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


Just for Fun!!

I was at the Brit Week  stands on Third Street Prom last weekend and had a blast!! The new Jaguar F-Type was on display and being a Brit couldn’t resist taking a closer look…

Having a ride in the new F-Type

Having a ride in the new F-Type


I didn’t actually go anywhere just blurred the background a bit in Photoshop and imagined I was driving up Pacific Coast Highway!! Jaguar is now owned by Tata Motors of India and it didn’t quite have the feel or finesse of the old Jags. It’s a shame to see all the old and famous names migrate across the oceans but that’s progress I suppose!! The starting price isn’t too bad and you can drive one off for 69 grand plus tax. No extras of course!!

Thanks again for taking a look…

Mike Hope

Santa Monica Parking

Hi all,

Hope you are having fun this weekend!! We went over to the Brit Week on Third Street Promanade in Santa Monica on Saturday. It was a lot of fun, then Third Street is always a lot of fun, with the activity and street performers, you can’t help having a good time! I shot a few photos and hopefully will upload some more soon. This one I shot on the way back to the car and just thought it was pretty funky!! What do you think?

Santa Monica Parking by Mike Hope

Santa Monica Parking by Mike Hope

Hope you like it!!

Mike Hope

Artworks for the Cure 2013

Blown Away!! That is all I can say!! A fantastic ride through what was some amazing art.  A whole hanger full of talant and something you do not see everyday. The vibrance, energy and creativity just jumped off the walls!! I am so glad i didn’t miss this. All of the artists had such unique stories and most stopped me in my tracks!! I took very few photos as my Canon EOS-M battery died suddenly!! can’t believe I didn’t have a spare… anyway, I will try to feature some of the art and link to the artist sites. One of the many great artists featured was Lluis Barba. There were several of her marvelous works on show and my photos below just doesn’t do them justice. These are magnificent works that captured us and took us into the art itself!!  Check out Lluis Barba at Cynthia Corbett’s Gallery @ Cynthia Corbett.com

Lluis Barba Artist

Lluis Barba Artist

Here are a couple of quick pics i took while inside the exhibit…

Girl writing on wall - Mike Hope

Girl writing on the wall

From Artworks for the Cure exhibit

From Artworks for the Cure exhibit

Artworks for the Cure exhibit

Girl takes photo of backdrop

Inside the exhibit

Tom Leighton was another that stopped us in our tracks and had me mezmarised!! Here is one I had to capture on the cell phone camera as my Canon battery had expired. This is one of the excellent works by Tom Leighton  

Tom Leighton phone pic mike Hope

Tom Leighton

Check out the artists and galleries @ Artworks2013


If you are in the Santa Monica area this coming weekend you might want to check out this benefit art exhibition. Promises to be pretty interesting and includes street art from around the globe. Take a different slant on things for a very worthy cause. Head over to…

The Barker Hangar
Santa Monica Air Center at Santa Monica Airport
3021 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405 



Street Art from Around the Globe * Surf/Skate/Snowboard Art * Knockout Display of Low-Rider Cars * Photo Exhibit of Graffiti Art from the Berlin Wall * Rock Photography * 3-D Chalk Art
Check out the link for tickets and details:


…see you there!!

Mike Hope