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

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

 

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

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 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.

On the way to Venice Beach

Venice, CA is unabashed when it comes to street art.  It’s not just on the boardwalk, but in the alleys and side streets. Colorful murals, evocative graffiti, or simple hand painted signs are a part of describing what Venice is all about.  Artistic freedom.

A mural of a skeleton on a skateboard

a terribly graffiti scorned building in Venice, CA

Happy New Year

This being my first post of 2014, allow me an indulgence.  It wouldn’t be right coming into the new year without a resolution, or two.  So let’s get the show on the road and keep smiling.

a man holding a sign to smile if you masturbate