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California Street, Chinatown, cable car, San Francisco, California, USA fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: RTW10, California

10 years ago, I began an around-the-world (RTW) journey lasting 389 consecutive days, from 24 December 2011 to 15 January 2013 inclusive.

31 Dec 2011.

On California Street between Stockton and Powell, this downhill view faces northeast to the Bay Bridge at centre in the background. Two sets of tracks embedded in the pavement are for the cable car route on California Avenue, available to both residents and visitors. There are three cable car routes in downtown San Francisco: California (C; no.61), Powell-Hyde (PH; no.60), and Powell-Mason (PM; no.59).

I made the photo above on 31 Dec 2011 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi) and these settings: 1/800-sec, f/4, ISO100, and 50mm focal length (80mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-lvX.

BART El Cerrito Plaza, BART, El Cerrito Plaza, El Cerrito, East Bay, Bay Area, San Francisco, California, United States, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: RTW10, EastBay

10 years ago, I began an around-the-world (RTW) journey lasting 389 consecutive days, from 24 December 2011 to 15 January 2013 inclusive.

31 Dec 2011.

I’m in the Bay Area in northern California. After leaving behind years of science, I didn’t know what was in store for the future, except a year out on the road, fixed only by an RTW-ticket itinerary. At daybreak on New Year’s Eve day, I accompanied a friend who was flying from San Francisco airport back to family home in Canada. We began at Bay Area Rapid Station (BART) station El Cerrito Plaza, where I made this image of an incoming BART train in front of a spectacular early-winter morning sky. I took this visual as a good sign of things to come.

I made the photo above on 31 Dec 2011 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi) and these settings: 1/25-sec, f/2.8, ISO100, and 50mm focal length (80mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-lvN.

The Embarcadero, F Market and Wharves, F streetcar, streetcar, PCC 1058, San Francisco, CA, USA, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: RTW10, SanFran

10 years ago, I began an around-the-world (RTW) journey lasting 389 consecutive days, from 24 December 2011 to 15 January 2013 inclusive.

27 Dec 2011.

The F Market & Wharves streetcar line appears as a means of public transport on The Embarcadero near San Francisco’s waterfront. In this image, San Francisco Municipal Railway streetcar PCC number 1058, called the “Chicago”, is seen travelling westbound towards Fisherman’s Wharf with the lights of the Bay Bridge in the background. This streetcar was built originally in 1948 for service in Philadelphia.

I made the photo above on 27 Dec 2011 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi) and these settings: 1/250-sec, f/1.4, ISO400, and 50mm focal length (80mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-lvl.

My Fuji X70: Kodacolor film-simulation

Above/featured: After Girard: Vancouver-Strathcona, 14 Oct 2021.

The Fujifilm X70 mirrorless fixed-lens prime camera has been a real boon to my approach to photography for personal projects both domestically and internationally. To satisfy my curiosity, I’ve provided examples of X70 images made with two Fujifilm analog-film simulation (film-sim) recipes:

•   Ektachrome 100SW (saturated warm), simulating images with the Kodak colour transparency or slide films produced between 1996 to 2002;
•   Kodachrome 64, simulating images with the Kodak colour film produced between the mid-1970s and 2009.

In this post, I examine the Kodacolor film-simulation, a reproduction of which Fuji X Weekly’s Ritchie Roesch describes as “producing a classic Kodak analog aesthetic.” According to Roesch, the digital film-simulation is closest to Kodacolor VR analog color film from the early-1980s, whose ISO200 version is still available for purchase as “ColorPlus 200” (Kodacolor 200).

The following film-simulation recipe creates images similar to the look of “Kodacolor VR 200 (film) that’s been overexposed.” My X70 settings are:

  • ‘Classic Chrome’ built-in film-sim
  • Dynamic Range: DR400
  • Highlight: +1 (Medium-High)
  • Shadow: +1 (Medium-High)
  • Color: -2 (Low)
  • Sharpness: 0 (Medium)
  • Noise Reduction: -2 (Low)
  • White Balance: 6300K; -3 Red, -2 Blue
  • ISO: Auto, up to 6400 for “grainy” appearance (or fixed to 1000)

The recipe above is for the X-Trans II sensor; the corresponding recipe for an updated or more recent sensor is found here. All other recipes sorted by specific sensor are found here.

The following images were made at locations throughout metropolitan Vancouver. Minor adjustments to brightness level, rotation, and geometric distortion have been applied from straight-out-of-the-camera (SOOC) to posting.


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Devonian Harbour Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Public art in Vancouver

Above/featured: Left: “Search”, by J. Seward Johnson Jr. (1975). Right: “Solo”, by Natalie McHaffie (1986). Devonian Harbour Park, 14 Jul 2021 (X70).

Based on what we see in person and online, the quickest version of street art may be defined by the variety of art appearing on side walls of buildings, big and small. Most will think about paint, graffiti, and murals, all of them in the here and now. But we shouldn’t forget any art that’s out on the streets and publicly accessible.

Below are a handful of examples of public art in the city of Vancouver; the following is a visual expression of my fondness for sculpture whose origins sweep back to the 1st-half of the 20th-century.

  • “A Tale of Two Children” by Ken Lum (2005)
  • “Golden Tree” by Douglas Coupland (2016); “Salish Gifts” by Susan Point (2015)
  • Lions by Charles Marega (1939)
  • “Reconciliation Pole” by 7idansuu / Edenshaw, James Hart (2017)
  • “Salmon” by Susan Point (1995)
  • “Saltwater City”, by Paul Wong (2020)
  • “Welcome Figure”, by Darren Yelton (2006)

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