Food Trucks and Pink Peonies

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

10 thoughts on “Food Trucks and Pink Peonies

  1. Awesome set man. I miss the good food out in SF, it is just above and beyond what is offered here lol. Very cool that you got to meet with Karleen too, big fan of her work

  2. aww looks like such a fun day! glad you were able to put the preset to such nice work…and thanks for the mention! your food truck festival was a lot more elaborate than mine…yum!

  3. hey there karleen! looks like you had some chairman bao? awesome. 🙂 i was just talking about going back here soon. the food is too good and it’s such a fun event!

  4. Your shooting of these events is excellent. I think this is among your best work of this type, if you are like me you have become addicted to the D700.

    Keep up your good work and I know SF and NYC are not the same kind of street photography but SF is where I want to shoot again, I have not since 1964…well over-due to return.

  5. Hi

    Love your blog! Awesome and Inspirational to say the least.. Do you mined sharing with us what settings you typically use with your x100? Would appreciate a reply!


  6. I saw this the next day after we met! You are fast! 🙂 It was so nice to finally meet you both and Suki! I totally cracked up with that series of 3 photos where Suki looked like she was being a “tolerant” shiba – I’d like to think that she was enjoying being rubbed (see the 2nd one where her eyes were closed because my 4th and 5th fingers were rubbing her cheeks?), hehehe!

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