Jonathan Fleming's Blog

A Photography Blog

About Me

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www.jonathanflemingphotography.com

I was born and raised in San Francisco California, and I love making photographs.  I started taking pictures at a young age when my father bought me my first film camera. For some reason I lost interest in the craft as I got older, but one day I borrowed a digital SLR to take some pictures of my dog, and some photography-loving force inside me just switched on. I immediately went out and purchased my own camera and started revisiting photography again, and it’s been an exciting ride ever since! I’m still trying new things and expanding my portfolio, slowly but surely, and this blog is dedicated to that adventure.

See background on my “52 Weeks of Suki” project through a recent interview.

Check me out on flickr here.

…and become a fan of my facebook page!

I carry a camera wherever I go. Whether on vacation, shopping, out with friends, or walking the dog, I’m never without a camera!

My blog includes snaps from my everyday life, as well as gear reviews and photography tips. As far as reviews go, my opinions always stem from practical use of a given piece of gear. I don’t shoot test charts or brick walls, and I don’t throw up 100% crops.  I prefer to demonstrate how a camera, accessory, lens, or camera bag can be implemented in, you know, actual photography.  Enjoy, and thanks for visiting!

Written by Jonathan

July 31, 2009 at 7:31 pm

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  1. Hi,
    I saw a picture of the Ferry Building that caught my eye on flickr. I was wondering how much you charge for a high res version of the picture. Thanks.

    John

    John Du

    January 7, 2010 at 5:41 pm

  2. Hello Jonathan! I found you via a Google search on Tokina 11-16. I am about to upgrade to a D90 from a 5700 (which will be permanently set up for close-up work on my jewelry, etc.)

    I still have my primes from the 80s and although I would prefer a D300s or better yet, D700, funds are low. I feel that the lens quality is more important at this point. I will need a good flash, weather-proof cover, a couple of new filters. What filter do you use on your 11-16? I’ve read that polarizer filter is not good.

    Have enjoyed looking through your photos immensely!

    Chris

    Christine-Marie King

    January 21, 2010 at 3:38 am

    • Thank you so much for stopping by! The D90 is an excellent camera, and you can’t go wrong with the Tokina 11-16 either. It’s a solid, highly praised, high performing optic. I actually don’t use filters with this lens, but one day I’ll probably purchase a neutral density filter to get slower shutter speeds in bright light. A polarizing filter isn’t bad if you get a good quality one and if you use it for its intended purpose: to cut glare/reflections for instance.

      Hope this helps!

      Jonathan

      January 21, 2010 at 2:38 pm

  3. Jonathan,
    Your photos are incredible.
    I blogged a poem, about your dog.
    Is it alright to do so?
    If not, let me know.
    I will remove.
    sincere thanks, david

    david l bayard

    February 14, 2010 at 11:55 am

    • I’m Honored! Thanks for writing such a lovely poem. I think it tells Suki’s story very well!

      Jonathan

      February 15, 2010 at 9:59 pm

  4. Great site! Enjoyed your pics

    Kok-leong

    June 30, 2010 at 7:49 pm

  5. Hi Jonathan

    I stumbled onto your site looking for examples of photographs taken with a D300 and a Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 VC because I am thinking of purchasing that lens. I am thrilled to see your work. They are very inspirational. I really enjoy how you take the everyday things you do and creatively photograph that moment. I also enjoy reading your commentary how you set up and took the shot. Your are an artist and and a teacher. Thank you.

    Kerry Jung

    July 8, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    • Thanks for stopping buy and for your nice comments. I’m glad you found some helpful information here!

      Jonathan

      July 12, 2010 at 1:34 pm

  6. :) Love the pics of the ASL class and meeting
    (from Kissimmee FL ASL)

    Martha

    August 7, 2010 at 10:06 pm

  7. hi…
    Earlier this week, a friend of my office that sits right dsebelah me, using photos suki (suki’s-scraf) as her PC wallpaper.
    I am curious to find the photo,
    i glad that i found your blog and suki’s photo..
    i really love ur suki…^.^

    send my hug for her…

    best regards
    vinna

    vinna

    September 3, 2010 at 2:38 am

  8. Hey Jonathan .. I was just admiring your work.. WOW.. just to think we all used to meet up with the dominguez near Silver St in SF for service.. and I never knew you and Brigdette first off were an item and wow now Married.. wow congrats.. I think though Marianne told me you guys got married and I forgot.. sorry.. lol! Anywho! I would love to hire you to take pics the next time Im in the bay Area.. I will ask Marianne if she can contact you..But Wow Im a BIG FAN now.. lol! wonderful photos! Just wanted to let you know! Agape! Christina

    Christina Marquez

    September 15, 2010 at 11:14 am

    • Thanks Christina! Nice to hear from you! Let me know when you’re in town =)

      Jonathan

      September 16, 2010 at 4:14 pm

  9. Hi Jonathan,

    Just wanted to say that I came across your suki on flickr and have since made your page my homepage, just stunning images!! The use of available and artificial light is a real inspiration to me. I use a D70s and a 50mm 1.8 prime and get alright results but yours are a few steps above of my ability. I’d love to know more about your techniques.

    I would love for you to cast an eye over my flickr pets page and see what you think!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/petpicturesie/sets/72157623055004229/

    Can’t express enough how great your shots are!

    Best, Robin

    Robin

    September 15, 2010 at 11:40 am

    • Robin,

      Thanks for visiting my blog! I’m touched by your compliment. I love animal shots you have on your stream! Great work! Thanks again for dropping by. You can always shoot me an email if you need any advice =)

      Jonathan

      September 16, 2010 at 4:15 pm

  10. i’m lookin over gettin the 24-120 u’r review really knocked my out image quality fantastic, wot should i do?
    go for it or get the 24-70 f2.8 used? let me know and keep up with the great work!!!
    btw i’m american but livin in italy allmost pro, take alot of wedding’s and other stuff send u some stuff for a review. thanx and happy new years!!!
    carmine

    carmine marrano

    December 30, 2010 at 12:24 am

    • Carmine,

      That’s a tough choice because each has their advantages. Need VR? Want more focal length flexibility? Go for the 24-120. Have to have f/2.8 and a tank-like build? The 24-70 might be your answer. I am beyond satisfied with my 24-120, but that’s just me =)

      Jonathan

      December 30, 2010 at 10:18 am

      • thanx pal, i’ll let u know and send u some pics of wot i do over here, happy new years and hopin to come over in the states for the hamburger in ny
        carmine

        carmine marrano

        December 31, 2010 at 12:53 am

  11. Hi Jonathan,
    I stumbled upon your work on Flickr, and then found your Blog. Just wanted to say congratulations! You have great technical mastery and an amazing eye! It’s inspiring to see such unique, challenging work. I love that you were able to stick to your Suki project. I tried to do a ‘photo a day’ project in 2010, but ultimately just couldn’t keep up with the time commitment! I’ll definitely keep coming back to your site for inspiration this year. Stop by my san francisco wedding photography site and say hello!

    Sasha

    Sasha

    January 6, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    • Sasha,

      Thanks for the comment! Nice to find another San Francisco based photographer. Your wedding work is rock solid. Thanks again!

      Jonathan

      January 9, 2011 at 10:41 pm

  12. Jonathan,

    I live in Australia amd enjoyed reading your blog. I have a crop camera, a Fuji S3 Pro, which is basically a Nikon N80/D100 .. and takes Nikon lenses.

    I am interested in whether your views on the Tokina AT-X 535 PRO DX AF 50-135mm f/2.8 have changed or mellowed since you wrote your first review ?

    I want am equivalent to the 70-200 Nikon for my crop camera … but don’t want the size or expense of the Nikon 70-200. Any comments much appreciated.

    Oh yes, I shoot live shows – so dark concert/pubs/clubs … Cheers, john

    John Snelson

    January 9, 2011 at 4:34 am

    • John,

      There’s a special place in my heart for that Tokina. I own the 70-200 now, and the difference in size and weight is not subtle at all. The 535 served me very well on my cropped sensor camera. The only issue I have with the Tokina is its relatively slow auto focus. Consider it carefully against the Sigma 50-150, which features hypersonic focus and might do a little better for concert photography.

      Jonathan

      January 9, 2011 at 10:54 pm

  13. Hi.
    Thank you for your beautiful photos (especially SF and pretty Shiba!) as always. And also thank you for your time on the instagram. I’m Japanese, so I apologize for my English isn’t good.
    I went to SF with my husband on last October. We fell in love to SF at first sight. So we’re going to go there again this summer.
    My husband want to take photo of “foggy G.G.bridge”.

    I’d like to ask you, if you don’t mind. Could you give me some information about the best season and the best position?
    Thanks in advance :)

    chw_nao

    March 1, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    • You found my blog! Nice to meet you outside of Instagram. For shots of the bridge with fog, usually autumn is a good season out here in San Francisco. However, you can catch fog in the summer too. Sometimes on particularly hot days, the fog will roll in during sunset or very early in the morning. The Marin Headlands are a great place to take photos from above the bridge with San Francisco in the background. Another good vantage point is Fort Point. Before you trip, feel free to email me and I can provide you with more information if you like. Thanks for visiting my blog!

      Jonathan

      March 2, 2011 at 9:06 am

  14. Hi,
    I found your flickr searching for shiba pictures…what a surprise to find another Suki on the web… http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=64364&id=601471327&l=1a3c2ff4c8
    We have too a female named Suki…
    See you,

    Dubois

    March 8, 2011 at 1:42 am

  15. great blog you have. ur a great photographer!!! cant wait to look around!

    eva626

    March 30, 2011 at 3:01 pm

  16. Caught you on Freshly Pressed (Congrats!) and love your images!

    windwein

    April 29, 2011 at 6:40 pm

  17. No photographer, I, but I find your blog most compelling. I’ve been here visiting for the last twenty minutes or so, a most enjoyable Saturday morning pastime. Your page design, as well as your work, reveal you to be a true artist. Curiously, I also find myself with a sudden interest in shiba inu’s! Your page is but the latest gift from WP FP. Congratulations and thx for allowing me to visit. Say “hi” to The City for me.

    thegradualday

    April 30, 2011 at 7:28 am

  18. hai jonathan. im from indonesia. maybe u never heard the country before. Well , i love ur photo , its simple but it stunning . great job. Love the atmosphere of ur works . anyway , right now u are one of my top fave photographer. i do have a wordpress http://www.anathalyst.wordpress.com. come see if u not busy. keep up the good work. u inspire me to do a better work. tebby wibowo.

  19. You have the best portfolio I have ever seen, believe me! By ‘best’, I also include the taste and quality.

    Josh Layson

    May 8, 2011 at 6:38 am

  20. Your pictures are amazing!

    beckyyk

    July 14, 2011 at 7:51 am

  21. you can do it :) nice pics
    loves greet out germany

    Anika :D

    anipics

    July 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm

  22. Nice pics. I posted your 52 weeks on my facebook wall. Thanks for your review of Olympus PL2. I’m upgrading from a nice Panasonic P&S (which itself was an upgrade from a smaller Canon P&S). Can’t believe I’ll soon be back with Olympus. Had an Olympus OM-1 back in the early 1970s. Btw, have you had any trouble focusing with the Panasonic 20mm? I’ll probably get one of those too.

    Donna Trussell

    July 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    • Thank you! The panasonic 20mm is my go to lens for the EPL2. Never have focus issues with it and am very pleased with the performance.

      Jonathan

      July 19, 2011 at 7:48 pm

  23. Hi,
    Your photo is amazing! I like how clean and clear of it.
    I randomly found this on my friend’s fb and randomly found a review on Tamron 17-50.
    I was researching about this lens and other lens before but thanks to your review, I think I’ll go for Tamron 17-50 then.
    Also by seeing your image, it make me want to walk slower and enjoy this city more!

    Toy

    August 2, 2011 at 4:14 pm

  24. Great site! Your flickr link above to ‘like’ your Facebook page seems to be broken.

    Thanks for the tips – any chance you will tackle party photography with the x100 since it is missing rear curtain.. would be interesting :)

    Edward

    August 6, 2011 at 9:00 am

    • That’s funny, the links work fine for me. As far as rear curtain on the X100: I haven’t found myself wishing for it. The way it balances ambient with the built in flash is already fantastic. Thanks for the comment!

      Jonathan

      August 6, 2011 at 10:03 am

      • Interesting.. I wonder what’s happening on my side. I do think the fuji flash isn’t ‘bad’ but I still seem to wind up getting a fair bit of spotlight syndrome. I wonder what I’m doing wrong.

        Well – again, thanks for the site – good stuff!

        Edward

        August 6, 2011 at 11:56 am

  25. Hi Jon,
    Good day mate, Your photo’s is simply amazing, i actuallly followed your blog and also mansurovs to get the 24-120f4 lens, i was actually going to buy the 24-70, i really don’t like the weight and the focal length, finally got my 24-120f4 VRII , no regrets mate, simply superb sharp even at f4 :-)

    anyway, i really follow your blog, suki’s pictures are simply awesome too…great work man, cheers!:-)

    Haridra-Image Photography

    August 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    • Thanks for visiting! Glad you’re enjoying your new lens =)

      Jonathan

      August 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm

  26. Hi Jonathan. I’ve been following your work for a long time, but never commented anything on your blog, not sure why. I’ll do better! Totally love your work, and your dog of course, I’m thinking about getting Shiba or Akita next summer. :) Did you see the movie about Hachiko? Saddest movie ever! BTW, do you use split toning? I would love to see some before/after shots and your processing workflow!

    Cheers, Filip

    Filip Farag

    September 1, 2011 at 10:54 am

    • Thanks for stopping by Filip. I very rarely do split toning in fact. Maybe I’ll do a post or two on my post-processing workflow, thanks for the suggestion. Believe it or not, I have yet to see Hachiko. I do notice that they used Shibas to portray him as a puppy though. Very cool! =)

      Jonathan

      September 2, 2011 at 7:33 am

  27. Love your site Jonathan, my son in Scotland introduced me to it & I’m now a regular visitor. He bought the Think Tank Retrospective 5 bag after reading your review & loves it, I think I’ll be getting one too ! Keep up the good writing and great pictures, all the best from the UK.

    Gerry Marchant

    September 20, 2011 at 11:33 pm

  28. wonderful photos.
    more power on photography

    ( ”,)

    Sakura Yuki

    September 25, 2011 at 9:26 pm

  29. I found your blog by looking at the “most interesting” photos on the flickr 11-16 group, and I must say I’m really impressed! The photos of your dog look especially professional and your idea for the 52 week project was really creative. You should do commercial photography for Softbank ;)
    I subscribed so I’ll be checking back often. Keep up the good work, and all the best from Portland.

    Eric Franz

    October 21, 2011 at 8:32 am

  30. Hi Jonathan,
    What about your Fuji X100 camera?
    I very like your photos by this camera.
    I am also the owner of X100 and I love this camera.
    Regards from Russia.

    Maksim

    January 11, 2012 at 9:11 am

  31. Hi Jonathan,

    You’re blog is awesome and the shots are superb! I also have a Fuji x100, and can’t say anything bad about it.

    When I saw your approval of the Nikon V1, I thought that it would be perfect for my dad, who was looking for a portable, speedy camera. Anyway, he ended up getting one and really enjoys it, however it tends to freeze occationally during powering on or off. Have you expericed this issue with your Nikon V1?

    Thanks
    Kyle

    Kyle

    January 11, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    • Kyle, I have not experienced any freezing during powering on or off. The camera takes longer than I’d like to wake from sleep mode, but other than that I don’t have any issues.

      Jonathan

      January 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm

  32. Hi Jonathan! I actually stumbled upon your blog while looking for reviews of the Nikon 24-120 f4. Great review, but I’m especially impressed with how you tie together all aspects of who you are through social media. I’m just getting started moving from occasional photography sales to producing an overall “brand”, but I have a long way to go!
    Jim Sack

    jamessack

    January 26, 2012 at 7:11 am

    • Jim, thanks for stopping by. Wish you the best with your journey into photography!

      Jonathan

      January 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm

  33. Hello Jonathan ,

    Glad I found your blog very informative.

    I am looking at the 24-120vr4 also over the 24/70 mm 2.8. Your images are impressive of the wedding of the friends or your friends rather. I shoot with D700 and have Sigma 50mm 1.4, Sigma 85mm 1.4 and a Nikon 80/200mm 2.8. The savings over the 24/70mm would allow me to purchase a Nikon 60mm 2.8 micro.

    Think Tank 5 is on my to get list also. Keep up the great photography work and always have “plenty to do in the ……………………….”

    Larry M. Jones

    March 19, 2012 at 6:08 pm

  34. Great photos. I came across your blog on the wordpress recommended list. Love the wonderful attitiude you transmit – not only through your photos but also with the words that go with the images. Well done and thank you for sharing.

    pariou

    June 11, 2012 at 11:09 am

  35. Hi Jonathan,
    Love your work! I recently came across an Olympus OM-2 with a 50mm 1.8 lens at a thrift store. It’s in great working condition so I took a gamble and purchased it. I’m really excited to use it but it’s been forever since I’ve used film. When you post your photos you shot with film, do you get them developed on to a CD or scan them from prints? They are wonderful. I’m inspired to start using my new piece of equipment. I love that film is coming back! :)

    Sarah Beirne

    July 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    • Thanks for the comment! I usually have my film scanned to a CD by my lab and printed as well. Always helps to have both :)

      Jonathan

      July 7, 2012 at 10:55 pm

  36. What a beautiful blog! Love love LOVE the shiba inu sections. Are you guys part of the Bay Area Shiba Inu meetup group by any chance? we have over 200 members and would love to meet Suki!

    cynthia huang

    October 23, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    • Hi Cynthia. Thanks for the comment! I think we’ve been to a meetup before actually! I’ll check your meetup page and sign up if I haven’t already =)

      Jonathan

      October 23, 2012 at 4:53 pm

  37. Thank you so much for nice photos,I lived in San Francisco,Ca about 7 years one of the best city in USA

    rimassolosailingaroundtheworldm

    January 13, 2013 at 9:21 pm

  38. Such good photography you got going on!
    I´m following…
    http://www.bjorntorngren.com

    Björn Törngren

    June 15, 2013 at 8:10 am

  39. I’m a huge fan of your Blog sir!… I can actually relate with the fact that I disregarded photography for so long but one day I woke up reconciled with my first love again. BTW your shots are all as great. I love camping out here and just look at your pictures. Stunning photography at its finest!..Good Job! Sir :-)

    Mel Madriaga

    November 10, 2013 at 4:50 pm

  40. Wow amazing work! You have a beautiful blog with awesome photos! Really inspires us to take more photos and videos :) Suki is very cute :D

    Toza and Anita

    May 27, 2014 at 3:45 am


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