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 130 article(s) for InMenlo.


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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Looking at Hawaii in Monochrome

When we think of photos taken in Hawaii, those colorful picture postcard-like images are what usually come to mind. On a recent vacation visit to the big island of Hawaii, I veered off in a different direction – looking for opportunities to portray the island in monochrome. These images were all shot using a Nikon […]

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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Yesterday, I headed up from Menlo Park to San Francisco to shoot some photos at San Francisco’s annual Saint Patrick’s Day parade. San Francisco goes all out for this parade every year – but, not being Irish, I hadn’t ever tried to see it up close. Turns out I had a great time. I got […]

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Saturday Stroll on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park

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I took a stroll on Santa Cruz Avenue this morning, camera in hand. I was trying out a bit of black and white “street photography” in downtown Menlo Park. If you’re interested in street photography, let us know – we could put together a local photo walk to share some more street photography techniques! Hope […]

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Spotted: Camperdown Elm at Filoli

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I visited Filoli for this first time this year and captured this shot of a Camperdown Elm in beautiful soft light across the lawn. The image was taken with a Nikon D600 handheld. Click here to see a larger version of the image.

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Casting a photographic lens into the heart of Havana

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In late January, I was very fortunate to be able to participate in a week long people-to-people cultural exchange to Havana, Cuba led by a team from Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. My good friend and photo buddy Doug Kaye had been suggesting we try to get to Cuba in 2013 — and, thanks to Doug, we […]

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You’re invited to ride the rails in Menlo Park at West Bay Model RR at two upcoming holiday shows

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Did you know that here are a couple of other railroads in Menlo Park — other than Caltrain. One, in West Menlo, is a private “live steam” layout. Another is a real Menlo Park treasure – the West Bay Model Railroad Association. Located in the old Southern Pacific freight building just south of the Menlo Park […]

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Spotted: Cafe Borrone on foggy Tuesday morning

Fun, foggy Tuesday morning at Cafe Borrone. Taken with iPhone 5, processed using Painteresque on iPhone.

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Capturing the Fall colors of the Eastern Sierras during a photo workshop

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Last weekend, my photo buddy Doug Kaye and I along with 10 other photographers attended a Fall colors photography workshop based out of Lee Vining, California. The workshop, Eastern Sierra Fall Color: Composition and Creativity Among the Aspens, was led by landscape photographer Michael Frye along with Mike Osborne. The timing couldn’t have been better […]

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