San Francisco Skyline

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There is something missing in this photo. Can you guess?

Made with Leica M-Monochrome (version 246) & Leica f2/35 Summicron. Aperture f16 and exposure 1/60th of a second. ISO 320.

[PhotoSet] B-Sides: Some photos from Paris, Sweden, & Japan

In 2015, I went around the world. I carried a Leica Q and a desire to just capture some special moments. I stopped by in Paris, Finland, Sweden, and Japan. I came home, edited a few photos and decided that I didn’t really like the Q. I forgot rest of the photos. And then I found some I liked — especially after I put them through the Chrome and Andromeda presets by Rebecca Lilly. I call them: the B-sides.

My one & only camera rig

I live between analog and digital worlds. My 12.9 inch iPad Pro and Logitech K811 keyboard are my preferred computer combination. For time, nothing like the artful work from masters at Grand Seiko. And for photography, I now work exclusively with Leica M-A and a f2/50mm Summicron.

All my other film and digital cameras, except for my Leica SL and Fuji x100F are on their way to new homes. It is very freeing to have a handful of lenses — imperfection is my new mantra. My film of choice Kodak Tri-X 400. My camera strap (Dsptch x Stash Special Edition) is a gift from my friend, Dsptch founder Richard Liu.

My friend Steve

My friend Steve Crandall: The mischievous and always fun kid that he is!

Made with Mamiya 6, Medium Format 6X6 camera. Pancro 400 #film. F3.5 at 1/45th of a second. 75mm normal lens.

Ferries Away

Watching the ferries in Seattle is one of my favorite things to do. Especially the soft evening light dances on the water. I have to admit, I was skeptical of my ability with film, but thanks to @JohnnyPatience I am starting to appreciate the nuances of the film slowly. Plus, I don’t have to spend hours trying to manipulate an image in the Lightroom, which is my least favorite part of the photographic process.

Made with Konica Hexar RF and f1.2/50mm Konica lens. F8. 1/45th of a second. Kodak Portra 400.

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Sunset in Seattle

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Made with Konica Hexar RF and f1.2/50mm Konica lens. F8. 1/45th of a second. Kodak Portra 400. 

Notre Dame, Paris, 2015

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Notre-Dame de Paris comes alive when people aren’t around to get in the way of its magnificence. And that is why I walk the streets of Paris at 5 am, looking for vistas of unspoiled beauty.

Made with Leica Q. Focal Length: 28mm. Aperture: f2.2. Exposure Time: 1/800th of a second. ISO: 100

[PhotoSet] The JBS Bar in Shibuya, Tokyo

September 2015: It was my first visit to Japan, and like all who visit the country, I fell in love with the culture, the landscapes and its general ability to march to its drum. Japanese love traditions and the traditional, and perhaps that is why you find analog mediums – film, vinyl, and paper — thrive in that country. I love Japanese paper and fountain pens.

While in Tokyo, I visited a bar called The JBS Bar. JBS stands for Jazz, Blues, and Soul. It is bar dedicated to classic whiskeys and classic sounds, all on vinyl. It is on a side street in Shibuya, and if you like old fashioned vinyl, then this is a great place to visit. The owner of the place is Kobayashi Kazuhiro, who started the bar as an extension of his home and personal record collection. The set up at the bar, according to The Vinyl Factory is “Thorens TD-124 turntables, a Mark Levinson preamplifier and a custom tube amplifier powering Altec Lansing speakers.”

As luck would have it, I had a camera handy and decided to make some photos. These are all JPEGs, converted to Monochrome using Rebecca Lilly’ ProSet V preset, Andromeda. Made with Leica Q, my least favorite Lecia!

[PhotoSet] Muir Woods

It is so strange that I have lived in California for more than 15 years and I have never been to Muir Woods. So one day I was feeling too anxious at work — we all do sometimes — and my friend Mark Kawano thought it would be a good idea to grab our cameras and walk among the woods which have been there long before us and will be there long after us to get some perspective.

Twitter, Facebook, and Internet might have sped up time for us, but these giant trees show that things move on a scale that is much grander. What we think is now, is just a forgotten dot in the grand scheme of things.  That was was great therapy, and there were some awesome images along the way — I think. I am shooting mostly film now and use iPhoneX for more casual photos.

This is a series of pictures from that visit and it also shows off the awesomeness of iPhoneX camera.

[PhotoSet] A Foggy Morning Porto 2017

These are photos I made in Porto in March 2017, when visiting Veniam (for a board meeting.) It was a rare and beautiful foggy morning — catnip for me — and I ended up walking for hours with FujiFilm xPro2. I dug these up to showcase this fantastic Andromedia preset created by Rebecca Lilly for her forthcoming Rebecca Lilly Pro V Preset Pack. If you like to edit photos and are looking for something exclusive and wonderful, I would recommend checking out Rebecca’s work. She helped me work through so many of my teething problems in photo editing and for that she will always have a special place in my visual journey.