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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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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sensuous and Gnarly II

More fun with filters.  Here are two more from my study along Olympic Blvd. in Santa Monica.  I wonder what goes on at night?

a study of trees along olympic blvd in santa monica, ca

a study of trees along olympic blvd in santa monica, ca

Sensuous and Gnarly

Fun with filters.  I took a walk along Olympic Blvd in Santa Monica and saw these twisted up trees.  Their limbs entwined and gnarled that from a distance took a human form.  I think my first attempt in capturing these images gives me an idea of how to fine tune my next approach.  I used a 50mm f/1.4 on this set.  Next time I’ll try a wider lens.

trees along olympic blvd in Santa Monica, CA

trees along olympic blvd in Santa Monica, CA

trees along olympic blvd in Santa Monica, CA

The Four Thirds sensor

In 2007 I bought my first DSLR.  It was the Olympus E-volt 500 that came with two kit lenses.  It shot images only, no video, but stored in RAW format.  At the time I was a big OM-2n SLR film snapper.  So naturally I chose Olympus as my first digital camera.  I had so much fun taking snaps from tattered paper cups to sunsets by the beach.  Recently, after revisiting those old digital images, I found some snaps that actually turned out pretty cool.

These images are of the Brewery by the rail yards in Los Angeles.

This is fun with filters

the brewery's paradox iron warehouse in los angeles

the brewery's paradox iron warehouse in los angeles

the brewery's paradox iron warehouse in los angeles

Fun with color filters!

the brewery's paradox iron warehouse in los angeles

the brewery's paradox iron warehouse in los angeles

the brewery's paradox iron warehouse in los angeles

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

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

Back to basics

Recently, I’ve rediscovered my stalwart 50mm lens.  This is a standard focal length lens that most camera kits come with in the early days of film.  In this instance,  a few years back I searched for brighter glass and found this gem on Ebay.  It’s a Nikon 50mm f/1.4D.  I took it for spin with my beast, the D800e Nikon and found it absolutely beautiful with its sharpness and bokeh.  I love it.

speed bump on my street 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