Years ago, I lived on 25th Ave.and Pacific, just a block off Speedway and the sand, in Venice — Venice Beach, California. I’ve only gone back few times, in the last 30 years, but this past Saturday I had occasion to meet my cousin, to take some headshots, for him. I decided to go early, and test my new lens — an Olympus 9mm, fisheye body cap lens. You see, it looks just like a lens cap, but with a hole in it. It’s a fixed aperture f/8.0 lens, with a lever to open the lens cap and expose a 9mm lens. It has a close setting for objects at about 7 inches and an infinity setting, along with a hyperfocal setting, for about 99% of your shooting — well, 99% of my shooting. Effective 35mm focal length is 18mm and with a field of view of 140 degree, the body cap lens is not a true fisheye.
All of these images were shot with an Olympus OMD-EM5 using the Dramatic Tone (Art 10) filter. Not everyone appreciates this ‘dramatic’ look, but I wanted even more. After importing into Lightroom (LR5), I tweaked the saturation, mainly to get even bluer skies. In some cases, I used the Shadow Slider to lighten certain areas, especially some faces. Finally, for the conversion to black & white, I simply used the Saturation Slider to completely desaturate the image — no presets were used.
Skating, watching, or waiting to drop in, Venice Beach has an excellent skate bowl, right on the sand.
And when the is shooting done, lunch at the Cairo Cowboy: