Beach showers

I took a walk to the beach to clear my head and take a break away from internet and TV. It was beautiful outside and perfect for finding ideal subjects to photograph. I decided to have a little fun with filters, too.

Santa Monica Beach shower in March

Santa Monica Beach shower in March

Santa Monica Beach shower in March

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Took the long way home

Went for a walk and wound up staring at the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway).  Yes, I do love romantic walks along the beach…but not in January. It was crazy cold outside.  With this set I was going for a more painterly effect using blur filters and color boost.

Santa Monica at night in January

Santa Monica at night in January

Santa Monica at night in January

Santa Monica at night in January

Santa Monica at night in January

Santa Monica in January

It’s cold here.  And it’s gray outside.  So naturally I went for a walk around the neighborhood with my beast and 50mm lens.  The settings were f/5.6 at 1/40 with a 640 ISO.  Plus I had some fun with filters and borders.

Santa Monica in January

Santa Monica in January

Cold night in Santa Monica

Enjoying the cold weather?  Not too many people were out strolling the sidewalks, but for a few brave souls on bicycles and skateboards.  I did enjoy the walk.

cold night in Santa Monica, CA

cold night in Santa Monica, CA

cold night in Santa Monica, CA

 

cold night in Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica Twilight

I do love sunsets.  But the best time to hang out in Santa Monica is during twilight.  I shot with my beast and a 50mm f/1.4 prime.  I set the ISO at 1600 using two aperture settings–2.0 and 5.6.  I used whatever was stable to rest the camera for long exposures with f/5.6.  Then with an f/2.0 aperture and setting my shutter to 1/60, I braced my elbows for hand-held shots.

Santa Monica in December

Santa Monica in December

Santa Monica in December

Santa Monica in December

Santa Monica in December

The day after

As one day ends, another begins.  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Santa Monica Beach in November

Fall sunset

Took the beast and a 50mm lens out to the beach to have a look around.  It was chilly, but clear considering the rain we had the day before.  I’m having fun with filters and blur tilting.

Santa Monica Beach in November

Santa Monica Beach in November

Santa Monica Beach in November

Santa Monica Beach in November

Santa Monica Beach in November

Breaking away the mundane

Some days I get restless and wander around the neighborhood with my camera.  When I return home I’ll move the images to my hard drive and let it settle.  Later, maybe a week, or in this case months will pass before I view those images.  It’s a process of rediscovery and suddenly what was old is new again.  It gives me a fresh point of view of my images and breaks the monotony of venturing out again.

scenes from the beaches of Venice and Santa Monica

scenes from the beaches of Venice and Santa Monica

scenes from the beaches of Venice and Santa Monica

scenes from the beaches of Venice and Santa Monica

scenes from the beaches of Venice and Santa Monica

scenes from the beaches of Venice and Santa Monica

Last of October Sunset

These are the last batch of snaps from my walkabout at the beach.

Santa Monica beach in October

Santa Monica beach in October

Santa Monica beach in October

October sunset

I took a walk to the beach just before sunset with my Nikon D800e and a 50mm f/1.4 lens.

Santa Monica beach in October

Santa Monica beach in October

Santa Monica beach in October

Santa Monica beach in October

My moment of zen

This summer I’ve been out with my beast and a 50mm lens and behaving like a shutterbug. Moreover, I’ve been playing around with the sunny 16 rule and challenging myself in getting back to basics.  It’s been fun.  Now with all these snaps in my hard drive, it’s time to archive.

Zen chimes from Bhodi Tree in West Hollywood.

Cheers!

People being people

This is my last batch of images from a sunny 16 day on the Venice Boardwalk in Venice, CA.  Fun times with filters and my Nikon D800e with 50mm f/1.4 lens.

scenes along the Venice Boardwalk in Venice, CA

scenes along the Venice Boardwalk in Venice, CA

scenes along the Venice Boardwalk in Venice, CA

scenes along the Venice Boardwalk in Venice, CA

scenes along the Venice Boardwalk in Venice, CA

Scenes along Pacific Palisades

These are the last of my snaps along Pacific Palisades in Santa Monica, CA.  Taken with my D800e with a 50mm f/1.4 lens and a little fun with filters.

flowers and trees along pacific palisades in Santa Monica, CA

flowers and trees along pacific palisades in Santa Monica, CA

flowers and trees along pacific palisades in Santa Monica, CA

flowers and trees along pacific palisades in Santa Monica, CA

flowers and trees along pacific palisades in Santa Monica, CA

flowers and trees along pacific palisades in Santa Monica, CA

flowers and trees along pacific palisades in Santa Monica, CA

Scenes along Palisades Park

Scenes from my walkabout in Palisades Park.  It was a postcard day at the beach in Santa Monica.  The sunlight was diffuse with a light overcast, softening the shadows and adding a soft glow along the edges.  I had a little fun with filters.  All shot with my D800e and a 50mm f/1.4 lens.  I’ll have more to share later on.

scenes along Pacific Palisades in Santa Monica, CA

scenes along Pacific Palisades in Santa Monica, CA

scenes along Pacific Palisades in Santa Monica, CA

scenes along Pacific Palisades in Santa Monica, CA

Time to move on

These are more scenes on the Venice Boardwalk in Venice, CA.  With this batch I was having fun with blur and grain (digital noise).  I took a lot of snaps that day, and I’ll come back to them later.  Right now I’m enjoying using my beast with the 50mm lens.  I hope you all have fun with your snappers.

scenes on the venice boardwalk in Venice, CA

scenes along the Venice Boardwalk in Venice, CA

scenes along the Venice Boardwalk in Venice, CA

scenes along the Venice Boardwalk in Venice, CA

 

 

Fun with Vignettes

More scenes from the Venice Boardwalk.  I’m playing around with vignettes and blur.  Shot with Nikon D800e with 50mm f/1.4 lens.

scenes along the Venice Boardwalk in Venice, CA

scenes along the Venice Boardwalk in Venice, CA

scenes along the Venice Boardwalk in Venice, CA

scenes along the Venice Boardwalk in Venice, CA

Fun with filters

I took these during my Sunny 16 romp.  I did have to make changes to my aperture and shutter speeds, naturally.  But once out of the shadows, I was back to my cheery sunny 16 romp.

santa monica pier in santa monica, ca

santa monica pier in santa monica, ca

I hope September brings you more smiles. Keep snapping!

More scenes from sunny 16

More fun times on a beautiful day at the beach.

at the beach in Santa Monica, CA

at the beach in Santa Monica, CA

at the beach in Santa Monica, CA

at the beach in Santa Monica, CA

Fun with Sunny 16

I’m having a little fun with my D800e and the 50mm f/1.4 lens using the sunny 16 formula.

Santa Monica beach in August

Santa Monica beach in August

Santa Monica beach in August

Sensuous and Gnarly II

More fun with filters.  Here are two more from my study along Olympic Blvd. in Santa Monica.  I wonder what goes on at night?

a study of trees along olympic blvd in santa monica, ca

a study of trees along olympic blvd in santa monica, ca

Sensuous and Gnarly

Fun with filters.  I took a walk along Olympic Blvd in Santa Monica and saw these twisted up trees.  Their limbs entwined and gnarled that from a distance took a human form.  I think my first attempt in capturing these images gives me an idea of how to fine tune my next approach.  I used a 50mm f/1.4 on this set.  Next time I’ll try a wider lens.

trees along olympic blvd in Santa Monica, CA

trees along olympic blvd in Santa Monica, CA

trees along olympic blvd in Santa Monica, CA

Color 4am revisited

These are the snaps in color taken at 4am.  To recap, taken with a Nikon D800e and 50mm f/1.4 D lens. It was fun.

Santa Monica Pier at 4am

Santa Monica Pier at 4am

Santa Monica Pier at 4am

Santa Monica Pier at 4am

Santa Monica pier at 4am

Santa Monica pier at 4am

 

The 4am Walkabout

I took a stroll on the Santa Monica Pier at 4am.  It was quiet with a few people having a stroll as well.  I’m still using a 50mm f/1.4D AF lens with my beast, Nikon D800e.

Santa Monica pier at 4am

Santa Monica pier at 4am

Santa Monica pier at 4am

Santa Monica pier at 4am

Santa Monica pier at 4am

Back to basics

Recently, I’ve rediscovered my stalwart 50mm lens.  This is a standard focal length lens that most camera kits come with in the early days of film.  In this instance,  a few years back I searched for brighter glass and found this gem on Ebay.  It’s a Nikon 50mm f/1.4D.  I took it for spin with my beast, the D800e Nikon and found it absolutely beautiful with its sharpness and bokeh.  I love it.

speed bump on my street in santa monica

Fun with Matte Filters

Just a little fun with Matte filters.

Santa Monica football field in santa monica, CA
Santa Monica College taken with D800E, 50mm f/1.4 Ai lens.
fixing a flat on a bicycle
Venice Boardwalk taken with D800E, Nikon 28~200mm f/3.5D lens
mobile surf board rentals at the beach
Mobile Board Rentals at Venice Beach. Taken with D800E, Nikon 24~70mm f/2.8G lens
old telephone display in storefront
Storefront display in Venice, CA. Taken with D800E, Nikon 24~70mm f/2,8G lens

Sk8trs gotta skate skate skate

I love the beach and its wonderment .  One of my favorite subjects to photograph are skateboarders. There are plenty of them at the Venice Beach Skate Park.  Here is a collection of skateboarding action I’ve taken in the past.

a poster of the venice beach skate park

a skateboarder attempts to jump over a traffic cone at Venice beach skate park

a young girl skateboards on the boardwalk in Venice Beach california

a skateboarder wearing a colorful jacket at the Venice beach skate park

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a skateboarder enjoying the rail

 

 

shadow of skateboarder at Venice beach skateboard park

a skateboarder silhouetted by the sunset.

skateboarder fixing the trucks on his skateboard

skateboarder with his dog in Venice

a young woman with a skateboard.

a young man launches from the ramp with his skateboard

A young man jumps in the air with his skateboard

a skateboarder gaining speed before a jump

an onlooker watches a skateboarder make a jump

two teenagers conversing on the venice boardwalk with skateboards

a skateboarder taking a morning ride at the venice boardwalk in california

the iconic venice sign reflected on a water puddle in Venice california

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Busker’s Paradise

I’m still using my 50mm f/1.4 Ai lens with the D800E and of course having fun with filters.  The images are of buskers that line along the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, CA.  We walk by them, or watch and listen, maybe drop some coin. But they are after all, people looking for an outlet to express a joyful moment.

busker setting up on the 3rd street promenadea resting street performerA performer awaits a bus with his guitar

The last of Valentine’s day

My last batch of images using my 50mm manual focus f/1.4 Ai lens with my Nikon D800E.   If you are able to retrofit a good fast manual focus lens to your digital camera body, try it.  Have fun going full manual and enjoy the results.

venice beach denizensa cart made from pvc in Venice, Californiavalentine's day on the venice boardwalkgirl rollerblading on the boardwalk

Fun with Filters

Continuing with my fun using a 50mm manual focus Ai lens.  This time having a bit of fun with filters.

one man band on the venice boardwalkviolinist reading his chord chart in Venice boardwalk

Nikon old and new

I’ve found using Nikkor Ai manual focus lenses with a Nikon digital snapper fun to use.  These old style lenses work well with Nikon’s DSLRs as most digital models are F mounts.  Using Nikkor Ai lenses adds a different perspective to taking photographs.  Especially for street photography where manually setting aperture / focal distance and putting your DSLR into manual mode makes it easy to point and snap.

A girl photographer using a canon cameramusicians on the boardwalkValentines day on the boardwalkYou simply point in the general direction and push the shutter.  It’s that easy.  I find setting the aperture to f/8 and focal distance to about 6-7 feet and setting the body to manual mode works best for me.  This set up works best with a 35mm focal length or even using a 50mm lens.