So when do you open, then?
This rather crass midwestern, bleached blonde was loudly insisting the restaurant open early just for her, but my eye was attracted to the lovely brunette, wishing she was elsewhere.
In North Beach, SF.
Panny GX7, 17mm Zuiko.
Complete with bouncer.
Doubtless one of these days I will have my teeth handed to me.
On Broadway at Columbus, SF.
Panny GX7, 17mm Zuiko.
Located on Grant Street in the heart of North Beach, you can get shoes, boots and clothing hand made here. Truly bespoke work.
Beautiful shoe selection.
The dressmaking area.
Measuring a customer for new boots.
The house pup – as decent an egg as you will meet.
Shoe lasts and tools.
Tools of the trade.
Cobbler at work. Nothing beats the 17mm Zuiko when the light source is in the frame.
Assorted leather goods.
The owner was so taken with my GX7 that I encouraged him to try it out, telling him he would not hear the electronic shutter. After he pressed the button thrice I told him he had it, as I posed in the lovely afternoon sun:
Me at Al’s Attire.
All snapped on the Panny GX7 with the 17mm Zuiko except the first (G1, kit zoom) and the third (Nikon D3x, 35mm f/1.4 Nikon G AF-S).
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Accordingly, I have enhanced the masthead links to provide indexing of articles.
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Degas had a good crack at it in 1876. As the most photographic of painters, he showed life without hope, the pair deep in their cups, drinking ill distilled absinthe en route to blindness and death. And then there’s that wide-angle vision of his, with the signed knife in the foreground.
Until this time just about every painter saw though a 50mm lens, with the possible exception of the incomparable Paolo Uccello (1397 – 1475, quite an innings) whose Battle of San Romano was very much seen through a 21mm. Fortunate Europeans can see this work in the National Gallery, the Uffizi or the Louvre, but without a shadow of a doubt the one in London is a standout, one of the true materpieces of Western art. High time someone in America bought it …. a rounding error for a tech IPO windfall. I so miss standing close to the canvas completely subsumed by the action. After all, it would be a challenge to sanity to return to rain and Ivan saturated London.
I had a go at the same theme recently, at the oldest drinking spot in South Beach, SF, The Saloon, a survivor of the 1906 earthquake and fire. The default beer here, Pabst Blue Ribbon, is arguably worse than badly distilled absinthe. I asked the barman for permission to take pictures yet this image was completely unposed. ‘L’Absinthe’ flashed through my mind as I pressed the button. Degas pioneered the technique of cutting people off at the edge of the frame, one devolved from his photography. I just copied that. This is from the full frame, no cropping.
Nikon D3x, 35mm f/1.4 Nikkor G at f/2 (a loaner, before I finally got a 35/1.4 Sigma which actually focused properly. Decent lens, the Nikkor, focuses well, but no Siggy when it comes to resolution wide open). That said, the 18″ x 24″ print of this little drama on my wall is simply a showstopper, with especially lovely rendering of color. You will not go wrong with the 35mm f/1.4 Nikkor G, though it costs an arm and a leg.