Venice Beach

Seagulls

Seagulls

Venice Beach, California.

A man was feeding a small “colony” of seagulls and we stopped to watch the action.

Note: I always have my Ricoh GR set to Auto ISO but twice now I’ve found it set on 3200. I have no idea how this happened, I’d never set it to such a high ISO manually. These shots would have been at most 200 ISO had Auto been set.

Anyway, most of the images I took were terribly over exposed because of the forced high ISO but I was able to pull the exposure down in Lightroom and salvage these.

One thing I learned is that all the action flight shots I got with both the GR and the Fuji X100T had too much background stuff in them; the flying birds were not isolated. This could have been solved by changing where I was standing so that I could shoot against sky but I was reluctant to move for fear of scaring away the birds. Too bad, I caught some great flying action and great expressions (gulls are real characters) but t’s tough to see it because of the background.

Still, these are fun images and show a bit of gull action.

Seagulls

Seagulls

Seagulls

Seagulls

Seagulls

Gull on tray

Gull on tray

Venice Beach, California. While walking back to the car I spotted this gull sitting on a tray placed on top of a garbage bin. He/she looked quite calm so I took a series of shots inching closer thinking the gull would fly away. It never did. These were the last two shots I took and I was less than 3 feet away (28mm angle of view on the Ricoh GR). In the end, the gull looked at me and pooped on the tray. That seemed a good time to leave.

I cleaned up the poop in Lightroom.

Gull on tray

Standoff

Standoff

Venice Beach, California. We took my 99+ year old mother on a “wheelchair” stroll down memory lane. Neither of us had walked along the walkway at Venice Beach in 30 years so it was time to see what it was all about.

To sum: we both loved it. I thought she’d fall asleep but she gawked at all the people, (so did I), the vendors selling crap, and scrunched her nose up every time we walked by someone smoking “medicinal marijuana” or wearing a bit too much patchouli oil.

Time warp for sure.

This was a standoff between a little white robot dog which was bucking and barking and a little white live dog who was, well, bucking and barking at it. A crowd gathered and between the action and the shadows it was crying out for a picture.