From the shoebox

I had some extra snaps taken at Santa Monica beach in California.  I’m using the Nikon D800e with a 24~85mm f/2.8D zoom lens.  And yes, I am still having fun with filters.

Santa Monica shoebox images of California

Santa Monica shoebox images of California

Santa Monica shoebox images of California

Santa Monica shoebox images of California

Santa Monica shoebox images of 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

Where is everyone?

It’s amazing how weather affects us.  I took a walk to the beach with my beast and 24~85mm f/2.8 lens. A gray day with a slight chance of rain. This made it ideal for some black and white filtering with images.

late afternoon on Santa Monica Beach in California

late afternoon on Santa Monica Beach in California

late afternoon on Santa Monica Beach in California

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

 

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

A day at the beach

I came out to find my shadow.  Apparently a lot of people did the same.  Fun times with filters at the beach.

A day at Santa Monica beach

A day at Santa Monica beach

A day at Santa Monica beach

A day at Santa Monica beach

 

 

 

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

The Four Thirds sensor

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

the brewery's paradox iron warehouse in los angeles

the brewery's paradox iron warehouse in los angeles

the brewery's paradox iron warehouse in los angeles

Fun with color filters!

the brewery's paradox iron warehouse in los angeles

the brewery's paradox iron warehouse in los angeles

the brewery's paradox iron warehouse in los angeles

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 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

Tired of waiting?

Don’t wait for the muse to hit.  Instead, jump into it with both feet.  I keep telling myself this each time on my walkabout.  Sometimes you get a nice snap, and sometimes you don’t. The upside is that you’re out there making something happen.

an old man repose on a bench 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

Ducks are daffy

Mallard ducks returning from Spring break beer pong revelry, were quick to wash off Daytona Beach sand here at Santa Monica College.

Mallard of Santa Monica College

Mallard of Santa Monica College

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

A twilight run

Clear skies at twilight have always been my favorite time for a walk.  For some it brings a sense of mystique and seduction.  For others it might be a celebration to an end of a long day with a reward of lush gradient colors.  For me, it’s a soft moment for reflection until the skies fill with stars. Then it’s time to return home.

twilight as the blue bus arrives in Santa Monica

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

Fun with overlays

Some images appear on this blog in other posts. I wanted to play around with layering using different textures for overlays in Photoshop.  These are images of glass blown filament light bulbs at a lighting store along Lincoln Blvd in Santa Monica.  I like this kind lighting. They’re not energy-efficient, but they sure look cool.

filament glass blown light bulb in Santa Monica

filament glass blown light bulb in Santa Monica

filament glass blown light bulb in Santa Monica