The Moment Of Zen


Photojoaquin the streets of downtown Oakland. It was Saturday morning and the streets were empty, it felt as if Oakland was all mine to capture. I walked up and down Broadway for almost five hours simply snapping away at anything that caught my eye, even taking the time to sit down and watch life pass me by. This was my “Zen Moment” finding peace and clarity doing what I absolutely love.

Don’t Be Scurrred! 


Don’t be scared! Shake things up and embrace change! Once you set your mind to something everything will fall into place. That’s what I told myself when I decided to pick up the new iPad Pro 256gb with plans of using it as a laptop replacement for my travel photography workflow. Yes the concept is a bit hard to accept, especially if you are the type of person who has traditionally taken photos, copies them to a computer to edit, backup and share to various social media sites. I’ve been doing that for years! There was a time when I used to go on trips carrying a 15″ MacBook Pro along with a DSLR and a handful of lenses and never once complained about it. So why change?  Well thanks to technology we now have amazing mirrorless cameras and tablets that weigh almost nothing. I’m tired of traveling with all that heavy equipment, I like to keep things as simple as possible and move freely from place to place. (Bad experience when country hopping in Europe)

Here is a description of what I had in mind for my new workflow. While traveling (to other countries hopefully) I’ll take either my Fuji X100T or Fuji X-T10 (both have built in wifi) then I’ll select the photos I’m happy with and WiFi them over to my iPad. Once on my iPad I’ll create an album to organize them, then do some photo edits if needed. By doing that I’ll have photos organized edited and ready to post to my blog. Usually if I don’t do that during my downtime on a trip it will take forever for me to get the photos online. Now on my memory card in the camera I will have a copy of all the photos I took in jpg and raw format while the iPad will have a backup of the selected jpg files I’m most happy with. Once I get back home I can then backup my memory cards to my external hard drives and cloud using a computer. No doubt it will take me some time to get adjusted to this new way of doing things, but if I can get it to work out the pay off will be huge for me.

As for my iPad setup, I got the 256gb iPad Pro, with an iPad Air 2 rooCase Origami Slim Fit shell/Smart Cover (smart cover feature doesn’t work on the iPad Pro) along with a Microsoft Universal foldable Bluetooth keyboard. Funny that the keyboard is made by MS but it works great and feels just like the keyboard for the Surface Pro just no backlight. Oh and if you’re wondering why I didn’t just go with a Surface Pro? It is because I just don’t really like it, I have ran into all kinds of strange little issues with it while testing. By the way, the blog post I created called “Fuji X-T10 x Canon FD 28mm mashup” (http://http://andrewwongphoto.net/?p=2488) was completely created with the iPad using the workflow I had described above. Using the iPad Pro will be great a great tool as long as I embrace what it can do and not worry about what it can’t.

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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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.

Nexus 5 Photos

A random collection of photos taken with my Google Nexus 5 over the last few months. All photos were processed on the Nexus 5 using the Vignette and VSCOcam photo apps. You can see more of my “Androidography” only photos here: http://instagram.com/eyeofthedroid

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Nexus 5 Photography?

Nexus 5 Photography? Sure why not! In a world dominated by “iPhoneography,” I’m doing my best to see what I can capture with this Droid. Currently my go to photo app is “Vignette,” I really enjoy the ability to create custom presets and the clean over all look it gives my photos. Another great photo app to look out for is VSCOcam by Visual Supply Co (VSCO), currently in beta mode for the Android market. VSCO has built a great user community around their product which is another thing Android Photography lacks.

You can see more of my “Androidography” only photos here: http://instagram.com/eyeofthedroid

Here are some photos taken and processed with only the Google Nexus 5.

Japan

1996 was the last time I visited Japan and back then I didn’t care about photography, traveling, or even Japanese food. At that time I went along with my parents to visit family members we had living in Tokyo. Fast forward to 2013… This time around things were definitely going to be different. I made sure to appreciate every little thing and adsorb as much of the culture as I could. Sensory overload would be a good way to describe my experience, I even slept through a 7.1 earthquake.

I’d like to thank my cousins Lester & Jaydee for taking the time to be my guides, you can check out Lester’s portfolio here:

http://www.maliaslookingglassphoto.com/

https://www.facebook.com/MaliasLookingGlass

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