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.

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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)

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

kennebunkport

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.

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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

Escape to Oregon

The world is filled with varied and great landscapes. Currently I live in one of the most beautiful parts of the US, at least to me, the Pacific Northwest. From evergreen trees to waterways to mountains the beauty around me never ceases to amaze.

This past weekend I did a day trip, with a few friends to Oregon, just outside Portland. We met up with a larger group at Rooster Rock State Park for a little picnic. While there we decided to check out Crown Point State Park to see an amazing view of the Columbia River.

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These views reminded me of the Harry Potter films, beautiful vistas for miles. If you’re ever in the area, be sure to check it out. You won’t regret it!

Images captured with the Fuji X100s and edited with Lightroom.