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Vagabond - Dallas - Lower Greenville

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Vagabond - Dallas - Lower Greenville

VAGABOND

brunch.  lunch.  craft beer.

                                                        Bocce Ball On the Back Patio


All images captured with the Fuji X-T1 and Zeiss 12mm F2.8 Lens


One thing I promised to do for this blog is to start combining my photography with experiences that I have, not just my photography work.  Whether it be eating, drinking, living etc.  I want to use this blog to share experiences that would be relevant from a general sense.  Hopefully this will be a great way to combine my photography passion and make it universally useful.  This is my first post related to giving you a visual perspective of different places to eat and drink in town and out of town for that matter. 

I happened to stumble upon this restaurant/bar called Vagabond located in the 'Lower Greenville' area of Dallas.  I won't go into a huge review about how the food was, or the decor, or anything that is overly subjective.  All that I can say about Vagabond is that it's a nice, chill place for brunch, bloody mary's, mimosas and craft beers.  The photographs will tell you what you need to know about a pretty cool spot that I'm sure I'll visit again down the road.  The photos illustrate the food, the environment and atmosphere.  Vagabond offers brunch, live music, DJ's (late night) and modern American fare.   Get out there and check it out!

For more information about Vagabond, check out their menu and website here and if you find this info useful feel free to subscribe below!

 

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DIGITAL FILM - A SERIES

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DIGITAL FILM - A SERIES

DIGITAL FILM

For those of your reading this, I've decided to start a Fuji X100s project called 'DIGITAL FILM'.  Some of you might ask what I mean by this but before I answer that question I want to give a few techy, not so techy nerd photography type definitions....

chimping:  checking your monitor/lcd on your camera to see your image.  example, take picture, look at it to make sure it's what you want

film:  that stuff a majority of people used to record photos on

digital:  doesn't really need a definition, if you need a definition, grab your phone, take a picture and look at it (chimp), there is your digital definition in regards to photography terms

Okay now that we have given a basis to this project I'll explain why I'm doing it.  My current kit is the Fuji X-T1 with 56mm f1.2, 23mm f1.4, 35mm f1.4 and 12mm f2.8 lenses.  All of this gear is accompanied by the Fuji X100s which currently is my everywhere, always with me camera.  It has a fixed 23mm F2 lens and is brilliant.

I recently acquired a leather case that has a LCD protective cover.  For the longest time I would simply leave this cover at home.  I mean, why would I want to cover up my cameras LCD screen? One day it struck me to put it on and from that day (about a month ago) I have left it on the camera.  Why?  It doesn't allow me to review the picture (aka chimp) after I take the photo.  Why is that important?  The answer to that question is the inspiration to this project.  Does any out there remember the joy of taking your film to the local CVS, Meijer, Rite Aid, Walgreens etc?   Remember the fascination of looking at a roll of film a couple of months after taking the photo?  It's a rush to have all those memories come back to you from a simple trip to the store. The idea is the same here and thanks to the optical viewfinder (turn off the image preview mode) on the X100s, I simply frame, compose and take the shot.  I don't worry about my exposure, I don't worry about if the photo is in focus.  I simply take the photo and move on.  Now I wouldn't do this for a critical assignment or job that I had to ensure I nailed the image (that's the advantage of digital) but for my personal work, I love that feeling of getting my 'film' back from the developer.  

Of course you could put tape on the back of your LCD to do this but that's not ideal (and why I don't do it on my Fuji X-T1).  If you're out there with a digital camera and an optical viewfinder, give this a shot, you may find it very rewarding.  Resist the urge to double check/review your images after taking a picture.  My personal opinion is that it can make you a better photographer Your focus will be directed towards capturing what you see.  It will make you think about your framing a little bit longer because you can't rely on double checking your LCD.  I think this is the idea that Leica had in mind for their new special edition camera (a $10,000 plus, rangefinder digital camera with no LCD)

Each week I'm going to try and get out and take some shots in this method.  Compose and shoot no over analyzing each picture on a 3 inch LCD, no making sure the exposure was perfect no magnifying to 200 percent to make sure that eyelash is in focus.  This is a personal project that will make me a better photographer and give me that old school feeling of picking up my film from the store (aka review the images in Capture One Pro)  

Now after all that rambling it's time for some images from week 1 of 'DIGITAL FILM'.  These photos document my day as a Spartan, watching Michigan State University beat Nebraska 27-22, GO GREEN!.  QUICK NOTE:  During this watch party ASU beat USC on a hail mary, it's great to see fans go bananas for their team!  (keep in mind that the images aren't necessarily to illustrate my technical ability as a photographer but merely to tell a story in the way that I saw it happen)


all images shot with the Fuji X100s






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j. greene and the steady - prophet bar - deep ellum - dallas

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j. greene and the steady - prophet bar - deep ellum - dallas

j. greene and the steady - this is a shakedown!


shot with the Fuji X-T1, Fuji 23mm F1.4 and Fuji 56mm F1.2


I'll keep this post as short and sweet as possible.  First and foremost I would like to give props to these guys for putting on a great show.  I dig the tunes and will one day try to catch them in their backyard (Austin, TX aka ATX).  I first caught these guys a while back and was hooked; whenever they are in town I try to pay my respects.  

If you've never listed to the music, catch one of their newer songs, 'Shakedown'...love the song, love the energy, love the music....

One other tidbit of info before I pass out for the evening.  I'm sure many of you in the photography world are going thru your own personal Apple Aperture exodus.  I am personally disappointed that Apple is moving to what seems to be a more consumer based product, but the new Capture One Pro 8 is excellent and gets pretty close to emulating Apple's File Management system.  This workflow is just as important as the editing tool in my opinion.

If you are like me and looking for an Aperture alternative, check it out.  It plays really nice with the Fuji X system.  I'm not 100 percent sold but I have a feeling my time with Lightroom will be brief!

Quick thought for gear nerd stuff.  I love my Fuji X cameras more and more each day that I use them.  The picture below is an ISO 12800 shot with not a lot of post processing done to it.  Is it noisy?  Sure.  Is it perfect?  No.  Is it usable, definitely.....It's not a Sony A7s when it comes to noise performance but what is right now?  Keep in mind the bar was almost completely dark!  Not bad....

                                                                      iso 12800, 1/5.6s shutter, fuji 23mm f1.4

Back to the band and photos...if you're out there in Austin, get out and catch a show and if you're not in Austin give them a listen, you won't be disappointed.  Click on that gigantic link to see where they will be next!

Now for photos....and sleep....goodnight (processed in Capture One Pro 8 with a touch of hue and saturation boost to the black and white.)


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F.A.T.T. - Fitz and the Tantrums - House of Blues - Dallas, TX

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F.A.T.T. - Fitz and the Tantrums - House of Blues - Dallas, TX

FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS 

DALLAS 

HOUSE OF BLUES

One of my favorite bands of the last 10 years has to be Fitz and the Tantrums.  A complaint that I have about recent music is the lack of cohesive albums.  Music is so segmented and based upon singles, it's hard to find albums that are a listen from start to finish.  Fitz and the Tantrums bucks this trend...

I heard Fitz and the Tantrums for the first time somewhere around 2010 and was hooked.  This is my second live experience with them and while I was disappointed to not hear a few songs from their first album, the show in general was just as good as the first.  Here are a few photos from an awesome show and an awesome band.  Feel free to share if you're a fan of Fitz and the Tantrums....

As for equipment, I love my Fuji Camera and lenses, they are sleek, small.  I can take a three lens kit into a concert without any grief from event security for bringing in professional equipment.  You don't need a 1DX or a D4 or any other large DSLR (which you wouldn't be able to bring into the concert without a press pass) to get fantastic results.


all images shot with the Fuji X-T1 and Fujinon 56mm F1.2 lens





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Carlsbad Caverns + Fuji X-T1

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Carlsbad Caverns + Fuji X-T1

a few quick photos from a national park located in Carlsbad, New Mexico

more to come but for now....


photos taken with the Fuji X-T1 and Fujinon 23mm F1.4


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