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Not enough space to really capture it, but Clare Vivier was wearing the best outfit I saw tonight.

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Questions and answers

I took a few photos at a wedding shower for my friends Albert and Katherine the other day. Here is one of them.

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Ready to ride

Yes, helmets are required these days, even in the West Village.

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Coco and Butter

Here’s my friend Coco and her dog Butter at Esprit Park.

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Two’s a perfect number

One of my favorite places in New York is St. Luke in the Fields on Hudson. Here are two chairs because two is a perfect number.

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Violaine Bernard Outside Milk

Outside Milk Studios for NYFW S/S 2012.

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Don’t take my Kodachrome away

My buddy Boone and I received a some free rolls of Kodachrome on Christmas and had to shoot them in a hurry before worldwide processing of Kodak’s famous slide film stopped entirely. So, we shot them in a hurry, which led to several cliched shots, such as this one of the Golden Gate Bridge. But, holy moly, those colors!

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Occupy

There two women got out of their car to watch the march down Grand last Saturday. Of course, they didn’t have much choice because the marchers had shut down the entire street.

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Resting before Rafa

This woman and her family—three sons and a husband—had come from Mexico to watch Rafael Nadal play in the U.S. Open final. On the 7 train to Flushing Meadows, they caught a few minutes of rest.

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Smoke and jealousy

Perhaps, the man on the right wishes he had an aperitif instead of a coffee.

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Evening letters

While walking back from a exhibition opening at la Petite Poule Noire in Paris, I saw these two boys spending a Saturday evening playing outside their doorway on the boulevard Beaumarchais.

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Where the world shops

Le Bon Marché is the oldest and most famous department store in Paris. Although it’s no longer the place to see the best and latest fashions, visiting the store is still a fun, albeit often unaffordable experience.

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Field conditions

I was driving through Provence when I saw this basketball field located in the middle of a soccer field. Somehow, I guess that no one has played there recently.

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Sunset, Dolores Park

I’m in the process of reviewing the Yashica Electro 35 rangefinder for Steve Huff’s website. It has a fixed 45mm f/1.7 with a tendency to flare—usually inelegantly. Fortunately, it behaved itself here and produced some nice flare.

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Provence, Early Spring

Nothing fancy here. Just some shutters from my trip to Provence last April.

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Kodachrome (again)

While the basketball game went on, a boy chased a tennis ball towards the court. Perhaps, one day he will join the pickup games.

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At 100

The woman on the left is 100 years old and, 99 years ago, modeled with her mother for a painting class that was taught in the barn where my arts organization will operate next year. We brought her back to the barn with her, comparatively young, 65-year-old daughter to film a short promotional video.

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She fell in love with the drummer

Okay, he’s not a drummer and she didn’t fall in love with him, but the girl in front of the stage is clearly enjoying Rhett Miller’s show with Starling Crush at le Poisson Rouge in New York a couple years ago as the light hits her face.

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After Thanksgiving

While we sat around watching the Jets game after Thanksgiving dinner was over, my friend’s niece decided that there was more fun to be had on the floor with Duke, the dog.

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What Leica users look like: Anthony Suau

I was in lower Manhattan on 9/11 taking photos as people protested against the building of a mosque near Ground Zero. I noticed someone else shooting with a Leica and took his photograph. It turned out to be Anthony Suau, one of the best photojournalists in the world. You can see Suau’s photos from the same scene here. Here’s a short promotional video he did for Leica.

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My year in photos: 2010

This was the first year of my life that I documented more with my photography than with my writing, especially if that whole picture = 1,000 words equation is true. Here are some of the things I saw in 2010, arranged, more or less, chronologically. For those of you who are curious about gear, I took most of the shots with a Leica M7, Leica M8, or Panasonic GF1. And I’m still waiting for my roll of Kodakchrome to be processed.

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At the end of the world

I drove out to World’s End in Hingham last month, and while most of the leaves had fallen from the trees, a few still remained and produced some nice fall colors.

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Mount Misery, Miss Misery

After hiking Mount Misery, I was walking through Linden Tree Farm and snapped a couple images of these dying sunflowers. They weren’t good at all, but then I decided to throw them through HDR Efex Pro, which produced this.

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Flying the flag

This man was sporting two flags on 9/11 next to ground zero.

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Somebody wants cake

In SoHo, a woman chats on her cell phone, worried that the children passing by may suddenly rush past her for the best chocolate cake in the world. Meanwhile, Spiderman waits to make his move.

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Zip Zap Zap

Zip Zap may well be the best hair salon in San Francisco. Despite that, somehow, Lori, Boone, and I were able to get back-to-back-to-back appointments on a Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago. Here’s a shot of Boone getting his hair styled.

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Dave Eggers Gallery Opening at Electric Works

Here’s a shot from Dave’s opening at Electric Works in San Francisco on July 16, 2010. It appears that the couple in the shot read Dave’s drawing on the wall as directed at them.

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Ducking the kick

Here’s another shot from Boone’s Capoeira party. I used Sloppy Borders from Kubota to add the border. Is it too cheesy, too fake looking?

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He looked to the sky and waited

Here’s a photo of Anupam from Boone’s Capoeira party last weekend. He had just launched a soccer ball into the air and was watching it, waiting for it to descend.

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Waiting for the Bus

I had the opportunity to shoot a few rolls with a Leica M7 last week, and absolutely loved the experience of shooting film. At the risk of sounding trite, it made me more considerate of the images I was taking and more patient in the process of taking them. The time and cost of getting from film to prints or digital images was another story. However, once I saw the prints, I was bowled over. The texture, contrast, and color of Kodak’s Portra line of film is just outstanding. There’s something very cinematic about the prints, that I don’t recognize in digital images.

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What’s he looking at?

It appears that Landon is crossing his eyes, but he’s really not. Apparently, babies often have a facial structure that covers more of the white of their eyeballs, so they can appear cross-eyed, while actually focusing on a single point.

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Father’s Day

Vincent and Adam celebrated their first Father’s Day as actual fathers. Here are a few photos of Adam and his daughter and Vince with his son.

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Like film

I’ve been playing around with Nik’s Color Efex Pro recently and am really enjoying its color film presets, which emulate the tonality, curves, and grain of real color films. As I’ve mentioned before I’m a fan of Nik’s Silver Efex Pro software, and I think it’s the best way to perform digital black and white conversions. Here’s a photo of Lori processed in Aperture and Color Efex.

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Walking through the square

This group was walking through Alamo Square after Bay to Breakers when I photographed them.

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Mid-race texting

I can’t think of another race in which a participant would dress up as a ballerina or stop halfway through to message her friends on her BlackBerry. But this is San Francisco, and this is Bay to Breakers.

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Is the history of France the history of love?

The juxtaposition between this awkward looking couple and the advertisement was too good to ignore. Click on the image for the actual, uncropped version.

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Americans in Paris

When I lived in France, I made monthly treks to Galignani and the Village Voice in Paris to stock up on American novels. Galignani is supposedly the first English language bookstore in Europe—yeah, that’s right!—and Philip Roth is, along with Paul Auster, probably the most popular American novelist in France. Here’s Roth’s latest, Indignation, on display at Galignani in April 2010.

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At the starting line

At this red light, two bikers look left and two look right. Who’s going to come out ahead? My money is on the woman with the Kookai bag.

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Getting a light

This young man takes a break from his kitchen to smoke a cigarette, standing just out of the shadows and in the light on the Boulevard des Italiens.

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When the light changes, the texting stops

This man in a suit typed furiously on his BlackBerry while he sat at a red light near St. Germain. As the light turns to green, he places his phone back in his pocket before he pedals away.

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Peace, love, scooters

You don’t see helmets like this in California, that’s for sure.

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Slow down

Boone took this picture of his wife, Lori, while we were waiting for a table at Gracias Madre. What blew be away about the shot is that is handheld it at 1/10 second, f/2, at ISO 2500.

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Apologize, Apologize

I took this shot at my friend Ali’s wedding in 2001. Ali’s sister, Emily, is getting her eyes plucked.

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Above the beach

A couple weekends ago Boone Spooner and I went around San Francisco taking several thousand photos for a little project we’re working on. While he was shooting for the project at Ocean Beach, I snuck off and grabbed a couple photos of this couple walking their dogs on the beach from the overlook.

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The Leica character

I’m in the process of selling someone else’s 50mm Leica Summicron-R lens. However, I first decided to test it out on my Panasonic GF1. (I personally own a copy of this lens, but having another to sell inspired me to try it on the digital body.) It’s a 100mm equivalent on the 2x crop of the micro four thirds sensor, but it still renders colors and bokeh as a Leica lens should.

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The best cheap camera ever

It’s often said that the best camera is the one you have with you because being able to get the shot even with compromised gear is better than not getting the shot at all. It’s a phrase that people use to defend iPhone cameras, and sites like Cellular Obscura show that cell phone cameras can, indeed, capture decisive moments. My iPhone goes with me most places, but I’m sure I’ll replace it within the next year or two.

However, before the iPhone and before digital pocket cameras, the camera that went everywhere with me was the Olympus Stylus Epic. It was small, stylish, and had better and faster optics than most point-and-shoot cameras produced in the 1990s. It spent five years in my backpack, going, literally, everywhere. Eventually, I stopped using it around the time I became more serious about black and white photography and also found a digital camera whose quality and controls I felt were up to my standards.

A couple weeks ago, I found the Stylus in a drawer. I popped in a new battery, rewound the roll of film that was in it, and had it developed. On that roll of T-Max 400 were a few decent shots, which I’ll be posting on this blog over the next couple weeks. The one in this post I shot on the street in San Francisco in 2001. I don’t know if I was driving or walking but I do know that this is the very sort of scene that you shoot if you have a camera and you don’t if you don’t. I had my camera, and you can see the result. It’s not great, but it’s better than nothing.

And twelve years after I purchased the Stylus, it still shoots as well as it did on the day I bought it, which I can safely assume is more than people will be saying about their Canon digital ELPHs and iPhone cameras in twelve years.

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Frances, the best new restaurant in San Francisco

A couple weeks ago, I went to Frances for Lori’s birthday dinner. And yes, it is the best new place in town. I took these images with the Panasonic GF1 and the 20mm Pancake Lens.

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Waiting for Superman, or something

This KRON reporter and her cameraman were waiting for their live spot on the local evening news to begin during the March 4 protest at the Civic Center.

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Impeach Obama protesters: friendly but insane

Of course, you can’t go to any large gathering in San Francisco or Berkeley without seeing some vocal supporters of Lyndon LaRouche. And here they are at the March Forth protest at the Civic Center on Thursday.

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March Fourth

On Thursday thousands of people all over California and the country protests budget cuts to education. I went to the protest at the Civic Center in San Francisco, where this woman seemed to be hiding behind her scarf from the crazies.

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Two years later

The woman on the right was protesting the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq at the World Trade Center site on 9/11/2003. The man on the left grabbed her sign from her and tore it up just before I shot this photograph. The sign had said, “Love thy neighbor / STOP WAR.”