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 127 article(s) for InMenlo.


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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 brought along my Fujifilm X-E2, one of the new breed of smaller “mirrorless” cameras that I’ve really been enjoying. It has a unique APS-C sized sensor that, in conjunction with Fuji’s focus on colors, provide some very pretty images. One of my favorite lenses for this kind of outdoor work with the X-E2 is the 14mm f/2.8 lens. It’s the equivalent of a 21mm lens on a standard DSLR – and captures a wide angle of view.

Below are some of the images from my morning walk at Filoli. The last one, of the olive trees outside the Visitor Center, evoked a moody sun/shadow feeling – so I processed it that way in black and white with a bit of platinum toning to enhance the moodiness. A few more images from Filoli are in this set of mine on Flickr.

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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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Photo Explorations with the new Fujifilm X-E2 Camera

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For the last several years, I’ve enjoyed photography using a lot of Canon gear – both the point and shoot PowerShot family as well as Canon’s “prosumer” line of digital SLR’s. My Canon 5D Mark II has served me very well – a great camera body and the Canon lenses are top notch in terms […]

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More Menlo Park Halloween Hoopla 2013 Photos!

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Ryan Cole, a junior at Menlo-Atherton High School, submitted several more great photos he took at today’s Menlo Park Halloween Parade. Enjoy!

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Menlo Park’s Halloween Hoopla Parade 2013

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We were on hand for the start of Menlo Park’s annual Halloween Parade this morning. Here are a few photos I captured with my Fujifilm X100S near the beginning of parade route down Santa Cruz Avenue.

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Caltrain’s 150th Anniversary Celebration at Menlo Park

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We stopped by today’s celebration of Caltrain’s 150th Anniversary at the Menlo Park Caltrain station. It was a wonderful family event – lots to see and enjoy. Here are some photos of today’s celebration!

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Riding with the Ford Model A’s along the streets of Atherton

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InMenlo reader Doug Andserson tipped us off to a Ford Model A “roundup” yesterday afternoon, and we were able to stop by to get a few shots of these cars and drivers as they headed out on an annual drive from Atherton down to Los Altos for an ice cream social. The drive was organized […]

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Explorations in Photography

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In earlier posts on InMenlo, I’ve shared some of my explorations in photography – around Menlo Park and, sometimes, elsewhere. I’m hoping that this post represents perhaps the first in a new series where the focus is on sharing the most interesting new things I’ve discovered related to my explorations as a Menlo Park-based fine […]

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That Camperdown Elm at Filoli

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Do you have a favorite tree? Perhaps one in your backyard – or a neighbor’s yard just down the street? Or a favorite oak tree somewhere in Menlo Park or Atherton? I’ve got mine – at least one of my favorites. It’s a Camperdown Elm at the end of the Bowling Green adjacent to the […]

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Bring out the barbeque for Memorial Day good eats

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Hard to believe we’re into Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer! It’s a perfect weekend for firing up the BBQ and doing some grilling. Here are a three recipes to tempt your appetite: Summertime Tri-Tip on the Weber BBQ – One of my all-time favorites. Tri-tip is perfect for BBQ’ing over charcoal […]

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