I wanted to play with my new zoom lens so here are some photos of my day. I am so not used to the extra weight of the lens - I felt like I was lifting weights after awhile.
I took most of these photos from a long distance to the subject and loved how the zoom worked. I need to remember to bring a tripod next time though as the camera shake was annoying. The statue of the Civil War looking soldier, I took that from 3 streets away. I could see right up its nose... not that I wanted a photo of that.
There were an abundance of birds and hawks out and I got quite a few but these were the best. Note, the bird sitting on Jesus's head and also on the really white statue's head. Also weird? A skywriter - which I haven't seen in a long time. It spelled out Crunch Fitness and a flag symbol over Forest Lawn... not really their prime market? Or maybe to get the visitors to think about their own mortality?
That last photo is a symbol I haven't seen yet on a grave marker so I wanted to get a close-up so I could look it up. And happy to see some Bees on the flowers. All in all a good trip!
I love visiting Forest Lawn - mostly because it is lovely and quiet. It was also very very windy and I took a ton of photos of pinwheels to practice with shutter and aperture settings. I will post those later this week along with the markers I found that stood out.
Another visitor was telling me he saw several hawks, coyotes and prairie dogs so I need to come back early and or later. No snakes thank goodness. Although in the field with the bird and concrete vaults there probably were several. I chose to not go there.
I have never actually gone down to this area so I need to go back and look at the markers more closely, I did find a few though that were just gorgeous. This is also the older section, where a lot of the dates start with 1860. I am glad I ventured over today.
The first 2 photos got me good. I mean, tears people!
I also got a zoom lens today, I should have it tomorrow! Right now I have 18 to 55 and the zoom is 75 to 300. So, I will be able to see up that birds beak next time and not have to go into snake grass!
I decided to get some photography assignments done today and after a few random stress blips, I decided to go to Forest Lawn for some quiet time to reset my brain. Being creative in a mellow environment is one of the best ways for me to unwind. The mortuary has many spots tucked away for a person to sit and reflect on all matter of things and I was thankful for the quiet respite.
I think I got quite a few good photos and I need to sort them out and see how I did playing with aperture and shutter speeds etc. But here are some fun ones in the meantime. (The more serious, assignment-y ones to follow)
Also, I never realized how many creepy statues live at Forest Lawn ~ especially those Weeping Angel looking cherubs LOL
Not vicious or malicious
Just de-lovely and delicious