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

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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

A day at the beach

I came out to find my shadow.  Apparently a lot of people did the same.  Fun times with filters at the beach.

A day at Santa Monica beach

A day at Santa Monica beach

A day at Santa Monica beach

A day at Santa Monica beach

 

 

 

Beach showers

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.

Santa Monica Beach shower in March

Santa Monica Beach shower in March

Santa Monica Beach shower in March

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

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

Santa Monica in January

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.

Santa Monica in January

Santa Monica 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

Santa Monica Twilight

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.

Santa Monica in December

Santa Monica in December

Santa Monica in December

Santa Monica in December

Santa Monica in December

From the shoebox

Having fun with filters with these snaps from the shoebox. I took these images with the Nikon D800e and various lenses.

Venice beach sunset

Venice beach sunset

Venice beach sunset

Venice beach sunset

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

It was a good day

It was fun times with my beast and filters.

Venice beach after thanksgiving

Venice beach after thanksgiving

Venice beach after thanksgiving

Venice beach after thanksgiving

Venice beach after thanksgiving

Venice beach after thanksgiving

 

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

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

Last of October Sunset

These are the last batch of snaps from my walkabout at the beach.

Santa Monica beach in October

Santa Monica beach in October

Santa Monica beach in October

October sunset

I took a walk to the beach just before sunset with my Nikon D800e and a 50mm f/1.4 lens.

Santa Monica beach in October

Santa Monica beach in October

Santa Monica beach in October

Santa Monica beach in October

My moment of zen

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.

Zen chimes from Bhodi Tree in West Hollywood.

Cheers!

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

Scenes along Palisades Park

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.

scenes along Pacific Palisades in Santa Monica, CA

scenes along Pacific Palisades in Santa Monica, CA

scenes along Pacific Palisades in Santa Monica, CA

scenes 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 Vignettes

More scenes from the Venice Boardwalk.  I’m playing around with vignettes and blur.  Shot with 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

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!

More scenes from sunny 16

More fun times on a beautiful day at the beach.

at the beach in Santa Monica, CA

at the beach in Santa Monica, CA

at the beach in Santa Monica, CA

at the beach in Santa Monica, CA