San Diego’s Belmont Park Barrels of fun

Belmont Park — Barrels of fun near the ocean

Belmont Park in San Diego allowed Meg and me to watch and took photos as the young and young at heart enjoyed the rides, flying hide and upside down, screaming with glee, at the Belmont Park amusement center opened first in 1925. It closed for a few years, beginning in 1976, and then reopened in 1990. The park contains all the typical attractions. All images captured with Fujifilm X Pro\1, with the 35mm lens, which after the math, functions as a typical 53mm lens (camera does not have a full-frame sensor.) But it takes sharp, wonderfully rendered photos, and in this quick action setting, captures and stops breathless emotions.

Wonderful characteristic

This camera looks and functions like a Leica M6. It is not a single lens reflex, meaning you can see what the camera and lens capture through a separate viewfinder. If someone blicks, you can see it, allowing you to shoot again to get the expression you want.

And it’s fast

Except for the card reading functions, which seems to go on and on and on…

About Jim

Smart developed an interest in photography some 50 years ago when he took a high school course and made a pinhole camera, shot with a Speed Graflex, and took surfing photographs in Hermosa Beach with a 35mm Pentax. Since then he has traveled throughout the western United States and used Leicas, Hasselblads (film and digital), a Mamiya 7 medium format film camera and owned or used most of Canon cameras made since the 1970’s. Some images to be on display at Art for Heaven’s sake were taken in the Mojave National Preserve where Smart recently was an artist in residence. He has had about half a dozen shows in Santa Ana and Hollywood and at the 29 Palms City Hall. Smart teaches university courses in Communication Studies and English, including basic and college-level English courses, journalism and journalistic photography, writing for the media and PR, public speaking, interpersonal communications, rhetoric, the reporting of public affairs and investigative journalism. He currently serves as the advisor to the CSUSB university student newspaper, teaching editors journalistic procedures, photography, editing, and headline writing. He also conducts seminars for public relations officials and foreign public information/press officials, provides counsel for executives and public officials regarding public relations issues and challenges. He has managed a media relation’s staff and department and worked for nearly 20 years as the head of media relations for the LACMTA and one of its predecessor agencies, managing a staff of professionals during construction of the first phases of the modern Los Angeles rail system. Smart also has worked as a daily newspaper reporter, a deputy Los Angeles County probation officer and has written articles on photography published by He also has written on transportation. In addition, Smart teaches basic photographic workshops, focusing on skills of proper exposure, elimination of camera shake, composition, focal length, and the maximization of proper shutter speed to achieve quality images. He has instructed small groups on location in lens selection and basic composition and provided instruction in CS5 Photoshop workflow. He works also as a fine art and portrait photographer, operating independent business. He owns and uses medium format, and 35-mm digital cameras. He maintains an online photography website featuring fine art and other images. You can see his work at: You can reach him at: 760-366-0243 or (cell) 760-401-2166