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Three Shiba Stars

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For me there is nothing more fun to do photographically than take pictures of a Shiba. What about taking pictures of three Shibas? Now that’s what I call an awesome afternoon. This here is the mighty Taro. Just look at his confident gaze and large stature.

The Taro executive shot. Feel the power of the mighty Shiba!

Ok, actually, Taro is tiny. The smallest Shiba Inu I’ve ever met in fact, and yes, he’s full Shiba. Look how sweet he is…why doesn’t Suki ever kiss me??? Oh well.

Anyway, the following images are a few highlights from the afternoon we spent with the Shibas yesterday. Still have a ways to go in processing most of them, but I was anxious to get some posted up on the blog:

If you’ve been following my blog recently, you probably know that this is Suki. Not! This is Suki’s half-brother, Zuko. They met for the first time not too long ago.

The real Suki is on the left above and in the picture below. She’s looking a little concerned in the group shot above. Maybe she thought she was done with the whole cameras and flashes in my face thing and is not happy that it seems to be starting again. Sorry Suki! Being a model is tough, I get it. =)


Keeping these three together required leashes, treats, and very patient assistants.

Spent some time together at the dog park in Mission Bay. Check out Suki giving Taro the stare-down:

The Shiba meetup doubled as a Flickr meetup as we were briefly joined by the very talented Cara Rose. She came packing some serious heat, film cam on one shoulder, digital on the other. A photographic force to be reckoned with! Looking forward to seeing her shots, both from her visit to San Francisco and from running around with me trying to get some good frames of the dogs.

Make sure you check out Cara’s amazing work on Flickr, and also on her blog. Nice meeting you Cara!

Taro…such a happy face.

Taro’s light frame allows him to get some serious air, which we tried to capture at Peace Plaza in Japan Town.

Large, Medium, Extra Small (Zuko, Suki, Taro)

After a few photos at the Plaza, we formed a little Shiba parade down the street on our way to lunch.

I wondered if I could finish such a large lunch, while Suki wondered if she could turn that pigeon into lunch.

Zuko, being well-behaved while we chowed down.

I think the image of the day goes to little Taro. I just love the way this shot turned out, capturing the Shiba Inu spirit while revealing something about Taro’s unique personality. I’m telling you, I could photograph Shibas all day. High resolution gallery on my website is forthcoming!

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Camera: Nikon D700

Lenses Used: Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G // Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G // Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G VRII

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June 5, 2011 at 11:35 pm

The Jazz Jam

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Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G | 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200

Bridget was recently a featured artist at a weekly Jazz Jam here in San Francisco! It was pretty exciting for her to be able to sing for about half an hour straight with a very talented band.


Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G | 1/80 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200


Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G | 1/640 sec, f/1.4, ISO 800


Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G | 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 800

Each of us has our own creative passions. For me for course, it’s visual art through photography. Bridget’s creative outlet is music. She studied musicology and jazz vocal performance in college, and now enjoys writing her own music as well as jamming with other jazz artists.


Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G | 1/200 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1600

Jazz is a fascinating art form. There’s a lot of improvisation involved, and yet each band member cooperates to ensure harmony. If you watch carefully, you can see the band members communicate with one another. Sometimes, it’s a simple nod to another player, letting him know he’s up for his solo. Other times, it’s a hand signal or some other cue.

The beauty of a jazz ensemble is that a good band doesn’t necessarily need to rehearse beforehand. In this case, Bridget simply handed the band a set of charts that let them know what chords are involved in the piece. Seconds before they’d start a song, she’d snap her fingers and count her desired tempo, and they’d just go.  No rehearsal, completely impromptu. It was amazing.

It’s always fascinating to see her work with a band. As a jazz vocalist, you don’t simply sing while the band follows your lead. You’re just another instrument in the ensemble. When jamming on the fly, you have to be aware of what’s happening within the band at every moment, and know how to communicate with the members during the song in order to execute certain portions of the piece at the right time. Bridget is completely in her element in this regard…I always find myself thinking “how in the world does she know what to do!!!?”


Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G | 1/40 sec, f/1.4, ISO 5000


Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G | 1/400 sec, f/2, ISO 800

It was a beautiful performance. Bridget sings a lot at home, but you can really see her passion ignite when she’s on stage with other Jazz musicians. Couldn’t be more proud =)

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May 10, 2011 at 10:12 am

More Dog Park Antics

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Packing up and getting ready to head out alone on a photo walk, I turn around as I open the front door to see Suki giving me the “I’m going too, right?” look. Agh, she gets me every time! Ok Suki, let’s go… People often ask me how I get Suki to cooperate when I take pictures of her, or to cooperate with anything for that matter. Here’s the simple answer: get her tired first! There’s no better place for her to run some energy down than at the dog park:

If I need Suki to chillax while I take pictures out on the street, the day has to start here, where she engages other dogs in GLORIOUS BATTLE!

Ok. Not really =)

We’ve never met a Corgi that Suki didn’t absolutely love. Maybe she finds it endearing that they look like stubby, disproportionate Shibas.

Besides the sparring, the dog park is a great place to play fetch. Fetch on Suki’s terms, that is. I love how she starts playing “soccer” with some random lady at around 00:35 in the video clip above. Towards the end, she’s like “eh, I’m done.”

I actually did do a photo walk with Suki after this visit to the park, but I’ll make that a separate post. =)

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Images: Nikon D700 + Nikkor AFS 24mm f/1.4G
Video: Olympus PEN EPL-2 + M. Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 MSC

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March 31, 2011 at 9:08 am

Off The Grid

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Dinner is served on the street tonight! San Francisco’s “Off The Grid” is a mobile market of gourmet food trucks that serve lunch and dinner weekly at various locations in the city. Tonight, the trucks converged on Upper Haight.


Yep, it’s cold in SF, but that doesn’t stop people from bundling up and getting in line for some taco truck action. These aren’t your typical roach coaches though. Gourmet, organic….hey, any trendy food buzz world you want to throw in the air, this mobile market has you covered.


The trucks line up in a circle surrounding the “dining area.” Basically a bunch of plastic chairs randomly strewn about on the street.


Where do you think I ate tonight? Best Sisig tacos I’ve ever had, ever! Every taco should have Sisig in it. Too mouth-watering to photograph. I think I finished two of them during the walk between the truck and my seat!


A little bit of live music adds to the ambience.


Of course, one of the most important reasons why I love dinner on the street is that I can have Suki with me. I’m not sure how she feels about it though. Can you tell she’s irritated that I won’t share my Sisig Tacos with her?

All images tonight courtesy of my D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G. Even though I’ve been loving my time with with the Olympus E-PL2, there’s a limit to its abilities. Trying to stop action and quickly auto focus under nothing but dim artificial lighting, with ISOs between 1600 and 3200, I was in D700 territory at tonight’s market. It’s worth noting, however, that the E-PL2 is so light and compact that I had it with in my bag as well.

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March 3, 2011 at 11:44 pm