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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Thanks for stopping by today!
Chris

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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.

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Canonet 28

canonet 28 top view

Auf wiedersehen,

Chris

Bend, Oregon and Cascade Lakes

For Memorial Day I took a trip over to central Oregon with my mom and brother. Central Oregon is mountainous, high-desert country that makes for gorgeous scenery. On Saturday morning we drove the Cascade Lakes Highway (really a two lane road) which has some great spots to stop and photograph the mountains. The snow covered conical peak you see in these photos is Mt. Bachelor. Today’s set up is my Nikon D40 w/ 18-70mm lens. I had fully intended to shoot only film for the weekend, but my N80 is experiencing some technical difficulties at the moment and I’m still working through the first roll of my Canonet 28 (want to make sure it’s exposing properly before I use it more exclusively).

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Mt. Bachelor is home to one of the biggest ski areas in North America. What’s cool though is that it’s day use only. There are no upscale developments or residential areas to spoil the nature. It gives the place a much more rugged feel.

 

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I can’t decide whether I like the black and white better, or color. They both work but have such different looks. The big fluffy clouds are what really make these pictures though.

 

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I took this photo one evening near the cabin where we were staying. The clear skies and high clouds provided some incredible sunsets.
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The Cascade Lakes Highway.
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Thanks for stopping by today!
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. 

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

 

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

 

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Enjoying the park 🙂

 

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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 

Graduation and looking forward

Next Friday I will be officially graduating from USC! I can’t believe how quickly my undergraduate career went by. Every year seemed to go faster and faster, and I honestly could not be more ready to be done. I am coming back in the fall for my masters degree. However, I will be working almost full time and living well off campus.

On May 31st I am moving to Berkeley for the summer and working at a large biomedical company doing IT and emerging market analysis. I cant wait to take advantage of all the photographic opportunities the Bay Area has to offer. I’m getting more comfortable with film and will be focusing on that aspect of my work. Also, look for more changes to this website in the near future!!! Big things to come.

And because this is a photography website I will leave you with this photo of my fraternity brothers lounging around when they should be studying for finals 😉

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Thanks for stopping by!
Chris