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April 17, 2014 / P J Charles

Doheny

perfect afternoon

April 16, 2014 / P J Charles

A view to the sea

Nothing better than putting in the earphones, cranking up some music and sun, and shooting photos. This series taken at Doheny State Beach.

April 15, 2014 / P J Charles

The Stand

The stand

As one walks up Thalia street from the sea and crosses Highway 1 on the left is a small red stand and usually a line of hungry humans. A vegan restaurant, The Stand, has been a Laguna institution for as long as I can remember. A great place to find that healthy juice you have craved (I am a fan of the carrot, beet, apple combination), a wheatgrass shot to set you right, or a delicious vegan sandwich wrapped up to take back down the street for a beach picnic. Or you can just sit, as I did snapping this photo, under the large tree at the community table.

April 14, 2014 / P J Charles

Fourteen on 4.14.2014

What an amazing gift the last 14 years have been! I still can’t quite comprehend that you are 14 today and that you have brought me smiles and giggles for all of them. I love the person you are and the one you are becoming. Happy Birthday Little a. Your Tio and Tia love you to the moon and back.

April 13, 2014 / P J Charles

Main Beach

laguna beach lifeguard 2

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity. Busy days with little time for shooting much less writing. My correspondence with friends is at a low, my brain bouncing from family, to work, to friends back to family. That was, until I hit main beach.

For as long as I can remember I have driven to Laguna and upon hitting main beach, rolled down the windows and taken that first deep breath that means I am home. One of my favorite memories was a Friday night drive from work with the radio blaring, my girl Jessa by my side, and my friend PD trailing behind. It was the perfect end to the day and start to the weekend and I will forever remember the lightness of the moment – all sun and breeze and joy. I can’t help but feel happiness at the sensory experience of hitting main beach.

My routine in Laguna is to get up, grab a camera and head to one of my favorite spots for that first morning coffee. It seems a locals routine – some with dogs, some just finishing that morning run or surf, but all catching up with neighbors and friends. I think that is the best part of the day. Tourists are sleeping and planning their days, but the community that serves them is catching moments in their town. Walking along main beach, sitting on the park bench, I eavesdrop on conversations as varied as upcoming trips and the latest spin studio – all with a sly knowing smile. It is a voyeur’s dream. My routine when I lived here full-time was not much different and now I feel nostalgic for when life was simpler and I felt tethered to a place. I suppose though, I still am; for every opportunity that presents itself I come back to this place I consider home.

April 12, 2014 / P J Charles

Old Skool Travel

airport

Leica M240
1/125 sec at f/8.0
ISO 200
50 summicron

April 11, 2014 / P J Charles

Picket Fence

picket fence - industry

Leica M240
1/125 sec at f/13
0 EV
ISO 200
50 mm summicron

April 10, 2014 / P J Charles

Basel Black and White

basel

Leica M240
!/500 sec at f/2.4
ISO 200

April 9, 2014 / P J Charles

Basel waiting

basel 2

Leica M240
ISO 200
1/60 sec at f/11

April 8, 2014 / P J Charles

The Work

the work

Leica M240
ISO 200
1/30 sec at f/2.8

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