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Chasing Suki With The Ricoh GR

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Been messin’ around with the Ricoh GR this week. Large APS-C chip, sharp 28mm equivalent optic, super small magnesium body. Good stuff.

One of my favorite features is the camera’s snap focus mode, which lets you easily preset a focus distance. Then you just stop it down, select a fast enough shutter speed, hang the camera low every now and then and jam on the shutter. Not a bad way to get a bunch of random photos of Suki running this way. And that way. And this way again.

Oops. Did I mention selecting a fast enough shutter speed? The GR’s handy TAv mode allows you set both shutter speed and aperture manually while the camera floats the ISO up and down automatically. You get the depth of field and motion-stopping control you want without having to worry about your exposure, which is pretty handy when you’re chasing a Shiba Inu though an intersection with the camera. Overall, I’m pretty impressed!

All Images: Ricoh GR | VSCO 04 Velvia 50

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February 25, 2014 at 10:03 pm

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

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

Gordy’s Camera Strap: Love it

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Call me weird, but I pretty much never use camera straps. Whether on a photo walk or a paid gig, carrying a point and shoot or my dslr, what’s most often keeping the camera at my side is the death grip I keep on it. I don’t know what it is, but I feel like they just get in my way.

But my goodness do I love this new “Gordy Strap” I just got in the mail for my Fuji x100. It’s a highly-durable, simply-beautiful, hand-made leather strap. This wrist strap that I got is just one of the many different kinds of customizable products available at Gordy’s website. I just might need one for my dslr now. Hmmm.

www.gordyscamerastraps.com

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

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November 26, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Still My Favorite Bridge

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Fuji x100 | 30 sec, f/11, ISO 200

The Bay Bridge may have just celebrated a milestone anniversary, but the beauty of the Golden Gate is unmatched. Combining beautiful weather with a holiday weekend, there was just no way I’d be able to shoot from the headlands yesterday. It was just too packed with tourists up there. So I opted for a less known area to the east of the bridge. Besides a few scattered people here and there, Suki and I basically had the whole place to ourselves.


Nikon D700 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 | 16mm,1/320 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800

While this is quite an enjoyable sight for me, hanging out by the water here couldn’t be more boring for Suki, who prefers to be on the move. It’s still nice to have a little bit of company, even if its reluctant company :)


Fuji x100 | 30 sec, f/16, ISO 200

This shot was taken about 5 minutes after the one up top. I tweaked the white balance to give the sky a cooler, bluer look, whereas the top image shows the color as I set it at the camera. Can’t decide which one I like better, but the top image is a more accurate representation of how the scene actually looked. I hope to get more fiery clouds in the background next time, but at least there were more clouds yesterday than there were when I made my last attempt at this location.

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November 14, 2011 at 10:25 am

The Joys of Night Photography

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Fuji X100 | 1/8 sec, f/2, ISO 3200 [hand-held]

You gotta love the daylight savings time shift that happens in fall over here. Setting our clocks back an hour means the sun is already well below the horizon by the time I get out of the office. So during my evening walks with Suki, instead of that beautiful light cast by a setting sun that I love for photographs, I now have only the dim, oddly colored light cast by city street lamps to work with. Sigh.


Fuji X100 | 1/50 sec, f/2, ISO 3200

Not much else to do besides crank up the ISO and pin my camera at its widest aperture. Or lug a tripod around, which is not very practical on an outing with the dog.

Instead, I try to manage low shutter speeds at night by working on my hand-holding technique. The x100 has a relatively wide lens on it, which makes hand-holding a bit easier than it would be with a longer lens. Bracing myself on something solid helps, as does paying attention to my breathing. I find that taking a shot during the natural pause between exhalation and inhalation works wonders in getting sharp shots at low-shutter speeds.

As far as high ISO performance, the x100 is pretty good. All the images in this post were taken at either ISO3200 or ISO6400, and all are out of camera JPEGs.


Fuji X100 | 1/55 sec, f/2, ISO 3200

Files at these sensitivities seem just as clean to me as the ones I get from my D700, though I’d say the D700 still has the edge in detail retention at high ISO. Can’t tell the difference when you’re posting to a blog though, that’s for sure.

Focus is tricky when the light is this dim, especially with a contrast detect system like the one in the x100. Not entirely impossible though, and the electronic viewfinder makes framing in low light super easy.

Coming to the dog park in the dark sure feels strange now. At this time during the summer, there’d still be plenty of sunlight out.


Fuji X100 |  1/30 sec, f/2, ISO 6400


Fuji X100 |  1/70 sec, f/2, ISO 3200

You know what’s depressing? I go to work early enough to miss the morning sunrise as well. What gives with that!? Oh well. I’m totally looking forward to the weekend.

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November 11, 2011 at 6:32 pm

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Blue Hour Photographs

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Fuji X100 | 9 sec, f/11, ISO 200 (JPEG output: Astia)

On the way to meet friends for dinner in downtown SF last night, I stopped by the pier to grab some night shots with the X100. It was a surprisingly warm evening. Perfect for a relaxing stroll with the camera.


Left: Fuji X100 | 1/10 sec, f/2, ISO 200 (hand-held) ||  Right: Fuji X100 | 2sec, f/11, ISO 200

At this point the light was falling fast. After a couple of hand-held snaps, I brought out my trusty gorillapod for some long expsosures:


Fuji X100 | 7 sec, f/11, ISO 200 (JPEG output: Astia)

I would normally shoot RAW when doing night photography, but out of curiosity I recorded RAW and JPEG files simultaneously. To put it simply, the X100 puts out a fantastic JPEG file.


Fuji X100 | 30 sec, f/16, ISO 200 (RAW: Processed in LR3)

The built in 3-stop neutral density filter came in handy for giving the water a more glassy look and smoothing out the clouds, though I do prefer the more dramatic sky that resulted from the 7 second exposure over the 30 second exposure above.

I continue to be amazed that such a relatively small camera packs such a serious image quality punch. I feel like such a ninja with the X100. Silent, extremely portable, and incredibly quick to deploy:


Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G AFS |  1/125 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1600

Tonight I wanted to get a couple frames of the Golden Gate during blue hour. Arrived on site, jumped out of the car, climbed down on the rocks, plopped the small rig down and fired away. I was happy that the fog stayed high enough in the sky to be a sweet element in the photo without completely shrouding the bridge, which is often the case in this very foggy city.


Fuji X100 | 30 sec, f/11, ISO 200 (RAW: Processed in LR3/CS5)

Click on the image above to see a larger version on my City and Landscape gallery.

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August 19, 2011 at 10:55 pm