Lost in Love in Santa Fe

Lost in Love - Santa Fe - 2014

This is another image taken along Santa Fe’s famous Canyon Road – where many of the city’s art galleries are located. It was late afternoon and we were slowly walking up the road to have dinner at Geronimo (where I had elk for the first time – sourced from New Zealand and marinated for a day in dark beer!).

I loved how the late afternoon sun was lighting up these two pieces of our door sculpture and captured this shot with my Fujifilm X-T1. Post-processed in Lightroom using VSCO Film.

Checking In

Checking In - San Francisco - 2014

It’s certainly getting easy to catch shots like this – part of what I call “Checking In”.

This one was shot at San Francisco’s Citibank Center – the sharp focus is on the close in chair – with the woman in the background in soft focus with a bit of a painterly touch.

I really like this look. Shot with my Fujifilm X-E2.

Such is Love along Santa Fe’s Canyon Road

Such is Love - Santa Fe - 2014

We headed out along Santa Fe’s Canyon Road – for an early dinner reservation at Geronimo. Along the way, most of the galleries were closing up shop at the end of the day.

Up an alley, I noticed this sculpture – standing up against that building with the crumbling wall in the late afternoon sun. And the brilliant blue doorway. Wonder what’s behind that door?

Isn’t this what Santa Fe is all about? Such is love along Canyon Road…shot with my Fujifilm X-T1.

Alone along Canyon Road in Sante Fe

Alone - Santa Fe - 2014

Walking along Canyon Road in Santa Fe late in the day last week, I came across this sculpture – reminds me of Jack London.

Shot with my Fujifilm X-T1 and post-processed in Lightroom 5, Photoshop CC and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.

That Frosty Window at Bistro 315 in Santa Fe

Bistro 315 - Santa Fe - 2014

Santa Fe has several really special restaurants. For our first dinner, we went to a great spot close by – Bistro 315.

Above our table was this window with the wine bottles all lined up. In fact, all of the windows had wine bottles lined up!

I shot this with my iPhone 5s and added a bit of texture in Photoshop CC using the oil paint filter. The texture on the window almost looks like frost – but it wasn’t frosty in Santa Fe!

I love how the label on one of the bottles is peeling off – adding visual interest.

We had the D’alfonso-Curran 2008 Chardonnay with dinner – a pretty amazing wine!

Red Peppers in Santa Fe

Peppers - Santa Fe - 2014

A popular decoration in Santa Fe are these dried red peppers – hanging in doorways and windows – and on gates.

I found them fascinating as subjects – especially as the lighting shifted from early morning through the afternoon and into evening.

This is a late afternoon example shot at The Inn of the Five Graces with my Fujifilm X-T1.

That Fabric in Santa Fe

Iridescent - Santa Fe - 2014

We recently spent a few days in Santa Fe – with my Fujifilm X-T1 and iPhone 5s.

This is one of my favorite shots from the weekend – shot inside the main building at Jackalope with the Fujifilm X-T1. I titled it “Iridescent” – that’s what the vibrant colors brought to mind.

Jackalope reminds me of the old Cost Plus Imports in San Francisco – imports from all over the world, lots of doo dads and trinkets – and some beautiful fabric and pottery. A place to step out of whatever your normal is.

If you go to Santa Fe, be sure to visit Jackalope!

Candles in the Light

Candles - Santa Fe - 2014

While visiting an import store in Santa Fe, I came across these candles from Indonesia. There was beautiful indirect light coming through the room providing some beautiful contrasts across the shapes of the candles.

Image taken with my Fujifilm X-T1 and post-processed using Lightroom 5, Photoshop CC, ALCE, and Nik Color Efex Pro 4.

Memories of My Early Days at IBM

IBM System 360 Model 30 - Computer History Museum - 2014

Yesterday we taught a Bitcoin payments workshop at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. It was fun talking about the future of payments and virtual currencies in such a setting – with rooms full of vintage hardware on the floor below! It also reminded me that we need to be thinking about creating a “Payments History Museum” someplace on the planet!

The new Revolution exhibit at the Computer History Museum is stunning – beautifully laid out and thematically organized. One of the areas is devoted to “Mainframes” – and, as I came into that area, this IBM System/360 Model 30 was on display.

I have many fond memories of the Model 30 – I probably logged more hands-on datacenter time on the Model 30 than any other mainframe. While it was primarily a DOS machine, I’d also put together a trimmed down version of OS/360 which I could also run in the limited memory of the Model 30.

Seeing this “beauty” brought back lots of memories!…

Both of these images were quickly grabbed with a Fujifilm X-T1.

Think - Computer History Museum - 2014