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Warriors Victory Parade

I joined about a million other fans today to celebrate the Warriors championship win in downtown Oakland today. The jostling crowds made it difficult to get much of a shot of anything, but I tried. There were many challenges. One problem is that I chose the wrong side of the street, lighting-wise. I should have chosen the side facing into the sun. It turns out that the large light-colored buildings make great diffuse light. Having said that, it seemed to me that that most of the participants looked my way – to their right. I don’t think folks looked left as often as they looked right. Like I said – many challenges. I sure hope they win again next year. If they do, I’ll be ready!

 
While at the event, my phone was plucked right pout of my front pocket. At first I thought that maybe I dropped it, but the phone’s nifty location services show that it hopped on BART. After a few unanswered calls, I realized it was gone forever. Dang. I hadn’t planned on buying a new phone, but I am a bit excited to receive a Google Pixel next week. It’s supposed to have a heckuva good camera, so that’s good. And, if it’s MKBHD’s favorite phone, I’m confident that I’ll like it too.

Isleton and Locke

I visited a part of California I never knew existed with the Johnstone Clan. What a great day it was…

Built by the Chinese early in the 20th century, Locke, California is 14 acres of quaintness. The main drag – about three blocks long – is a hodgepodge of rotting and twisty woodwork – an exquisite state of decay. The few remaining inhabitants operate a couple of museums and galleries filled with curiosities. If you ever visit Locke, you can find a decent steak or burger at Al the Wop’s.

On a side note, this was an excellent opportunity to put the new Fuji X100F through its paces. I am amazed at how much of an improvement this version is over its predecessor. If you must, check out a few reviews, and then buy it.

Women’s March, Oakland

Oakland’s contribution to world-wide protests against the Trumpocalypse was as colorful as you would expect. The peaceful event lifted my spirits and those of the estimated 85,000+ who participated. Way to go women (and men) of Oakland!

The rest of the day’s shots are here.

Thermofisher Ad

Well, we gave up on the Lombard Street idea. I thought it was an impossible shot, and it turned out I was right about that. So, we opted for another iconic Bay Area view.

What I like most is that this piece will be printed 6 x 4 FEET in size, and hung around Thermofisher offices world-wide.

Click here if you’d like to see the full-resolution shot.

John and Michael

I love it when this happens.

While walking on the course today, I asked Tom’s sons John and Michael to pose for a quick shot. And I do mean quick. This shot was done in maybe five seconds.

I knew instantly that I wanted to give it a retro treatment like this. It’s no surprise that my handsome subjects were perfect, but I didn’t see the golf clubs or the ball on the ground, which totally add to the shot. Nice!

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