1. I have been good, more treats please!

     
  2. The annual Bon Odori Festival is going on this weekend. I ran across it in the little Japan Town in the International District today.

     
  3. A wall of Spam. I spotted this in a Japanese store in Seattle.

    Spam gets a pretty bad name in US, but in other parts of the world it is considered real food. Places where there was a large US military presence after WWII, Spam was commonplace. In Korea, Japan and Taiwan, there are numerous dishes using Spam as a key ingredient.

     
  4. My colleague brought his pug Luna to the office.

     
  5. Lily the mini schnauzer.

     
  6. My colleague Jessie has been bringing his dog Harvey to the office for the past few weeks. The Boston terrier is a super athletic and super smart dog with soulful eyes. 

     
  7. Harvey can stand a long time to get what he wants.

     
  8. The quintessential Lake Union life, a house boat and a sail boat.

     
  9. Is this the newest public art in Seattle?

    I came across this chrome wrapped section of the abandoned 520 on-ramp while kayaking. Whatever it is, it is cool.

     
  10. A folder!

    Fuji is mostly known as a photographic film company. Coming from a mostly Nikon background, for years I didn’t think much of Fuji. It isn’t until I switch over to the more recent Fuji mirrorless cameras nearly four years ago did I realize just how amazing and important this company has been for the development of photography.

    I have learned the rich history of Fuji’s cameras through models like the rangefinder GSW690 (Texas Leica); the view camera GX680, the insane panoramic GX617 and some quirky automatics such as GA645. What no one expects is that in this age of digital photography, these guys are crazy enough to release yet another medium format film camera 4 years ago, the GF670. It is both a rangefinder and a folding camera all rolled up in one! 

    This camera is shallower and shorter than my Nikon D800! Never mind the fact the Nikon is fatter even without a lens. 

    To say that I am grateful and impressed by Fuji would be an understatement. In my opinion, Fuji is perhaps the most important and innovative camera company today.

     
  11. Three different ways to get to 6x6.

    I now have four different medium format cameras that can do 6x6 square frame. Two of them are rangefinders, the Mamiya 6, which is not in the above picture and the more recent Fuji GF670. The Fuji can actually do 6x6 as well as 6x7. 

    The Hasselblad is of course a single lens reflex that can be viewed using a waist level finder (as shown) or prism finder, making it more conventional SLR style. Of course, the Rolleiflex twin lens reflex can easily stand on its own.

    At the end of the day, these are just different ways to tackle the same problem, and I love them all :)

     
  12. Panoramic nirvana.

    If you want to shoot 35mm panoramic photos pre-digital days, these are probably your best two cameras: the Japanese Leica-esque in built Widelux sweep lens camera and the Japanese built (by Fuji) and handles like a Leica Hasselblad Xpan. 

    The Hasselblad Xpan is really a rangefinder 35mm camera with a medium format lens, so the field of view with the standard kit lens is really about the normal angle of 70 degrees or so, while the Widelux is 126 degrees! 

    I have the good fortune of both of them in my possession for street and travel photography. For fans of panoramic landscape photography, there is always the massive Fuji G or GX617 medium format and the German made Noblex sweep lens automatic cameras. They are both large and heavy thus really only suitable for trunk based road trip shooting. 

    On a side note, “The Dude” Jeff Bridges is probably the most famous Widelux shooter in the world. Just Google his name and Widelux and you will see what I mean.

     
  13. Moon over Lake Washington.

     
  14. Bowman Bay camping.

    Like a lot of people here in Seattle, summer camping for me is a must. Bowman Bay with a mystery camp site number that I will not disclose is one of the most scenic spots I have ever camped at. It is right next to a hiking trail (I don’t think my wife was ready to hike with those shoes); a tree lined canopy and million dollar views of the bay. 

     
  15. As I was clicking the shutter, my wife whispered in my ear: I want to grow old like that couple.