And, no, I didn't read the manual or watch any videos yet.
These were taken at Big Bear Lake, a two hour drive from LA, where I was living at that time. No cropping. No color correction. I cringe now.
One of my favorite landscape photographers is Thomas Heaton. He runs a helpful YouTube Channel. Check him out for tips and tutorials.
One of my first day trips from Los Angeles was Solvang, about a two hour drive. It's a Danish themed village with amazing pastries. (My great grandparents were born in Denmark, which I've been to now. Those photos are several years and many posts in the future.)
I tried out my new camera, Nikon Coolpix L3. at a nearby waterfall.
It was crowded, and I had not read the manual -- again.
For a good tutorial on shooting waterfalls:
So, there's a gap in my early photos of LA. I dropped my camera into the ocean while heading out to surf in Malibu. Nope. I hadn't backed the camera up either.
ALWAYS BACK UP YOUR PHOTOS IN TWO (or more) PLACES.
Once settled in LA with a job (doing a bit of everything on film sets), a place, and attending UCLA, I signed up for the AIDS Lifecyle in honor of 17 friends that I've lost.
The bicycle ride starts in San Francisco and ends in LA: 575 miles over 5 days. That year we raised $11M+ that year.
This was a group training ride from Hollywood to Malibu and back.
For more information on this annual charity event: www.aidslifecycle.org