June 17, 2014No Comments


One of the things I've been enjoying most is hiking on Sundays with Josh. We are lucky enough to live in a place where big, open spaces are only a short drive away, and this spring we've discovered places we never knew existed.

Shell Ridge Open Space • Las Trampas Regional Wilderness  • Round Valley Regional Preserve • John Muir Historic Site

And other places we've revised:

Briones Regional Park • Redwood Regional Park • Anthony Chabot Regional Park

Here are some pictures from the past few months:

Shell Ridge Open Space:
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Round Valley Regional Preserve:
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Briones Regional Park:
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April 22, 2014No Comments

Tokyo Story

I was fortunate to visit Tokyo this year during cherry blossom season, to shoot photos and videos for the new RX100. I brought along my a7 (not R, not S), the full frame Sony 35mm Zeiss, and Canon EF 24-70. I also took my RX100 II, thinking I'd need something more compact exploring Tokyo on my own. I ended up not shooting a lick with the RX100 since the a7+35mm is so compact and light. I LOVE THIS CAMERA. I'm no pro, and maybe my standards aren't super high, but I'm pleased with everything I've shot with it, in different lighting conditions. And no Photoshop afterwards! Looks great, straight out of the camera.

I spent roughly six days being driven around Tokyo, with a day trip to Nirasaki. I had no idea Tokyo had so many areas, with so much water channelling throughout it. When I lived there in high school, I only visited two places: Harajuku and Shibuya. (Every weekend, I'd take the Odakyu line from the American Army base in Camp Zama and get off at Yoyogi Stadium. My favorite station along the route was Tamagawagakuenmae. I still love saying it.) Being a fashion and music-obsessed teenager prevented me from having more exposure to Tokyo, but now - in my middle age - it's a whole new city to me. I'm looking forward to more visits and new adventures.

Here are some highlights from the week:


Cherry Blossoms along the canal in Naka-meguro:
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Sashimi lunch in Tsukiji:
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Hibiya Park:
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Private afternoon jazz concert at Mandala Jazz Club in Aoyama:

Double petal hellebore (!) in Icho Namiki:DSC02313

Library interior in Nirasaki:

View of the Alps and "sakura" in Yamanashi Prefecture:

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Kitte Shopping Mall:

The Institute of France-Japan, designed by Junzo Sakakura (student of Le Corbusier) in 1951:DSC02414 DSC02434 DSC02438_corrected DSC02441

New friends, after our lunch in Odaiba:
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March 7, 2014No Comments

Sony a7

As I mentioned, I've gone full frame. Through the new job I scored a great deal on the a7, which is much smaller than my old Canon 5D Mark III, and I can use my old lenses with it. So far I've shot with my Canon EF 24-70 f2.8, using a Metabones adapter, and Sony's new 35mm f2.8 Zeiss lens. I'm super happy with the pictures and increased portability of the new setup.