Better Than My Average Monday

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. =)

9 thoughts on “Better Than My Average Monday

    1. Wide angles are great for portraits in my opinion! If you get in close enough, you can gather so much context around your subject and it still looks natural. This does mean I’m in macro mode quite often as well, however. With the X100, I usually just switch to macro as I’m raising the camera to my eye when I know I’m coming in close for a portrait.

  1. This is an excellent series of shots, I really like the old benches in the restaurant. Some of the places in SF look the same after all these years of being away.

  2. So glad to see Suki all up and happy. What a beautiful set of a fun weekend. I especially love the set from THE GROVE for all the colors they got. Plus, I would have thought the shot under the Palace of Fine Arts Dome came from a fish eye lens until I saw it was a stitched effect from the x100! You are killing me with all these great shots from the new camera! Enjoy the rest of the week !

  3. Wow such Great Picture’s!! It makes me Miss SF even more and want to go even more… I am already writing all these places so we can visit some of them, if we go up there in November.. Hoping to go for our Anniversary.. Since i Love the City.. Thanks for the Names in all the Picture’s.. 🙂

  4. awww… all such quintessential SF places — but not the touristy places! awesome. sutro baths is a place that i must visit soon. looks like you guys had lots of fun!

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