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Yet Another Visit to Photobooth

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Fuji XPRO-1 +  35mm f/1.4 XF R | 1/50 sec, f/1.4 ISO 1250 

So, one of Bridget’s good friends invited us to go check out a private opening event for the San Francisco Fashion Film festival, which just happened to be at one of my favorite spots in the city: Photobooth! What better place to hang out and snap my first frames with the Fuji XPRO-1.

Fuji XPRO-1 +  35mm f/1.4 XF R | 1/50 sec, f/1.4 ISO 640 

The most fascinating place to be at Photobooth is right at the store’s centerpiece, the tintype portrait studio. I hover there with my camera, taking advantage of the ample exposure value from the modeling lights that falls upon many an interesting face. Chemical reactions on sheets of metal immortalize those faces. I never get tired of observing the process:

Bridget didn’t have her tintype taken this time around (she already has two), but posing her next to the pretty light emanating from the studio made for a pretty nice snap:

Fuji XPRO-1 +  35mm f/1.4 XF R | 1/50 sec, f/1.4 ISO 800 

All images shot with the Fuji XPRO-1 and 35mm f/1.4 Fujinon lens. In-camera processed JPEGs. The XPRO-1 is a-ma-zing. I’m not giving up my X100, but the XPRO is just as fun to use and the image quality is just phenomenal.

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April 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Now That’s True Vintage

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Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII

This is Desirae. She’s a friend, a fellow blogger, and an expert on all things vintage. Met her today out among the rolling hills of San Francisco to do a brief one-hour photo shoot. Seeing her step out of her front door immediately blasted me straight into the 1950’s. With perfect afternoon weather and a gorgeous model to work with, I was feeling pretty good about the shoot right from the start.

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII

Desirae’s outfit is remarkable, not only because of its 1950’s styling, but because everything she has on is truly vintage, as in made 60+ years ago. Even her stockings are true vintage. Seriously, she’s that good!

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII

We originally planned to head to some specific and well known places in the city, but since we only had an hour to work with, we decided to just explore her own neighborhood on foot and make images along the way. Since I JUST finished this shoot only hours ago, I’ll need some time to process the images, but here’s a brief sampling from the time we spent together. Enjoy!

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII

On a side note, I used my new 24-120 f/4 VR for most of the shoot and was so very impressed by its performance. The images from it have such great contrast and the range was perfect for both wide and tight portraiture.

As I mentioned, Desirae is an avid blogger with a truly interesting site called Ruby’s Rose. The blog is a fictitious diary of a girl living in the 1950s, and it strictly adheres to events that occurred during that decade in real time. It’s really fascinating, so check it out at

Also, see more images from the shoot on my gallery page at!

Kamikaze Girls at Peace Plaza, New People Mall Grand Opening

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Nikon D90 + Tokina 12-24 f/2.8

Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 at 11mm f/11, ISO200 0.8 Seconds, New People Building at Japantown SF

ニコン D90 + トキナ 11-16 f/2.8 at 11mm f/11, ISO200 0.6 Seconds

ニコン D90 + トキナ 11-16 f/2.8 at 11mm f/11, ISO200 0.6 Seconds, New People Building @ Japantown SF

This weekend, a new mall will be opening in Japantown, San Francisco. It’s called “New People” and located at 1746 Post street. The building will feature artwork, films, and fashion straight from Japanese pop culture, and will also house a few places to eat. I encountered the three story glass-faced building during a stroll through Japantown this evening. The grand opening event for New People will take place tomorrow, and I’m pretty excited about this new complex. Since coming back from Tokyo, I’ve been feeling like Japantown SF could use a little something more to make me feel like I’m in, well, Japan! Perhaps this infusion of pop culture through this new mall will be just what this area needed. The pictures above show that there’s still plenty of work to do to get things ready for the grand opening, which from the time of this writing, will happen in only a matter of hours. Looking through the first floor windows, I saw workers scrambling to set up foodservice equipment, many of which hadn’t even been unboxed yet. Hope they finish on time!

Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16 f/2.8

Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 at 11.5mm f/10, ISO200 1.6 Seconds, Peace Plaza Kamikaze Girls Screening, San Francisco

After I grabbed a couple shots of the new building, walked through Peace Plaza on my way back to the car, and noticed that there was an outdoor screening of “Kamikaze Girls” taking place, a Japanese film that features quirky fashion straight out of Harajuku. I stood for a while as the sun dipped below the horizon, enjoyed the warm weather, and got a few good laughs from the movie. I snapped a few shots of the event, and called it an evening.