Olympus 9MM Bodycap Lens — In Downtown Huntington Beach

Yesterday, I took a walk through downtown Huntington Beach. So what else is new? πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚ Seriously, I do it because I like to, sometimes. One of the advantages of being retired: I don’t have to satisfy a client.

Main Street Huntington Beach

Main Street

More Main Street Huntington Beach

More Main Street

More Main Street Huntington Beach

More Main Street Huntington Beach

Girls Going By on Main Street Huntington Beach

Girls Going By

Watching The Girls Going By on Main Street Huntington Beach

Watching The Girls Going By

On The Pier

On The Pier

On The Pier

On The Pier

On The Pier

On The Pier

On The Pier

On The Pier

Art & Crafts Fair

Art & Crafts Fair

Art & Crafts Fair

Art & Crafts Fair

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! πŸ™‚

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