Marina del Rey Afternoon

I’m having a little fun with my Fujifilm X100 and the Tele-converter.  In this outing, I decided to try the X100’s spot metering and aim for high-key photography while also having a little fun with filters.

Marina del Rey Afternoon luncheon tables

Marina del Rey afternoon birch and palm trees

Marina del Rey Afternoon Alley way

Marina del Rey Afternoon birch tree in sunlight

Marina del Rey Afternoon basketball hoop

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Fun with TCL

It’s a Tele Converter Lens a friend of mine turned me on to that changes the focal length of my Shorty’s (Fujifilm X100) 20mm, to a 50mm lens.  The magnification is 1.4X without much chromatic aberrations, but does produce pincushion distortion. With a good image editor, you can easily correct those anomalies.

In this instance, I took it out at night around the neighborhood. The added weight helped in balancing the camera and made it easier to shore up when snapping at long shutter times. Plus, I had a little fun with filters, too.

Night life in Santa Monica, CA

Night life in Santa Monica, CA

Night life in Santa Monica, CA

Night life in Santa Monica, CA

Fun with Fujifilm X100

These snaps came from my X100 shoebox of images.  I’ll go out with my cameras, snap a lot of images, then let them stew for a time before I sort them out.  I like doing this process as it pulls me away from that day to view the images again with a totally different eye.  I’m also having fun with filters, too.

Fujifilm X100 in Santa Monica, California

Fujifilm X100 in Santa Monica, California

Fujifilm X100 in Santa Monica, California

Fujifilm X100 in Santa Monica, California

From the shoebox

I had some extra snaps taken at Santa Monica beach in California.  I’m using the Nikon D800e with a 24~85mm f/2.8D zoom lens.  And yes, I am still having fun with filters.

Santa Monica shoebox images of California

Santa Monica shoebox images of California

Santa Monica shoebox images of California

Santa Monica shoebox images of California

Santa Monica shoebox images of California

Experiments in Photo Editing

I took these snaps with my Nikon D800e DSLR using a 24~85mm f/2.8D zoom lens.  I totally dig my beast with my go-to zoom lens. Although with its hefty combined weight, the balance feels good to me.

Weekday afternoon in Santa Monica, California

Weekday afternoon in Santa Monica, California

Weekday afternoon in Santa Monica, California

Sunshine on the seashore

It was a fun day at the beach.  I took the beast with a zoom lens and had a little fun with filters.

Sunny afternoon in Santa Monica Beach

Sunny afternoon in Santa Monica Beach

Sunny afternoon in Santa Monica Beach

Sunny afternoon in Santa Monica Beach

Where is everyone?

It’s amazing how weather affects us.  I took a walk to the beach with my beast and 24~85mm f/2.8 lens. A gray day with a slight chance of rain. This made it ideal for some black and white filtering with images.

late afternoon on Santa Monica Beach in California

late afternoon on Santa Monica Beach in California

late afternoon on Santa Monica Beach in California

Venice Beach Afternoon

Hey! FUN WITH FILTERS!

I took a walk along the boardwalk on a bright sunny afternoon in Venice, California.  I had the beast with me along with a 24~85 f/2.8 Zoom lens.  Considering all the madness going on in the news, I needed time away to recharge my coping mechanism.  It looked like everyone here at the beach felt the same way, too.

Venice Boardwalk afternoon

Venice Boardwalk afternoon

Venice Boardwalk afternoon

Venice Boardwalk afternoon

 

Life is a beach

This is from the shoebox.  A collection of snaps that I forgot to add to other posts. On the other hand, FUN WITH FILTERS! I took these snaps with the beast and a zoom lens at Venice Beach, California. It was a great day to have a little fun in the sun.

lazy day at the Venice Boardwalk

lazy day at the Venice Boardwalk

lazy day at the Venice Boardwalk

Sunny days and foggy nights

Took to the streets with my little X100 on a day full of surprises.  It was gorgeous outside, blue skies, clean air, a perfect day for a walk.  But in the distance, I could see a wall of fog slowly roll in.  I do love sunny days, and I do love foggy nights.

foggy night and sunny day in Santa Monica, CA Rae's Restaurant

Sadly, this place was closed. I was hoping for coffee and waffles. But not today.

foggy night and sunny day in Santa Monica, CA Rae's Restaurant

foggy night and sunny day in Santa Monica, CA

The café was closed as well.  So I decided to head home and make tea.

foggy night and sunny day in Santa Monica, CA

foggy night and sunny day in Santa Monica, CA

foggy night and sunny day in Santa Monica, CA

Spring is in the air

Oh how spring has sprung.  An oops-a-daisy time to remind us of ideals, and hope.  To let us be goofy, and roll with laughter.  Today was a good day to acknowledge that.  Hope your day was good.

Spring time at the Venice Boardwalk in California

Spring time at the Venice Boardwalk in California

Spring time at the Venice Boardwalk in California

Spring time at the Venice Boardwalk in California

Spring time at the Venice Boardwalk in California

Spring time at the Venice Boardwalk in California

Spring time at the Venice Boardwalk in California

Raindrops keep falling on my head

I went out into the rain with my X100.  I wrapped the little guy up in a zip-lock baggie, duct taped the opening around the lens, and stepped out to brave the elements.  It kind of worked out, until it started pouring again.

Rain in Santa Monica, CA

Rain in Santa Monica, CA

Rain in Santa Monica, CA

Rain in Santa Monica, CA

Arts District Co-op

I was on the East side of Downtown Los Angeles and grabbed a coffee near the Arts District Co-op.  I had my X100 with me and walked along the alleys and sidewalks of this small community of old warehouse buildings.

Arts District Co-op downtown Los Angeles, CA RESIST!

Arts District Co-op downtown Los Angeles, CA

Arts District Co-op downtown Los Angeles, CA

Arts District Co-op downtown Los Angeles, CA RESIST!

Arts District Co-op downtown Los Angeles, CA

Arts District Co-op downtown Los Angeles, CA

Arts District Co-op downtown Los Angeles, CA

Arts District Co-op downtown Los Angeles, CA

After the rain

We’ve had some good rainfall lately.  As much as we love the rain, it’s funny how badly we handle a rainy day.  In California, we either drive our cars in the rain like glaciers approaching the tundra, or stay indoors until a sliver of golden sunlight cuts through the gray. I drive a Prius, so no ticket violations for drag racing on my record.  So this is what it looks like around my neighborhood after a brief shower. These snaps taken with my Fujifilm X100.

Rain in Santa Monica, CA

Rain in Santa Monica, CA

Rain in Santa Monica, CA

Rain in Santa Monica, CA

Rain in Santa Monica, CA

Finding Bliss

It was a lazy quiet afternoon the other day after all that rain the past few days.  I took the beast out for a walk by Venice Beach and got lost in the sunshine.

lazy afternoon at Venice Beach, CA

lazy afternoon at Venice Beach, CA

lazy afternoon at Venice Beach, CA

lazy afternoon at Venice Beach, CA

 

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

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

Last of November snaps

Having fun at Venice beach with tints and filters.  Next week Santa Claus is comin’ to town.

Venice in November

Venice in November

Venice in November

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

A walk at night

Took my little Fujifilm X100 out for a walkabout around my neighborhood.  I had some fun with filters in black and white.

neighborhood nightlife in Santa Monica, CA

neighborhood nightlife in Santa Monica, CA

neighborhood nightlife in Santa Monica, CA

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

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

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 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!

The Four Thirds sensor

In 2007 I bought my first DSLR.  It was the Olympus E-volt 500 that came with two kit lenses.  It shot images only, no video, but stored in RAW format.  At the time I was a big OM-2n SLR film snapper.  So naturally I chose Olympus as my first digital camera.  I had so much fun taking snaps from tattered paper cups to sunsets by the beach.  Recently, after revisiting those old digital images, I found some snaps that actually turned out pretty cool.

These images are of the Brewery by the rail yards in Los Angeles.

This is fun with filters

the brewery's paradox iron warehouse in los angeles

the brewery's paradox iron warehouse in los angeles

the brewery's paradox iron warehouse in los angeles

Fun with color filters!

the brewery's paradox iron warehouse in los angeles

the brewery's paradox iron warehouse in los angeles

the brewery's paradox iron warehouse in los angeles

Summer Vacation

I’m having fun playing with filters and actions in Photoshop CC.  I hope to get some outside time in daylight before summer is over.  But for now I’m just going over some snaps from previous summers.  I hope all of you are having a wonderful summer vacation.

a bicyclist crosses the overpass in Santa Monica

Cruisin’ on a sunny afternoon

This one afternoon was perfect.  It was about two years ago sitting at my favorite spot on Santa Monica beach.  Days like these I would wish on anyone.

As the song goes:

We’ll keep on spending sunny days this way
We’re gonna talk and laugh our time away
I feel it comin’ closer day by day
Life would be ecstasy, you and me endlessly

Groovin’, on a Sunday afternoon
Really couldn’t get away too soon

by Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati

girl on skateboard on Santa Monica beach

man cruising along the bike path on Santa Monica beach

girl walking along the bike path on Santa Monica beach

sunflower in santa monica