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A Walk Through Chinatown

I’m trying to branch out and explore (of course with a camera) the many varied neighborhoods around the city.  Today I decided to take a stroll through Chinatown. Most photos of the area that I like have been taken at night. I decided to give the daytime a try…..came back with very few images. A nighttime visit is definitely called for.

 

 

 

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Dinner plus sunset minus the moonrise

My friends called and invited me to dinner this evening. I grabbed a camera and went to meet them. I guess we technically could be celebrating Bastille Day but we went to a steak restaurant (delicious) and not to anyplace French (as if we would have gotten in).  The camera I grabbed was the XZ-1 as I am still working on learning it and it is small enough to put in my pocket (yes, it was a big pocket). I arrived a few minutes early and had a seat at the bar.

So, I do have the obligatory photos of lemons, limes and my gin and tonic. And yes, I do have a picture of Angela and Jason with the dark red restaurant walls making them look a bit sunburned. Always a little weird in the summer to finish dinner and still have be so light.  But it was eight o’clock so the sun should have been starting its rapid descent. Chrissy Field seemed to be calling my name to watch the sunset. The wind was blowing so hard I really did need to wait in the car and and hang out until the sun to dipped low enough to not completely blow out any exposure. Well when the wind blows fog does follow….but thankfully tonight it stayed pretty clear and the fog hovered in one small area over the Marin Headlands. I got some reasonable shots and decided to head towards Fort Point to get closer to the bridge only as I got closer the light got much worse.

After I turned around to head back home…..I was astonished and dismayed as I realized I was looking completely in the wrong direction this evening!  Looking back toward the city there was an amazing moon rising and it was still not too bright and it was well below the top of the tall buildings. I will have to live with that picture n emblazoned in my brain because I was driving and there was no place to stop and pull over. I drove around looking for another amazing vantage point, but sadly I had missed the photo op. I need to look up the moonrise information for tomorrow and maybe have another go at it!

 

I’ve added a larger version of this image in the Golden Gate Gallery.

 

 

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Preliminary Tests XZ-1

Everyone I know has been on a search for the holy grail. The perfect compact camera. Small enough for a pocket (or at least a large pocket), a good array of manual controls, a fast sharp  lens, responsive (write times/focusing/startup) and just the right balance between the megapixel count and excellent image quality. For a number of years there were slim pickings but in the past two years the camera companies have taken note and they are all vying to be king of this category. There are credible cameras from Canon, Samsung, Nikon, Panasonic, and Olympus. The last entrant to this category is the Olympus and they seem to have listened to users when doing their designs. With a fast f1.8-2.5 lens, only 10 megapixels, and a lens sharp from corner to corner, a lot of photographers have taken notice. There is one more big bonus, the camera can use the excellent detachable EVF (electronic viewfinder) that debuted on the company’s higher end micro 4/3 cameras. So, I decided to give it a try first selling off two different Canon models (G12 and S95) to fund the purchase.

The new camera arrived today and I had a few minutes to get out and use it before charging up the battery. I probably only made a dozen photos and didn’t want to venture too far since I hadn’t yet charged the battery (which seems minuscule – I feel a spare or two will be in my future). Pulling the files up on the computer I was very impressed by the image quality. I have a lot more to work through to learn the controls and perhaps we are getting closer to the perfect compact. More to come….

 

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