Daytona Beach

On a recent trip to Daytona to visit some family, I took a day, for myself to chill at the beach. I’m an earth sign, but am so drawn to the water. I blame that on growing up in land locked Atlanta! So whenever I can, I like to head to the beach.

The day was warm, the sky was clear and I had my fun Fuji XT-1 with the 35mm f/1.4 lens to shoot with. This camera is still pretty new to me, so I’m trying to shoot with it as much as I can.


I love these little birds who hang out at the beach. Often they’ll walk or fly away from you as you get close to them, but I tried to move slowly to capture this fella, and his reflection.

Edited in Lightroom 4 + Alien Skin Software Exposure 6 with the Polaroid 600 Preset (plus some customisation)


There’s a pretty cool pier, which had probably 15 – 20 people fishing off of it, I liked this perspective and waited for this guy to take off.

Edited in Lightroom 4 + Alien Skin Software Exposure 6 w/ the Kodak Portra 400vc preset + a little blur


Now you can photograph a ferris wheel and show off the entire thing, or a few cars, or one, so many options. For this shot I decided to get directly below it.

Edited in Lightroom 4 + Alien Skin Software Exposure 6 w/ Time Zero Film preset + a curves adjustment.


And another perspective of the Ferris Wheel, this time showing off some of the cool clouds in the sky. I love clouds!

Edited in Lightroom 4 + Alien Skin Software Exposure 6 w/ Time Zero Film preset + reduced the highlights


And there’s always joggers, walkers and people on the beach. I saw this guy was jogging and captured him, if you zoom in on the photo, he’s fully off the ground.

Edited in Lightroom 4 + Alien Skin Software Exposure 6 w/
Kodak Ektar 100 + Curves adjustment (slight)

I have to say, if it was the height of summer, I’d probably not have visited this boardwalk, simply because I’m sure it’s super busy. I like to see things in the off season, where you have more of the folks who live in a place. You know?

This morning I popped over to catch the sunrise, well at least part of it. Someone is a night owl so they didn’t wake up quite early enough… regardless here’s an iPhone snap from this morning.


More to come from the road… Oh if you’re on Instagram and want to see all my photos from this epic journey, check out #kateontheroad2014 :).

~ kate


In case you didn’t notice, I apparently love to do road trips, especially mini day trips to check out new landscapes, cities, etc… Armed with my recently acquired, gently used Fuji XT-1 & my 3 Legged Thing tripod, I drove up and over to Maine, landing in Kennebunkport.

Here you’ll see Brian and my new camera are enjoying the views, houses, on the coast. And we had yet another fabulous day.


I took my time at the first little beach I found, shooting with my X100s & the XT-1, on the XT-1 I currently have the 35mm f/1.4 lens, so between the two I have a couple of nice options of focal lengths, that work for me.

It was a little chilly, but that didn’t stop people from walking on the beach, wouldn’t you on a day like this?


Camera: Fuji X100s; Software: Lightroom 4/Exposure 6

I really loved the combination of clouds and water here and opted for a black and white conversion.


Camera: Fuji XT-1, Lens Fuji 35mm f/1.4; Software: Lightroom 4/Exposure 6

Birds in the sky, flying south for the winter, perhaps!


Camera: Fuji XT-1, Lens Fuji 35mm f/1.4; Software: Lightroom 4/Exposure 6 (preset: Polaroid 669 Yellowed).

And finally this gentleman was just enjoying the view, I don’t blame him one bit!


Camera: Fuji XT-1, Lens Fuji 35mm f/1.4; Software: Lightroom 4

I really enjoyed this little day trip, always fun to get out and explore. When did you last do that??!

~ kate

cape cod

It’s amazing how close everything seems to be in New England. I just spent a couple of months living in Massachusetts and found some stellar landscapes and views within just a couple of hours driving time. After 8 years of living out west and almost 2 of that being at a beachy part of Seattle, I found I really missed the water. Spoiled perhaps, but I fell in love with it, for sure. As a result, when I was in MA, I drove to find water and coast. Again, not too difficult.

A few weeks ago I drove over to the “Cape” as it’s often referred to. This was a nice break from the forest-y feel of Massachusetts ‘burbs. I first found a state park, Nauset Light Beach which was right on the Atlantic, the day was beautiful, only those little wispy clouds in the sky.


Playing about with perspective, I got low with the camera angle and snapped up these rocks, with the water in the background.


After spending some time enjoying the views, the water, the sounds, I hopped back into the car to go a bit further north. My goal: Find a lighthouse! You can’t go to this area and not find one, so I did a quick google map search for a lighthouse and discovered Highland Museum and Lighthouse.

I feel I should add that most of these little day trips are pretty unplanned. Basically it pops into my head that “oh hey, let’s go to Maine on Saturday” and then we go. :-) Speaking of Maine, I have some Maine photos coming up soon!

Back to the lighthouse though…

I have four perspectives.

Getting close:


From a distance, portrait/vertical:


From a distance, landsacpe:


Somewhere in the middle:


Changing perspective is really valuable in photography (well in life too). You might like one view immediately, but find months or even years later a different viewpoint really works.

I find this super important when going to new places, especially if I’m not sure when/if I may visit there again. :-)

On the images: All of these were captured with the Fuji X100s and edited in Ligthroom. The Black and White Lighthouse photo was also edited via Nik Collections Analogue Efex Pro 2.

Thanks for reading!

~ kate