Weekend Expedition #8

Fuji X-Pro2 w/ 35mm f1.4

Last week, I had the chance to spend a few hours in SF walking about, hand-in-hand with my wife (while holding my X-Pro2 in the other hand…)

Fuji X-Pro2 w/ 23mm f2

The day started a bit on a sour note, when a young skateboarder, out of the blue, offered to model for me. I’m not particularly into portraiture, but thought it could be fun. As I agreed to his request, the guy started to undress, first his top and then he proceeded to lose his pants as well. That’s when I started to walk away, wishing him a good day. The guy started to yell at me whatever profanities, and my wife and I just kept on walking, ignoring him… Just another day in San Francisco.

Fuji X-Pro2 w/ 23mm f2

As I said, not the best way to start our date… Anyway, we decided to put the incident aside and continued to walk around until our steps led us to a tea parlor located in the Yerba Buena gardens, called Samovar. It’s a lovely place, with a great selection of tea. However, if you’ve never been there, be mindful that the prices on the menu are rather steep, even for Bay Area standards.

Fuji X-Pro2 w/ 35mm f1.4

From there, we decided to walk to our lunch destination, a restaurant called The Slanted Door. I had not been to that place for several years, and had very high expectation for the food that were quite not met. The location is still great, and it can be a great place for a nice lunch if you’re visiting the area.

Fuji X-Pro2 w/ 23mm f2

After that, we just walked some more around the downtown area, and I took more photos of the locals and tourists alike.

Fuji X-Pro2 w/ 23mm f2
Fuji X-Pro2 w/ 23mm f2
Fuji X-Pro2 w/ 23mm f2

The last stop of the day was at Minamoto Kitchoan, a Japanese pastry shop that sells the most delicious sweets. I believe you can order from their website. Otherwise, I’d recommend to stop by their store if you’re in the area.

That last photo was taken from inside their store.

Fuji X-Pro2 w/ 23mm f2

That’s it for today, and I hope to post something soon. Until then…

~peace

8 thoughts on “Weekend Expedition #8”

  1. Oh, that skateboarder bit is too funny! I can’t remember anyone ever getting to that level of weird when doing a street portrait. I’m pretty weird myself since I probably would have taken the pictures anyway just so I could document the strangeness of the moment.

    I’m really digging that one photo of the woman (your wife?) looking at the man with his back turned. There’s an entire mood created there with their postures and her in light and him in shadow.

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    1. It’s not my wife on that shot, just a stranger passing by. I shot this one after coming from being indoor and therefore my aperture was wide open. It’s too bad she’s out of focus :/

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      1. I’ve noticed the focus matters a bit less in street photography compared to the moment. Same with “journalism/documentary” stuff in general. It’s always ideal to get everyone sharp but since its spontaneous and not a portrait a little messy focus is no big deal.

        Also, IMO it actually plays to the mood nicely. It makes him the definite subject of the focus with her the observer, de-emphasized by the blur but still present. Instead of equal parts light and dark it’s dark being observed from the light outside.

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  2. You’re right, and I sometimes post photos that were missed-focused. I think for this particular case it’s just that I had a specific image in mind which didn’t completely materialized in the end. Hence the frustration 🙂

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