Urban Decay in Oakland

I finally toured the old 16th Street Train Station¬†in Oakland, and we didn’t even have to hop any fences. This gorgeous old building is now being cared for and one can rent it out for events, including weddings!

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More below the cut, the back of the building is covered in some terrific graffiti….

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Fuji X-Pro1 at Weddings

I keep seeing some amazing work being shot by other photographers at weddings with the Fuji X-pro1 (and other cameras in that family), and I’ve begun to use mine for detail and ‘getting ready’ photos. While I rely on DSLR’s for most of the coverage, I’m finding the low profile and quiet shutter is far less intimidating as people are relaxing before the big event.

As other people have noted, the JPG processing right out of the camera is beautiful, with a very film-like quality too it. Thank you, Fuji!

Both images shot on Fuji X-Pro1, 35mm 1.4

San Francisco Botanical Garden

The weather was so beautiful today, I took a few hours off of work to wander in the San Francisco Botanical Garden with my Fuji X-pro1. (All images shot with the 35mm lens, although I’m strongly tempted to pick up the 60mm as a holiday gift for myself!)

These squirrels are hilarious, they’re so used to being fed (although one is not supposed to feed them), they come right up to you, but then scamper off once they determine no treats are forthcoming.

Fuji X-Pro1 Firmware Update

I’m hip-deep in a lot of retouching, and have some fun stuff to share coming up – including a few amazing weddings. I did want to drop a note about the latest firmware update for the X-Pro1. MUCH faster focus and some nice options -faster write to the card, faster delete, just all around improved performance for the camera. My friend Indra was vending at a club event last week, so I had a chance to test it in some really tricky lighting situations and was extremely impressed at the upgrade! Download the new update here.

All images were shot with the 35mm 1.4 lens

Check out the definition in the black areas on this shot. I’m more and more impressed with this camera’s performance in low light situations, as well as the auto white balance. Fuji also just announced an exciting new camera at Photokina – the X-E1, which looks terrific. I might need to get one for my partner so we’ll both have a Fuji and can share lenses!