This picture was taken in Malibu Canyon in 1988 with a Ricoh analog 35mm SLR camera. Anyone remember those? 😉 I scraped together every last penny I had before I came to the US to buy this camera and I still have it! I got the best pictures by using Fuji film 100 ISO with it. I have a 8×12 inch print of this Malibu Canyon shot and scanned it at 600dpi at Kinko’s. The result is an image file with over 7100×4700 pixels! For this post I used Apple’s Preview to simply increase saturation and sharpness a bit.
We stayed at a hotel on Monarch Beach for a few of days and caught this gorgeous sunset. This part of the beach was beautifully calm and quiet but a few hundred feet farther south it was crowded with surfers every day.
Just for fun I tried DxO’s Film Emulation Software. You’ll get dozens of filters for color, color negative, cross processed and black and white film from Fuji, Kodak, Agfa, Ilford and not to forget: Polaroid!
The results can be nostalgic, creepy, painting like looking, or the very familiar graininess. In any case you’ll get a picture that has that something extra that’s missing from today’s often too perfect images. Here I applied one of the Kodak filters:
This is the “Bodensee von oben” or Lake Constance from above with the Alps in the background. I love taking pictures from an airplane, even though you have a window in front of your lens and there are usually clouds or haze. The Bodensee, which borders Germany, Switzerland and Austria, is one of the cleanest and well kept lakes I’ve seen, despite the fact that boating is allowed. Rules and enforcement are very strict.
Saw this beautiful brown pelican at the lagoon at UCSB, University of California Santa Barbara. The lagoon is partially fed by run through water from the marine biology department‘s tanks which use water from the ocean. There is probably quite some biodiversity going on in that water 😉