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San Francisco and Oakland at night – Street Photography with Fujifilm XE-1

Well, that was quick.  Gone are the long afternoons and endless twilight.  Summer has fled and so it seems has the sun. Sure, it’s warm during the day lately, but…I get up, it’s dark. I get home from work, it’s dark.  Bleh.  Besides the time change, I’ve somehow contracted the misguided notion that it is constantly a day further into the week than it actually is.  Ah well.  Street photography.  Night time.  Good.

Lucky me, the XE-1 is a champ in low light. I’ve gotten my street photography fix the last few days by venturing outside after night has settled over the Bay Area and have been really pleased with the results.  I’ve been shooting mostly at ISO3200 and 1.4.  Several of the following shots are straight out of camera black and white .jpgs with minimal processing (crop for composition, minor contrast/level adjustments).

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It isn’t going to water itself.

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Don’t look up.  Chucky is watching.

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Downtown Oakland

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Aftermath of an inappropriate comment

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Fermé.

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This way to Bix.

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Mary Stallings at Bix – she’s fabulous and has got great jazz chops

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Phone zombies

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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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Insomnia + Camera = Late Night Street Photography!

Woke up the other morning (night) at 3 a.m. and couldn’t fall asleep again.  Rather than toss and turn any further, I got up and jumped in the car and drove around Oakland with the cameras.  The streets were deserted, for the most part.  Sadly, most of the lights were off at that hour, so there wasn’t much to see.  Shot with x100 and X Pro 1 with 35/1.4, post in Silver Efex Pro.

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At the Oakland Post Office

At the Oakland Post Office

Really enjoying the images from the Fuji x100. It’s such a capable little camera and its images are rich and full of character.

The 23mm lens is just the right length for almost everything I want to do with a camera, hence all the work with my X Pro 1 and its 24mm manual focus lens.

This shot was from a walk through the downtown Oakland Post Office this evening just as the sun was setting. The light was fading and the fluorescents were just starting to take effect in these post office box alcoves – there are seven or eight of them along the length of the interior of the building.

I really was hoping to come upon someone standing at one of these gorgeous glass-topped tables sorting through their mail or filling out a form, but it was close to closing time and there was no one around.