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

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The Alley

Lately I’ve been experimenting with still-life and scenic type photography, where I use my tripod and take a long time composing the shot. I like the added ability a tripod gives you to be able to produce very sharp images in low light.

There is a pair of shoes hanging in the alleyway behind my house that I’ve been wanting to photograph for some time. The lighting wasn’t exactly how I wanted it today, but I thought I’d give it a go anyways.

I took two photos (with multiple tries per photo). This first photo is zoomed in closer which makes the shoes the primary focus, but I think I like the second one better with the full view of the alley. What do you think?

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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
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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
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Crowds
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Rebel
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Twilight
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Sunset
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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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Chris

Rural Wisconsin

This year for Thanksgiving, my family converged on my grandparents’ farm outside of Janesville, Wisconsin. Janesville is a not quite a city, but a little bit too big to be a town. The old downtown is situated on the Rock River which is really pleasant. Recently Janesville was in the news for being the home of vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan. Much more interestingly it was the home to a large Parker Pen factory that my grandfather managed I always enjoy going back to my grandparents’ farm and seeing them. It’s nice getting away from city life. My grandma grew up in a house just down the road from the farm so she’s literally lived there her whole life which is so interesting. There’s something really relaxing about being in the countryside. I definitely think that when I retire someday, it will be in rural area. Lots of great opportunities for photography!

Meeting up with my family also meant getting to use some of my mom’s lenses. Most of these were taken on a Nikkor 50mm 1.8

The shuttle van dropped me off at LAX painfully early. On the bright side the lighting was excellent! This was the first time I’d flown American Airlines in a while and I was happy with their service, although the seats were a bit cramped.
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My Grandparents’ mailbox.
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The area around the farm was formed by glaciers, so there’s lots of rolling hills.
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Took a ton of pictures of this birdhouse. I really like the selective focus that the 1.8 lens offers.
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Chris