Happy Birthday Annie!

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This one was a big one—the big three zero. It was a full week, mixed with highs and lows.

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Unfortunately, I had to miss her birthday on Friday. I’ve tried to make a commitment to my team to only fly back to the east coast on the weekends.

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The good news is that we got to spend the week together and celebrate a couple times to make up for it.

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For starters, we went to iron age with her family and some of her friends.

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I love korean BBQ, but man, it leaves your cloths stained in the smell.

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I’m not sure exactly why Annie’s dad wanted me to take a photo of him with the ice cream cone, but here it is.

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Looks like everyone had a great time. This is a picture of Julia laughing her brains out because she was showing off her food baby.

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Here’s Annie showing off her new bling.

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And of course Carrie had to try it on and show off the bling as well as her nails.

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Good times.

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During the week, Annie’s family got her a delicious cake.

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Clearly Carrie is being a goofball.

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Look at all those layers. Yum!

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Unfortunately, Annie got food poisoning on our way to the river house. We had to pull over a couple times because she got sick. Really sick.

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The good news is that she started feeling better after a day or two and could eat some stuff. Man, what a terrible way to kick off your 30’s hah!

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Anyway, happy birthday Annie! I hope you had a good one. And stop eating food from your office! Kinda f’d up that the FDA gives people food poisoning with their lunches. X_x

Hanging out with Tiffanie at Fort Funston

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It’s been a while since I hung out with one of my old friends, Tiffanie. We went out to Fort Funston to catch a little afternoon breeze on the beach.

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The weather is kind of unpredictable out there—it was foggy when we first arrived, but cleared up later in the afternoon.

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Parts of the beach had a really dark fine sand. For some reason, Tiffanie enjoyed playing with it.

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I have to say, I’m really enjoying shooting with a 35mm. This photo was shot at f1.8.

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Okay, so she had to use my camera to try shooting as well.

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Here’s some breakfast at the a local favorite, Sweet Maple.

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Gotta go with the eggs benedict.

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And later for lunch, a little viet broth + assorted meats and noodles.

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…and Lee’s coffee. This stuff is so addicting. But I have to stop drinking it on sunday afternoons.

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Anyway, thanks Tiffanie for stopping by San Francisco to say hello. Good times.

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.