Fujifilm X-Pro2 Tips

Here are a couple of tips for using the Fuji X-Pro2, the tips might apply to your camera even if not the XP2. Hand Grip Base Plate One of my favorite accessories for the X-Pro2 is the metal hand grip, which also comes with a metal base plate. The hand grip improves the handling of […]

Twelves

For 2017, my year long project is to create a series a month, twelve series with twelve photos in each. Each month I’ll focus on a single topic, shoot, and edit it down to just 12 photos. Last year I worked on a 52-rolls project shooting a roll of a film a week for the […]

52 Rolls Project Recap

I’ve completed my 52 rolls project, shooting a roll of a film a week for the whole year. I actually ended up shooting 59 rolls of film, a few were skipped from posting due to poor quality or just outright fail. It was a fun project, I’m glad I did. First some stats: Camera Nikon […]

High Desert

Each Christmas we travel down to the Palmdale/Lancaster area to visit my wife’s family. My wife lived there as a teenager and not really a fan of the desert. I think there is an odd beauty in the emptiness. You can see my photos from last year and 2014, and an airplane park.

Roll 51, 2016

Roll 51 is another roll of Kodak Portra shot on the Contax G2. The astute observer will notice another roll got skipped. Roll #50 was a bit of a mess, it was shot with a test camera that needed serious adjustment, nothing was in focus and maybe only half-exposed properly. Instead here’s a nice consistent […]

Roll 49, 2016

Roll 49 is a roll of Kodak Portra shot on the Contax G2, of all the different films and camera shot throughout the project, this might be my favorite combination. The Contax G2 is a rangefinder camera with autofocus and autoexposure, so operates similar to a full SLR, in a slightly more compact form. Shots […]

White Oaks

White Oaks is a neighborhood in San Carlos, the town I live in California. The neighborhood is named after the great oak trees that are found throughout, which technically are not white oaks but valley oaks, a misnomer by early settlers that stuck. Ruby is an oak tree whose roots are causing problems with the […]

Grand Meetup 2016

A set of photos from Automattic’s Grand Meetup 2016, see my photos from previous years 2015, 2014, and 2013. This year we were in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia, where the 2010 Winter Olympics were held. I’m a little late in posting because this year I didn’t bring a digital camera, I only shot film and […]

The Label of Art & Artists

In his book Orbiting the Giant Hairball, Gordon MacKenzie tells the following story when he goes around to schools to teach and what happens when he asks the children “Are you an artist?” When asked to the 1st grade class, they would all enthusiastically raise their hands, proud to be artists. In 2nd grade, only […]

Stanford Today

Stanford continues to be near the center of activity for Silicon Valley. The University continues to grow, attracting entrepreneur minded students, and perpetuating a progressive ethos that has been part of the area since the Gold Rush. The core of Silicon Valley started at Stanford and expanded mostly south to Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, […]

Evernote

Evernote was founded by Stepan Pachikov in 2007, with the Evernote web service opening in beta in June 2008. Originally founded in Sunnyvale, Evernote moved to the pictured Redwood City Headquarters in 2012.

Y Combinator

Y Combinator was founded in March 2005 in Mountain View by Paul Graham, Jessica Livingston, Robert Morris and Trevor Blackwell. Y Combinator is a venture capital firm which started with a unique model. They invest a small amount of money in very early stage companies, providing seed money, but more importantly advice and networking.

Box

Box was founded in 2005 by Aaron Levie, which started as a college project while he was a student at USC. Levie cofounded the company with his friend Dylan Smith as CFO. In 2016, the company moved from Los Altos to its brand new headquarters in downtown Redwood City.

Facebook

Facebook launched its website on February 4, 2004, developed by Mark Zuckerberg with his Harvard roommates and friends. By summer 2004, the company moved out to Palo Alto and by 2007, Facebook was growing rapidly and opened to the general public, previously still closed to just colleges. In Feb 2011, after gobbling numerous buildings and […]

Android

Android, Inc. was founded in Palo Alto in October 2003 by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears, and Chris White to develop an advanced operating system for digital cameras. The company switched to a larger market focusing its efforts on producing a smartphone operating system to compete with Nokia’s Symbian and Microsoft Windows Mobile. Google […]

Tesla Motors

Shown above is Tesla Motors headquarters located in the Stanford Research Park in Palo Alto. Tesla was originally founded in 2003 in San Carlos just a block away from where the historic company Varian started. Now, a possible even better company took over Tesla’s R&D spot, Devil’s Canyon Brewing makers of my favorite beer. Pictured […]

Survey Monkey

Survey Monkey started as an atypical technology company, founded in 1999 by brothers Ryan and Chris Finley, without raising any outside funding, not common at a time when money was so easy to get. They operated the company and grew slowly but profitably to an estimated $30m in sales with just 12 employees after 10 […]

Google

Google began in January 1996 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while graduate students at Stanford University. They originally named their new search engine “BackRub” because the system checked backlinks to estimate the importance of a site. The service, renamed to Google, originally ran under Stanford University’s website at google.stanford.edu and […]

PayPal

In December 1998, PayPal was started as Confinity founded by Max Levchin, Peter Thiel, Luke Nosek and Ken Howery, building security software for handheld devices. They developed the money transfer service PayPal. In March 2000, Confinity merged with X.com, an online banking company founded by Elon Musk and renamed itself to the PayPal service they […]