November 2013

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 “kit” lens – an 18-55mm Fujinon zoom.

Hope you enjoy these photos! If you’re interested in camera gear, I wrote an earlier article for InMenlo about this new camera – and I’ve also been collecting more of my images from this new X-E2 in this Flickr set. You can also follow more of my photography adventures on my personal blog at:

And, be sure you make a visit to Allied Arts during this holiday season! The merchants and artisans there will appreciate it!






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