I’ve moved to San Francisco!

Actually Berkeley, but I’ll be spending a lot of time in SF when I’m not working. I’m getting settled in my apartment for the summer with my lovely girlfriend and finally had time to get out and shoot today. I’m hoping to have film developed and ready to go on the site by this weekend. For now I’ll leave you with some pictures from my trip here in March. I love how rich the colors are on Ektar!

-Chris

Union Square

Golden Gate Bridge

City by the Bay

Canonet 28

I took the time this weekend to take some nice photos of my Canonet 28 film camera. I recently upgraded it with a metal lens hood which looks really cool and is also very functional. The Canonet lens has unusual 48mm thread diameter so I bought a 48-52mm step up ring, and the hood fits that. I’m almost done with the roll of HP5 in the camera and I’ll be posting a detailed gear review with some sample photos once I have it developed. A preliminary thought however…

I thought I wouldn’t enjoy the Canonet 28 as much as its older brother the Canonet QL 17, because the 28 is fully auto. However, I’ve found this not to be true. Despite not being able to control the depth of field as much as I’d like, it is still extremely enjoyable to shoot with.

Canonet 28

Canonet 28

canonet 28 top view

Auf wiedersehen,

Chris

La Brea Tar Pits

I rode the bus over to the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood of LA this morning, intending to visit LACMA and the Stanley Kubrick exhibit. Unfortunately, when I got there the museum was closed. 😦 Fortunately however, the La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum are right next door 🙂 The tar pits themselves are a bit…underwhelming, but there is a very nice park and Mid-Wilshire is a cool area to hang out in and have lunch. I brought along my Canonet 28 and also took some photos using the Camera Plus app with my iPhone 4. 

The Page Museum is sort of built into a hill and there’s a neat lattice structure on the roof which made for some interesting shadows. I also took this on HP5 film. I’m curious to compare the two photos when I get the roll developed. 

museum

 

These purple trees are in bloom all over LA. This city can be surprisingly beautiful at times. 

 

purple tree

 

The Camera Plus app is great, but it loses sharpness at even the slightest zoom. Not terrible though, especially for a phone. 

 

dragon fly

 

Enjoying the park 🙂

 

shoes

 

And finally…I snapped this while waiting for a bus and used the built in tilt-shift effect from the app. Rather cruddy, but again, not terrible for a camera phone. 

downtown LA

 

Stay tuned for my film shots!

Chris 

Hollywood and Vine

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I think that photo-walks are a really good way to get to know your city. I love just walking for a few hours around an area with my camera. I did this all the time in Japan over the summer, but I haven’t had as many opportunities to do so in LA this year. The city is not the most ‘walkable’ ever, but it’s not terrible. I just haven’t had the time to get out there.

A few weeks ago I did get a chance to walk around Hollywood with my girlfriend. I’ve been to Hollywood a bunch, but I hadn’t had a chance to explore it on foot. We took the LA metro (which I think is aesthetically the worst subways system ever…more on that later) to Hollywood Blvd and Vine, and then walked up to Hollywood and Highland. Hollywood is full of interesting people and it’s definitely somewhere I’d like to do street photography. The area is also a lot more grimey than it’s portrayed by…well, Hollywood.

The sun had set completely by the time I took this second photo. I was surprised I was able to hand-hold the camera still enough that the picture came out this clear. The whole front of this tattoo shop was visually enticing but I would’ve been standing in the middle of the road to shot it. I’m still happy with the end product.

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Thanks for dropping by!

Chris

Icons

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A few days ago I received a package from Photoworks with my developed film! I started shooting this particular roll of Ektar way back in December, which just goes to show how busy I have been in my final semester of college.** I took a trip up to San Francisco with my favorite person in the world, my girlfriend Kayla, this March. The weather was amazing which made for great photo opportunities all over the city.

This particular scene caught my eye in the Presidio: the American flag with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. I took multiple pictures, but I liked this one the best, with only the two icons and a beautiful sky showing. I am very pleased with the overall effect.

**On that note, I ended up getting into three graduate programs and ultimately decided to return to USC for another two years to get my master’s degree in public policy! It was a tough decision, but I had so many good reasons to stay in southern California for the near future. This summer however, I will be living in Berkeley with my girlfriend Kayla! My job is yet to be decided but I have a few interviews that I am very excited about. More to come – including more pictures.

Thanks for dropping by,

Chris

St. John’s Bridge

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The St. John’s bridge opened in 1931 and spans the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. It was designed by David Steinman, who also designed the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. On the east side of the bridge is Cathedral Park, which I visited on a rainy December day.

On the west side of the bridge is Forest Park, which makes for excellent photography. I love how it looks like the bridge just disappears into the trees. The Gothic architecture of the bridge towers is stunning. Steinman definitely knew what he was doing. This photo has a very distinct ‘mood’.

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Thanks for stopping by today!

Chris

Desolate

I took this series of photographs this November near my grandparents’ farm outside of Janesville, Wisconsin. Rural countryside in the winter, with the barren fields and pale sky, can feel immensely bleak; especially in black and white.

I used my Nikon N80 with t-max 400 film to take these photos. I think it was the perfect medium, given that a color photo would look almost the same that time year. In contrast to the landscape however, my grandparents’ home is extremely warm and welcoming.

Be sure to click the images to see full size!

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Chris

Dead end

About a week ago I went to visit MacLeay Park in Portland. The park is one of my favorites not only for its natural beauty but because of all the Portland history behind it. I’m a huge history buff.

I was intending to use up the last few shots on my current roll of film, but nothing caught my eye. After enjoying the park for a while, ice cold rain started to fall so I called it a day and headed back to my car.

About a block away I noticed this scene and knew I’d found something special. This old Lincoln with New Jersey plates and ‘suicide’ doors was sitting next to a dead end sign. It was just what I was looking for.

Dead End

Gotham

I just got a roll of Kodak T-Max 400 film back from the lab. The pictures are incredible! I just don’t think I would be able to reproduce this same look with digital.

I took this photo in Chicago right after Thanksgiving. If you’re a Dark Knight fan like me you’ll get the reference.

Gotham

Thanks for stopping by today!

Chris

My portfolio

Lately I’ve been working on picking out some of my best photos in order to put together a formal photography portfolio. Although, as a political scientist, I’ll likely never have a professional need for a photo portfolio, it’ll be nice to be able to showcase my work for friends. Putting together a portfolio has also allowed me to see just how much my abilities have improved since I started taking photos, and get a sense of what my ‘style’ has become.

These first four were taken on my film camera with Kodak Porta 400. I’m getting more and more addicted to film. I put a lot of thought into composing my film pictures and I really enjoy the whole process. The results can be stunning!

Other than that the pictures are in no particular order. Enjoy!

Daises
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Waiting
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Spectrum
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Blue
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Juxtaposition
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Reflection
665
Crowds
1178
Rebel
1196
Twilight
1538
Sunset
1546
Prickly
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Timberline
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Clouds
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Trestle
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Buoy
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Market
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Rainier
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Wenatchee
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Thanks for stopping by today!

Chris