The City – D800 and Tamron 35-150mm

I’ve continued the process of taking photos on early weekend mornings to avoid the traffic, crowds, and take advantage of premium natural light.  The fog and the overcast sky were out this morning as I drove around the city looking for opportunities to shoot without anyone around.  I stopped by the Mission, Embarcadero, and Little Italy on this trip.

At this point, I’m running out of real estate in San Francisco, and will most likely start shooting in Oakland.

Equipment used: D800 (heavily used and purchased at auction), Tamron 17-35mm and 35-150mm.



Bay Bridge, San Francisco, D800, Tamron 35-150mm
La Rocca’s Corner, San Francisco – D800, Tamron 17-35mm
La Rocca’s Corner and Taylor, San Francisco – D800 and Tamron 35-150mm
City worker washing the streets, San Francisco – D800 and Tamron 35-150
Transamerica and Salesforce Buildings from Little Italy – D800 and Tamron 35-150mm
Mission and 3rd Street, Downtown SF, – D800 and Tamron 35-150mm
Alley between South Van Ness and Mission, San Francisco – D800 and Tamron 35-150mm
Bay Bridge, San Francisco – D800 and Tamron 35-150mm

D800, back to the basics

I sold all of my recently purchased gear and went back to the old Nikon D800. As a hobbyist, it fits my needs better and i was able to recoup some of the premium costs of owning Sony glass.

For a while, I was consumed by gear acquisition syndrome, a common theme in the photography world. But I was humbled when reflecting about what this hobby meant to me. The D800 outclasses some of the newer mirrorless cameras in my mind and I think I’ll stay here for a while.

City Photos of Oakland, CA

Some random shots of Oakland including downtown, West Oakland (Amtrak), downtown, MLK, and the Fox Theater.  I’ve spent quite a bit of time downtown, taking photos of the architecture and business complexes.  An area that is changing rapidly is Jefferson and 14th, near Hotel Sutter.  The boarded apartment complexes will soon be torn down for development projects. Hotel Sutter was purchased on a contingency plan that the owners move out long term-low rent tenants.  I’m unsure of where that initiative stands, but sites list Sutter as officially closed.

Some of the properties I’ve taken photos of were abandoned, and there’s been talk about turning these into low-income shelters.  These particular properties were once available for auction but removed, and now tied up in local government bureaucracy.  It will be interesting to see what happens, but at the moment, they serve no purpose in a city where the homeless population is increasing steadily.

All shots taken with the Sony A7RIII and the Sony 24-70GM

Downtown Oakland, 42mm, 1/1000s, F4.5, ISO 100


Fox Theater, 24mm, F5.6, 1/3200s, ISO 1250


Amtrak Station West Oakland, 70mm, 1/160s, F5.6, ISO 100


Abandoned building, Jefferson and 14th St., 67mm, 1/320s, F5.6, ISO 100


19th and Rashida Muhammed St., 52mm, 1/400s, F4, ISO 100


Abandoned building, MLK and 28th St., 24mm, 1/320s, F5.6, ISO 100


Jefferson and 15th (Hotel Sutter), 25mm, 1/250s, F5.6, ISO 100


Fox Theater, 70mm, F2.8, 1/800s, ISO 100


Yia-Yia’s Sandwiches, 70mm, F2.8, 1/800s, ISO 100




Half a Day in Istanbul, Turkey

I only had half a day to run around Istanbul after work.  The city is beautiful and part of that is the people, I highly recommend it for tourism.  To make the best of my time, I went to the Blue Mosque and walked around the grand bazaar, both were closed.

Shot with the Sony A7RIII and the Sony 24-70 F2.8 GM



Columbus, Broadway, Grant, SF

Spent a lot of time here when I was younger so I thought I’d come back and take some photos on the morning of New Year’s Eve.  All shots were taken with Samyang lenses, the 35mm F1.4 and the 135mm F2.

As usual, the best time to do this is at 4-5am on a weekend.  I find it easier when the crowds take off and when the nightclub crowd is starting to crash :D.