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A Shiba’s Life

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Life is pretty good for this Shiba Inu. The day begins on whatever soft surface she decides to sleep on through the night.

“Please don’t bug me with that camera.”

Next is usually some dog-centric outing, like a run along the beach:

In return, she has to tolerate her photo-geek dad chasing her around with cameras and lights. I think she gave me as much attitude as she could in the photo below. Can’t you see it on her face?

And of course, the day always ends where it began:

Yup, a good life for a Shiba.

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Images: Nikon D700 | Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G AFS

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November 27, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Josh and Vanessa

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My entire family took a day off last week to go on a little day trip with my cousin Josh and his new fiance Vanessa. Josh popped the question last weekend, and I gotta say, I haven’t seen him this happy since…..ever!

Anyone who knows me and Josh well knows that we’re not just cousins. I think of him as my brother, and really, the second best buddy I have on earth (the first being my wife, of course). He’s lived in New York for the last five years now, and his fiance is from Colombia. Since we’re all so far apart, this past weekend was actually the first time I had a chance to meet Vanessa in person.

Josh and I have always shared similar interests, photography being the latest endeavor that we both have really embraced in the last few years. In a very short amount of time, Josh himself has built up an extensive photographic portfolio, and he has become an outstanding portrait and wedding photographer in his own right.

He and Vanessa didn’t have any specific plans for engagement photos in mind, but I did bring the camera along during this day trip with our family. Every now and then we’d stop to take a few frames, and I picked just a few of them to display on the blog.

It’s not every day you get to do a shoot for a fellow photographer, but I must say, Josh’s extensive experience behind the camera made my job a whole lot easier than I imagined. We put our heads together and collaborated throughout the day, which is cool because you never seem to run out of ideas.

These two hadn’t seen each other in months. Can you tell they’re happy to be together?

They spent a couple more days in New York together after leaving San Francisco, and then parted ways once again as Vanessa returned to Colombia. Now it’s time to ramp up for the wedding that I’m totally not shooting, because I’ll be in it =)

Congrats Josh and Vanessa. Love you both.

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Images: Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 | Nikkor 50mm f/1.4

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October 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Morning Fog over the Golden Gate

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Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G AFS (view large)

Warm, clear days are often followed by mornings with low fog along the coast here in San Francisco. Yesterday was particularly warm and clear, so the wife and I woke up extra early to spend today’s sunrise together in the Marin Headlands, hoping to take a nice shot of the Golden Gate Bridge with low fog.

We’ve made a couple of trips out here before work in the last few months, but have always been met with an overwhelming amount of fog on arrival. On our last attempt, we almost hit a deer as we drove through fog so thick you could only see 10 feet or so ahead of the car. We screamed. Really loud. And we came back with exactly zero images of the bridge.

We were really hoping for a clearing in the fog as we drove up this time around, because hey, the Golden Gate Bridge toll is outrageous and we wanted our six dollars to count for something. Thankfully, conditions were perfect.


Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G AFS

These shots were taken from the very popular Battery Spencer area of the Marin Headlands. I had another location further up the mountain in mind this morning, but our time was limited, and it wasn’t long before we had to drive back over the bridge and head to our respective day jobs. We did, however, have just enough time to grab a few frames, and then put the cameras away and just soak in the beautiful sunrise together.


Fuji X100 | 1/30 sec, f/2, ISO 200

This was the best seat in the city this morning.

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September 29, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Wide and Fast

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Nikon D700 + Nikkor AFS 24mm f/1.4G | 1/1,600 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200

My poor DSLR has been on the bench ever since I added the X100 to my bag, at least for personal photography. Feeling a little guilty about it, I hauled it along with me today on our regular outing with Suki. Heavy? Oh yes.

But I had almost forgotten how much I love shooting with my favorite wide lens. Pretty much fell in love with the 24mm all over again this morning.

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Nikon D700 | Nikkor 24mm f1.4G AFS

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September 25, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Shannon and Enrique: A Preview

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Shannon and Enrique are two of the nicest people I’ve ever met. I’ve actually known the bride since kindergarden, and we’ve gone to the same schools all the way through 12th grade! Talk about going WAY back.  It was an honor to photograph the wedding of these two beautiful people yesterday. Here’s a little preview:

(the following spread is very large and my not load on portable devices)

The entire event was refreshingly short, simple, and laid back. Wonderfully so, in fact. This was easily one of the best weddings I’ve ever been to. I especially loved grabbing shots of people crowding around a little make-shift photo booth the bride and groom set up:

They told us to give it a try to…how could we not? =)

Congrats you two! May you have a wonderful, happy life together. And now to process the rest of the day’s images o_O

See this preview along with a few more images in high-resolution on my website’s gallery page: gallery.jonathanflemingphotography.com

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August 22, 2011 at 6:58 am

Food Trucks and Pink Peonies

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Nikon D700 + Nikkor AFS 35mm f/1.4G | 1/4,000 sec, f/2, ISO 400

Off the Grid is awesome for two reasons: great food, and Suki is allowed. The large, 30 food truck Off The Grid Market is held every Friday night at Fort Mason here in San Francisco. It was windy and drizzle fell on us the whole time, but oh well. Let’s eat!


Nikon D700 + Nikkor AFS 35mm f/1.4G | 1/2,000 sec, f/1.4, ISO 800

Bridget and I had a very interesting dish: spicy curry chicken over sweet potato waffle fries. Sort of reminded me of the Pork Fries at Broken Record. Great stuff. We also got to meet up with artist and blogger Karleen, along with her husband. We spent most of our time with our cameras pointed Shibaward:


Nikon D700 + Nikkor AFS 35mm f/1.4G | 1/1,600 sec, f/1.4, ISO 400

Suki had no issue doing “roll overs” and “shake paws” with her new friends. Impressive!

I’m sure you can see from the last three images that Suki is quite a tolerant Shiba!

I should probably mention that the images in this post are all processed in Lightroom 3 using Cara Rose’s “Suki” preset, a custom preset inspired by the artist’s first encounter with Suki. Cara was kind enough to send me the preset as a gift! The punchy contrast and warm glow it applies to my images was perfect for combating tonight’s dreary weather. The “Suki” is available as one of 12 custom-made presets in Cara’s San Francisco inspired preset package, which she sells here. Thank you, Cara!


Nikon D700 + Nikkor AFS 35mm f/1.4G | 1/2,000 sec, f/1.4, ISO 800

My little X100 stayed in the bag most of the evening, mainly due to all the drizzle. It still found its way into curious hands, however. Make sure to check out Karleen’s work at pinkpeonyphotography.blogspot.com.

Road Trip!

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Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G

Yup, I’m blogging from the open road. Internet has been spotty, but I’ve figured out ways to get some images up from the first leg of our trip to see some friends in Arizona.

Gear is pretty simple. Packed my newly aquired Fuji X100, along with my D700 and one lens, the 24mm f/1.4. The D700 came along for one very specific purpose, which I’ll post about later. I used it only a couple of times, and the rest of the trip has been all X100.

We began with a long drive all through the night, so the sun was rising by the time we hit the desert. It was incredibly beautiful, and pretty surreal. Seeing ghost towns and rusted old trains in the middle of nowhere…spooky!

This road was actually on the map! Crazy fun drive.

Ouch. When you’re the only gas station for miles and miles, I guess you can really gouge.

Most of the road trip looked like the above, but when we arrived in Arizona, we were met with a ton of natural beauty:


Fuji X100


Fuji X100


Fuji X100


Fuji X100

We took turns driving non-stop for 16 hours. Only a few days into the trip and I’ve taken about a thousand pictures. More to come!

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June 22, 2011 at 6:04 am