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

 

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Life is a beach

This is from the shoebox.  A collection of snaps that I forgot to add to other posts. On the other hand, FUN WITH FILTERS! I took these snaps with the beast and a zoom lens at Venice Beach, California. It was a great day to have a little fun in the sun.

lazy day at the Venice Boardwalk

lazy day at the Venice Boardwalk

lazy day at the Venice Boardwalk

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

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

 

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

Last of November snaps

Having fun at Venice beach with tints and filters.  Next week Santa Claus is comin’ to town.

Venice in November

Venice in November

Venice in November

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

 

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

People being people

This is my last batch of images from a sunny 16 day on the Venice Boardwalk in Venice, CA.  Fun times with filters and my 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

scenes along the Venice Boardwalk in Venice, 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 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

The Shutterbug

We all have our own style of taking photographs.  I don’t think there is a hard fast rule on getting the shot, so long as you’re happy with the results.

a young lady with her canon camera

Journalism aside, I believe photography is an art form enjoyed by all.

Scenes on the Boardwalk

I’m still having fun with HDR on this sunny day in Venice, CA.

a man pedaling his rickshaw on the Venice Boardwalk in Venice, CA.

a group of men walking along the venice boardwalk in venice, ca.

a local resident at the Venice Boardwalk in Venice, 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

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

Love

I can only imagine the glee the artist felt when completed.  This must have been a labor of love.  If you are in Los Angeles, please visit Venice Beach and check this place out.  Artistry flourishes here.

Santino's pizzeria with a lovely mural covering everything

People being people

I like Venice beach. Especially on the boardwalk where you see people being people. It was fun day for me.  I tried out improvising a lens hood with a rolled up newspaper and failed. I caught a few snaps of young man practicing kick flips with his skateboard. The highlight of my day was doing a double take on a man who looked like county music legend, Kenny Chesney.

improvising a lens hood with a rolled up newspaper

skateboard rider attempting a kick flip.

a man in trunks holding a watch on Venice beach

tourists walking along the Venice Boardwalk

boardwalk activity in Venice beach

man on skateboard gliding on the venice boardwalk

a guitar player on the venice boardwalk looks like kenny chesney

Sk8trs gotta skate skate skate

I love the beach and its wonderment .  One of my favorite subjects to photograph are skateboarders. There are plenty of them at the Venice Beach Skate Park.  Here is a collection of skateboarding action I’ve taken in the past.

a poster of the venice beach skate park

a skateboarder attempts to jump over a traffic cone at Venice beach skate park

a young girl skateboards on the boardwalk in Venice Beach california

a skateboarder wearing a colorful jacket at the Venice beach skate park

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a skateboarder enjoying the rail

 

 

shadow of skateboarder at Venice beach skateboard park

a skateboarder silhouetted by the sunset.

skateboarder fixing the trucks on his skateboard

skateboarder with his dog in Venice

a young woman with a skateboard.

a young man launches from the ramp with his skateboard

A young man jumps in the air with his skateboard

a skateboarder gaining speed before a jump

an onlooker watches a skateboarder make a jump

two teenagers conversing on the venice boardwalk with skateboards

a skateboarder taking a morning ride at the venice boardwalk in california

the iconic venice sign reflected on a water puddle in Venice california

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Girls of Summer

A nice sunny day at the beach makes for a perfect walkabout with my camera.

young lady shopping for sunglasses in Venice California girls near the bike path at Venice Beach California red headed girl walking on the boardwalk in Venice California girls walking on the boardwalk in Venice California

People being people

Took my walkabout with the beast (Nikon D800E) to the Venice Boardwalk.  It was a lovely day filled with humor and beauty.

girl on a bicycle in Venice Beacha skateboarder at the Venice Beach skate parkskateboard tricks at Venice Beach skate park

The last of Valentine’s day

My last batch of images using my 50mm manual focus f/1.4 Ai lens with my Nikon D800E.   If you are able to retrofit a good fast manual focus lens to your digital camera body, try it.  Have fun going full manual and enjoy the results.

venice beach denizensa cart made from pvc in Venice, Californiavalentine's day on the venice boardwalkgirl rollerblading on the boardwalk

Fun with Filters

Continuing with my fun using a 50mm manual focus Ai lens.  This time having a bit of fun with filters.

one man band on the venice boardwalkviolinist reading his chord chart in Venice boardwalk

A brisk morning walkabout

Some days you casually come upon things that happen for no particular reason, but delightful happenstance nonetheless.

a sole guitarist on the boardwalkSuch as this man performing for no one in particular waiting for the band to kick in.  No matter. He enjoyed the morning as I enjoyed his playing.

a man on skateboardOr focusing my attention to the viewfinder thus having me completely unaware of my surroundings.  I do enjoy my walkabout and glad to have my camera and capturing those unexpected moments.

Venice Camper

Having fun with the Hassleblad and Kodak Tri-X 100 film.

I’ve been to the Venice Boardwalk for years.  And this camper has always been there.  Although its colors are muted, the message does ring out.

a beach camper on venice beach

Fun with Fuji X100

The latest Fuji X100T is out. Apparently a stack and a half better than original X100.  I own an X100.  It’s a nice little digital snapper.  Gives me what I want.

black and white image of the Venice Bistro in Venice, CA

Back in Venice

I took a walk to the Venice Skateboard park with my beast in tow.  It was a nice day and slow for a Saturday.  However, there was this one guy who was shredding on the pavilion and glad I was there with my camera.

sidewalk artwork graffitti

a skateboarder riding the nose of his skateboard

a skateboarder flipping his skateboard in mid air

a skateboarder being watched by his peers

a skateboarder enjoying the rail