Project 365 – Week 3

January 17, 2010 - Desiree

This is photo 3/100 of my 100 friends project.

Desiree has been one of my best friends for nearly the last decade. We met up this afternoon at Flying Goat, which is pretty much my default meeting spot.

January 18, 2010 - Carrots in the Garden

There was a small pause in the rain this afternoon, so I went out to see the garden. We’ve had a great crop this year of all sorts of veggies, but our first batch of carrots didn’t turn out. Looks like these ones are ready to eat!

On the non-garden front, I had a great day, Elly and I met up for pupusas and clothes swaping and Katie and Amanda are over catching me up on Being Human.

January 19, 2010 - Mike

This is photo 4/100 of my 100 friends project.

Mike had a bone marrow biopsy this morning in San Francisco and I asked if I could go with him. It was definitely not the most fun trip to the city that Mike and I have ever had, but the rain let up while we were there and the wearther was beautiful. On our way back home, we stopped at the rest stop on the North side of the bridge for a quick photo.

January 20, 2010 - Jon

This is photo 5/100 of my 100 friends project.

I’m pretty sure I’ve seen Jon playing in more than 50 shows over the years. He was in Black Box back in the day, and has been in Fall is Here the past few years. Jon loves comic books and always seems to be in a good mood. He keeps joking about busting out some dance moves when he plays, I seriously hope it happens because it would be epic.

January 21, 2010 - Lemon Poppyseed Cake

My mom emailed me this LA Times article about the history of my favorite chocolate cake in which the author experimented with a lemon-poppyseed variation on the recipe. Needless to say, my interest was peaked, so I made it tonight. The lemon poppyseed cake recipe is here.

January 22, 2010 - Ben and New Cat

Ben and Desirée took in the cat that’s been sleeping outside on their porch for the last few days. Temporarily dubbed either Roof Cat (for her habit of hanging out on their roof) or New Cat, she is the sweetest little kitten ever (excepting of course, Rahm, who wins at life).

January 23, 2010 - Brandi

This is photo 5/100 of my 100 Strangers project.

I met Brandi when I was taking a photo of the sunlight streaming through the empty columns. She asked if I needed her to move out of the way of my shot and instead I asked her if I could take her photo. It turns out that she was there to model for her photographer friend, who is also doing a 365 project, so it was great timing on my part!

Taken at the Legion of Honor museum in San Francisco, CA.

Project 365 – Week 2

January 10, 2010 - Me and Rigel

I assisted Rigel with his 365 today. I poured several gallons of water on his head for his self portrait and it was so fun to drench him that I asked if we could do it just one more time with my camera. I look a little maniacal but that was kind of the theme of the night, so I was pleased.

January 11, 2010 - Pablo

This is photo 4/100 of my 100 Strangers project.

I was walking in to work today just as Pablo was walking out of the office with his mail cart. I already had my camera in my hand, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to get today’s photo. I kept it quick, since Pablo was already on the way to his truck, but he was so nice to let me take a few shots of him.

January 12, 2010 - Trees

I was leaving the SAY office when I saw the trees reflected in this puddle of water and I grabbed my camera immediately. One of my coworkers droving into the parking lot and thought I was crazy, but I suppose that it’s an acceptable price to pay.

January 13, 2010 - Golden State Warriors

So Mike and I had tickets to go see the Warriors play Cleveland on Monday and both of us forgot that the game was happening so we missed it 🙁 Major bummer. We remembered tonight’s game against the Miami Heat though, so we headed down to Oakland for the game. All in all, the Warriors got their asses handed to them by the Heat, but basketball games are always fun and I’m really looking forward to seeing them play the Dallas Mavericks next month.

January 14, 2010 - Keyboard

So. much. work. today! At least I got to do part of it in pjs from the comfort of my bed.

January 15, 2010 - Hwy 101

I have been wanting to test out this shot for a few weeks. If I had a tripod I think I would be a lot happier with it.

January 16, 2010 - My Future House (I hope)

I put an offer in on this house last August, and the bank finally accepte the offer this past week. Now I have to finalize the agreement and get a mortgage and hope that nothing goes wrong! I feel like I’ve already moved in, in my mind, and I can’t wait to make it a reality.

Project 365 – Week 1

I have had SO much fun this week with my 365 challenge. I started off the week at the California Academy of Sciences, taking a photo of my very first stranger for the 100 Strangers challenge (something I will be keeping up with all year), and wrapped it up with good friends and delicious pizza. I’ve been enjoying the challenge of discovering new things to photograph and new ways to take pictures. I can already tell that this year is going to make me stretch myself as a photographer to learn new skills and techniques for getting the photos I want. I think a tripod is going to have to be acquired pretty soon too.

January 2, 2010 - Ian

This is photo 1/100 of my 100 Strangers project.

Ian works at the Academy of Sciences in the Tidepool area, and was nice enough to be my first 100 Strangers subject. We got to talking because I was afraid to touch the starfish, but the little kid next to me was all about it. Ian told me that if the kid could do it, I could too.
And thus I struck up a conversation with him about abalone. He told me that abalone get a new hole (which they stick their grabbers through to get food) in their shell each year, so you can tell roughly how old an abalone is judging by the number of holes.
January 3, 2010 - Manuel
This is photo 2/100 of my 100 Strangers project.
Manuel is a surfer who lives in the Mission District in San Francisco. He’s been surfing since he was 13, and said that the conditions today weren’t great (too cold), but since this was the warmest it will be today, he went for it anyway. Manuel is originally from El Salvador but hasn’t been back since moving to the US. He told me that he wasn’t very photogenic, but was gracious enough to let me take his photo anyway.
San Francisco – Ocean Beach at Judah.
January 4, 2010 - Three Chairs
I took this photo this morning at the SAY offices. These chairs are in the hallway of the counseling offices. I suppose they’re a little zen or something.
I love the colors and the whimsy of the child’s chairs sitting on a coffee table underneath a photo of spices.
January 5, 2010 - Goodbye Christmas
Today we bid adieu to our beloved Christmas tree.
January 6, 2009 - Rahm the cat

I was setting up to use my yoga mat as the background of an entirely different photo when Rahm jumped onto the chair and made herself at home. I’m sure there will be at least a few more photos pf Rahm the cat in my 365 collection, and I had intended to save her for later, but she was too pretty to ignore today!

On a side note, her new favorite thing it to play fetch. She taught herself the game, and likes to drop her toy mouse right next to me and wait for me to throw it across the room.

January 7, 2010 - Leaf Print

I wandered outside this morning in search of a photo opportunity in the backyard. What I found was this awesome leaf print in the patio.

January 8, 2010 - Leah

This is photo 3/100 of my 100 Strangers project.

When I stopped by the candlelight peace vigil in Courthouse Square this evening I met Leah and her mom. I loved Leah with the candle, and I’m really glad that she (and her mom) allowed me to take her portrait.

January 9, 2010 - Joey

Ben, Mike and I went to see Avatar today at the IMAX in Emeryville and Joey came to meet us for the movie.

Afterwards, we went down to Zachary’s Pizza and had the best deep dish pizza I have ever had. We got the veggie pizza and it came with a whole wheat crust, broccoli, zucchini, squash, corn, onions, and mushrooms and it was delicious!

While we were waiting for our pizza we sat outside of a cafe that was closing up for the night and watched the passers-by. We even saw one little kid walk by with a manta ray stuffed animal and the boys decided that it was the dumbest possible animal to choose to make a stuffed version of, but I thought it was adorable.

All in all, a great day with great friends.

Project 365 – January 1, 2010

I’m celebrating the turn of the new year with a photo project. I will be taking (at least) one photo a day, every day for the next year.

I’m planning on doing a weekly round-up here on, but I’m kicking the challenge off with my photo from today.
January 1, 2010 - Sara

Sara Sanger of The New Trust, performing at the Phoenix Theater, 01/01/2010

The Winchester Mystery House

Mike and I went to the Winchester Mystery House yesterday (henceforth called the Winchester House because calling it mysterious is stupid) and had a great time sneaking what photos we could! We tried not to go in with too many expectations, and since neither of us were expecting to tour a house filled with ghosts and spooky noises, I think we enjoyed it a lot more than the yelp reviewers. The house itself was actually smaller than I had imagined, most of the rooms are really quite small, and while it’s not as “mysterious” as hyped, it’s still a great old building with some very cool architectural details. Worth visiting if you’re into Victorian architecture or kitschy tourist activities (which I SO am!).

Henry's Patent Rifle: The Most Effective Weapon in the World

The most epic advertisement ever: A resolute man, armed with one of these Rifles, particularly if on horseback, CANNOT BE CAPTURED.

The Winchester House

The Winchester House

Tiffany Glass at the Winchester House

Unused Tiffany Glass Windows

Glass Window with Spider Web Pattern

Spiderweb Glass Window with 13 Jewels

Vietnam in Photos – Hanoi Literature Temple

Hand Rubbing the Doctor's Stelae These Girls Were Fascinated By Me School Group

These are the kids from the Literature Temple in Hanoi. As you can see, there are a great many of them. Now picture me, pressed into a corner surrounded by the whole giggling group, and you will get a better picture of my Literature Temply Experience.

In all honestly, they were super cute and funny, but it was pretty overwhelming to be unexpectedly surrounded by a whole group of children and interrogated about my name, home town, and career. I’m still a little puzzled about why I was so much more interesting than Miles & Leanne seemed to be, but I doubt I will ever know.

Also pictured is one of the kids rubbing the head of one of the Tortoise statues at the temple. Tortoises are one of four sacred creatures in Vietnam, and they symbolize longevity. I was told that it is very good luck to rub their heads, as it is something of a prayer/wish for long life.

Vietnam in Photos – Hoi An


This shot was taken at one of the assembly halls in Hoi An. The assembly halls were built by the Chinese during the old silk trading days, and the Chinese influence was noticeable in architecture and styling. There were altars and incense bowls all over, and I was the only person in the hall so I had free reign of the place.

Vietnam in Photos – Day 9

Dalat Crazy House

Crazy Chesire Cat Fireplace

This is the Dalat Crazy House. What is the Dalat Crazy House you might ask? Well, it’s this hotel that is, crazy. It’s sort of a weird Gaudi/Dali-esque treehouse filled with intricately carved furniture and animal themed guest rooms. If you don’t want to stay there, you can still pay an entrance fee and visit the house. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen and was definitely worth the trip for the strange factor alone.

While we were there we saw tow separate groups of people who were on our flight into Dalat, and I also encountered an excited older asain man who spoke no English but really wanted to see my camera. He gestured to it repeatedly and asked to see it, I kept saying no and his friend, watched the exchange and laughed. The excited guy was sporting his own Nikon camera so I’m still not really sure why he was so insistent to see mine.

Vietnam in Photos – Day 8

Small Plastic Chairs

Tiny Plastic Chairs

Vietnam was a country full of tiny plastic chairs. All along the streets in front of shops, the sidewalks would be full of people selling goods and sitting in these little chairs. In Hanoi our hotel was near an intersection with corner bars which filled the sidewalk and street with plastic chairs at night and big groups of tourists and locals would sit drinking beer hunched into the kid sized chairs.

Vietnam in Photos – Day 4

Dragon fruit


Fresh Vegetables from a Street Vendor

Ladies Selling Vegetables

The food in vietnam was really great. There were so many amazing fresh veggies to be had, and I was so glad to not have to worry so much about not being able to find vegetarian food (Peru was a lot harder for that). There were a lot of familiar foods, but some, like the incredibly pink dragonfruit above, were more exotic. The dragonfruit, dissappointingly, did not taste nearly as exciting as one might assume from it’s hot pink exterior. It tasted a little bit like a watermelon/kiwi blend, and was stark white with small black seeds.

Vietnam in Photos – Day 3

Sunrise on the Balconey

Sunrise in Saigon

Everyone who knows me knows that I am in no way shape or form, a morning person. But the crazy time difference between California and Vietnam, worked some serious magic in getting me out of be early. I took this photo on our first full day in Vietnam, from the balcony of the Liberty 2. It was probably just past 5am when I took this picture, and the streets were shockingly quiet. It was also already super warm, and it smelled a little like rain (from the night before) and the streets were still damp.

Carter’s 1st Birthday

A few years ago I though babies were pretty funny looking. I guess that’s changed because I had a blast last weekend at my friend Brook’s birthday party for her 1 year old son Carter. Brook and David moved to Salt Lake City last year, and they’re really good about blogging about their adventures so far away. Even though I feel like I know what’s going on with them, it was great to see Carter in person and see how much he’s grown since the last time I saw him.

Flying Baby! IMG_2987 IMG_3015 Carter Taking a Bath in the Kitchen Sink

Christmas Eve Day at the California Academy of Sciences

Giant Sea Bass

Yesterday, on Christmas Eve I went down to San Francisco to visit the new California Academy of Sciences. The museum was amazing, it has a huge aquarium–where I spent most of my time–a planetarium, a rainforst biodome, and a living green roof.

I brought my friend Rigel with me, and we met up with David who was taking photos for a story in the San Jose Mercury News. We all took a million photos, I think I’m the first to get them up though.

Fall is Here at the Crux House in Santa Rosa

This weekend I tested out my new (to me) Canon 5D at a benefit for the Santa Rosa Free Clinic. My friends Fall is Here were great, and I’m really happy with the way some of the photos turned out. The basement at the Crux House is lit by 2 bare bulbs, which makes for some really cool lighting.

I’m definitely looking forward to getting to know my new camera. Check out the full photo set here.

Fall is Here

Celeste IMG_9445

Behind the Scenes at Alcatraz

A few months ago David and I went to Alcatraz. He had been before, but I, the native Californian had not and I was definitely looking forward to the trip! I was even more excited about it when my ever-present insatiable curiosity paid off in the form of a behind the scenes tour of The Rock.

One of the awesome staff was taking a couple of other tourists up to check out the view from the Gun Gallery and I piped up to ask where they were going. The result? David and I got a super awesome peek at the prison from the guard’s perspective and we even got to go see the generator building (who knew the Rock has it’s own power grid?) the antique fire truck, and the guard’s break room. All in all, an amazing tour.

Check out the full set of pictures here.

Secret Acatraz

prison cell window in the door to the yard old school fire truck, Alcatraz Island the generator room

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