18 Aug Pic(k) of the week 32: LOVE FOOTBALL – Venice Beach, CA
Source: Bjorn Moerman
Venice beach is one my favorite places to shoot Street photography in and around Los Angeles. Originally called “Venice of America”, Venice was founded in 1905 by wealthy developer Abbot Kinney as an independent beach resort town, 14 miles west of Los Angeles.
In 1926, Venice merged with Los Angeles but is still known for its canals, beach and Ocean Front walk. The latter is a 2,5 mile (4km) long promenade that features performers, fortune tellers and vendors. There is also not shortage of interesting characters which make Venice of interest to any Street Photographer!
Unfortunately over the last few years the number of homeless people in the area have skyrocketed. It has been reported that at least 66.000 people are homeless in LA County.
Venice Beach is also known for its free sport facilities consisting of Paddle, Basketball and Handball courts as well as a large skate-park. Just behind Muscle beach, a body-builder workout area, I bumped into somebody playing football against a wall in a beautiful late afternoon light.
Using the XF50 f2 lens, I initially hadn’t noticed the graffiti on the wall saying LOVE. Moving just few steps back, I managed to get a better, more telling frame which can be seen below. I also quickly changed lenses to the XF23 f2 lens, but because of a distracting background, I do like the original images with the 50mm lens more. After finishing the sequence of images, I asked the person in the shot if he wanted to have a free copy of the images, but he surprisingly said no. There might have been a bit of language barrier or some fear of being charged afterwards.
- Fujifilm X-T3 with XF50 f2 lens
- ISO 160, 1/1250s, f5.6
- Used FujiWeekly Kodachrome II Film recipe
- Straight Out Of Camera (SOOC), no editing
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