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Metric

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Metric at the Great American Music Hall. Need I say more? My x100 was actually taken from me during the show. They said it was “too professional looking.” So I whipped out the XPRO-1 to take some shots of Emily and crew, and somehow I got away with that. Hmph!

Metric rocks!

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All Images: Fuji XPRO-1 + 35mm f/1.4 XF R and 18mm f/2 XF R

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June 19, 2012 at 11:36 pm

Jenny At Cafe Du Nord

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The incredibly talented Jenny Lewis played this weekend with the Watson Twins, Johnathan Rice, Farmer Dave, and Nik Freitas at the Swedish American Hall in Cafe du Nord here in San Francisco. It was Jenny at her best, and this show was probably one of my favorites ever, right up there with the concert she did at the House of Blues. Front row seats are awesome for taking a few photos and grabbing one of the set lists at the end of the show.

Just a word on the Fuji XPRO-1. This thing has some staggering low-light performance. Just give the AF something contrasty to lock on to, and the camera returns some amazing files! :)

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All Images: Fuji XPRO-1 + 35mm f/1.4 XF R and 18mm f/2 XF R
Out of camera files using the XPRO’s B&W film simulation (green filter)

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June 18, 2012 at 1:50 pm

A Girl in a Tree – Priscilla Ahn at Slim’s

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Fuji X100 | 1/60 sec, f/2, ISO 1600

Even though I’ve been listening to her music for a long time, I’ve never actually had a chance to hear Priscilla Ahn sing live. So I was pretty stoked when family treated us to tickets to see her at Slim’s in SF last night.


Fuji X100 | 1/60 sec, f/2, ISO 2500

We pretty easily got a spot right in front. Yessss.


Fuji X100 | 1/60 sec, f/2, ISO 2500


Fuji X100 | 1/40 sec, f/2, ISO 3200

Her performance was phenomenal. I always thought her voice was awesome just from listening to her albums, but hearing her live brought me into a whole new understanding of the incredibleness of her instrument. Her singing has got to be one of the most special, beautiful sounds I’ve heard in my entire life.

And she totally rocked out on that kazoo. =P


Fuji X100 | 1/40 sec, f/2, ISO 3200

My little Fuji did great here with its silent leaf shutter. This wasn’t exactly a rock concert, so I know the loud shutter slap of my DSLR would have been a distraction. High ISO performance continues to impress as well.


Fuji X100 | 1/60 sec, f/2, ISO 1600

Hope she comes to see us in San Francisco again! Check her out:

www.priscillaahn.com

Her blog is pretty cool too.

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December 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Two Feet From Jenny

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Nikon D700 + Nikkor AFS 50mm f1.4G : 1/250 sec, f/2.2, ISO 3200

We always make sure to get a front row spot when we check out Jenny Lewis in concert (see past posts about Jenny here), but this recent show in the SF Bay Area the absolute closest I’ve ever been to her on stage. She could have swung that fret board around and smacked me in the face!

As always, I try to keep the gear minimal at shows like this. My DSLR with one 50mm prime, and the E-PL2 in my pocket just in case the venue gives me a hard time for having a “professional camera.”


Nikon D700 + Nikkor AFS 50mm f1.4G : 1/80 sec, f/2, ISO 4000

Taken at 50mm on a full frame body, you KNOW this was close!

Would have loved to have the 24mm f/1.4 with me to get more context and to achieve some different looks, but I left it at home. That’s ok. Depending on the lighting, which was changing constantly, all you could see behind the performers from my vantage point was a lot of f/0, ISO kabillion.


In typical Jenny and Johnny fashion, though, the performers moved around the stage enough to let me vary my shots a little.

A very cool show, as always!

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Nikon D700 + 50mm f/1.4G
Olympus PEN E-PL2 + Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 (used only for that shot of the “Jenny Keys” plug…hah.)

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June 2, 2011 at 9:55 am