Santa Monica beach…..After rain


We had a rainy day in Los Angeles. Next day,  we had a clear day and it was the clearest sky I have ever seen at Santa Monica.

LEICA Digilux 3  Olympus 40-150mm

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One sheen at Santa Monica


There are lots of people in front of Santa Moica beach.

I saw a girl having a parrot on her shoulder.

Just the background was a bit noisy. So, I remove color from the background by Adobe phootshop.

LEICA Digilux 3

1956 Ford Thunderbird……in Melrose


First Thunderbird came into market as 55 model. Believe it or not, T-bird….later known as a luxury coupe was originally, 2 seater convertible which was similar to original Chevrolet Corvette lunched in 53.

Compare to LEICA, CONTAX seems to be brighter  and clearer color.

Sunny clear afternoon in California……Good situation for Cirl Zeiss lens.

CONTAX Tvs Digital

Create Panorama Photo by Adobe Photoshop CS5


Los Angeles is a big city. Downtown LA is only a part of it and also have many different small towns. It is a bit like Tokyo.

So, it is not easy to shoot as 1 photo.

This is a Panorama photo of Los Angeles which I marged 4 different photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is  quite easy to do by Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Boot up Adobe Bridge, choose photos you’d like to use, then go to ToolPhotoshopPhotomerge

This will automatically create Panorama for you. When you choose images which are not next each other like mine, press Ctrl(Command) + Click images you want.

When you shoot image for Panorama, there are something to check about.

  1. Better not to use wide angle lens……..the distortion will make harder to merge with other images. So, let’s use standard lens or about middle range of zoom lens.
  2. Better to be careful about the position of horizon. It will be easy to use tripods.

Actually, I used zoom lens and did not use tripod…..but it still worked quite well.

Panorama photos became popular in 90s with point &shoot film cameras. But, truth was….none of them was real panorama.

Like this, they just crop top&bottom part of the image, then blow up….that was it!

Now, Photoshop can create real panorama automatically. So, if you have a really wide view in front of you, think about merging together and shoot it!

Hollywood Blvd.


Hollywood Blvd. is a small nice & quiet street…..believe it or not……

But as soon as you cross La Brea street, it is the different world.

Palm trees, hills, smoggy sky and cars cars and cars……this is the typical view of this street.

And if you turn around, that is were the show business is…..