My Visit to SFMOMA

One Way - SFMOMA - 2016

Yesterday I headed to San Francisco for my first visit to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) since its recent re-opening. It was a perfect day to do so – with light commute travel given the start of the Memorial Day weekend. I bought my ticket online for a 10:15 AM entry and was able to join as soon as it opened.

I’m a quick museum go’er – preferring to move quickly between rooms to get a sense and then circling back to look more closely at certain items that interest me. Definitely best done as a solitary pursuit as I’d frustrate a companion with my quick movements and subsequent zigging and zagging!

I spent about two hours exploring – and then stopped for an early lunch at Cafe 5 – which was lovely by the way!

I packed my Fujifilm X-Pro2 and X70 cameras in my shoulder bag – but, as it turned out, I only took pictures with my iPhone 6s. I enjoyed shooting light – and “light” – with just my iPhone.

Here are some examples. I’m looking forward to making another pass later this year!

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Roman Holiday

Spritzes - Rome - 2016

Last week I was in Rome – in a street photography workshop led by Valérie Jardin. It was a very special week – with a great group of photographers from Australia, UK, Canada and the US.

This week in Rome was my third workshop with Valérie – having first joined her in the fall of 2014 in Paris and this past February in San Francisco for street photography workshops in both locations. She’s a great leader of these kinds of workshops – the best I’ve experienced.

For the workshop, I opted to go with minimal gear – my Fujifilm X100T, a new Fujifilm X70 and my iPhone 6s (with the Apple Battery Case). I left behind my interchangeable lens and bodies – wanting to just stay as minimal as I could. I was very happy with the results!

This was my first time in Rome where I had time to explore – and I loved it. The weather couldn’t have been better. Our group worked together part of the time and we had ample time to just go exploring on our own as well. A very special week with some wonderful memories was the result. I don’t think I’ve ever walked so many cobblestone streets in my life!

My Rome album is here.

Reader - Rome - 2016

Happy Together!

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Goodfellas - Rome - 2016

Your Turn - Rome - 2016

Bliss

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Up High in San Francisco with my iPhone 6s

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Sometimes you get lucky – you’re in the right place at the right time.

Such was my luck – up high over San Francisco and shooting with just my iPhone 6s – toward the Transamerica Building, Coit Tower, and Alcatraz and the bay beyond.

It’s amazing what we can capture with just the camera in our pocket…

Adding the Fujifilm X70 to my camera bag

Fujifilm X70

[Update: Be sure to see this post talking about me doing two days of street photography in San Francisco with the Fujifilm X70.]

A couple of years ago I made the switch from Canon DSLR’s to Fujifilm’s X series cameras – initially to the Fujifilm X-E2, then an X100S (since sold), then an X-T1, then an X100T – and, just now adding the new Fujifilm X70 to my camera bag. I’ve come to appreciate Fuji’s approach to cameras – and love shooting with them. There’s something special for me about Fuji’s design esthetic that creates a delightful experience when I’m out on the streets shooting with one of their cameras.

So, what spot does the new X70 fill for me? It’s that camera that’s always with me – but a step above the iPhone that’s always in my pocket.

What’s going to be interesting over the next couple of years is how those two converge – or collide. My iPhone 6s has a beautiful sensor – and a delightful Camera app that let’s me create wonderful images. The X70 is just a cut above – a photographer’s delight with all of the manual controls plus the integration with my iOS devices. They’re converging – but still different enough to be separate experiences. I not going to carry my iPhone on a wrist strap while walking the streets – and I’m unlikely to pull out the X70 if I want to take a quick shot of friends, a beautiful meal or a street scene that just materializes.

In other words, we’re still learning – and I’m enjoying the process. Someone once said a smart man is known by his tools. Both of these tools are superb instruments – converging in ways I’m yet to understand.

Sunrise San Francisco

Sunrise - San Francisco - 2016

A few days ago I departed SFO on a flight that made a magical tour around San Francisco before we headed off to the southwest.

Here’s a look back at the sunrise – shot out the window with my iPhone 6S.

“We built this City” came to mind as a title for this image!

Departing San Francisco

San Francisco

Yesterday I was outbound from San Francisco and our flight made this wonderful loop up and around the City itself. Fortunately I had a window seat on the left side of the airplane and had a window seat to all of this.

I snapped this image (along with many others!) using my iPhone 6s.

Below is a monochrome treatment of the same image.

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Union Square – San Francisco

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I had an early morning breakfast meeting this morning in San Francisco. I parked at the Union Square garage and came upstairs to some beautiful morning light.

I capture three images with my iPhone 6s – the one above and the two below. They couldn’t be more different. Enjoy!

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Street Photography Hawaiian Style

Street photography Hawaiian style

We recently spent a long weekend on the Big Island of Hawaii. Not exactly the place for great street photography!

But, on our way to dinner at Brown’s Beach House at the Fairmont Orchid I happened to notice this “street shot” – and captured it with my iPhone 6s. Does it qualify as street photography? No, of course not – there’s no street as such! But it captures a typical street photography scene – and that’s good enough for me!

By the way, today’s the 14th anniversary of my blog – with the first post here on November 25, 2001.