Thursday, March 29, 2012


We're ON-LINE!!!!!
The day is here.
Wandering Lulu is moving to its new home LEICA LIKER.

Please follow us at  because I will no longer be posting here.

To all those who  follow or who are just joining us, Leica Liker will continue my photographic interests, especially street photography. It will showcase work and interviews from photographers and people related to photography who inspire me as well as my own humble work. I will include reviews of lessons I learn from workshops or classes along the way. Of course Leica related gadgets, equipment or inspired stuff will have priority- particularly the fun stuff. O has reserved a corner  in this blog, calling it his 'Man Shack' where he'll post anything. And many other interesting articles.

For those of you who know about Lulu (RIP), Arta and Ludwig, they will appear as special guests in the new blog rather as standing hosts.

So what are you waiting for? Join me at LEICA LIKER by clicking on any of the Leica Liker words in this post!

Sunday, March 04, 2012

El Comedor, Los Angeles

I was walking the streets shooting when I saw this beautiful wall. It's a busy little cafe located downtown Los Angeles. Makes me think of a Wim Wenders movie.

NOTICE: I'm getting close to launching my new website:   
I'm looking at 2-3 more weeks. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Arta, our oldest dog (15.5 years) cannot see and can barely hear. But when it comes to a duck roasting in the oven... O caught this precious moment back in Munich. I had to share it.

Patience is a virtue. (by OH)

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

San Francisco Impressions

I have been working on my lighting skills since I was in San Francisco last November.  The city is full of high rises so you cannot help but notice the slivers of light coming through between the buildings. In fact, I found myself hunting for the light. But with tall buildings, spots of sunlight was hard to come by. But when I found it, I stayed for a long time, hoping for things to happen in the light. Unfortunately, people kept avoiding the light. Here's what I was able to capture.


His Hat


I met this couple on the tram. They were both colorfully dressed. They stood out from the crowd. I asked them what they were dressed for and they said that they were coming back from the Opera. It was clear they enjoyed their life. I loved that they were at ease and confident with who they are. 

Back from the Opera

Friday, February 03, 2012

Occupy San Francisco

I met a classmate, JK, from my old high school  in Sydney. Was a real pleasure after so many years. We walked around downtown and the Pier and passed the Occupy San Francisco settlement. I discovered that the movement appeared to be a mixture of people who want to change Wall Street and people who joined the settlement because they already live on the streets. Strange combination. The following is without comment.


Starting 2012

Sorry about not posting for a while. Like I said in my last post, I've been swamped with work. It's all good though. I managed to squeeze in Steve Huff's workshop where I was also a presenter. I'll be reviewing that in a later post.

I've a got a little back log of photos so here goes.

I shot these in San Francisco when I was visiting family just before Thanksgiving last year. I love the BART system. Coming from L.A. where the metro is limited, I try to ride it everywhere when possible.  I feel like I'm part of the city when I take the metro. And BART is simply wonderful.

The Wait

It's between you and me kid.

Last call


Friday, January 27, 2012

Munich Impressions

Sorry it's been a while since I posted. The holidays brought on a lot of work for me this time.O and I spent the holidays back in good old Munich. An opening in our schedule came up so we decided to shoot the streets together. O made such a fantastic shot that I had to post it on its own.

Saturday, January 21, 2012


Hey Everbody-

My friend's gallery is showing the Maloof Collection (the larger and more comprehensive collection) of VIVIAN MAIER'S Street Photography works for one more week in Los Angeles. I just got back in town and went to see it. Some truly wonderful and amazing shots from a self taught person like all of us. It's absolutely worth going.
See the link below and don't miss out!!!

Merry Karnowsky Gallery

Saturday, December 31, 2011


Thank you all who have been following Wandering Lulu or have visited from time to time or if you are new to this site, for a wonderful and fulfilling 2011. Your support and interest has encouraged me to improve my photography and my interest to pass on what I learned and achieved.

Wishing that all your dreams for 2012 will come true!


I want to let you know that I have been working on a new web site which will take this little travel and photo blog up one notch. I plan to have it up and running by end of February 2012. The new site is called LEICA LIKER. Click HERE.

The site will still showcase my street photos but I am adding interviews with upcoming and inspirational photographers, gadget reviews, a look and review of workshops I have taken and things I have learned from people along the way. Please check it out and subscribe.


Sunday, December 18, 2011


I always get excited when I travel by airplane. It's still an adventure and a wonder to fly in the sky.

Fly by...

 Fasten your seat belts!

Reader's paradise

A travelled life

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Burbank Airport, Los Angeles

Been there. Done that. In my case, my own drool woke the hell out of me.

Z z z z z z z...

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Suburban Decay, San Francisco

One thing about San Francisco: it's a walking town. And I love it. As I was walking back to my Uncle's place in the district known as "Sunset",  I walked past this old recreation center that was torn down without really much of a plan.  I noticed how beautiful the 'sunset' was through the ruins and thought the name of this neighborhood befits it.

The beginning...

...of the end.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Leica Akademie Weekend, Venice Beach, CA

The stars and the universe aligned for me for one day when Los Angeles street photographer, Craig Semetko Facebooked me, to let me know that indeed there was space for me to attend Leica Akademie the next morning. He was the guest speaker and Tom Smith was the Leica instructor. I jumped at the chance and never regretted it.

I could only attend one day out of the 2-1/4 day event due to the last minute notice, but I learnt so much about photography and the Leica M9. I was in heaven when Craig talked about how he made his shots and what his principles were to making great street photographs. Really looking at the aesthetics and design of a shot. Then Tom walked through on how to use the camera correctly and take advantage of its strengths. We learned zone and hyper focussing for depth of field or shooting for the bokeh. Tom is also a photographer. So between him and Craig, we were given lots of advice and tips. We had one on one and hands on photo exercises while in the classroom as well as walking several hours together on the street, taking pictures. Tom also touched on Lightroom principles and helped me begin to understand the workflow required.

After the all too short day, I now feel more confident using my camera. I hate to admit, when O first gave me the camera as a present, I just started shooting without really learning much about it.

Eberhard and Mary Jo Kuehne, the Leica district representatives were also on hand with their large selection of Leica M9 bodies and lenses. So I took advantage of the service and tried out several wide angle lenses. Eberhard was so dedicated to servicing the class that he schlepped a heavy case filled with lenses for the three hours we were walking. Just so we could switch out a lens at our leisure.

I wish I could have stayed for another day because the class had more Lightroom, photo processing, critique and another couple photo walks.

I highly recommend taking the class if you're interested in learning and using the range finder camera (you don't have to own one- they provide bodies and lenses for you to test and use for duration of class). For sure, I think this course is essential if you own or want to own a Leica M9. Go here:

Thanks again to Craig for letting me into the class!

Runway landing

Shadow Dancer

Hey,you looking at me? Are you looking at me?!

Flying body

Yep, I'm da' Man!

The White Suit

Blue beard

Hmmm. Which one?....

Beach hair culture



The End

Monday, November 07, 2011

Harvesters in Wenden, Arizona

We had to escape from our office just to get some work done in October. So we went to Lake Alamo again. Wenden is the little town where we do our laundry and get cell connection.  There, we met some pretty down to earth people. It's rather humbling, especially when you come from a big town like Los Angeles where Earth seems to be a distant planet.

This is my America.

Big town hangout


A room with a view

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Los Angeles Metro

Looking for something...