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Against The Odds: Mistakes

Posted in Photo Challenge by photoessayist on February 16, 2017

Fenced InThis photograph is a mistake. I was shooting through a fence at the subject behind it. Only problem was I hadn’t put the lens completely through the gap in the fence.

Come on What Are The Odds of the mistake being better than your original idea?

I’ve been working on doing black & white JPGs straight from the camera. The Fujifilm X cameras are supposed to be good at this but I’ve done everything in RAW the past few years that I wasn’t ready to go back to JPG. So now it’s RAW and black & white JPG. And it has been fun.

The first couple of days shooting with RAW and B&W JPGs I wasn’t getting the look that I wanted. Since 1958 I have used Kodak Tri-X film and that was the look I was trying to get. Then I happened upon an older video by a YouTude photographer that I follow and he describe his settings for B&W JPGs with his FujiFilm X cameras. I tried them out and BAM! Exactly what I wanted. I still need to occasionally darken the shadows as I did in this photo but in general they’re good right out of the camera.

So add to the odds that I was shooting for B&W makes this an even bigger odds breaker.

Note: The YouTuber was Ted Vieira. The video where he talks about his setting for FujiFilm X cameras is here: Fuji X-T1 & X100T – My Camera Settings. These settings apply to all FujiFilm X cameras.

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Shadow: The Palm Tree’s One Positive Attribute

Posted in Photo Challenge by photoessayist on February 10, 2017

Palm ShadowsI’ve lived in southern California most of my life. And the one characteristic of this place is it’s obsession with Palm Trees. I hate them.

But they do have one positive attribute and that their shadows. And here in Laguna Beach we have an abundance of palm trees.

Here, for your pleasure, are two palm trees and their shadows.

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Solitude Of A Sunset At Lands End

Posted in Photo Challenge by photoessayist on February 4, 2017

The Soditude of a sunset at lands endThis turned out to be a long sunset because the Sun set behind some clouds before it diped below the clouds and it and showed it’s full self. This made the sunset manageable for us photographers.

This was taken at the Heisler Tide Pools in Laguna Beach, CA, It’s usually crowded here at sunset but because it lasted so long much of the crowd had left. This one person took advantage to watch a special sunset in solitude.

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Graceful: A Richard Serra Sculpture

Posted in Photo Challenge by photoessayist on January 21, 2017

Richard Serra SculptureIf the Richard Serra very large steel sculpture, Band, doesn’t exist harmoniously with its surroundings then we’re in trouble. It’s actually an interesting experience to walk through this piece. It’s at LACMA in Los Angeles, CA.

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The Ambience of the Beach and More

Posted in Photo Challenge by photoessayist on January 14, 2017

Love Is A Balancing ActYesterday evening here in southern California, and particularly Laguna Beach, was an extra low tide during sunset. To add to the ambience was our local rock sculptor Larry. This is one of his creations.

I was able to get the Sun directly behind the upper rock which is shaped like a heart.

I needed to come up with a title and what came to this grumpy old photographer was: “Love Is A Balancing Act.” How does that sound, especially for the ambience of this picture?

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