Nearby: The James Johnston House in Half Moon Bay

by Scott Loftesness on August 17, 2014

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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