When I moved from the San Fernando Valley to the Northwest I never considered it a permanent move. I was going to live there for a while and then move somewhere in the Mojave. I love how open and quiet the area is. I would find a small home and live out the remaining years of my life. Of course, street photography would be different, not as many people.
I would be near enough to Los Angeles if I wanted to shoot in an urban environment. It is tougher to shoot Los Angeles. Fewer people on the street and some areas are more dangerous. Before I moved to Seattle in 2002 I did go downtown and shoot. At the time I was shooting with the Nikon FM2 and the 50mm 1.8 Series Lens. I used Kodachrome, but rarely were people involved with my images. Here are two exceptions.
I have been in the Northwest now over 18 years. I visit the Mojave at least twice a year and I have learned a few things. I hate the heat. When temperatures get near 80 I get very uncomfortable. I also dislike the wind. I only like the desert when the temperatures are mild and there is no wind. That happens about 1/3 of the time. The northwest is very mild with much less wind. I have learned to live with the rain. I think I may stay here. I still will visit the Mojave but as a visitor, not a resident.
I will continue to visit downtown Seattle (I live in Olympia) several times a month and continue to harass the population till one day they give me a one-way ticket to…