Friday, May 05, 2006

Union Square

Union Square, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Fish @ meat market

Fish @ meat market, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

The Itinerant Code

Last night, this Nigerian lady stopped, looked at me and said:

"In a previous life, you lived in the Hawaiian islands."
"You think?"
"Yes. Absolutely. It fits you."

Interestingly, Ive heard this from several other folk before.

Until the other night, I had little interest in going back to Hawaii in the near future, but now I know what I'll be doing the next time I go.

Things come together when its time.
For Christmas 2003, I got a gift certificate for the Ross stores. I dont remember what else I got (belts and underwear prolly), but I still have one thing - my Idea notebook.

Bill Veeck, the impresario and owner of the White Sox, used to have these shoeboxes full of scraps of paper with ideas scribbled on them. The instructions to his family were that these boxes were the first things to be grabbed and saved in case of a fire in the house, as "Ideas are the most important things.".

Aside from my identity papers, this little notebook will be the first thing that I'll grab in case of a fire or earthquake. I havent had the time or inclination to write in the book since I got a bay area residence, but the details of my life for the near future is scribbled in that book. It may be incoherent to anyone looking through that book, but it makes perfect sense to me.

Now Im back in the book, the time to to implementing those ideas arriving. It feels oddly comforting reading and writing in that little notebook...
Now that ive stepped into the serious side with the purchase of the Nikon, with more equipment to come, i need to accessorize.

Let's see..

- Extra SD memory cards. Ive got a 1gb card in the camera, but I need larger memory to fully use the camera, to shoot RAW images.

Of course, that creates a cascading effect. Bigger cards = more files. More files = more storage needed. More storage needed = more hard drive drives and DVD blanks. And more powerful computers. Oy.

- Sensor cleaning kit. Back in the film slr days, a clean cloth and lintless swabs was all i needed to clean out the imaging area of a camera. But because a digital sensor acts like a dust magnet - everytime you take off the lens, dust will get in there. And the sensor is very very delicate. But it needs cleaning.

And I already can see dust in there.

- A camera bag. As much as i just wanna load everything into my messenger bag, sometimes you need a camera-centric backpack to carry your gear.

- Batteries. Oy. One of the things I like about Fuji's is that they take AA batteries. Practical. But the Nikons take a proprietory battery. The good news is that the battery lasts a long time - at least 500 shots. The bad news, theyre not cheap.

And hard experience has taught me to always carry spare batteries.

- An expodisc or grey card. Basically, to set color balance.

- Remote control. I used to consider this a gimmick, but long exposures require a smooth shutter finger to prevent vibration and blurry images.

This camera has no facility to use a shutter cable, but it will fire from a remote control.

Heh, in fact, if i program a cheap TV remote properly, that'll control the camera too.

This is basic stuff and a short list. Unfortunately, after this - with lenses, flashes, light meters and whatnot - its gonna get a lot lot more expensive.

But hey, thats why getting a camera like this is a serious investment.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Lobster in the half shell

Lobster in the half shell, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Fisherman's wharf


Carry, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

shooting blind from the hip - still working on that.

I used to be very good at it too.. but that was with a one-handed camera.

Bird egg waffle cakes

Bird egg waffle cakes, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

pacific and stockton in SF's chinatown

The lady on Canal street in NY chinatown, her batter is much better.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Lobsters at fisherman's wharf

Lobsters at fisherman's wharf, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Car show

Car show, originally uploaded by Itinerant.


jaguar, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

From 'The Art of the Start'

From 'The Art of the Start', originally uploaded by Itinerant.

"No matter what, never admit that you're scared..."

Ovaltine milkshake

Ovaltine milkshake, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Seafood cup

Seafood cup, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Ordering pork buns

Ordering pork buns, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Car show

Car show, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Joe P. shoots Jeanne F.

Joe P. shoots Jeanne F., originally uploaded by allaboutgeorge.

Union Square

Union Square, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Car show

Car show, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Today's horrorscope:

Something big is coming -- are you ready? Preparation is a big theme today, and you'd be wise to double-check your finances. Look for opportunities in travel -- do you have all your shots? Is your passport valid? There are clues ranging from romantic to intimidating, and by the end of the day you will probably have enough information to make an educated guess. Things are getting exciting, and you are more ready than ever for a big change.

Finances aside - more than ready.

Car show

Car show, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Flowering plant

Flowering plant, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Pacific Heights newsstand

Pacific Heights newsstand, originally uploaded by Itinerant.


evolution, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Parked motorcycles

Parked motorcycles, originally uploaded by Itinerant.