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

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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

 

Christmas Day at Venice Beach

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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.

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

Fun with Hasselblad

I should call it Hasselblast!  It is fun shooting with a medium format, manual focus, waist level finder film camera.  It’s even more challenging using a hand-held exposure meter because with a Hasselblad 500C/M there is no built-in metering.  I used Kodak Tri-X 320 film with an 80mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss lens.

Venice skateboard park in Venice California

What better place to take snaps with an all manual camera than the Venice Skateboard Park.

Venice skateboard park in Venice California

Some serious acrobatics on my part to meter, focus, shoot, wind and ready for the next shot.

Venice skateboard park in Venice California

Overall, it was a great experience for me.

Venice skateboard park in Venice California

After the last shot of the roll, it would be a couple of days before I head back to the lab and see the results.   I highly recommend shooting with film.

Long and winding path

It’s actually a pleasant walk along the beach taking the bike path.  It does get rather hectic on weekends. But a nice stroll near the end of the day can be absolutely serene.

A winding bike path in Santa Monica

Fun with filters

Every now and then I like to change it up with my images, have a little fun and see what turns up.  I took this snap in Venice next to the skateboard runs.  I was thinking silhouettes.  When I got home I started playing around using Photoshop.  And the best part was how it turned out in print.

a skateboarder silhouetted by the sunset.I did something similar back with my old Olympus E-500.  Using a zoom for a force perspective look.  This one turned out okay in print.

shadow of skateboarder at Venice beach skateboard park

I think it’s great sharing images with friends and colleagues online. But I also think printing them gives you even greater joy.  Seeing them hung on the wall shows your images in a different perspective and gives you a want to get back out and keep snapping.

Skateboards of Venice

I used two of my digital cameras, Olympus E-500, and Nikon D7000.

Venice in the Morning

Coming into Venice beach early in the morning with my OM-2n camera and fresh roll of film.