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 and follow him on Twitter as @sjl.

Scott has written 131 article(s) for InMenlo.

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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 North Beach and Chinatown/Embarcadero neighborhoods.

For last weekend’s workshop, we spent Saturday photographing the interior of the “White House of Half Moon Bay” – the James Johnston House. I’ve taken many photographs of the exterior of this house – but had never had an opportunity to explore it inside. As it turns out, it’s ideal for photography – with many small details and lots of exterior windows that provide really lovely natural lighting inside. We were there on a typically foggy August morning in Half Moon Bay – which made the light even better for our photographic explorations!

I was shooting mostly with my Fujifilm X-T1 “mirrorless” camera equipped with the Fujifilm 18-135mm Zoom Lens. This camera offers superb low light performance – and the range of the zoom on the lens made composition of images a delight.

Here’s are two examples from inside the house:

Dessert - James Johnson House - 2014

Homespun - James Johnston House - 2014

A friend on mine who saw these images said they’d make great jigsaw puzzles – and maybe she’s right!

You can see more of my Johnston house photos in this Flickr gallery or in this set I put together on

On Sunday, the second day of the workshop, we explored the beautiful grove of cypress trees at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve as well as Princeton Harbor.

This InMenlo post was authored by Scott Loftesness.

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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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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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