Archive of Scott Loftesness

Scott Loftesness has lived in Menlo Park for over 15 years and is a big fan of most things Menlo. By day, he’s a payments strategy consultant at Glenbrook Partners (on Alma St. across from the Menlo Park Caltrain station). Most days, he frequents Cafe Borrone for either breakfast or lunch – and works out down the block at Axis when he can. During their morning walks together, Scott learned a tremendous amount about photography from the late Chris Gulker– especially about the power of black and white! You can find Scott's personal blog at http://sjl.us and follow him on Twitter as @sjl.

Scott has written 135 article(s) for InMenlo.


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Photographer Jay Maisel tells us to “go out empty” when we walk out to make pictures. Last Saturday morning I did just that as I grabbed my camera on a morning of intermittent showers/rain and sunshine.

I was helping my spouse run an errand where I’d have an hour or so of downtime. I thought this would be a great opportunity to just take a walk downtown Menlo Park,  with nothing particular in mind other than enjoying a walk in the fresh air. I started out near El Camino and Oak Grove Avenue, heading west.

Along the way, a few things caught my eye, resulting in this collection of images. Not exactly street photography, this collection is more eclectic than that, but it was great fun to shoot and helped me enjoy the day. For me, a walk with camera in hand is almost therapeutic!

All of these images were cropped into a square format — Instagram-style. I opted to leave them in color rather than converting them to black and white. The images were shot with my Fujifilm X-E2 and the Fujinon 35mm/f2.0 prime lens.

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Photos by Scott Loftesness – © 2016

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San Francisco Streets – An Evolution in Personal Style

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My interest in photography was rekindled a number of years ago when I bought a Canon Digital SLR and a couple of lenses. That first DSLR was a Canon 30D and it served me well. As often happens with a new hobby, I went in “whole hog” – buying lots more gear along with taking […]

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Classic Color and Cars at the M-A Classic Car Show

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I stopped by the Classic Car Show held Saturday at Menlo-Atherton High School, an annual benefit event for the high school’s baseball teams. Lots of beautiful old cars (and drivers!) in attendance again this year. I snapped a handful of photos while taking a walk through the display – shooting with my Fujifilm X100T rangefinder camera […]

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A storyteller with a camera, Cuban photographer Raúl Cañibano’s works are on display locally

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Two years ago, I was fortunate to spend a week in Havana, Cuba as part of a photography-oriented people-to-people exchange. We spent seven wonderful days in the heart of Havana — Old Havana and Central Havana. The best part of my whole experience in Havana was watching and working with several great Cuban photographers who […]

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Nearby: The James Johnston House in Half Moon Bay

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Last weekend I participated in a two day photo workshop in Half Moon Bay led by fine art photographer Chris Honeysett. As it turns out, the first ever photo workshop I ever participated in was led by Chris back in 2009 – five years ago this month. For that workshop, we walked in San Francisco’s […]

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The Wheels of San Francisco

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I was in San Francisco recently doing some street photography with my friend Doug Kaye. Here are a couple of grab shots – one on rollerblades, the other on a skateboard. Both images shot with my Fujifilm X100S. For more images from the day, see my album on Flickr.

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“Capture the mood!” says photographer Michael Frye

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In street photography, it’s mostly about capturing gesture – along with great light and color. In landscape photography, things shift – there’s no “person of interest”, no gesture to catch our eye. So we need to try something different. Landscape photographer Michael Frye suggests we try to capture the mood of the place – a […]

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“Go for the gesture!” says photographer Jay Maisel

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I was very fortunate recently to participate in a week long photography workshop in New York City’s Nolita area taught by Jay Maisel. Maisel is a well known New York photographer – having done commercial work for many years before moving on to only shoot images for his own portfolio. His New York street photographs […]

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A Morning at Filoli

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I enjoy heading out for photography after the rains finish while there are still interesting clouds in the sky. Those clouds make for soft light – and, when partly cloudy, a mix of light and shadows. Saturday morning provided such an opportunity – and I headed for Filoli to see what I could find. I […]

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A few great memories from photography explorations in 2013

Looking back over a year is something many of us do at this holiday season. I’ve enjoyed looking back at 2013, as it appears in my Lightroom catalog of images captured over the year. I find it sort of amazing that Lightroom reports I’ve taken 7,697 images in 2013. Good grief! I recently put together a […]

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A Walk through Menlo Park’s Allied Arts with the new Fujifilm X-E2

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Yesterday’s article by Linda about Menlo Park’s Allied Arts reminded me about what a beautiful place it is. After running some errands yesterday afternoon, I stopped by Allied Arts for a walk through the grounds. I had my new Fujifilm X-E2 “mirrorless” camera with me – and captured a few images with it using the […]

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