Today I offer you a quick visit of the beautiful city of Santa Barbara through a Takumar SMC 50mm f/1.4 lens.
My friend Baptiste lent me his old-school lens which I tried a for a full day. I think I never really used a manual focus lens for a whole day but I challenged myself and even if pictures aren't all very sharp, it brings some charm!
Have you ever been to Santa Barbara? If not, you should.
I fell in love with this city, I think I never felt summertime like this since my childhood... And it was only March!
The lens brought a natural yellowish effect to the photo but the quality is pretty remarkable even many shots I've taken are under or over exposed.
This is a E Cabrillo Blvd view from the shore:
Santa Barbara reminded me a lot Cannes with its huge palmtrees (which are way taller here!).
The first squared photo was the pier, here's a wider view:
I believe this city is plenty of skaters, surfers and board sports addicts! Seriously, which city could pretend having a skate-park right by the sea aside from Venice?
I remember I very secretly took this photo of this tramp who was drifting around...
Or this couple who was staring at me wondering what could I possibly shoot at haha!
Floating in the Pacific Ocean air, the US flag has always caught my attention.
I believe it's forbidden to fish because of the birds which would become invasive.
Back on the land, I'd like to introduce you State St, the main street of Santa Barbara:
The following one is a bit blur as it's the very first photo I've taken with the lens:
I shot some other streets when my eyes caught an attracting light or composition:
On this photo, you can see it right: there are plenty big trees which I really like because it's not only a palmtree city. The greenery is very present and it's much appreciated!
The finally: I saw this unclean car window and I tried to grab the light through it but it turned to be a little bit burnt:
When I was taking these pictures, I stricly had no idea I would someday publish them on my portfolio. I was at first a bit reluctant about them because of the yellowish effect of the lens but after a while, I found a matching editing process that would enhance the picture content and here we go!
If you really liked a picture, many, or all, drop me a message if you would like to purchase a print or such.
Updated on May 13th, 2013 | Top