This weekend I got to explore two of the most popular neighborhoods of Los Angeles – Venice and Santa Monica. It’s surprising how much this city has to offer, especially if you have a car to move around and don’t mind spending some time driving.
I had so much fun practicing photography in the colorful and lively streets of these two neighborhoods, and I am pretty proud of the final result. All the following pictures were taken with a Canon Rebel T3i camera and the 50 mm 1.8 lens. I honestly think it is a perfect lens to start learning about manual mode, and it represents a small investment in comparison with many of the other lenses out there ($125).
Last Saturday started off taking a walk around The Venice Canals. I’ll give full credit to Dan for finding this beautiful spot that reminded me Italy so much. Venice is well-known for their beach and the board walk, but not everybody knows about the existence of these canals. It is the perfect place to go if you want to run away from the chaos of Venice Beach. I did not spend as much time as I would have liked because we couldn’t find a place to park, but I found so much peace there. I’ll definitely bike there again to fully enjoy the beauty of their houses, bridges and canoes.
After leaving this little spot of Europe in Southern California, we headed to Santa Monica pier to be one more of the thousands of tourists that are concentrated there on weekends.
It is incredible how much life you can find in that place. There are parents with their kids having fun at the amusement park, teenage couples sharing ice-cream cones, artists painting portraits, random people entertaining the audience with animals, grandparents walking around with their dogs and tourists eating fresh seafood in the local restaurants.
I enjoyed every minute of my time there even though it was very crowded. The weather was perfect and that definitely helped me to take nice pictures as well as practice the exposure settings I learned during the past week (check the post here).
In the pier there are also a lot of small stores that sell beach and surf stuff – definitely worth to take a look if you’re looking for some souvenirs. Although you usually find the same kind of things there, I always have so much fun checking out those places. I fell in love with these red hippie vans! Aren’t they cool?
I hope you’re having a nice start of the week!