Apartment Hunting

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I can’t believe a year has almost gone by since I’ve been out in CA. At this point, I have to start thinking about next steps. I can continue to live in my current apartment, but it’s pretty expensive. I may need to consider getting a roommate to reduce my rent.

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Anyway, I also looked at an apartment complex out in Pacifica. I’m really digging the scenery.

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There’s just something so gorgeous about this place. I talked to one of the tenants, and they said that they go surfing every morning before they work. There’s something to be said about this lifestyle.

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The combination of the black sand beach, ocean and flowers makes this place feel like a slice of heaven.

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The question is, will I be able to live with the commute. While it’s cheaper to live here, I’d have to do about a 40 minute commute each direction every day. I’m not sure if that’s worth the time. It may be better for me to live somewhere else and just take and uber out here on the weekends.

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But man, this place is just incredible. Look at those flowers.

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Anyways, what do you think? Worth the commute? I know annie said she likes it. Hah!

Photography in the Family

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My dad always talked about his father handing down a large format camera. I never saw it until recently, and it’s a really incredible piece.

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What you see here is a Zeiss Ikon, 120mm large format camera. It’s in excellent condition, and it’s just so compact. What’s amazing is that it feels smaller than my Nikon D610.

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Here’s a photo of my dad’s Nikon F2 next to his dad’s camera. There’s a part of me that wants to upgrade my camera body at some point and get some Leica lenses. Maybe at some point, I’ll pick up that Sony A7RII in the future and snag a f.95 noctilux on there. #GOALS

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What’s crazy is that I learned photography on my dad’s camera. It’s bonkers that I’m actually still using his lenses.

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Oooh… I’d like this to be a part of the trio of cameras in our family. I love my D600, but it’s bulky, and acts up every once and a while.

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Oh man, Sony really got it right with this one.

The Temptation of a Mirrorless Camera Body

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As you know, I’ve been getting back into photography recently. I believe I’ve been drawn to it more since I’ve been using ephemeral photo/video apps like Flare and Snapchat. There are just some things that I want to capture and keep forever.

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Right now, I have this little itch to upgrade my gear. There’s a serious allure to the new mirrorless camera bodies out there. Even the cropped sensors are getting pretty darn good. In particular, I’d love to get my hands on a Sony A7II or A7RII. They’re just so well designed… they’re so compact, and I really like the retro design combined with all the new high tech features.

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There are a ton mirrorless bodies being released, and each one is getting better and better with every new iteration. The problem is that if I upgrade, I’d probably have to get new glass.

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And I’m not sure if I’m ready to sell everything off. And truth be told, I don’t think a new camera body will really affect the quality of my images, nor will it make my photography any better.

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One could argue that the iPhone is all you really need… but I definitely prefer using my DSLR. I tried doing the whole minimal photography with the iPhone, but it was really limited.

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There’s just something nice about looking through a viewfinder and composing a shot. Currently, I’m using a Nikon D600 with a couple of lenses, and it seems to be working for me.

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Anyway, I think the point I’m making is that I don’t need to get a new body right now. It’s probably more important to focus on developing my eye and investing into more glass. I’m not sure how long I’ll commit to this statement, but I’d like to think that I can use my gear for several more years.

Lunch at Northern Neck Burgers Co

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My parents took us out to a restaurant in Kilmarnock to try out a burger they were raving about.

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It’s a small little place, and their burgers were legit.

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I would have to say, only order one and split it with a friend. There’s no way you can eat the entire burger yourself.

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And they have these fries/chips that were freshly cut. They’re pretty damn delicious when you add a little extra oldbay seasoning on them.

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Overall, it was awesome.

Portraits of Mom and Dad

My dad wanted to take us to a brunch at a country club near Kilmarnock. While we were there, I took a moment to snap a couple of photos.

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This was probably one of my favorite pictures. Sure, the light was a little to harsh, the wind was blowing their hair everywhere, but there’s something about the photo that I love. It’s hard to express with words.

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Heres the same photo, but a few steps back to give a little more context. I’m not sure which one I like better, but I’m really digging the 35mm lens I got. It’s able to create enough separation between the foreground and background to make things a little more interesting.

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Personally, this is one of my favorite photos of my dad. He’s really enjoying the view and the weather.

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And here’s mom. Her hair’s blowing everywhere, but she’s awesome. I love her. She’s not big into photos, but she’s patient enough to let me snap a couple before we left the club.

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Just to give you a little context, here’s the view. It’s a really lovely place.

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Oh yeh, and here’s a bonus photo of my parents with Annie on a dock. They look great.

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And one more with me and Annie. My dad insisted on taking a photo. You know, he’s got a pretty good eye.