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A few weeks back we took a quick drive out to Yosemite. The park was its typical beautiful self, only there was a huge wildfire raging that day. Huge clouds of smoke billowed from behind the Half Dome and could be seen from just about anywhere we happened to be throughout our one-day visit.
As the sun fell, the plumes of smoke lit up in a beautiful, purplish hue, and we pulled to the side of the road to catch a stunning sunset.
I definitely have to come back for a more leisurely visit next time.
Images: Nikon Df + Nikkor 50mm f/2 AI | VSCO 04 Velvia 50
Road trips are the best. We just got back from our latest long drive, and this time we even brought Suki along. So. Much. Fun.
Though I brought the pack film shooter and the M3 along for the trip, I did a bulk of my vacation photography in digital this time around. Here, in reverse chronological order, is a series of photos I took during the course of my trip with the Fuji X100s. All color photos are out of camera JPEGs using the camera’s “standard” picture control setting. Black and whites are also processed by the camera using the its red filter mode.
The wife took the image above of me trying to do a Photosphere with my camera phone.
The beaches along the Oregon coast are breath taking. Early morning light falling on massive rock formations on the sand made for some interesting black and white photos. I felt like I was on a different planet at times:
We made sure Suki had her fair share of hikes and meet ups:
Well, those are my digital highlights. A couple rolls of 35mm are at the lab from the trip, so we’ll see how those turn out =)
All Images: Fuji X100s
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!
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 =)
All Images: Fuji XPRO-1 + 35mm f/1.4 XF R and 18mm f/2 XF R lenses
Nikon D800 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII | 1/2 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100
The moon passed awfully close to the Earth over the weekend, and we found ourselves over 200 miles north of home on a gig the night we saw it rise over the horizon, bigger and brighter than I’ve ever seen it before. As the sun set and the sky darkened, we quickly looked for a place to pull over and nab a few frames.
The problem, however, was that there was a beautiful sunset over a mountain range to the west, but the moon was rising to the east. At this point, the rock was all by itself in the sky and any shot of it lacked context, so I thought I’d cheat a little. I turned on the D800‘s double exposure mode, spot metered on the moon, took one exposure. Spun the camera around, flipped back to matrix, second exposure of the hills and sun setting sky. The camera combined the two, and the result was pretty cool. I’d love to do this over San Francisco next time…
I recently went over some of the images I took on what till this day I still consider to be my favorite photo walk ever. Thinking about exploring the rain soaked streets of Kyoto on our most recent visit to Japan brings back some great memories of that beautiful city.
These photographs were originally processed in color, but I spent the night yesterday converting them into a simulation of Kodak Tri-X black and white film. VSCO rocks, y’all.
I miss this place.
Images: Nikon D300s + Tokina 50-135mm f/2.8 | Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC
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
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.
All Images: Fuji X100, Provia Film Sim (JPEG output)