Exploring Santa Monica Pier | X100F


This weekend my little two-year old daughter and I walked down to the train station for an evening down at the Santa Monica Pier. I’ve lived in Los Angeles for over 10 years now and this was my first time using public transportation. A very proud moment for me.

I brought with me the Sony A7r III and the X100F. I was really hoping to get some nice sunset shots of the pier, but totally forget my wife had to work at 5:30 and was picking us up. So I only ended up only using the X100F and was carrying around all this gear for no reason. You might be thinking, why don’t you just take the train home? 

I could have, but the walk from the train stop to my house isn’t all that fun and is something I would usually bike if I didn’t have a two-year old with me. Plus, Los Angeles has been completely flooded by the homeless these last few years. It’s an outright epidemic and I don’t love walking around the city at night with my little daughter, let alone $8k worth of camera gear.

Kind of sad, I guess this is what happens when you let Chinese billionaires and hedge funds buy up all the property, then jack up rental prices while creating a nasty real estate bubble. The best part is all realtors and investors keep saying, “The housing market is very health.” The thing I don’t understand is, how is 50% of the homes being owned by investors a healthy housing market? Nothing crashes faster than investors pulling out of something.

Anyway . . .


Santa Monica Pier | Fujifilm X100F





I’m always so impressed by the X100F, how can a camera so small, and so low profile take such amazing pictures? It always blows my mind and I feel like I neglect it more than I should.

Unfortunately, my copy has the sticky shutter issue and I need to send it in for repair, so it could be months before I see it again. So this was my last shoot before letting it go.





I caught the last bit of the sunset with the X100F as we were leaving. They have been very beautiful lately because of the Santa Anna winds that blow all the smog out to the horizon and then lately, because of all those wild fires, the air still has thin layer of smoke that tints everything red. At least it’s not snowing ash anymore.



  • Lucho Torres
    December 22, 2017, 3:24 am  Reply

    Just found your page, it is very nice and informative. I am looking into Fuji, especially the XT2. The X100F is a great little camera as well. Love the set of images on this one. Did you used a film simulation in camera or a vsco preset? Thanks!

  • December 22, 2017, 12:02 pm  Reply

    Hey Luis, I used two simulators here, a Kodachrome 64 simulation from RNI, and the Fujifilm Classic Chrome and shift the blues a little more towards teal to match kind of what Kodachrome does. Those sunset two shots I think were just Provia or something from Fujifilm. I do modify colors a bit after applying the film simulators to get everything to sort of feel the same.

  • Luis Torres
    December 23, 2017, 4:15 am  Reply

    Thanks for the info!

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