PHOTOS: La Jolla; The Athenaeum, Religious Iconography, Art & Books On Girard
by Reviewer Rob
Yesterday I rescheduled some work for Tuesday and went for a little Memorial Day weekend afternoon walk in La Jolla after cashing a customer’s check at the Wells Fargo in-store branch at Ralphs on Girard and Pearl, gotta love that Sunday service.
I took my D5200 with the 50mm 1.4 intending to shoot down at the shore but changed my mind after stopping into a small art gallery and walking around a couple of block and having lunch. Most of these photos were shot at f1.4, between ISO 400 and 1000. I can open up the file info and verify on the shutter speed but most were shot at 200th or 250th, with some being way higher or a bit lower, probably down to 125th. Sorry for the vagueness, I should probably take the time to make notes while shooting this log shouldn’t I. I’ll make a note of that, haha. (See what I did there?)
I’m starting to really like using this antique retro 50mm again and getting back to being all-manual in my settings and focusing the way I did when I first began as a photographer in my early twenties. It feels more in tune with the creative environment. It’s almost like going barefoot or wearing flip flops. Okay not really, but the control and sensitivity to the photographic process makes one much more aware of exactly what’s going on in the frame being shot and builds quality.
The narrow depth of field shot at 1.4 is appealing too. Attention is closely drawn to that elements in the photo that are most sharply in focus and all the other details in soft focus become bit players, supporting characters in the composition. This is probably one reason why it’s a trick found in much high-end marketing of fashion photography. It commands ‘look at THIS’.
These pics were auto-uploaded by file number and posted in reverse order, last up top and then down to first. The photos started at The Athenaeum and then I moved south on Girard to the Catholic Church on the corner and then to the Shane Bowen gallery and the window of the fashion which preceded it. The final shot up front was at a used book store next to a coffee shop.