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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
Fun with color filters!
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.