One year anniversary trip to San Francisco

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Armanius, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. Armanius

    Armanius FujiXspot Top Veteran

    Feb 1, 2013
    The better half and I had the chance to celebrate year one back in San Francisco, the site of our destination wedding. We relaxed and had a blast with a professional photographer, who took "post wedding" photos for us. We didn't have an "engagement" photo session last year, because of budgetary choices. So we had the "post wedding" photoshoot instead one year later. That will be the subject of another thread for another day.

    We took numerous photos with the Leica M9 + 50 Lux, Fuji XE1 + 18-55, 35/1.4, and 14/2.8, and Fuji XF1. But this set is from the XE1.

    On the first night, we had dinner at the Pacific Catch, a seafood chain restaurant in NoCal. Pretty good for a chain. There were long lines everywhere, which provided a variety of photo subjects.

    Pacific Catch - long lines to get a table by Armanius, on Flickr

    Someone is in trouble! by Armanius, on Flickr

    Long lines continue to get a table by Armanius, on Flickr

    Pacific Catch - manager looking out to the crowd by Armanius, on Flickr

    Pacific Catch - we are finally in by Armanius, on Flickr

    Sticky ribs to go by Armanius, on Flickr

    Tacos by Armanius, on Flickr

    Asian food requires chopsticks by Armanius, on Flickr

    More photos to follow ...
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  2. pniev

    pniev FujiXspot Veteran

    May 13, 2013
    A nice set, Armanius! Happy Anniversary! One year is a good start.
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  3. Air-Cooled

    Air-Cooled New to FujiXspot

    Nov 15, 2013
    Congrats on the one year! I like the one with the manager looking out.

    Noticed some of the pics are iso6400, are they OOC or RAW conversions? Just curious :)
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  4. Armanius

    Armanius FujiXspot Top Veteran

    Feb 1, 2013
    Thank you for the congratulations! Year one has been good! :)

    The photos were JPG's processed in Lightroom. So there was additional noise reduction, sharpening and exposure adjustments done to the photos.

    Welcome to the forum Air-Cooled! Make sure you drop by the introduction thread!
  5. jloden

    jloden FujiXspot Top Veteran

    Mar 9, 2013
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Congrats on the anniversary, and I like the idea of the post wedding shoot - good for you!

    I've been wanting to do something like that with my wife sometime soon now that I know a lot more about photography (and I'm now friends with a few talented local pros I'd want to do a shoot for us).
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  6. Armanius

    Armanius FujiXspot Top Veteran

    Feb 1, 2013
    Thanks Jay! The post wedding photo shoot was a blast. We dressed up and had the photo shoot around Union Square in the middle of the day. The photographer was simply awesome -- far better than our wedding photographer. The urban setting was really cool. We switched outfits midway through the photo shoot to a more "casual" look. We also took some photos around the Painted Ladies which overlook the SF downtown skyline. I'll post some photos after Christmas. Right now, the wife doesn't want me to share the photos!

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  7. Isoterica

    Isoterica FujiXspot Regular

    Feb 10, 2013
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  8. Armanius

    Armanius FujiXspot Top Veteran

    Feb 1, 2013
    Spying on folks eating at PPQ. We had our rehearsal dinner at PPQ, but didn't get to enjoy the food at all, because we were too busy hosting everyone. We finally got to enjoy the food, and found out that the food is actually good!

    Leica M9 + 50 Summilux (Sorry, one non-Fuji photo. The rest are all Fuji though!!!)

    <a href="" title="PPQ by Armando Chiu, on Flickr"> 10919400024_f40152d735_b. "1024" height="568" alt="PPQ"></a>

    PPQ is in the Richmond District, which has one of the several mini-Chinatowns in San Francisco. We strolled around a little bit, and I decided to try my hand with zone focusing with the XE1 + 14/2.8. The 14/2.8 is indeed a joy to zone focus with, successfully capturing subjects in motion, whereas the XE1's less than stellar AF would have not performed as well.

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    As this kid was running by, the man on the background was yelling in Cantonese, "Just wait until I catch you. You are going to get a beating!" I assume he was kidding as he had a smile on his face, and so did the kid.

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    I'm always amused to see photos of ogling eyes! But this was the first one I captured. And I wasn't even ogling. I titled this photo, "buttocks are better than ice cream."

    <a href="" title="Buttocks are better than ice cream by Armando Chiu, on Flickr"> 10919271656_d3c8898a69_b. "1024" height="782" alt="Buttocks are better than ice cream"></a>

    After returning to our rental house and taking an afternoon nap, we walked to the Wharf. We tell ourselves all the time that there really isn't much to do in the Wharf, but we find ourselves there every single time we visit San Francisco.

    <a href="" title="Tour de San Francisco by Armando Chiu, on Flickr"> 10919349794_7028bca870_b. "1024" height="588" alt="Tour de San Francisco"></a>

    San Francisco has got to be the metered parking capital of the world. Meters are everywhere. I suppose they've got to raise money to pay for the budget deficits. Houston is moving towards that path as my neighborhood is full of parking meters now.

    <a href="" title="Parking meter capital of the world by Armando Chiu, on Flickr"> 10919269346_738e74cbf7_b. "1024" height="683" alt="Parking meter capital of the world"></a>

    I noticed this lonely figure sitting by herself in front of this beautiful view. Hopefully, she was waiting for someone to come by and enjoy the sights and sounds with her.

    <a href="" title="Missing out by Armando Chiu, on Flickr"> 10919270086_e748de91eb_b. "1024" height="676" alt="Missing out"></a>

    After eating dinner at the Wharf (at Boudin Bakery … again), we headed towards Ghirardelli for dessert. I saw this group of girls dressed a-like and walking hand in hand. Couldn't help but to snap a quick picture with the XE1, with AF this time around. Not too shabby.

    <a href="" title="Fisherman's Wharf Girls by Armando Chiu, on Flickr"> 10919268736_40e0448a16_b. "1024" height="619" alt="Fisherman's Wharf Girls"></a>

    I had to meet my daily ice cream quota. So I grabbed myself a fudge brownie sundae. Yummy! Photo taken by the better half using a Fuji XF1 in EXR mode. And the red left eye … it wasn't the flash. I did have a red eye.

    <a href="" title="Ghirardelli Brownie Sunday by Armando Chiu, on Flickr"> 11232703523_eda45ee37d_b. "1024" height="768" alt="Ghirardelli Brownie Sunday"></a>

    And finally, a photo of the happy couple taken by one of the Ghirardelli servers, also using the Fuji XF1. Thankfully, we had to walk a mile and half back to the house, and we got to burn up the calories (or some of them anyway)!

    <a href="" title="Ghirardelli by Armando Chiu, on Flickr"> 11232593026_f99bcf1c91_b. "1024" height="636" alt="Ghirardelli"></a>
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  9. keefeloke

    keefeloke FujiXspot Rookie

    May 16, 2013
    The wide angle distortion is very addictive. For me at least.
  10. Armanius

    Armanius FujiXspot Top Veteran

    Feb 1, 2013
    I'm still learning to use wide angle. I find it much easier to use 50mm. I don't think any of the photos (from Day 1) above were with the 14/2.8 though. They were probably all 35/1.4. Day 2 was mostly the 14/2.8.
  11. jennyb

    jennyb New to FujiXspot

    Jun 15, 2014
    Wow this was such a great idea for anniversary, love the pictures, looks like you had a great time there, your wife must be really happy :eek:

    May I ask, which hotel you stayed at? I've been planning the trip to SF with my husband, right now we are in the process searching for good and cheap hotels at, looks like you had a well located one, would love to know which one it was :)

    Hope you are having a great second year with your wife, and wish you many more beautiful anniversaries. :)