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.
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 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.
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.
This 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.