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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 One Reason Why I’m a Morning Person

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Fuji X100 | 1/60 sec, f/4, ISO 1250

This is definitely what I call starting the morning right. Waking up extra early for the sole purpose of chilling at Four Barrel over a cappuccino? Worth it:

For me, coming here during the week means coming when the shop opens. People trickle in here and there, but it’s certainly not busy.

Later in the morning, however, Four Barrel is bustling. The pour-over coffee station opens up, and people pile in to get their fill of individually brewed cups of coffee. After grabbing my own cup, I head out side to hang out with Suki and Bridge at the public “parklet.” We sip away while watching the Valencia street traffic whiz by.

I’m not a morning person at all actually. I just really, really love coffee.

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Early Morning Images: Fuji X100 | Film Sim: ASTIA (JPEG output)
Late Morning Images: Fuji X100 | Film Sim: Provia (JPEG output)

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August 7, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Seven Years Ago Today

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Yesterday was quite special. We started with brunch at Blue Bottle, where for the first time I had a chance to try one of their famous Siphon Pots. Add a Belgian waffle and a grilled cheese sandwich, and whoo, what a brunch:

A few hours of goofing around town, and we settled in at Salt House for dinner:

Bridget easily picked the best dish of the night with her appetizer choice: Kennebec fries covered in Vermont cheddar and short rib gravy. Would have gone great with my NY steak if we didn’t eat them all in like 30 seconds!

Yeah, I know, lots of pics of Bridget. Can’t help but snap away in the direction of the one who I married seven years ago, today. Love you honey, happy anniversary =)

(ok technically yesterday but you swear I’d blog right after a dinner like this!)

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All images: Fuji X100, Film Sim: ASTIA (black and white conversions in LR3)

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July 25, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Dinner at Broken Record

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Broken Record – San Francisco, CA | Images: Fuji X100

I’ve been coming to Broken Record for some time now and am never ever ever ever disappointed with the dining experience. I heard some good things about the food not long after they opened, but when we first visited the place, I was a little skeptical. From the outside it just looks like your typical bar, nestled in the middle of a neighborhood where you wouldn’t really expect to find fantastic food…uhhh…


Fuji X100 | 1/40 sec, f/2, ISO 1600

Cross through the bar, where they have whiskey on tap (yes, on tap), and you’re met with a cozy little dining area. Behind the counter, a tiny kitchen where two people crank out dish after dish. Trust me, when your crawfish grits, pulled pork sandwich, beef and bacon burger, or roasted beet salad hits the table, you’ll know this place is special.


Fuji X100 | 1/40 sec, f/2, ISO 2000

Above: cold asparagus with warm prawns and crab meat over a white truffle aioli. Below it a warm chocolate brownie with ice cream. Incredibly good stuff.


Fuji X1001/20 sec, f/2, ISO 3200

The “Nachos Gringos,” pulled pork over waffle fries with a cheese sauce. We get this every time without fail. Oh, and on a photographic note, the Fuji X100’s image quality at high ISO blows me away!

Not bad for a little bar in the Crocker-Amazon area of SF! Don’t believe me? Take a look at the Yelp reviews. Yummmm…

The Broken Record
1166 Geneva Ave, San Francisco
www.brokenrecordsanfrancisco.com

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July 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Better Than My Average Monday

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Why can’t every Monday be like this? Had some friends from out-of-town drop in. The morning started at Blue Bottle:


Fuji X100 | 1/170 sec f/3.2 ISO400

And two blocks or so away, breakfast at The Grove:


Fuji X100 | 1/200 sec f/2 ISO800

The Hayes Valley Grove sure is comfortable, in a very Tahoe kind of way. Loved it.


Fuji X100 |  1/640 sec, f/2, ISO 200

A quick stop at the Painted Ladies, followed by the Palace of Fine Arts:


Fuji X100 | Motion Panorama


Fuji X100 | 1/240 sec, f/8, ISO 800 (Motion Panorama)

Kind of a funky Motion Pano. Gotta keep my hands more steady as I do the pan!

Coit Tower…oh man, feeling too much like a tourist at this point:


Fuji X100 | 1/350 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200


Fuji X100 | 1/500 f/2.8 ISO 400 (flash fired)

Discovered something as I forgot to remove the lens hood from my X100. The Fuji accessory hood actually blocks the flash, cutting out its effectiveness in the lower half of the frame. Sometimes the result is pretty cool. There a sort of spot like effect in certain situations if you allow the hood to block the built in flash (above).


Fuji X100 | 1/1000 sec f/2.0 ISO 200

Next stop, Ocean Beach and the ruins of the Sutro Baths. The decaying ruins lent themselves well to the black and white treatment:


Fuji X100 |  1/180 sec, f/3.2, ISO 800

Hiking with Suki in Bernal Heights. She had to be patient with the slow humans that accompanied her as she bounded up the mountain:


Fuji X100 | 1/240 f/13 ISO 200 (Motion Panorama)

Introducing our friends to pupusas for the first time:


Fuji X100 | 1/680 f/2.8 ISO 800


Fuji X100 | 1/420 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800

Suki had to wait outside…sorry Suki.


Fuji X100 | 1/450 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400

Another visit to Smitten!


Fuji X100 | 1/800 sec, f/2, ISO 200

Took her for a walk afterward. She’s pretty much completely healed from her little allergy incident. Yay!


Fuji X100 | 1/40 sec, f/2, ISO 3200

A tired dog is a happy dog. =)

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July 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Smitten!

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Fuji X100 | 1/80 sec, f/2, ISO 800

After a pretty late dinner this evening, I headed with some friends to Smitten Ice Cream in San Francisco. Now, there are lots of places to get a pretty good scoop of ice cream in this town, but Smitten is really quite special.


Fuji X100 | 1/125 sec, f/2, ISO 800

Each cup of Smitten’s awesome ice cream is made to order and served out of a small kiosk in Hayes Valley. The kiosk itself was constructed out of a recycled shipping container. How cool is that? And yes, I said the ice cream is made to order, as in they make the actual ice cream when you order it. They use these interesting-looking, liquid nitrogen packing machines that steam like a crazy science experiment while they churn a fresh batch of ice cream for you in about a minute.


Fuji X100 | 1/60 sec, f/2, ISO 1000

The folks at Smitten claim that using something as crazy cold as liquid nitrogen (-320 degrees F!!!) results in smaller ice crystals and therefore a creamier consistency.  They must know what they’re talking about, because the Salted Caramel ice cream I had tonight was hands down the creamiest ice cream I’ve ever had.


Fuji X100 | 1/60 sec, f/2, ISO 2500

The wife had malted vanilla with cookie crumbles on top. Yummmm. Smitten always has Vanilla and Chocolate flavors on hand, and provides other flavors as rotating weekly specials. Reason enough to keep coming back.

Check out www.smittenicecream.com!

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July 2, 2011 at 9:47 pm

A Day in Glen Park

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Olympus PEN E-PL2 + Panasonic 20mm f/1.7

Seems like there are more and more farmers markets popping up around San Francisco lately. I found out a few days ago that for the first time this past Sunday, a market would be set up in the small neighborhood I grew up in, Glen Park. Such a big place in my heart for this little neighborhood.

To my fellow San Franciscans: weren’t the clouds crazy beautiful yesterday? My goodness. We never get clouds like this! While the wife perused the market, sampling the local produce, I snapped away:

The Glen Park market was relatively small, so it didn’t take long for us to be done checking it out. All that gazing at food made us pretty hungry….

More clicks on the way to La Corneta, the local neighborhood taqueria. Not the best in the city, but hey, they made a killer quesadilla for us today:

Stomachs full, a little more shooting. Even though I spent so many years of my life in Glen Park, I never get tired of just walking around town in this area. Come to think of it, I’ve never really done a photowalk here o_O

That ugly building on the left is the Glen Park Bart station…why is it so ugly??? Oh well.

Took a coffee break at Bello. This cafe is relatively new for the neighborhood, and I actually hadn’t tried it yet until today. Seems like they’ve jumped on the “individually-hand-brewed-drip” bandwagon that’s become very popular among the city’s elite coffee houses. It was a decent cup, but it still had nothing on a cup of Blue Bottle, Ritual, or Philz.

We left the area for a couple hours, and came back for dinner at Gialina, Glen Park’s gourmet pizzeria. As with many SF neighborhoods, Glen Park didn’t used to be this…hip. Before this place was Gialina, it was one of those greasy, ghetto pizzerias. Times have definitely changed for the better around here =)

Gialina is always packed during dinner rush. I’m surprised we got the best seats in the house, at one of two tables by the window. Yes!

Potato and Pancetta pizza. “Potato!?!?” Was my first thought when I ordered this pie for the first time a few years ago. Crispy carbs covered with thin slices of more carbs? Extremely…delicious…. We also ordered a roast pork chop, perfect with a glass of the house red:

Three scoops of Bi-Rite Creamery snickerdoodle ice cream for the lady, and an afogatto for me. Perfect finish. My Nikon FM came along for the day as well. Still trying to get through a roll of Ilford HP5 that I’ve had loaded in the camera for about a week. Strange that I can completely drain my digital camera’s battery in a single day, but it takes me forever to work through a roll of 36 exposure film.

Good night, Glen Park!

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All Images: Olympus E-PL2 + Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 (all JPEGs)

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May 15, 2011 at 8:35 pm