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Kayla Reefer

Constantly striving for improvement.



Lost Angeles

What's up everyone!

My name is Kayla, I'm 22 years old based in Los Angeles, California. Luckily enough for me the very same day Trashhand lauched this new class I was out and about perusing the streets of L.A.! Right place at the right time I guess? I haven't shot street photography in a while so I took advantage of this opportunity and used it as my focus for the day.

Here are my final selections for my project. These photos were taken on Friday, January 9th and Saturday, January 10th. If you'd like to see more of my work feel free to check out my recently updated website!


1) Candid Portrait

The candid portrait was my toughest shot of the day because I'm always a little weary when it comes to photographing strangers. I don't want to get too close and invade their space but at the same time if I don't I may miss out on a great moment. With this gentleman, I saw him across the street walking in the opposite direction than I was. I immediately turned around, walked a bit faster ahead of him and took the shot. Thankfully, I was using my zoom lens so the composition isn't too wide and the subject isn't too small. 

2) Motion Blur

I was walking around DTLA warming up and taking random shots when I saw this bicyclist at a red light. I waited for her to pass by me once the light turned green and tried to be as steady as possible. I sort of panned with her as she was moving. I'm drawn to this shot because I prefer capturing people as motion blur over cars or buses. When people are captured as blur it always seems to have a cooler effect and more meaning to me. 

3) Look-Up

I had a more "typical" or "normal" look up shot but I still decided to go ahead with this one. For me, even though there is a lot of empty space I find this photo aesthetically pleasing. While it may not exactly fit with others' lookup shots I wanted to stand on my own two feet and attempt to do something a little different. Lookup shots with the corners peeking in are my favorite!

4) Night Photography (Motion Blur + Candid Portrait)

I really wanted to get two categories in one photo for my night photography shot. I thought the best way to do so was to head downtown once more, to capture motion in trains. This time I chose an outdoor station versus an underground one seeing as people wouldn't likely be able to tell if it was day or night if shot underground. It randomly started raining in L.A. today so I thought capturing this shot in gloomy weather would be awesome as well.

These two are the ones I liked the most. I set my shutter speed at around 30 and kneeled down using my knee as support for my elbow keeping the shot as steady as possible.

For the first photo I went with a black and white edit because I felt like it added more of a story to the shot while simultaneously showing a contrast and comparison of old and modern Los Angeles life. For the second (extra shot) I went with the colors naturally presented in the photo because I felt like he blended nicely with the rest of his environment, the blues came together really well.

P.S. If anyone in the Los Angeles/SoCal area would like to hit the streets and capture the city shoot me an email [email protected].

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