Another visit to the alley near my job in Marina del Rey, CA. I had “shorty” with me and the tele-converter lens. I was shooting at f/5.6 at 1/200s with 200ISO. I switched on the macro mode function on the Fujifilm X100 to get in closer. Here’s a thought. When hand holding your camera and shooting in macro mode, it’s best not drink too much coffee before heading out. I also had a little fun with filters, too.
There is this very long, and narrow alley near my work in Marina del Rey, that is both colorful, and stark. Once I gather up enough courage, I’ll take snaps of this area at night. However, on this occasion, I want to explore an altered perspective of angles. With muted colors and fun with filters, I came across some ideas on how to approach this assignment. I took these snaps with “shorty”, my trusty Fujifilm X100 camera with the tele-converter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sadly, this place was closed. I was hoping for coffee and waffles. But not today.
The café was closed as well. So I decided to head home and make tea.
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.
I took a walk around the neighborhood with my Fujifilm X100. My settings were f/4 @ 1/15 with the ISO selected to 3200. I used whatever was stable to hold the camera still when taking these snaps. On hindsight, because I was stabilizing the camera using either a lamp post or parking meters, I could’ve lowered the ISO. Next time, then.
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.
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.