I'm a hobbyist photographer in the Los Angeles area. I mostly go for scenic #photography, nature or architecture. I also look for funny/odd sights, and cosplay photos at comic conventions.
A windmill in suburbia. Apparently it was built by one of Hermosa Beach's city founders around 1900 and later moved to its present location, a small triangle of grass and trees in the corner of a grocery store lot next to Pacific Coast Highway. It's no longer functional as far as I know, except as a historical landmark.
Tonight's waxing crescent moon. It's passing in front of the Hyades star cluster right now, which I'd love to get a photo of, but the moon's just waaay too bright to capture the background stars!
In the time it took me to get a light meter reading and swap lenses on the old film camera, the light went from perfectly highlighting the flowers to leaving some of them in shadow.
Fortunately I took a shot with my phone before I started fumbling with equipment and the shadows moved, but the fake depth of field just isn't the same.
Lemons after the rain (digital). And the same lemons ~2 months earlier (film).
The potted lemon tree is still small, but it's mature enough to produce lemons. Of course, at two feet tall, it's only producing a crop of maybe five lemons a year.
One of the photos I took when we dragged out the old film camera was of this tree, so I keep coming back to it. It's joined the moon and the distant LA skyline as a standard test subject!
I don't think I shared the updated vastly simplified color to black and white image conversion process that I use. So, for the lack of anything better, here goes - https://photosketchpad.blogspot.com/2019/02/capture-in-glow-of-old-black-and-white.html
I made a #pinhole lens for my sony a6000 from an unused lens converter aluminum foil and masking tape to demo my students.
You don't need a 3-D printer and dedicated workshop to be a #maker (although they do help if you have access to them - which I don't 😉 )
The hardest part was to center the hole really. I did a first one with multiple holes punched until I found it, then I created a second one using the first as template
#photography #photo #photographie #creativeToots
Some recent sun #halo displays I've seen in the last 2 weeks: An upper tangent arc (my first!), the top edges of a circumscribed and 22° circular halo, and most of a 22° circular halo (with bonus contrail shadow on the cloud layer!)
All shot on my Pixel 2 with levels adjusted.
These are all formed by reflection and refraction of light in ice crystals. (A great reference: https://www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/common.htm )
Also, all seen from Los Angeles, which isn't freezing...at ground level.
I went back out about an hour later to check out the view as the moon left the earth's shadow, and caught these two photos, taken about the same time with different exposures so that you can see either the lit portion of the moon, or the part that's still in the earth's shadow.
Clouds were rushing across the sky, but for the most part, it was clear, and we had a perfect view of the #moon looking like a dark brown chunk of rock in the sky.
(Then I spent 10 minutes fighting with camera settings while he went back to bed.)
I caught a glimpse of the trail from today's Delta 4 launch out of Vandenberg while driving, and made a beeline for the coast for a better look. I did manage to catch a clear view of the trail, though winds had already started blowing it out of shape, and stayed briefly to look at the boats on the ocean and the scenery.
Asking for advice on entry-level DSLR/mirrorless Show more
I'm a hobbyist, not a pro, &shoot with compact cameras & my phone. Digging out the old film SLR has got me thinking about a DSLR or mirrorless.
I'm looking for something a step up from entry-level, maybe like the Nikon D5600 or Fujifilm X-T20. Has anyone had experience with these, or recommendations for something else?
Looking for decent quality & auto, plus ability to do manual settings when I want to.
I went back to the same marsh I'd visited in early December, after a few more rainstorms. The ponds had spread, covering trails I'd walked along just a few weeks earlier. Ducks and geese had arrived in force.
I could also swear I heard a frog, but I couldn't see it, and even with the weird southern California seasons, I don't think it's the right time for frogs to be out. I should've asked at the visitor center.
Hobbyist photographer in the Los Angeles area. Mostly scenic shots, architecture & plants.
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