Old Analog Santa Monica Pier

This is a photo I took at Santa Monica Pier (see original below) and then re-worked to give an analog black and white vintage effect in TopazLabs.

Analog Pier by Vida Mike-Hope

Analog on the Pier by Mike-Hope

This is the original photo shot into the sun.


Original unprocessed photo

if you’d like to know more just let me know…

Thanks for taking a look.

Mike Hope


Sunny with Showers!!

I just posted this work on a Sunflower to Fineart America and thought you might like to take a look. It was shot during late afternoon as the sun was coming through the window. I used a background layer work and placed a wet layer image over the front to give the water drop effect from Smart Photo. Hope you like it!


Sunny with Showers  by Mike-Hope

Sunny with Showers by Mike-Hope


Thanks for taking a look…


Out and About with A7Rii…

Hi all,

Still getting to know the new Sony A7Rii and am loving it more and more… I was walking about the weekend before last, when it was a little windy, a took this photo of the Manhattan Pier with an old Canon FD 28mm lens on the A7Rii.


Manhattan Pier by Mike-Hope

I was using manual focus with focus assist and the built in stabilization, which is a fantastic advantage when using old lenses on the Sony body!! So far the depth of contrast and color from the Sony far exceeds anything else I have used. I am really looking forward to using some first class Zeiss lenses and think I will have to rent a couple for a weekend try out. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Thanks again for taking a look,

Mike Hope

New Images up on Behance


Under Hermosa Pier by Mike-Hope

Hi all,

Just wanted to let you know I have some new black and white images on Behance.net and thought you mike like to take a look and let me know what you think, as this is seems to be a good show case for the new Sony A7Rii pics that I have taken recently. I trying to keep them all B&W for the moment but will probably add some color as I go along. I have to say I still love the camera and haven’t bought a dedicated Sony lens yet. Still saving!!

The other side of Behance is the Adobe site MyPortfolio which comes bundled with the Adobe Cloud subscription.


Thanks for taking a look…


New FUJIFILM X-M1 Camera + Pricing

Hi all,

Hey, I just read that Fuji has come out with this retro camera, the all new FUJIFILM X-M1, 16M with interchangeable lenses and a 3.0 inch tiltable LCD!!! Real cute, and now a serious contender for the other mirrorless cameras out there. I have owned an X-20 and was really impressed with the build and quality. The things which did not hold up for me was the manual focus and pixel quality (12M pixels) apart from that when I review the pictures the color and general quality was great. I still miss it! Overall, l and can see myself trying out the new X-M1.  Perhaps Fuji will finally lure me away from Canon (Talking lens adapter here).

The Suggest Retail from Fuji is :

The FUJIFILM X-M1 (body only) will be available in black and silver in July 2013 for $699.95.

The FUJIFILM X-M1 and XC16-50mm (24-76mm) F3.5-5.6 OIS lens (kit) will be available in July 2013 for $799.95.

The FUJIFILM X-M1 (body only) will be available in brown in August 2013 for $699.95.


Here is the brief spec and you can check out more on the Fujifilm site 

  • The quality of a digital SLR in a compact body.
  • The large APS-C 16M “X-Trans CMOS” & “EXR PROCESSOR II” realize impressive color reproduction and high resolution.
  • Easy-to-use One Handed Operation & The 3.0-inch, 920K-dot Tilt LCD screen.
  • Be versatile with interchangeable lenses.
  • Wireless Image Transfer allows instant sharing via mobile devices.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Mike Hope

Fujifilm FUJIFILM X-M1 press release link