Construction is the first set in my new Twelves series, producing a cohesive set of twelve photos each month for the year. The San Francisco Bay Area is seeing a great deal of construction from housing to office buildings everywhere around the bay you see lots of growth. Back in 2000, I worked in an […]
A new plugin released today adds to Lightroom the ability to export straight to your WordPress Media Library. A handy feature which saves the hassle of exporting to your desktop and then uploading to your site. It works directly with WordPress.com, for a self-hosted site, it requires the Jetpack plug-in. Usage Steps Download Lightroom to […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The final week of my 52 rolls project, posting a roll of film a week for 52 weeks. The last roll is a roll of Kodak Ektar shot on the Konica Hexar AF. The Hexar is a great little camera, the film equivalent of the Fuji X100 series. Shots taken on: Konica Hexar AF, Hexar […]
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 #57 is on the penultimate week to my 52 rolls project, since I’m right down to the end and ending at around 60 total rolls, I can pick and choose a little the last ones to post. I have a few rolls I’ve shot for some series I’m putting together, so skipping to this […]
A set of minimalist photos on a foggy day down by the Bay.
Roll 53 is a roll of JCH Streetpan taken with my Nikon FM2. A set of shots from a couple of hikes to Lost Lake in Whistler, British Columbia. The weather was a bit rainy and cold, but it didn’t stop a couple from jumping in. We were just standing there taking a few shots […]
Roll 52 is a roll of Kodak Portra shot on a Contax G2. The roll was one of several I shot up in Whistler Canada for our companies annual meetup, see Grand Meetup 2016 for the full series. Technically this is the 52nd roll on the year, however not the 52nd week since I skipped […]
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 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 […]
Roll 48 is a roll of Fuji Natura 1600, which turned out very muddy and not that interesting. I shot the film previously in Roll 14 with much better results. Even though its 1600, looks like it really wants a lot of light to make good exposures. The first few shots of the roll were […]
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 […]
Roll 47 is a roll of Kodak Portra shot on a Contax G2. The Contax is a wonderful camera with a fantastic Zeiss lens system. I think most of the final batches of photos to close out the 52 rolls project will be from this camera. Shots of a luxury apartment complex being built in […]
Roll 46 is a roll of JCH Streetpan shot with a Contax lens on the Yashica FR-1. My previous shots with the Yashica were a bit spotty which I blamed the lens for, after looking at this roll I think it might be the photographer. For this roll I didn’t use the camera meter but […]
Roll 45 is a roll of Kodak Portra shot on a Fujifilm Klasse. The Klasse is a pretty sophisticated point-and-shoot camera with a high quality fixed lens. I quite like this camera but it’s a bit too expensive for what it is, and in my camera reduction mode I’ve already sold it off. The Klasse […]
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 […]
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 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, […]
Roll 44 is once again a roll of Kodak Portra shot on Nikon FM2n. I skipped roll 43 which was fairly mediocre, part of some film camera tests, not all tests pass. A set of shots from a few series I’m working on around the change in the Bay Area, including lots of construction and […]
Samsung located Samsung Research and Innovation Center in Sunnyvale moving in 2014. The campus includes several buildings and is located across the freeway from Moffett Field.
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 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 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 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, 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 […]
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 […]
Roll 42 is a roll of Kodak Portra shot on a Nikon FM2n. The roll was supplemental shots for my Silicon Valley project taken overlooking the salt flats in Redwood City, and Moffett Field in Mountain View. Shots taken on: Nikon FM2n, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8, Kodak Portra 400 Developed and scanned by Little Film Lab
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 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 […]