I’m on the road this week working and found myself with a layover in Los Angeles this past Wednesday (07/29) and a stay at the Beverly Hills Hilton. The hotel is only a couple miles from the Los Angeles Leica Store and with a few hours free in the afternoon I took an Uber ride to pay a visit. I was interested in Leica’s new Monochrom digital rangefinder along with their new 28mm Summilux lens. Right after entering the store James Agnew, the general manager, met and welcomed me to the store. Of course he asked if there was anything he could do for me and I said I had the afternoon off and was hoping just to hang out and enjoy seeing the store gallery and a chance to see the new Monochrom.
James was very interested in learning more about me and I felt a bit taken back that he would want to know about me but then I quickly realized that as a fellow Leica shooter I was another spokesperson for the company. James made me feel like family and I had access to handle and shoot with any of the camera equipment there. Of course I took the opportunity to shoot with the new Monochrom and attached the 28 Summilux to my Leica M-E.
James also introduced me to the store’s other staff members and even spent a few minutes speaking with Seth who works with the Hollywood movie producers in the use of Leica’s Cine lens line.
I’d like to thank James and his crew for making my visit a wonderful experience and confirming my confidence in the relationship Leica has with its customers. I’m looking forward to the next time I get back to LA for a visit to the LA Leica Store.
My son asked me to do a little hiking and camping with him this past weekend. I only had three days off before having to hit the road again for work but I sure didn’t want to pass up an opportunity to share in my son’s desire to get out and enjoy nature.
Three days at home doesn’t give you much time do get all the little honey doos complete. Especially when my wife surprised me with my first night home a stay at the Grove Park Inn. Wow, its one of my favorite places for sunsets. In fact they’re using one of my images for their Facebook cover: (https://www.facebook.com/omnigroveparkinn) So Wednesday night into most of Thursday was spent on an awesome date with my wife.
Friday morning included haircut and some other odds and ends then spent a couple hours trying to gather my camping gear together. My son decided we’d park at the Black Balsam Parking lot and begin our hike for our one night camping trip.
We got to the parking lot around 5:30 PM and found we had to hike between 4-5 miles to find a place to camp. Being the weekend and summertime this area can be very busy. No one was camping at the Shining Rock Gap so we hurriedly set up here for the evening as it was already getting dark and a bit of drizzle was falling. Heck we were in the clouds!
The morning gave us a beautiful sunrise. My son had to wake me up so I didn’t miss it. I packed my Leica and just the 35mm lens along with my tripod. It was really all I needed but I wish I’d brought the 75mm lens for a couple of the longer shots. Next time.