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

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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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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!

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