Film ~ First roll from my Canonet 28!

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I just picked up the first roll of film shot on my new (old) Canonet 28 from Looking Glass Photo in Berkeley, and I could not be more excited! It took me a few months to shoot this roll of HP5 but the results are well worth the wait. The fixed 40mm 2.8 lens on the Canonet 28 is incredible sharp.

Meet my friend Griffin. I saw him  with his skateboard and asked him to pose for this photo. After a few months he finally has the result. With this roll of film I really tried to branch out in my ‘style’ of photography. I took more candids and portraits  and it was a great exercise in creativity. Forcing yourself to evolve is the best way to prevent getting bored or stagnating creatively.

San Francisco Daily Photography

This is just a small preview from the Canonet until I have some more time over the long weekend to post more photos and write an extensive review of the camera itself. Check back for updates! I have a lot of insights to share if you’re considering a compact film rangefinder.

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Chris

Market Street Walk

I went to the San Francisco farmer’s market yesterday at the Embarcadero. If you haven’t been it’s a must do in SF and happens every Saturday. It also turns out that yesterday was the start of the Nordstrom’s men’s half yearly sale and some massive Macy’s sale, so I decided to walk up Market Street to Union Square in search of no-show dress socks for summer at work.

Today’s set up is just my iPhone 4 with the Camera Plus app which I highly recommend. I spent some time looking for shots that I will want to retake with one of my film cameras later in the summer. Enjoy!

The Bay Bridge.
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Office buildings on Market Street. I tried to create an interesting perspective by aligning the edge of the building with the frame of the photo.
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The Contemporary Jewish Museum near Yerba Buena Park.
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The lobby of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. So many photographic opportunities because of the full-height atrium, but I really liked this sculpture with the dangling lights in particular.
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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

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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
Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH
Waiting
Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH
Spectrum
Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH
Blue
Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH
Juxtaposition
474
Reflection
665
Crowds
1178
Rebel
1196
Twilight
1538
Sunset
1546
Prickly
Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH
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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Chris

Views from the street: part 2

Saturday night I decided to have another go at street photography, and headed up the hill to Roppongi. On weekends the sidewalks are filled with a sea of international club seekers and promoters all too willing to oblige them. The scene is absolutely chaotic, and makes for endless interesting photo opportunities.

私のブログで多くの日本人を見て気づいた。支援をいただき、ありがとうございます!

Huomasin monia suomalaisia ​​katsomaan blogiani. Kiitos tuesta!

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This guy stopped me to promote his club. I was surprised he let me take his picture! (and didn’t stick around for him to change his mind)

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Very common scene: absorbed in the cell phone.

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Casual Ferrari.

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Yours truly at the Grand Hyatt Roppongi. (I have a habit of sneaking up to the top floor of expensive hotels to take pictures)

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Roppongi is one of the few places in Tokyo I see graffiti. Adds character?

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で停止していただきありがとうございます!

Kiitos, että pysäyttäminen on!

-Chris

Night Moves

If you don’t get the Bob Seger reference it’s okay. If you don’t know who Bob Seger is please educate yourself – http://youtube.com/watch?v=_mRFWQoXq4c

Taking photos at night is a blast! There are so many opportunities to create neat effects with lighting and lack-there-of. All of these are from the Omotesandō area. If you can’t tell, I love bikes. Tokyo has THE COOLEST bikes ever. There’s not too many descriptions to go along with these, just pure enjoyment. The pictures are easily most of my new favorites.

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Chris