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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As one day ends, another begins. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
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.
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.
These are the last batch of snaps from my walkabout at the beach.
I took a walk to the beach just before sunset with my Nikon D800e and a 50mm f/1.4 lens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More scenes from the Venice Boardwalk. I’m playing around with vignettes and blur. Shot with Nikon D800e with 50mm f/1.4 lens.
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.
I hope September brings you more smiles. Keep snapping!
More fun times on a beautiful day at the beach.
I’m having a little fun with my D800e and the 50mm f/1.4 lens using the sunny 16 formula.
More fun with filters. Here are two more from my study along Olympic Blvd. in Santa Monica. I wonder what goes on at night?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Continuing with my fun using a 50mm manual focus Ai lens. This time having a bit of fun with filters.
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.
You 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.