Big Sur Getaway with Chris Leidy , Sten Lilja and LJ OLeary.
Hasselblad H5d Test
” Loke can I get a ticket out to California ? , I need to get my head clear , surf and just get inspired inspired ( some subliminal inspiration to anyone reading.) I need a smile, a friend and a quick change of pace. I want to come crash for a few , cool? ” Was the phone call I got from my longtime friend and brand contributor Chris Leidy. My answer was of course ” get out here ” and tickets were booked. Truth is I didn’t even know if there were waves. I just wanted to be a good friend to Chris. Plus he’d do it for me and after all, it’s California in the Spring. There are sure to be some sort of waves braking somewhere within reach.
The report was looking pretty dismal in for us in Southern California though. I didn’t have the heart to call Leidy with this crap report but wasn’t cruel enough to let that sneak up on him when he landed. So, I broke the news to him and he was all smiles anyway. He quickly remarked , “so what , we can run around and shoot some photos and maybe take long boards out and push eachother over in the surf as a secondary means of entertainment.” I smiled and agreed. Chris took the next flight out.
When he landed. I greeted him with the idea of us taking a quick run up to Big Sur. His smile grew twice the size. He’d been all over this beautiful planet , however never been to Big Sur & always wanted to go. He smirked and figured since there would be teeny waves here waves around these parts anyway, we should at least spend the next few in the Red Woods, breathing in fresh air far away from it all.
The bonus was, the forecast for Big Sur. We needed a quick strike surf trip and the world answered. What a brilliant answer it was, which happened to be 4-8 ft of swell waiting for us the morning we were set to get up there. This was just the sort of news that made us smile even bigger.
Chris had been planning to purchase a medium format camera for a while now, to take his underwater endeavors to the next stage and was almost entirely convinced that we would be acquiring and testing a Phase One. We searched all over LA and Southern California. Turns out it’s not so easy to get someone to rent you 50k camera as we’d hoped it may be. We did find another option somewhere out in Hollywood that would lend us a Hasselblad H5D with a Phase One back. We jumped through rings of fire, located one with a stroke of good luck, payed a fortune of a deposit and picked that up on our way out of town.
Since we’d be passing through LA to get our newly acquired dream picture taking machine, we figured it’d be nice to stop on in and visit our long time buddy Sten Lilja who had also never been to Big Sur and was instantly plotting on how he could rearrange his schedule to make the trip with us. Plans were made, schedules were adjusted and good times were a long winding road ahead. Camera in hand and the three os us hardly able to contain ourselves, loaded the car with surfboards of all variations, wetsuits to brave the mildly frigid Ocean temps of the Central Coast and one of the best cameras made and set off to cruise the CA 1 all the way up from Venice Beach.
We took the long way up and surfed everything that seemed surfable. Even a few treacherous breaks that made our blood warmer in our 4/3s. We stopped and took in everything that we felt like admiring. No schedules. No rush. At the end of trip as you’d expect, not one of us wanted to leave our beautiful new favorite. Spring Break had just concluded in and it was only just us. Everywhere we went we had solitude and one of the best backdrops ever made.
Have a look at a few of the test shots off the Hasselblad that we played with for the three days that we got to run around on the coast of Big Sur.
More days like this, please.