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Hanging Out. That’s it.

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  Fuji XPRO-1 + 35mm f/1.4 XF R 

Sundays. They’re always extremely, incredibly, ridiculously busy. But not this past Sunday, when we decided to do absolutely nothing. at. all. Except for hang out at Four Barrel. Hey, we all need a lazy day to recharge every now and then, don’t we?

Forgot to charge the XPRO-1 after shooting with it the night before, so it died before I could take more than one frame (above). Doh. Took the following spread with the X100, which I still love! Hey, it’s lighter, smaller, quieter, and at least to me, prettier than the new XPRO, so it stays in the bag:

 Fuji X100

I always get a kick out of how much attention Suki gets when she’s around crowds of people.

“Is that a fox-wolf-coyote-jindo-akita-teddy-bear-basenji-finnish-spitz!?!?! No wait, isn’t that one of them Shibu Ibubus?!?!?!?!?!” Followed by lots of pats on her head and scratches behind her ears. She loves it.

 Fuji X100

Not a good year for Suki so far, though. She’ll be out of commission for two weeks while she recovers from yet another bout with allergies that flared up right after we enjoyed this one lazy day together. Cone of shame!

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April 10, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Forgotten Keepers

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Every now and then I go through and purge “junk” images from my archives, and as I’m deleting the throw-away images, I always discover forgotten keepers like these shots of Suki. The one up top has some weird flare in the frame, but I love Suki’s expression. Taken with my now retired Nikon D300s and Tokina 50-135. Two strobes to my right are combating the really bright background to provide light on Suki’s face.

Another shot with the D300s and 35mm f/1.8G, an excellent lens that I still use when I shoot DX.

This was taken during my 52 weeks of Suki project with the D300s and the stabilized Tamron 17-50. One light through a Lastolite tri-grip.

And this…is just hilarious.

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March 22, 2012 at 11:00 am

A Shiba’s Life

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Life is pretty good for this Shiba Inu. The day begins on whatever soft surface she decides to sleep on through the night.

“Please don’t bug me with that camera.”

Next is usually some dog-centric outing, like a run along the beach:

In return, she has to tolerate her photo-geek dad chasing her around with cameras and lights. I think she gave me as much attitude as she could in the photo below. Can’t you see it on her face?

And of course, the day always ends where it began:

Yup, a good life for a Shiba.


Images: Nikon D700 | Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G AFS

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November 27, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Kyoto in Black and White

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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.


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Images: Nikon D300s + Tokina 50-135mm f/2.8 | Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC

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November 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Welcome to the World

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As of 7:15am this morning, I am a great uncle. And what better way to introduce myself to my new great nephew than to shove a camera in his little face. =)

Welcome to the world, little Julian.


Images: Fuji x100

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November 20, 2011 at 6:32 pm

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Coffee, Chocolate, Tintypes and Lomo Gear

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This amazing tintype portrait of my wife was taken by Michael Shindler over at Photobooth SF on Valencia. The folks there were nice enough to send me a digital copy of it (pictured right). The original, of course, is a beautiful photograph forged on a metal plate using early 19th century tech. You can see more examples of this amazing artform on Photobooth’s website.

If you’ve been following my blog lately, you probably know that I frequent this shop. I originally discovered it on opening night, and came back again later to purchase some  film and get schooled on Polaroid photography.

This time, there were a bunch more reasons to return to Photobooth. First of all, a free coffee and Pacari chocolate tasting. Hello! Coffee and Photography are like, my favorite things ever. Favorite-things-ever overload goin’ on here.

Despite the fact that it was raining, we decided to bring Suki. She was looking quite stylish in her silly 70’s coat. The three of us hung out, checked out the new Lomography gear, watched the tintype studio in action, sipped on our (free!) Blue Bottle, and nom’d on some seriously good chocolate. Ok, obviously Suki didn’t eat, but she did meet people, sniff stuff, and made us look cooler than we tend to look without her around ;)

A few more snaps from the event:

That’s what I’m talking about. I normally pay 3-4 bucks a cup for Blue Bottle pour over. Went perfectly with little nibbles of Pacari chocolate.

A tinype of Suki would have been cool right? Impossible. I was told that the exposure time for a tintype is about 4 seconds, requiring the subject to be perfectly still for at least that long. Suki is used to being photographed, but not like that!

Another reason we really wanted to check out Photobooth again was the arrival of the Lomokino Movie Maker, pictured above. Vince, one of the owners, showed me how it worked and let me and Bridget view a finished roll of film shot with this camera. Hmmm, should we get one?

Should we get one!?!??!

We totally got one. I’ll run some film through it and share the details and results in another blog post. Stay tuned!


Images: Fuji X100

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November 19, 2011 at 9:23 pm

iPhone 4s: My New Ultra-Compact Camera of Choice

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Aw come on, Siri. I had higher hopes for you! Kidding. So I picked up an iPhone 4S over the weekend, and I’m pretty impressed with it. Besides the fact that the geeky sci-fi nerd in me loves the conversations I can have with my new “digital assistant”, the photographer in me is loving this new camera.

Seems like Apple has finally focused more attention on camera performance with this latest generation iPhone. With improved optics, a better sensor, and more processing horsepower behind it, the new camera is, in my opinion, leaps and bounds better than the one it replaces. It won’t have me leaving my always-with-me X100 at home, but I’m afraid my little Canon S90 is done for.

I’ve only had a couple opportunities to shoot with the iPhone 4S over the last few days, but here’s a small sampling from my weekend with it:

Not bad for a camera phone. On top of all this, these images synced over the cloud while I was out shooting (edit: when I found a wifi connection), and were therefore waiting for me on my computer when I got home. The fact that the iPhone is a connected camera sets it apart from the traditional ultra-compact camera competition in a very significant way, even if image quality still doesn’t quite stack up to that of a high-end compact like the Canon S100 or Panasonic LX5. But personally, I’ll probably never buy another compact camera. Between the X100 and my iPhone 4s, I’m totally covered, and I’m looking forward to testing out the 4s a lot more in the coming weeks.


All Images: iPhone 4s

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October 25, 2011 at 8:23 pm