Warm afternoon, cold beer, Lake Merritt.

Got to work early, and therefore off early today.  Decided to spend some time with a buddy over a cold beer or two before ending my day.  Living here has its benefits.  It is good to remember to enjoy the simple things when they are before you.  Very grateful to have been able to enjoy today’s warm, sunny afternoon and to have been able to share it with my friend, Scott.

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Reading – The Utopia Experiment and The Catcher in the Rye

Reading - The Utopia Experiment and The Catcher in the Rye

From an ongoing street photography project entitled simply, ‘Reading.’

The basic premise of the project is that fewer and fewer people are reading printed media.  Instead we tend to be engrossed in our phones or tablets more often than not. This is particularly true in San Francisco where I work and spend a good deal of my free time.

It has become somewhat of a sport within my hobby capturing people reading a book or newspaper ‘in the wild,’ i.e. not at a coffee house or other safe location to sit and read.

The man in the foreground is reading The Utopia Experiment by Kyle Mills/Robert Ludlum and the woman behind him is reading The Catcher In The Rye by (duh) JD Salinger.

More about it here

Foggy Santa Barbara – a series in Black and White

We finally made the trip to Santa Barbara for the weekend.  After over a year of saying that we should, that we would, we did it!

My girlfriend graduated from college at UCSB and has a special place in her heart for Santa Barbara.  Having spent one evening there in some forgettable company many years ago, I was eager to see it again through the eyes of someone who had lived some of her formative years here.

We stayed at a hotel between East Beach and State Street down by the water and, although the weather was uncooperative for the most part, we spent a great deal of time walking and exploring (well, *I* was exploring – she knew exactly where she was going).

I really loved the proximity of everything on State Street:  Fine restaurants, funky bars, cafes, sidewalk bistros, shopping – it’s all around you.  The pace emanates a laid back feeling that caused me to slow my usual pace.  To actually FEEL like I was on vacation.  It was a good feeling.

The variety of architecture demands your attention.  Given Santa Barbara’s history, there is definitely a preponderance of adobe and terra cotta, but throughout the Lower State area there is enough variety to keep your eye entertained and shutter finger itchy.  For neon sign aficionados, there are several examples sprinkled about the area.

For this trip, I wanted to be a tourist and to have a light camera close to hand at all times.  The two cameras I brought were (as they have always been) perfect.  I found I preferred the x100 for its wider view and quiet shutter in interior spaces but the X Pro 1 performed admirably when I had it with me.  Images from both cameras are included below.  The X Pro 1 was equipped with the 35mm/1.4.

There was so much more to see and to do.  Next time maybe we’ll stretch it out by a couple more days.

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Brooks Photography Gallery, x100

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Writing the Return Address, Anacapa Post Office, x100

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Balancing act – Father and Daughter at the train station, x100

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Overcast, x100

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Living wall at Hotel Indigo, State Street, x100

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Whiskey Richards, State Street, x100
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Cup of joe at Joe’s on State Street, X Pro 1
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Tradition – photographs of yesteryear’s servers supervise today’s staff at Joe’s, X Pro 1

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Courthouse, X Pro 1

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Courthouse interior just before closing time, X Pro 1

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Courthouse event prep – rolling in two tables at once, X Pro 1

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First day at the skate park for the little guy, according to his dad, X Pro 1

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Post office Detail, Anacapa Post Office, x100

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Decisions, x100

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#9, Meridian Studios, x100

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Silhouettes, State Street/101 undercrossing, x100

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Victor the Florist, x100

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The courthouse in the evening – 180 degrees from Victor the Florist, x100

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David (X Pro 1)