Chain, chain, chain

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.

Afternoon in Marina del Rey, CA

Afternoon in Marina del Rey, CA

Afternoon in Marina del Rey, CA

Afternoon in Marina del Rey, CA

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From the MDR shoebox

Here are more images from my afternoon hanging out in an alley in Marina del Rey. I’m using “shorty”, my trusty Fujifilm X100 with tele-converter lens.

Marina del Rey, CA in the afternoon.

Marina del Rey, CA in the afternoon.

Marina del Rey, CA in the afternoon.

What’s the angle?

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.

Marina del Rey, CA in the afternoon.

Marina del Rey, CA in the afternoon.

Marina del Rey, CA in the afternoon.

Marina del Rey, CA in the afternoon.

Reflections

Trying out an artsy concept of capturing reflections with my Fujifilm X100 and tele-converter.

Santa Monica Afternoon table setting

Santa Monica Afternoon car showroom

Marina del Rey Afternoon escalators

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

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

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

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

New Year like last year

I had to drink all that wine and chug down a bottle of Mezcal to get this shot.  My advice for being this dedicated to your art is to use a tripod. And put the drunk toad to bed.

Happy New Year everyone!

New Years resolution

New Years resolution

New Years resolution

Fujifilm X100 f/4 @ 1/15 with 3200 ISO.

Night time in Santa Monica

I had my little Fujifilm X100 out with me the other night.  It was a quiet stroll around the neighborhood and by golly it was cold, too.  I had set the aperture to f/4 @ 1/15 using 3200 ISO.  Because it’s a small camera, bracing it was easy.

Night life in Santa Monica, CA

Night life in Santa Monica, CA

Night life in Santa Monica, CA

Night life in Santa Monica, CA

 

Pico Blvd at night

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.

 

Night life in Santa Monica, CA

Night life in Santa Monica, CA

Night life in Santa Monica, CA

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

Fun with Fujifilm X100

Two years ago I took a walkabout with my Fujifilm X100 digital camera.  These images were taken using the macro feature on the X100.

black and white image of a rose in Santa Monica

black and white image of posies in Santa Monica

black and white image of daisies in Santa Monica

black and white image of a red flower in Santa Monica

Late night walkabout #437

I took my little Fujifilm X100 out on a nightly walkabout in my neighborhood.  I really love this camera.

store front display on Pico Blvd in santa monica

a mini bottle of blended scotch on sign in Santa Monica

the rays have it in Santa Monica

an exit sign with fail above

the ocean park laundromat on ocean park blvd in santa monica

a cafe on ocean park that used to be the Blue Cup

We have rain

It’s good to have rain, especially in California.  Today was a rainy day, but I had someplace to be.  I drove and found a spot where there were colors and raindrops.  Luckily I was inside my car at the time.

looking out my car window during a rainy day

looking out my car window during a rainy day

looking out my car window during a rainy day

looking out my car window during a rainy day

looking out my car window during a rainy day

looking out my car window during a rainy day

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little night walking

Took my little Fuji X100 out for a late night walkabout.  I love this camera as it not only a sharp snapper, but also very versatile in manual mode.

Tel's Barber Shop in Santa Monica

paper lantern at Miyako's in Santa Monica

sushi restaurant Miyako in Santa Monica

alley way in Santa Monica

Pizza Hut in Santa Monica late at night.

Playing with filters

Took a walk with my Fujifilm X100 and saw this beautiful hunk of steel and hydraulics.  It reminded me of my youth playing with my TONKA toys.  I wonder where  they keep the keys?

a backhoe at Santa Monica College

The local pub

I stopped in to this pub down the block for a beer.  I took my X100 with me to capture the scene.  It was quiet, mainly because I was there early, but the music was rocking.  The place is the Daily Pint. Nice place to sit and have a beer and rock out.

a glass of beer at the local pubpool tables and bacchi lane

So you’ve hit a wall

Sometimes I feel lacking of something to photograph.  I don’t know what will motivate me to venture out and start snapping. Suddenly I’m facing a wall blocking my way.

a stone wallThis is what I found to get passed it.  Think small.  That is instead of looking around the block for inspiration, look inside your room.  Try macro photography, or still life photography.  Arrange some books and take a snap.  Gather your collection of salt and pepper shakers and play with DOF (Depth of Field).  Play with lighting with a flashlight and long shutter speeds for light painting.  It’s fun. It’s fast. And it makes you better skilled as a photographer.

The Slow Encroachment

Walking along the streets of Los Angeles with my Fuji X100 I noticed a lot of fencing.  Could this be the harbinger of my city becoming a cacotopia.  Nope.  It’s just fence.

black and white image of downtown LAblack and white of LA

Fun with Fuji X100

The latest Fuji X100T is out. Apparently a stack and a half better than original X100.  I own an X100.  It’s a nice little digital snapper.  Gives me what I want.

black and white image of the Venice Bistro in Venice, CA

Late night pizza run

Two brews in the refrigerator and nothing else.  Time to hit the corner pizza joint for a couple of slices to cap off my evening.  Unfortunately, it was closing time.

the friendly pizza joint on Ocean Park Blvd.

 

However, the guys were cool enough to slip a couple of slices through the mail slot.  j/k

 

Grid iron

On a hot summer day, if you can fry an egg on a sidewalk, imagine cooking on a city utility cover.  Then again, maybe not.

Brooks Products manhole covers

End of the line

The look on this gentleman’s face says it all.  After a long day, and a grueling ride on the metro, this is it. The end of the line.

metro local bus at the end of the line