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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Vacation

I’m having fun playing with filters and actions in Photoshop CC.  I hope to get some outside time in daylight before summer is over.  But for now I’m just going over some snaps from previous summers.  I hope all of you are having a wonderful summer vacation.

a bicyclist crosses the overpass in Santa Monica

Cruisin’ on a sunny afternoon

This one afternoon was perfect.  It was about two years ago sitting at my favorite spot on Santa Monica beach.  Days like these I would wish on anyone.

As the song goes:

We’ll keep on spending sunny days this way
We’re gonna talk and laugh our time away
I feel it comin’ closer day by day
Life would be ecstasy, you and me endlessly

Groovin’, on a Sunday afternoon
Really couldn’t get away too soon

by Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati

girl on skateboard on Santa Monica beach

man cruising along the bike path on Santa Monica beach

girl walking along the bike path on Santa Monica beach

sunflower in santa monica

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

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

Fun with Matte Filters

Just a little fun with Matte filters.

Santa Monica football field in santa monica, CA
Santa Monica College taken with D800E, 50mm f/1.4 Ai lens.
fixing a flat on a bicycle
Venice Boardwalk taken with D800E, Nikon 28~200mm f/3.5D lens
mobile surf board rentals at the beach
Mobile Board Rentals at Venice Beach. Taken with D800E, Nikon 24~70mm f/2.8G lens
old telephone display in storefront
Storefront display in Venice, CA. Taken with D800E, Nikon 24~70mm f/2,8G lens

A nice day

Here’s a guy taking a moment to watch the tide roll in.  Certainly, a moment of zen.

a man on Venice beach contemplating

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

Fun with HDR

I was at Venice Beach the other day and had a jolly good time with my beast.  There will be more to come.

a girl drinking a beverage at the Candle Cafe in Venice Beach

people gather at the Candle Cafe in Venice Beach

 

three friends on the venice boardwalk

two girls walking on the venice boardwalk

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

Christmas Day at Venice Beach

Just a collection of photos taken on Christmas Day at Venice Beach, CA.  It was a fun day.  Enjoy.

Was Santa good to you?

I think for this lady the answer is yes.  I hope you all had a happy holiday.

lady in Venice beach strolling with a chanel handbag

chanel jackhammer in black in white