One place that I definitely wanted to see when I was in SoCal last month was the Getty Center in Los Angeles (hopefully next time I can check out the Villa). The vast collection of visual arts housed at the Museum was enough motivation for me to find time to visit the place. There was so much to see, the incredible architecture, the exhibits, the garden. I remember thinking to myself that I could easily spend countless hours just sitting by the garden reading a book or just relaxing while allowing myself to be surrounded by a huge assortment of priceless masterpieces of famous people with names I can barely pronounce.
Unfortunately, the visit was short and sweet. Time was just not on our side. After a couple of hours of oohhing and aahhing at the exhibits, enjoying the variety of plants and listening to the soothing sound of water at the Central Garden, it was time to move on.
Possibly the best part of my trip to the West Coast last month was the chance to be at the beach without worrying that I might give myself a frost bite while I walk barefoot along the shore. It was nice to just be able to sink my toes in the sand, something I definitely won’t dare to do here at this time of year.
I haven’t had a chance to do any shooting since I came back, and since I am sorta missing the lovely weather of SoCal, I thought I’d show you a beach photo which I took with my Fujifilm X20. For those of you who own any of the Fujifilm X series, you probably already know how awesome these cameras are. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure I was going to love mine when I first got it but the image quality that this little thing produces blew me away.
The above photo was shot in RAW and processed in Lightroom 5. The out of camera image was already brilliant, so I really barely did anything in post. The colors were rich and not overly saturated, so I didn’t touch those. The contrast was bumped up a tiny bit, but that’s about it. I originally intended to trim the bottom of the image to achieve the rule of thirds, but in the end decided against it. The reflection of the blue sky on the receding tide was beautiful and I thought it would be a shame not to show it.
The two weeks of travelling is finally over. I’m back home today. I managed to come back with a few shots, unfortunately, I only managed to grab a few while I was out and about.
The image above is my favorite one of the bunch. It was taken after sunset, as a friend and I were leaving Manhattan Beach. We were walking up the hill, back to the car. I turned around to find the most beautiful after-sunset scene I’ve seen so far. The brilliant colors on the horizon provided such a wonderful background for the silhouette of the palm trees that were lining the board walk. I stopped in the middle of the busy street to take the shot. I did manage to infuriate a few drivers, and my friend thinks I was crazy, but I did get the shot, and at that time, it was all that mattered…
My trip to LA two weeks ago wasn’t as productive, photographically speaking, as I would have hoped for. The training that I attended was very taxing that at the end of the day, all I wanted to do was soak in a warm bath, bury myself under the covers and head off to la-la land. Plus I didn’t bring my camera with me on that trip. My DSLR is just too bulky and it would require me to either lug it with me to the office, or leave it in the hotel, something I wasn’t comfortable with. I knew I wanted a more portable and travel-friendly gear, so I started looking into the Fujifilm X series. Last Saturday, I finally pulled the plug and picked up the X20.
Check out the test shots below. All images below were straight of the camera, no post processing, except cropping and resizing.
Ignore the date stamped on these images, somehow I forgot to set the date correctly. I’ve since fixed that
A nifty little camera, capable of producing amazing results. I’ve only used it a couple times since I bought it, but I think I am in love…can’t wait to carry it with me on my upcoming trip.