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

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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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fun with Sunny 16

I’m having a little fun with my D800e and the 50mm f/1.4 lens using the sunny 16 formula.

Santa Monica beach in August

Santa Monica beach in August

Santa Monica beach in August

The chase is on!

Not really.  This was a snap I took last year.  There’s not much to it.  But this time around I thought it was funny.  Sometimes it’s good to go back to those old digital snaps and have a second look.

young bicyclist in Santa Monica, CA

Color 4am revisited

These are the snaps in color taken at 4am.  To recap, taken with a Nikon D800e and 50mm f/1.4 D lens. It was fun.

Santa Monica Pier at 4am

Santa Monica Pier at 4am

Santa Monica Pier at 4am

Santa Monica Pier at 4am

Santa Monica pier at 4am

Santa Monica pier at 4am

 

The 4am Walkabout

I took a stroll on the Santa Monica Pier at 4am.  It was quiet with a few people having a stroll as well.  I’m still using a 50mm f/1.4D AF lens with my beast, Nikon D800e.

Santa Monica pier at 4am

Santa Monica pier at 4am

Santa Monica pier at 4am

Santa Monica pier at 4am

Santa Monica pier at 4am

The long weekend

A moment to reflect and a moment for consideration.  Now let’s all get on our bike and ride.

bike rider by the beach in Santa Monica

From a different perspective

Sometimes we just have to change things up a bit.  Maybe see it from a different perspective to fully appreciate what we have.

even the sewers are attractive in Santa Monica, CA

That’s how

Every now and then this old ferris wheel needs a good spin.  Help arrived.

a man on a high wire in Santa Monica

A job well done.

a man on a high wire at Santa Monica beach

Twilight at the Palisades

Traffic jams in Santa Monica on weekends are bothersome.  Luckily I was walking with my beast and capture some contrasting images.  The Palisades Park was empty of twilight walkers. Yet turning around towards traffic, it was a striking view.

a blur of the Santa Monica pier at night

palisades path at twilight in Santa Monica

steps to Santa Monica beach at twilight

Santa Monica pier entrance off ocean ave

traffic at the Santa Monica pier entrance

broadway street traffic in Santa Monica

Crazy, right?

Sitting in the morning sun…

I watched this man take a break from his neighborhood watch along the Santa Monica boardwalk.  He’ll be sitting when the evening comes…

old man with a coffee drink in Santa Monica

old man holding a bottle of booze in santa monica

old man rolling up a smoke in santa monica

Santa Monica beach

I really love living in Santa Monica.  I can find entertainment, tranquility, and a screen saver all in one swoop.  All kidding aside, a walk on the beach at a time like this is pretty awesome.

sunset at the beach in Santa Monica

What a night

It was a wonderful night at the pier.  Soon after sunset I returned to the Santa Monica pier.  Fun times!

Santa Monica Pier at twilight

a ferris wheel lit up at night

Santa Monica pier ferris wheel lit up at night

a night capture of Santa Monica beach

More of Palisades Park

I had a few more images to share of my walkabout in Palisades Park.  Autumn in Santa Monica is breathtakingly rich in color during the golden hour.

bluffs of palisades park in santa monica cypress tree on palisades park in santa monica cypress trees along palisades park in santa monica cypress trees in santa monica california incline in santa monica cypress tree trunk