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A Coastal Road Trip

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Road trips are the best. We just got back from our latest long drive, and this time we even brought Suki along. So. Much. Fun.

Though I brought the pack film shooter and the M3 along for the trip, I did a bulk of my vacation photography in digital this time around. Here, in reverse chronological order, is a series of photos I took during the course of my trip with the Fuji X100s. All color photos are out of camera JPEGs using the camera’s “standard” picture control setting. Black and whites are also processed by the camera using the its red filter mode.

The wife took the image above of me trying to do a Photosphere with my camera phone.

The beaches along the Oregon coast are breath taking. Early morning light falling on massive rock formations on the sand made for some interesting black and white photos. I felt like I was on a different planet at times:

We made sure Suki had her fair share of hikes and meet ups:

Well, those are my digital highlights. A couple rolls of 35mm are at the lab from the trip, so we’ll see how those turn out =)

All Images: Fuji X100s

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September 9, 2013 at 10:19 pm

The High Line

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Nearly two years ago I wrote a blog post about my visit to New York’s High Line elevated park. A tweaked version of that post just made it to print in the biannual publication CITYGREEN, appearing in the magazine’s 6th issue entitled Green Spaces For Sustainable Cities. Currently available in paperback only, a digital version of issue 6 will be available in a couple months. Here are a few highlights from my original blog post:

The folks at CITYGREEN were nice enough to shoot me a free copy of issue 6, and it looks great!




These shots of the paperback version represent just a portion of the 8-page spread that appears in the magazine, so check out the actual publication if you want to see the rest. CITYGREEN is loaded with a ton of cool articles about green spaces in urban environments around the world, so it’s a pretty good read. You can also check the blog post my article is based on here.

All the images I posted on the blog and in the CITYGREEN article were taken with my Fuji X100. Represent!

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February 15, 2013 at 8:53 am

The California Coast

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A few snaps from a trip up the California coast line. The morning always starts with an outing with the dog, this time at the beach. Really helps get Suki tired enough to relax in the car during the long drive.

The foggy coastal morning along with the shapes and textures on the beach seemed perfect for some black and white shooting. At this point, Lightroom 4 doesn’t support RAW files from the XPRO-1, so these images are all processed in-camera using either the red or green filtered black and white film simulation modes. Though I figured I’d probably switch over to color as the sun burned off the fog, I ended up staying in black and white for the rest of the trip:

Trips like this make me so glad I live by the coast =)

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

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May 15, 2012 at 11:33 am

Super Moon

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Nikon D800 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII | 1/2 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100

The moon passed awfully close to the Earth over the weekend, and we found ourselves over 200 miles north of home on a gig the night we saw it rise over the horizon, bigger and brighter than I’ve ever seen it before. As the sun set and the sky darkened, we quickly looked for a place to pull over and nab a few frames.

The problem, however, was that there was a beautiful sunset over a mountain range to the west, but the moon was rising to the east. At this point, the rock was all by itself in the sky and any shot of it lacked context, so I thought I’d cheat a little. I turned on the D800‘s double exposure mode, spot metered on the moon, took one exposure. Spun the camera around, flipped back to matrix, second exposure of the hills and sun setting sky. The camera combined the two, and the result was pretty cool. I’d love to do this over San Francisco next time…

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May 6, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Kyoto in Black and White

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I recently went over some of the images I took on what till this day I still consider to be my favorite photo walk ever.  Thinking about exploring the rain soaked streets of Kyoto on our most recent visit to Japan brings back some great memories of that beautiful city.

These photographs were originally processed in color, but I spent the night yesterday converting them into a simulation of Kodak Tri-X black and white film. VSCO rocks, y’all.

I miss this place.

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Images: Nikon D300s + Tokina 50-135mm f/2.8 | Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC

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November 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm

The East Village

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Fuji X100 | 1/300 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400 (view large)

Sunday morning in the East Village. I always advocate getting up as early as possible to start a photo walk. The light is beautiful in the morning, and the streets are a lot less busy, even in New York.


Fuji X100 | 1/250 sec, f/5, ISO 200


Fuji X100 | 1/75 sec, f/2, ISO 200

Bridget was tired, but supportive of our early morning walk. Thanks honey.


Fuji X100 | 1/300 sec, f/5, ISO 200


Fuji X100 | 1/400 sec, f/7.1, ISO 800


Fuji X100 |  1/1,000 sec, f/2, ISO 200


Fuji X100 | 1/280 sec, f/4.5, ISO 800

Bikes! There are bicycles everywhere in New York, and the East Village is certainly no exception. What I love is that they’re all beaters. Some are just left to rust and decay out in the street, making for great photographic subjects:


Fuji X100 | 1/600 sec, f/2, ISO 400


Fuji X100 | 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800


Fuji X100 | 1/750 sec, f/2, ISO 200


Fuji X100 | 1/600 sec, f/2, ISO 200


Fuji X100 |  1/1,000 sec, f/2, ISO 200


Fuji X100 | 1/600 sec, f/9, ISO 800

Now that is a cool little bike. Would have loved to have one of those when I was a kid.


Fuji X100 | 1/1,000 sec, f/2, ISO 200

There was a downside to getting here so early in the morning, however. The wife was really into seeing the little gardens located throughout the neighborhood. Most of them weren’t open until much later, however, so we had to admire them behind locked gates. Squeezed my lens through narrow bars to get these:


Fuji X100 |  1/340 sec, f/5, ISO 800


Fuji X100 | 1/750 sec, f/2, ISO 400


Fuji X100 |  1/900 sec, f/2, ISO 400


Fuji X100 | 1/180 sec, f/3.2, ISO 400


Fuji X100 | 1/950 sec, f/2, ISO 400

My cousin Josh came along. That’s an adapted 50mm f/1.4D Nikkor lens on an Olympus EPL-2 he’s holding. Really nice combo.


Fuji X100 | 1/200 sec, f/3.2, ISO 800


Fuji X100 | 1/300 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800


Fuji X100 | 1/450 sec, f/6.4, ISO 400


Fuji X100 | 1/200 sec, f/3.6, ISO 200


Fuji X100 | 1/300 sec, f/4.5, ISO 400

The light was great and the gardens were beautiful bla bla bla. You wanna know the real reason we came to this neighborhood? Coffee.

Abraço is a tiny coffee bar nestled in the East Village. When I say tiny, I mean it. You could drive right by and not even know it’s there, and once you’re inside, you could literally stand in one place and have arm’s-length access to the entire cafe. I’ve had enough just seeing pictures of the place on blogs like this one. I needed to try it myself!


Fuji X100 |  1/450 sec, f/6.4, ISO 800

The coziness factor of this shop makes for easy conversation over a cup of coffee and/or artisan pastry. Chatted with the locals, took pictures, just chilled out. No rush, it’s Sunday.


Fuji X100 | 1/1,200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800


Fuji X100 | 1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1250


Fuji X100 | 1/350 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400

Meet the cortado. Freshly extracted espresso with just the right amount of steamed milk and foam in my opinion. Not to be confused with a macchiato, it’s perhaps more similar to a cappuccino, but smaller. Enough milk to take the edge off the brew’s acidity while still kicking you in the pants with just the right amount of strength. The flavor was amazing, but it was the texture that was blowing my mind.


Fuji X100 | 1/125 sec, f/8, ISO 200

I’m normally a pretty slow coffee drinker, but I was going though this cortado like a crazy coffee-drunkard. I didn’t want the experience to end.

So I ordered a second one:

Below left is some kind of sparkly, honey-something or other,  I forget….bagh who cares, it’s all about the cortado. This stuff gives my local favorite espresso at Four Barrel a pretty good run for it’s money.


Fuji X100 | 1/210 sec, f/4, ISO 400

These are the kinds of experiences I like to have when I travel. Mingling with the locals, photographing neighborhoods apart from the tourist areas. Areas (and COFFEE) like this make me miss New York.

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All Images: Fuji X100, Provia Film Sim (JPEG output)

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September 21, 2011 at 10:52 am

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The Shiba-Blogger Meetup in New York

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Right after we walked the High Line in Manhattan last week, we headed to Brooklyn Heights to meet Shio and family. A handsome Shiba Inu for sure, though more shy than Suki:

Shio: “I’m not shy! I’m just too cool for you!”

Of course, Shio. My bad.

Shio wasn’t the only Shiba at the meetup. Here are Betsy and Kit, the famous Shibas featured on Gina’s Shibal Inu blog. Gina even hooked me up with one of her awesome tote bags. (pictured below)

I actually lived in Brooklyn Heights for a few years. The walk was pretty nostalgic for me. I got to see a lot of new city improvements to the neighborhood. The new parks along the pier are beautiful, as was our late afternoon stroll through town under the shadows of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.

Shio’s dad Josh (left), and my cousin, also named Josh (right). All three of us paw-parazzied our way through the Heights. The batteries in my X100 were running low from shooting the High Line  all morning, so I spent some time with my cousin’s Nikon D7000, which I used to take many of these images. Insanely good camera.

It was a hot day in New York. It wasn’t long before our double-coated furry friends started tiring. At times, Shio would just halt mid-walk and lay down. Had to carry him for a little:

…..and/or pamper him during his protests. Speaking of protests:

Shio: “No, humans! We MUST enter this here bakery!”

Shio: “Do you not want some freshly baked noms? Or A/C? What’s the matter with you people?!”

Don’t you just love Shiba smiles?

That’s one cool family right there. Make sure you check out Josh’s post about our meetup at the Shio Blog: Shio vs. Jonathan Fleming.

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Images:

Fuji X100
Nikon D7000 + Nikkor DX 35mm f/1.8G

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September 18, 2011 at 7:30 pm