Alphi Q.
LA-based. Chicago-raised. Lead instigator and photographer for Veteran Empire

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Spent a good part of an hour shooting at Georgia Street bridge because there were plenty of kickass compositions with the beautiful Cali sunshine. 

I’m pretty sure people were suspicious with this brown guy with a terro beard taking pictures of a bridge. HA!

#SanDeigo #SD #SoCal #NorthPark #California #shadows #streetphotography #streetogs #streetography #fineart #noir #composition #blackandwhite #bw #monochrome #exposure #SonyNEX6 #35mm #skopar #architecture #LAstreetphotography #LAstreetog #tricolor #abstract (at Georgia St Bridge, San Diego)
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Headed south today to good ol’ San Diego to drop off my pieces for the upcoming street photography exhibition at @thumbprintgallery. 

While Los Angeles is the smoking hot brunette actress/waitress/model. I imagine San Diego as the super chill beach-blonde surfer girl. How does one pick between the two?

#SanDeigo #SD #SoCal #LA #LosAngeles #cali #bw #monochrome #streetphotography #streetog #pier #beach #OceansidePier #Nikon #D700 #50mm  (at Oceanside Pier)
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Oldie but goodie.

So glad I don’t have to deal with Chicago winters anymore. I much prefer being spoiled in SoCal having to order ice coffees because it’s to hot for regular coffee over waking up an hour early in the dead of winter to shovel the driveway and de-ice the car. HA! 

#TBT #Chicago #Chitown #WindyCity #Illnoize #MilleniumPark #winter #fashion #streetfashion #boots #cold #photoshoot #model #Nikon #D700 #50mm
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When you tired af on a lazy Sunday because you went too hard last night.

#hangover #DTLA #LosAngeles #LA #SoCal #California #shadows #streetphotography #streetogs #streetography #fineart #noir #composition #blackandwhite #bw #monochrome #exposure #SonyNEX6 #35mm #skopar #architecture #LAstreetphotography #LAstreetog (at Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California)
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For those who’ve spent an extensive amount of time in the open water know to humble themselves and respect the ocean.

See the ocean is like a crazy, hot girlfriend. When she’s calm, she’s beautiful, radiant, and awe-inspiring. When she’s upset, she’s a violent raging bitch. If you do anything stupid you’ll inevitably get hurt.

Just be patient and ride the wave. #militarytrainingexercisesmakegoodanalogiesforrelationshipadvice

#tbt #imonaboat #USMC #USN #LCAC #Marines #Navy #Recon #MARSOC #sunset #SanDiego #SoCal #Cali #zodiac #CRRC #veteran #veteranempire #BeOFP
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I keep on creepin’ on.

#DTLA #LosAngeles #LA #SoCal #California #shadows #streetphotography #streetogs #streetography #fineart #noir #composition #blackandwhite #bw #monochrome #exposure #SonyNEX6 #35mm #skopar #architecture #LAstreetphotography #LAstreetog
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Perhaps just looking at killer abs will help me motivate myself to offset the bacon burger I’m about to devour. 

#veteranempire #ve #ofp #BeOFP #ink #inkedgirls #tattedgirls #tattedchicks #hot #beautiful #pretty #girl #tattoos #booty #badonk #abs #bis #biceps #sexy #fitness #fitfam #fit #fitgirl #chivette #thechive #kcco #inkedmodel #piercings 
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I creepily follow people and take pictures of them. #stalkerlife

#DTLA #LosAngeles #LA #SoCal #California #shadows #streetphotography #streetogs #streetography #fineart #noir #composition #blackandwhite #bw #monochrome #exposure #SonyNEX6 #35mm #skopar #architecture #LAstreetphotography #LAstreetog (at Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California)
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Street photography VS hot chick photography. 

They’re the two little opposing figures sitting on my shoulder, whispering in my ear, vying for my attention.

#kiss #lips #ink #inkedgirls #tattedgirls #tattedchicks #hot #beautiful #pretty #girl #tattoos #booty #badonk #sexy #fitness #fitfam #fit #fitgirl #chivette #thechive #kcco #inkedmodel #piercings 
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Pro-tip: When shooting the stereotypical coastal sunset, add in a Marine and hovercraft to make it less cliché.

#imonaboat #boatsandhoes #USMC #USN #LCAC #Marines #Navy #Recon #MARSOC #sunset #SanDiego #SoCal #Cali #hovercraft #veteran #veteranempire #BeOFP #phototips
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So many cool places to discover in LA. Anybody have any cool spots I should know about?

#RanchoPalosVerdes #WayfarersChapel #LosAngeles #LA #SoCal #California #shadows #streetphotography #streetogs #streetography #fineart #noir #composition #blackandwhite #bw #monochrome #exposure #50mm #Nikon #architecture #LAstreetphotography #LAstreetog (at Wayfarers Chapel)
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My street photography setup: Sony NEX-6 with a Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 lens.

It’s a tiny rig with serious performance. It’s the perfect mix of the strengths of digital and analog all in a rig the size of a cup of joe. I get the image quality of Sony electronics with the zone focusing of a rangefinder lens. And the size is perfect for shooting like ninja in the streets.

What do you guys shoot with?

#artsyfarsty #LA #coffee #socal #shadows #streetphotography #streetogs #streetography #fineart #blackandwhite #bw #monochrome #exposure #Sonynex #NEX6 #voigtlander #35mm #skopar #gas #ishootfilm #filmisnotdead

 (at Republic Of Pie)
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The homie @draco6973 hooked it up with some Impossible Project film. I have eight shots. Now I have to choose my artistic nude duckface selfies wisely.

#impossibleproject #polaroid #instantfilm #film #ishootfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #filmisnotdead #bw #bnw #monochrome #lofi #lomo #duckface #selfie #artsyfartsy
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That beautiful LA smog.

Sunday Funday today. Hope all you guys are enjoying your day before you go into work tomorrow getting reprimanded by your overcompensating boss because you’re hungover and it looks like you just got a medieval battering ram to the face!

#LosAngeles #LA #DTLA #sunny #socal #shadows #streetphotography #streetogs #streetography #fineart #noir #composition #blackandwhite #bw #monochrome #exposure #50mm #Nikon #architecture #sundayfunday (at Los Angeles, California)
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I don’t always post stuff to Instagram on Fridays. But when I do I post photos of big balls.

#artsyfartsy #LosAngeles #LA #DTLA #sunny #socal #shadows #streetphotography #streetogs #streetography#fineart #noir #composition #blackandwhite #bw#monochrome #exposure #Sonynex #NEX6#voigtlander #35mm #skopar #balls (at Pershing Square)