER showroom is a nice touch.

  27. Matt
    on Jun 7th, 2011
    @ 3:47 PM

    Super photos!

  28. chris
    on Jun 8th, 2011
    @ 2:46 PM

    As an LA native, i can only understand the watch to audi series as “How long have we been sitting in traffic”?

  29. martine@martinelouisedesign
    on Jun 9th, 2011
    @ 11:41 AM

    Hey, love the photography on this post! Great retro feel, which always goes hand in hand with LA in my mind. My husband is from Santa Monica (i’m from the UK) and every time we visit i’m always ooogling at all the great mid century architecture and signage.

  30. Lance
    on Jun 10th, 2011
    @ 3:55 PM

    As an LA native, I love when visitors share their perspective on the city. It looks like you found one of the most important parts of the city. Our mexican food…. kudos.

    I love seeing a bit of your adventures… keep them coming.