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VSCO 02

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A day before my cousin and I shot a recent wedding together, we took a stroll in the neighborhood where he grew up, an area his immediate family still calls home. He’s been away from San Francisco for many years now, so coming back to his old ‘hood without ever seeing its slow transition from “somewhat ghetto everything” to “sustainable green local fancy vegan fair trade organic everything” made the walk an interesting experience, I’m sure.

As you can see, he had a chance to practice chasing Suki down the street while trying to photograph her. Not easy!

The folks over at VSCO recently released version two of their awesome film presets, which I used to process all of these photos. The new presets are the bomb, period. Love the look, love the customization. Love. Love. Love.

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Images: Canon 5D Mark III + 50mm f/1.2L

VSCO: Kodak Portra 160 VC +

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August 13, 2012 at 11:58 am

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

Day’s End: Mission District

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That part of the day when slivers of light from the setting sun pass through the city streets and graze the tops of buildings is always my favorite time to head out with a camera.

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All Images: Leica M9 + 28mm f/2 Summicron

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June 4, 2012 at 9:03 pm

The Golden Gate’s 75th Anniversary

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Olympus OMD E-M5 + Lumix G Vario  7-14mm f/4 at 13mm | 1.6 sec, f/5, ISO 200

This past Sunday marked the 75th anniversary of what is my opinion the most beautiful bridge in the world. After a long hike up the Marin Headlands in the afternoon, we settled down at an ideal spot to view the evening’s fireworks show. To stay light during the long hike, I left the dslr at home and brought along my smaller Olympus OM-D E-M5 to cover the event. The show was beyond amazing! I originally thought there’d be fireworks out over just the water with the bridge as a backdrop, but I had to pick my jaw back up off the floor when fire started shooting from the bridge itself.

On the drive home, I discovered that the OM-D has a pretty neat image overlay feature. I used it to cobble together some composite images in-camera, which you can output as JPEG or RAW files. It’s a great way to kick your fireworks photos up a notch:

Happy 75th, Golden Gate. I’ll never tire of photographing you!

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May 29, 2012 at 6:48 am

Yet Another Visit to Photobooth

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Fuji XPRO-1 +  35mm f/1.4 XF R | 1/50 sec, f/1.4 ISO 1250 

So, one of Bridget’s good friends invited us to go check out a private opening event for the San Francisco Fashion Film festival, which just happened to be at one of my favorite spots in the city: Photobooth! What better place to hang out and snap my first frames with the Fuji XPRO-1.


Fuji XPRO-1 +  35mm f/1.4 XF R | 1/50 sec, f/1.4 ISO 640 

The most fascinating place to be at Photobooth is right at the store’s centerpiece, the tintype portrait studio. I hover there with my camera, taking advantage of the ample exposure value from the modeling lights that falls upon many an interesting face. Chemical reactions on sheets of metal immortalize those faces. I never get tired of observing the process:

Bridget didn’t have her tintype taken this time around (she already has two), but posing her next to the pretty light emanating from the studio made for a pretty nice snap:


Fuji XPRO-1 +  35mm f/1.4 XF R | 1/50 sec, f/1.4 ISO 800 

All images shot with the Fuji XPRO-1 and 35mm f/1.4 Fujinon lens. In-camera processed JPEGs. The XPRO-1 is a-ma-zing. I’m not giving up my X100, but the XPRO is just as fun to use and the image quality is just phenomenal.

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April 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm

First Clicks With the Nikon D800

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  Nikon D800 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G | 6 sec, f/8, ISO 100

Bridget and I made a brief drive out to one of our favorite spots to view the Golden Gate after work tonight. Well, she drove. I was busy unboxing the D800 I received only a couple hours earlier. I set it up the best I could in the car, and as soon as we arrived, took a few frames of the bridge during dusk. Hoo boy does this thing bring on the pixels.

More impressions to come…

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March 26, 2012 at 9:40 pm