Memorial Day in the Common

Every year someone in Boston gets a team of people to plant 37,000+ American flags in the ground to commemorate Memorial Day. The sea of flags are really well done until the hordes of children come and ruin it all.

Location: Boston, MA at 1:10pm on 5/26/14

Camera: Fujifilm X-T1

Lens: Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R

Camera settings: 1/750, f/3.6, ISO 200, 23mm

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I love walking the streets of Manhattan when the street vendors provide a majority of the area's luminance. Colors from clothing and signs pop while capturing an entire army of people who are both high, drunk, and or hungry. Yeah, I'm sure there are some families in there too.

Location: New York City, New York at 7:32pm on 4/19/14

Camera: Fujifilm X-T1

Lens: Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R

Camera settings: 1/100, f/1.4, ISO 1000, 23mm

Checking out the junk

I'll never understand the fascination with this stuff despite the booth at this NYC street fair being packed with onlookers of old license plates and Playbills. Part of my problem could be that I currently live in a 400 square foot apartment and don't have enough room to fit my own trash, but let's not focus on my problems.

Location: New York City, New York at 12:54pm on 4/19/14

Camera: Fujifilm X-T1

Lens: Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R

Camera settings: 1/320, f/5.6, ISO 200, 23mm

NYC monolith

Repeated, converging patterns make an office building in the heart of Manhattan as boring as the next, but they do make a nice frame for a picture if you can capture it to the point of tripping your eyes out. After getting an angle I was satisfied with, the blacks went darker and sharpening was added to make the building columns more pronounced.

Location: New York City, New York at 4:20pm on 4/20/14

Camera: Fujifilm X-T1

Lens: Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R

Camera settings: 1/2000, f/5.6, ISO 400, 23mm

You may skate across the street

Fuji X-T1 | Fuji 23mm F1.4

I'll never understand why people skateboard in midtown Manhattan. Aside from the swarm of people, there are so many pothole death traps that you'll go for about one hundred feet, hit a pothole and lunge forward to your death as a cab kills you. Maybe this is a sign of population control.

A dude surfing his t-shirts

Fuji X-T1 | Fuji 23mm F1.4

Guess what? People sell t-shirts on the streets in NYC — that's not very interesting though. What is interesting is that I caught this guy in a  pose that makes him look like he's surfing among his shirts.

Side note: Anyone up for a Halloween Adventure in the middle of April? 

Street food in NYC

Deep. Fried. Oreos.

I took a trip to visit family this past weekend and had time to burn before a show, so we decided to check out a street fair south of Union Square on Broadway in Manhattan. Of the three more interesting food tents/get-ups, the deep fried Oreos stood out. Is not trying them a life regret of mine? Yes.

Jiy-ros

Corn interesting enough to be its own stand

T Incoming and testing out the Fuji X-T1's continuous auto focus

Fuji X-T1 | Fuji 23mm F1.4

This was my first opportunity to test out the X-T1's 8 FPS shooting with continuous auto focus and it performed admirably. Sure, I know how to use my camera and the train was far enough away that the subject in focus wasn't difficult to lock on to, but every shot was perfectly in focus. 

I took this last weekend en route home from a nice day in the sun hanging out in the city before more tourists arrived for the upcoming marathon. I tend to avoid black and white except for when colors don't matter and I can assure you that this train stop did not have much in the way of colors.

Another (viral) reason to not use a watermark

Just another reason to not use a watermark:

I have no idea what the future holds for me and aviation photography, but as a long-time passion of mine, I couldn’t be more excited to see what opportunities come out of this picture that I accidentally released at high-resolution, sans a watermark.

The post, written by photographer Mike Kelley, is a great read and tells the story behind the above photo.

Not bad for a swamp in Fenway

Fuji X-T1 | Fuji 23mm F1.4

Who would have guessed that what I was always told was "the park" in Boston's Fenway neighborhood was actually a swamp? Damn kids! It's still a park... and a swamp, but it's not bad for a swamp. The buildings in the back are an old fire station that allowed trucks to come and suck all of the scum water out to eventually spray on your property that's about to be burnt into a horrible pit of rubble. I can't decide which of those is worse.

Down the street in Beacon Hill

I plan on enjoying my last few weeks in Boston's Beacon Hill with some down the street photography from my apartment. Not only is it home to Secretary of State John Kerry, Beacon Hill is also the place to be if you don't enjoy any sort of reality. Don't worry, I'm living in a closet compared to most around here. Anyways, the sun was coming down on the way home from work and caught a nice shot from the corner.

Camera: Fuji X-T1

Lens: Fuji 23mm F1.4 R

Product shots: The Smart Herb Garden

Kickstarter edition Smart Herb Garden

Delay after delay and eventually put on my list of crap-I-funded-and-know-I'll-never-receive, the Smart Herb Garden by Click and Grow finally arrived. Unlike the many other Kickstarter hardware products that I've funded, this was only a handful of months late (In case you're wondering, more than three months late, but less than a year late, is a great success. Consider it like batting .300).

The worst part about going into Whole Foods, aside from seeing thousands of dollars of workout clothes worn by people who haven't ever been to a gym in their life, is that you get smoked on herb prices. I can't grow them in my apartment — a fancy way of saying "I don't keep up with plants very well." Click and Grow says this herb garden is made for me. We'll see how well it works in the coming months, but for now it was an opportunity to do some product photography.

I like using an overbearingly lit scene as a way to highlight whatever I'm shooting so it didn't take much to make these pictures work. Each herb garden has two LEDs that make anything that's not under its reach fall out of exposure. I also added some vignetting to catch anything that wasn't already underexposed.

All photos were taken with a Fuji X-T1 body and Fuji 23mm F1.4R lens.

Timbuk2 Snoop Camera Bag review: The hybrid camera bag

Timbuk2 Snoop Camera Bag review: The hybrid camera bag

Timbuk2 makes awesome messenger bags so the Snoop Camera Bag came with an interesting pitch: it’s a messenger bag and camera bag. It’s not a shocking proposal, rather one that most camera bag makers struggle with. Previous bags that I’ve used have focused on photography which created the annoyance of moving my gear around and requiring me to plan for a photo adventure. Tired of that, I decided to give this hybrid bag a try.

A funny story about The Lagoon in the Boston Public Garden

A couple probably wondering why everyone is so confused.

This past Sunday was warm enough to go outside and take pictures with my newly arrived Fuji X-T1 without the use of winter gloves. I caught this shot by surprise when the X-T1's auto-metering created a nice silhouette around a couple at the dock of the lagoon in Boston's Public Garden as the camera compensated for the bright sun reflecting off the ice. By the way, funny story about this spot.

Not much happens around this spot during the winter (all the action is at Frog Pond for ice skating) except for something I love to watch and laugh at. The lagoon is only a few feet deep, but visitors don't realize that and think it's a deeper, frozen lake despite only an inch or two of frozen water sitting atop the cement base. People cautiously walk out on to the ice while their friends and family yell to be careful or else they'll fall in. People are too excited to walk on the ice to realize the borders of the lagoon give away the depth of their "lake." Hilarious.

A trip to Palm Desert through the mountains

One hell of a ride

I spent last weekend in California — first time on the west coast — and part of the trip was being a passenger through this ride through the mountains to get to Palm Desert. The trip to Palm Desert and Palm Desert itself are great spots if you're looking to go somewhere inland. Palm Desert also happened to be the only spot we could find not torrentially down pouring.