My girlfriend got a haircut yesterday and she was loving it. Her hairstylist joked (maybe she wasn't joking) about seeing me for dinner so I can take some pictures of her with the new 'do. We weren't suppose to hang out yesterday. I was supposed to go to the gym do my 4 mile run but a photo shoot was implanted in my brain and I couldn't let it go, I really wanted to shoot too. Adriana has never really let me take photos of her, she hates it! Not sure if "hate" is the right word but she would cover up every time I tried to take a photo. I guess she's feeling more comfortable with it now, so we both skipped gym and ended up doing a photo shoot inside Polite Provision and Soda & Swine North Park since I've never shot in there before. Such a beautiful place for a shoot ya'll. On top of that, we had some really good drinks from PP and some off the menu shit at S&S (thanks to Chef Danny).
Remember that dream I had about me and Rossi with the lowriders? If you read my previous post you'd know what I'm talking about. But I'll catch you up on it. I had a dream that I was talking to Rossi about the next music video shoot, he wanted to have lowriders in it. And out of the blue Rossi hit me up yesterday to shoot. I was available and made my way to Barrio Logan immediately. After a couple of minutes of walking around Mylow comes out of Por Vida and told us we can use his car. Shit all our eyes lit up, his car is dope as fuck. He wiped it down, unlocked the doors, everyone stepped in the car as he wipes it down. It was already clean but you know how car guys are, they'll wipe that shit down anyways. Correction, car guys and gals. Mylow pulled it out on the street and photo shoot began. Shit is kinda crazy though, that I just dreamt about it. So that set the lowrider idea in motion. Now Rossi is talking to a videographer about shooting his next music video with Lowriders in it, and I'll be in it as well!
These photos were taken with my Canon AE-1 with 50mm lens. I'm not that happy with them because as you look at the photo from bottom to top, the light kinda washed it out a bit. Time to retired the 50mm or something, because the 24mm has a whole different feel to it. It could also by the shutter speed I was on. So there you go, I'm still learning after all these years, I'm forever a student my friends.
My cousin called me one day out of the blues. I was in the middle of my ping pong game too, I answered anyways. My cousin was telling about some expired films for sale at the swap meet he was at. I asked him the basic questions, what's the exposure count, ISO counts, brand etc. It was a Walgreen's brand and it has been expired in 2009. You can still shoot with expired films, it's how the film was stored matters the most. If it was to sit in the sun all those years it would've been destroyed and no good to shoot with. Last questions I asked him was "how much and how many of them?" He said 10 and they're a dollar each. I told I'll take them all. I later came home to twelve 4 packs, I think he miscounted haha. But I was excited to have all these films to shoot with.
I shot a model with it earlier this week and the photos came out great. So thats a good sign that all these films are good to shoot with. I went to Downtown San Diego Monday evening to get some night shot that I rarely do and this was my first time shooting at night with the Canon ae-1. I didn't have a tripod so I had to improvise and place them on ledges, boxes, and rails. Most of the f-stops were guessed, I basically didn't know what I was doing, I was winging it. It was a good lesson as some of the photos turned out to be okay. But I guess I have learned a little bit about exposures over the years.
On random occasion I would play a tourist in my own city. To be honest, it's really fun. Come on now, we live in a city where people come to vacation. I should do this more often, maybe every other weekend and explore some parts of the city I've never been. Today we went to La Jolla for dinner. We ate at a Mexican restaurant that most people would say it's too expensive but honestly, the food is damn well worth it. I was so caught up in our conversation I forgot to take pictures of the food though. But I've taken pictures of this place before so if you've been following me IG or blog you would've seen it already. We all order tacos, some Tuna Asada and Lobster tacos. After dinner we decided to walk around and do a little shopping. We ended up not buying anything but desserts from the Chocolate Factory and Hagen Daz Ice Cream shop. Took a short walk around the Cove to burn some calories and I got busy taking some photos with my iPhone. I guess this post can be a introduction to La Jolla if you haven't been there, and trust me, I have a friend who have never really been to La Jolla Cove haha. You can learn something new everyday.
I've heard a lot of mixed feelings about Crack Shack but that didn't deter me from trying it out myself. Crack Shack is a Fried Chicken and Egg joint with outdoor seating and a full bar. Located on Kettner BLVD next door to Juniper & Ivy where you can be entertained by the fancy cars in J&Ivy valet and the planes flying over head for landing. I was in the area for a nice short run after hitting weights in the gym. I parked my car at Crack Shack and told my cousin to meet me at Crack Shack at 6:30 for dinner. Yes I know, not a great post work out meal but this is why I work out so much, so I can eat all these good food without blowing up like a balloon.
After running 4 miles I was staring at the menu while my body cools down, with my jaws dropped to the floor and eyes wide open. Not because of the food on the menu, the prices!! Hahaha. Well you see, price tag on food doesn't mean anything to me versus price tag on clothing or material things. I would pay any dollar amount just as long it makes me curse my ass off when I take my first bite. So did Crack Shack make me curse like a wild whore? Yeah it did. I ordered the 5 piece fried chicken and it was seasoned and cooked so well. It was juicy all the way to the bone. Not a lot of places that offer fried chicken is that juicy. So to justify the prices, it definitely had quality and the chicken was probably free roaming chicken or something but I don't give a fuck, just make me something good and I'll pay $15 for them 5 pieces.
San Diegan tends to look else where for an outlet. It's easy for us to get bored, including me. But what I'm trying to get at is, we tend to look else where for an escape. Then when we don't have the time and money to buy a plane ticket to travel or go to San Francisco for a mini vacation, people tend to let themselves feel down about it and post their complaints on Facebook about how much they want to travel but can't. Trust me you can, I know what you guys spend your money on that could've easily be your traveling funds. I see people on social media complain about it all the time but don't really do anything about it. Well I'm not trying to preach because I'm not trying to be a hero but what I can do from what I learned from my productive Sunday is to remind you we live in a beautiful city. Full of things to do, eat, shop, plenty of craft beers to drink. Today, San Diego reminded me that I live in a city where people buy tickets to come here for a vacation. Today I felt like I did the things I do in LA and SF. I know it's easy to say "it's not the same" but in reality, that's the best part about it. When things ain't the same it means we have options.
I went to Queenstown Public House today for brunch and got The Cure. I titled this post "The Cure" because everything today was a cure to my insanity. The thought about the future has been lingering around with what I want to do next with my life to make it better. Either financially and personal things like love. But I figured there's plenty of both in this world and I shouldn't let that get me down. I'll get them both whether it'll be today or another 10 years from now and if the girl doesn't realize I want to be with her then, I can't control the force of nature and continue about business. The thought of the future drives me crazy sometimes, but that's because I'm looking too far into the future so I decided, lets start here. Earlier this week I received my limited batch of Hanuit coach jacket. That sold out within two days of posting it on Instagram. So blessed and thankful for all the support you guys been showing me. So! I've been having a hard time falling asleep at night and this week has been the cure. I made drops to all my friends who ordered the jacket and paid a visit to all the shops that continue to inspire me.