For this set my wife and our little one took a stroll down to Santa Monica with my Sony A7rII and a Helios 44M-2.
Fujifilm X-Pro 2 – 16mm f1.4 R WR – ISO 200, F8, (7.5s, 1.9s, 0.5s)
I come to the Santa Monica Pier a few times a year to test cameras and lenses or to just update my portfolio. Even though I only live a few miles away, it’s a huge pain in the ass dealing with the crowds and parking. At least this time it ended up being a rewarding experience.
This time I was using the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 and the Fujinon 16mm lens.
I’ve passed through the Tongva park a few times while on my way to shoot the Santa Monica Pier, but never actually shot here. I would always see these lookout structures and thought they might be cool to shoot through.
So a few nights ago, I finally made an attempt to come here but unfortunately I couldn’t find parking because of some event which caused me to miss the sunset. So it is in Los Angeles. You just have to add on an hour anything you want to do around here.
The good news is, I came back a few days later, we had an even better sunset and the weekend traffic made for some nice streaking lights on the streets.
When you truly have an amazing sunset or scene, you don’t really need a lot of post processing. I’ve had shots that have taken me days, and I’ve shots that have only taken me a few minutes.
This shot I was able to process very quickly and I’ll want to show you the tools I used to achieve these results.
It’s not every day we get one of these sunsets in Santa Monica. I’ve shot the Santa Monica Pier many a time but have never seen anything like this before. I’ve actually never seen anything like this before in the many years I’ve been shooting beach photos in Southern California. Only when I lived in Del Mar surfing as a youth I would occasionally catch something like this. But that was before I was really into photography.
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