Yesterday, I took a walk through downtown Huntington Beach. So what else is new? 🙂
I wasn’t too lazy to take a walk, but I was feeling a little lazy, as a photographer. I wasn’t in the mood to worry about things like focusing, composition, exposure, etc. What to do? I decided to use my Olympus OMD-EM5 and the Zuiko 9mm Bodycap Lens. It seemed to solve all the things that I didn’t want to deal with. With a fixed focal length of 9mm and a fixed aperture of f8, if I set it to hyperfocal distance, nearly everything from the tip of my nose, to infinity, would be in acceptable focus. Having a field of view of 140 degrees, virtually eliminates the need for thoughtful composition (and shooting from the hip reduces it even more). It was a bright, sunny day, so base ISO would be perfect, and by setting the camera to aperture priority (f8) the shutter was in the 1/1000 range, most of the time.
A few days ago, Google made it’s NIK software available as a free download, so I used if for HRD and B&W conversions. As with other presets, the NIK software makes a good starting point, and you can still make Lightroom adjustments to suit your taste. The NIK software also works in conjunction with Photoshop and Aperture, although I used it only with Lightroom CC.
Often, when I post B&W images of a bright beach scene, I get questions (and criticisms) for taking beautiful, colorful scenes and removing the colors. OK, everyone is welcome to their opinion, and I left plenty of sun, at the beach, if anyone wants to go take their own pictures. 🙂 Seriously, I do it because I like to, sometimes. One of the advantages of being retired: I don’t have to satisfy a client.
Well, that’s it — a quick tour along Main Street and the Pier, in Huntington Beach, California, USA. We get 16 million visitors a year, so come see us — and bring a camera — and let me know when you’re going to be in town. I’d love to show you around! 🙂