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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

A Bit More NightLife

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Among all the different, fascinating things to see at the Academy of Sciences, I usually find the people to be the most interesting element of every visit. So when I go to a NightLife event like this one, my camera is typically pointed at human interaction, either with one another or with the exhibits, as opposed to the actual exhibits themselves.

Below is a wide view of the inside of Rainforests of the World, an exhibit housed in a huge, climate-regulated glass dome. The image is a motion panorama, stitched automatically by my Fuji X100. It worked well enough, though if you look closely you’ll see a few misplaced limbs, a chopped off head, and a girl with a curiously long nose. Gruesome…

Below the rainforest you’ll find the “humans-holding-their-cellphones-skyward” exhibit. Fascinating!

This particular NightLife’s theme was photography. I kinda sorta might possibly be interested in that. ;)

The folks from the recently opened Lomography store in San Francisco were on hand to demo a variety of funky cameras, including the Lomo LC-A with a Polaroid back pictured above. Way. Cool. I also had a chance to play with the new Lytro Light Field camera (that weird rectangular thing, also pictured above).

I think Bridget had the coolest camera of all, however. Whenever I get my scanner fixed, I’ll have to post shots from her Polaroid!

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All images: Fuji X100
RAWs processed in Lightroom 4

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March 16, 2012 at 8:42 am

A Girl in a Tree – Priscilla Ahn at Slim’s

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Fuji X100 | 1/60 sec, f/2, ISO 1600

Even though I’ve been listening to her music for a long time, I’ve never actually had a chance to hear Priscilla Ahn sing live. So I was pretty stoked when family treated us to tickets to see her at Slim’s in SF last night.


Fuji X100 | 1/60 sec, f/2, ISO 2500

We pretty easily got a spot right in front. Yessss.


Fuji X100 | 1/60 sec, f/2, ISO 2500


Fuji X100 | 1/40 sec, f/2, ISO 3200

Her performance was phenomenal. I always thought her voice was awesome just from listening to her albums, but hearing her live brought me into a whole new understanding of the incredibleness of her instrument. Her singing has got to be one of the most special, beautiful sounds I’ve heard in my entire life.

And she totally rocked out on that kazoo. =P


Fuji X100 | 1/40 sec, f/2, ISO 3200

My little Fuji did great here with its silent leaf shutter. This wasn’t exactly a rock concert, so I know the loud shutter slap of my DSLR would have been a distraction. High ISO performance continues to impress as well.


Fuji X100 | 1/60 sec, f/2, ISO 1600

Hope she comes to see us in San Francisco again! Check her out:

www.priscillaahn.com

Her blog is pretty cool too.

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December 2, 2011 at 10:18 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

San Francisco’s Bay Bridge Turns 75

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Fuji X100 | 4 sec, f/8, ISO 200

On November 12, 1936, the Bay Bridge opened to traffic, making today its 75th birthday. So on my way to the East Bay this evening, we made a brief stop in Treasure Island to get a classic shot of the bridge with San Francisco in the background. A quick frame made with the X100 on a Gorilla Pod, jpeg processed in-camera.


iPhone 4s | 4.3mm f/2.4 | 1/20 sec ISO125

I actually had no idea about all this until I saw today’s newspaper this morning. The front page had a cool shot of the bridge taken the year it opened. Glad I checked, since I was passing over the Bridge today. Hope the sunset is equally beautiful tomorrow!

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November 13, 2011 at 12:05 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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