Photography Explorations

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I recently traveled to Japan, visiting two of that countries great cities: Tokyo and Kyoto. As an avid street photographer, I was looking forward to hitting the streets with my usual camera gear — Fujifilm mirrorless cameras.

Over the last five years, I’ve been fortunate to visit many cities with this gear and have come to love the performance of the Fujifilm cameras for my street photography. So, I packed my gear, my shoulder photobag and headed for Japan.

A few weeks prior to my trip, I upgraded my iPhone to the new iPhone Xs Max, Apple’s latest large iPhone which includes several new photo features, including a new camera sensor and some new software which applies something called “computational photography” to the images.

While I was very happy with the camera capabilities of my prior iPhone, I’ve been really struck by the performance of the Xs Max’s camera system, so much so  that while I was in Japan I rarely took my “big camera” Fuji’s out of my camera bag. I shot almost everything using this new iPhone — it’s become my new favorite camera for street photography!

Editor’s note: Menlo Park resident Scott Loftesness is co-founder of InMenlo.

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Capturing the Blue Angels photographically over the San Francisco Bay

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InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most and his wife, Timi, journeyed up to San Francisco last Saturday to watch the U.S Navy Blue Angels execute their aerial maneuvers. The aerial team was here as part of Fleet Week. Robb and Timi’s viewing spot was along the Embarcadero near the Exploratorium. We enjoyed viewing the resulting photos, […]

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Portola Valley resident’s photo wins landscape category in Midpen’s photo contest

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Portola Valley resident Jack Lucas’s image of a sunrise taken at Windy Hill Open Space Preserve won the landscape category in the MidPeninsula Open Space District’s annual photo contest. Jack is a fairly new resident of Portola Valley, although he lived in Menlo Park before that and attended Menlo School. His interest in photography was […]

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Photographer Scott R. Kline explores how people are “facing time”

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Some time after turning 50, InMenlo contributing photographer Scott R. Kline became a bit obsessed about living a long life, at least to 100 if not longer. He read local author Dr. Walter Bortz’s books [We Live Too Short and Die Too Long; Dare to Be 100] and in the course of his work both editorially […]

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Shout out to Irene Searles, named by The Six Fifty as a photographer of note

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InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles was named among the “11 local Silicon Valley photographers you should follow on Instagram right now” by  The Six Fifty. Editor Charles Russo writes: “Menlo Park photographer Irene Searles regards her current Instagram series as a visual diary of her life in the last year, which has entailed traveling frequently and […]

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InMenlo co-founder Scott Loftesness participates in “A Soulful Image” photography workshop in Santa Fe

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InMenlo co-founder Scott Loftesness is also a serious amateur photographer, one who has participated in a number of photography workshops. Most recently he journeyed to Santa Fe, NM, for workshop titled A Soulful Image led by Christopher Michel. “There were about 14 of us in the workshop,” said Scott,” and most commented that it was […]

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Sunrises and sunsets photographed by Larry Calof is featured exhibit at Portola Art Gallery

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“Sunrise, Sunset,” a collection of photographic images of sunrises and sunsets — primarily around the West and Southwest — by Larry Calof of Atherton is the featured exhibit at the Portola Art Gallery in May. The exhibit features images printed on aluminum, as well as pieces printed on traditional archival paper. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, […]

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It’s a photo a day for InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles

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The third time is the charm for a project that InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles has tried to do two previous times — posting a photo every day on Facebook and Instagram. She began this year on January 1. “I also try to take a photo every day,” she says. “My rules are that they’re […]

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Matt Weil photographs the Bay Bridge from the same vantage point of 85 years ago

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It is a homecoming of sorts for civil engineer and serious amateur photographer Matt Weil whose photography show, “The Bay Bridge: An Engineer’s Perspective,” is on display at Cafe Borrone. Matt grew up in Menlo Park and would wander into Cafe Borrone walking home from Menlo-Atherton High School. “I remember seeing the different art on the […]

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M-A sophomore Lena Kalotihos reflects on last week’s student walkout in words and pictures

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We at InMenlo are big fans of photography and blessed to have such a great crew of contributing photographers. We also try to support emerging photographers, in particular, those attending local high schools. In that spirit, we showcase some reflections on last week’s student walkout that raised awareness about gun violence on school campuses from Menlo-Atherton […]

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Former Menlo Park policeman’s artwork is on display at Cafe Zoë

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Photographs by long-time friend of Menlo Park, Glenn Raggio, titled Images on Metal are on display at Cafe Zoë through the end of March. Glenn served for 15 years with the Menlo Park Police, where he was appreciated for his unique style of community policing as well as his regular newspaper column for the Almanac News, in […]

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