The Journey to Nine Mile Jamaica

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Being the HUGE Bob Marley fan I am, visiting the House of Marley in Nine Mile Jamaica was an item I had on my bucket list for a very long time! (Glad that’s one item crossed off) The drive to the compound took about two hours from where we were located. The roads were rough and consisted of narrow lanes that ran along the mountains of Jamaica. I loved every minute of it! What’s not to love when you’re in a bus filled other fans just as excited as you are, and all singing to the tunes of Bob Marley?!? Good times, good times… and now for the photos:
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The view from Mt. Zion

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A photo of Bob Marley’s meditation rock.

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Of course had to get a photo with our guide. I tell you, I was so excited/happy to be in Jamaica I was choppin it up with everyone!
Nothing but love!
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Jerk chicken, pork with red beans and rice!

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These dogs definitely have the right idea… feeln’ irie!

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“The Sun is Shining” ~ Until we meet again Jamaica

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The Fuji Film X-T10

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(photo of a Russian Helios 44-2  lens mounted on a Fuji Film X-T10 taken with the Fuji Film x100T)

Recently I decided to pick up a Fuji Film X-T10 (body only) with the sole purpose of shooting with old vintage manual focus lenses. I really loved the picture quality that my x100T produced so going with the X-T10 was a no-brainer for me. Why these old vintage lenses? Well for one thing, they are dirt cheap and still produce excellent quality images. For example I was able to get the Russian made Helios 44-2 58mm F2 lens pictured above from Amazon for lens than $70.  The Helios is known for creating some wild swirly bokeh. Below are a few photos I took with that setup:

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andrew@andrewwongphoto.com

Copenhagen


Welcome to Copenhagen, my first trip out to Europe and it was one a good one! Freezing, wet and adventurous are a few words to describe my experience in Copenhagen. Not to mention, Bikes! Everywhere! I really loved seeing people use bikes as their chosen form of transportation. Not only that, it was nice seeing people not having to lock up their bikes since the crime rate is extremely low. (never going to see that in San Francisco!)








Being into the craft of Beers, the Carlsberg Brewery was definitely on the list of places to check out. Lucky for me it was “Culture Night” in Denmark so all museums were open late with free admission.










Tivoli Gardens was another stop on the list, a theme park right in downtown. Pretty cool spot actually, a nice easy way to blow off a stressful day maybe? They do say that Denmark is the most happiest country in the world.








Here are some random photos photojoaqing around town, which of course is always a lot of fun.































On our last night in Copenhagen we decided to have dinner at Resturant AOC, a two star Michelin restaurant. Pricey as hell!!! might as well enjoy this once in a life time opportunity! Here are a few photos from our meal, I really enjoyed how creative and friendly they were.












“Bar Hop x Photojoaq”

(Here is a blog post I posted to photojoaqers.com , a new blog I started up with a few friends.)

Once upon a time there were 5 “techies” (Adrian, Sonny, Brian, Andrew, & Robert from in Austin TX) who loved to take photographs. They said to one another other, “if we ever are at the same location at the same time, we should go on a bar hop photojoaq!”
Well… That day finally came when Robert came to visit San Francisco, we were finally able to make this a reality. First stop on our list was suggested by Brian, the Mandarin Hotel. At first glance the lobby / bar looked pretty simple with not much going on. In fact it looked so boring we were giving Brian a hard time for suggesting this location. We headed over to the bar for our first round of the night. The funny thing was, once we got there we looked at each other and thought ugh…. now what do we do? You know, like that awkward moment when you’re at a school dance clinging to the wall like a “wall flower.” Fortunately for us, Adrian broke the ice and described our mission for the night to our bartender. From that moment on we were ready for an epic night! Now for photos of our first location. The Mandarin Hotel SF, head up to the 38th floor where you’ll be greeted by amazing aerial views of downtown San Francisco. (BTW after seeing these amazing views Brian earned his street cred back with us.)







Next stop on the agenda, the “Rickhouse” which was suggested by Adrian. A nice little trendy looking spot with a hip crowd and decorations with character. There weren’t amazing views of the city here but that didn’t stop us from capturing photos and “geeking out” about photo gear.






Finally our last bar of the night, “The Buddah Lounge.” Yep just as it looks, a total dive bar! Most people walking by probably think “what a dump!” Surprise! It was rated one of the 33 best dive bars in America. Mark the bartender is really the one who brings this place to life! He’s insane, funny, and one really cool guy. We tried to order their signature drink called, “Three Penis Chinese Whiskey,” thankfully they were out of it. Mark ended up bringing out this crazy looking Chinese bottle and poured a round of shots for us. It was definitely a crazy drink with a crazy taste. There was also a jukebox there where I loaded it up with Hip Hop songs from the 90’s, aka the “Golden Era” of Hip Hop. This is one of those places you’ll just have to experience on your own to really know.






 

Lastly we concluded the night by having dinner at this Vietnamese restaurant in Chinatown called “Golden Star,” where Brian repeatedly stated… “this is the best damn 5 spice chicken I’ve ever had!” The food was good and cheap! Two words that rarely go together! All in all it was a fun night with each location offering us a different experience.