Cloudy days make great photo days!

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Nothing like some clouds to add drama to a scene! If you’re looking for a great vantage point of downtown San Francisco check out “Ina Coolbrith Park.”

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Fuji X-T10 x Canon FD 28mm mashup


More fun with vintage manual focus lenses! The Canon 28mm f/2.8 FD lens is another favorite of mine that stays on my X-T10 80% of the time. I was able to pick one up from eBay dirt cheap several years ago when I was looking for a wide angle lens for my Canon AE-1 film camera. Since the Fuji has a 1.5 crop factor the lens basically becomes a 42mm lens.

Here are some photos I recently took with this setup. 




“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.

Sailing on The Bay

I often get disappointed with myself for not taking advantage of all the amazing things one can do here in the San Francisco Bay Area. So when my wife asked me if I’d like to go for a ride on her co-workers sail boat, of course I responded with a “HELL YEA!” From calm waters to rough waters, to dodging  boats on the bay while listening to music ranging from Classic Rock to EDM  (electronic dance music) it was the most fun I had in a long time.











   

 

Warriors!

What a crazy season and playoff run for the Golden State Warriors! Of course being a fan of theirs I’m happy they were able close it out and win the NBA Finals. Here are a few portraits I took of my dog Hudson showing off his “DubNation” pride!

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One Kearny

Ever since returning from my most recent trip to Asia, I’ve been in a restless state. I’m constantly searching for ways to cure the travel bug, which seems to have bitten me real good this time around. Fortunately for me, the local newspaper published an article listing public spaces that people can visit in private areas around San Francisco. The rooftop terrace on One Kearny is an example of a privately owned public space. Here are a few photos I took while being a tourist in my own city.

Sunday Morning visit to the Golden Gate

It’s 3am people are asleep, a couple friends and I are gearing up to head towards the Golden Gate Bridge. We all have our own visions of what we want to accomplish, but we all have a common goal. That goal is to come back home with at least one great capture. The photo below with the fisherman was that one great capture for me, the one shot that made the whole adventure worth it.