Fisherman’s Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf

I love picking up rolls of film from the lab.  I am always pleasantly surprised with images that I forgot I have taken.   Here is a roll I started shooting the day I left for San Francisco and when I went for a walk in Fisherman’s Wharf when I landed…

There is a big festival in the town I live in Tokyo so I am looking forward to a lot of shooting this weekend.   I love the festivals I am able to find in Jiyugaoka.  I love getting to shoot the Matsuri every year.

Today’s configuration: Leica M6-J, Portra 400, Elmar 50mm f/2.8

Me in the mirror

Fisherman’s Wharf…  I love this area of San Francisco.  It seems almost timeless as you walk around here.

Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco

Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco

I don’t eat a lot of fast food but I did hit In-N-Out Burger in a moment of weakness.   All I can say is…it is very good.   Order off the menu – Animal Style.

In n Out Burger on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco

San Francisco Police Department

San Francisco Trolley

Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco

Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco

I like how this one turned out…

Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco

I miss Clam Chowder…

Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco

Surprisingly I don’t miss lobster…  the thought of drawn butter really turns me off after I have adjusted to the delicate way Japanese prepare seafood.

Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco

Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco

I sat and watched the band One Leg Chuck play for a while.  They reminded me of the band Staind.   I ended up buying their CD…very talented.

One Leg Chuck

Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco

Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco

The Rock!

Alcatraz in San Francisco

Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco

A very creepy fortune teller machine…

Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco

OK this is ShootTokyo so let’s mix cultures…たばこ (Cigarettes) and Coca Cola…yum!

Tabaco and San Francisco

Thanks for stopping by today…


  • Rodrigo Estañol Corona

    Love it! I do believe that film is better than digital. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kurt

    I always really like what you’re taking photos of, but I’m not a fan of colour film. I much rather digital (maybe it’s gen Y thing?).

    I do however love your black and white film photos. I’d love to see more of that!!!

  • Bryant

    I was wondering, how many shots do you take on average shooting film now versus digital? Are you still taking a couple shots of the same subject to bracket exposures, change framing/recompose, set your focus differently, etc.? Or is it more of a shoot less shots and let things play out as they will instead of so much of working a shot/scene/moment?

  • Hans ter Horst

    Haha, I visited Fisherman’s wharf 30 years ago and it still looks the same :-) I develop my black and white myself but send the colour and slides off for processing, I recognize the feeling of surprise and wonder when first going through a heap of negatives and realized what I had actually photographed Great work!

  • Damon

    I used to enjoy going to pick up photo prints in my film days (for decades) – hoping & praying they turned out good . . . and developed and by someone who knew what they were doing. The last time was about 10 years ago, and I’m never going back. I guess I agree with Jay Maisel – who I guess is totally digital except for a rare occasion.

    I have an In & Out burger place one block from where I live. That’s the first place my son goes to when he comes to visit. They don’t have any in Alaska.

    Thanks Dave.

  • Daniel Steinbock

    Ah, Fisherman’s Wharf looks timeless on film. Thanks for the pics of my home turf. Looks just like it did on field trips in the 6th grade.

    What and when is the festival in Jiyugaoka? I’m moving into the neighborhood in a couple of weeks and would love to soak up some local color.

  • Dave

    Daniel – It is this weekend. I’m not sure exactly what it is. I think it is a lot of sales, some street festival going on. Drop me a line when you get into town and I’ll try to let you know what is going on.

  • Dave

    Damon – I think Jay is 100% digital now. I am enjoying the novelty of film for me.

  • Dave

    I don’t bracket at all on Film. I definitely take less shots. Film is too expensive for shooting wildly. I stopped bracketing on my M9 as well. It just isn’t needed I found.

  • Dave

    Kurt – I love Black and White film as well. I just hate that I need to wait a week or two to get it back from the lab. I was surprised I liked color film but I do. Right now I am trying everything to see what I really like.

  • Ana

    I loved your pictures. Recently I was in San Francisco and I felt this special sensation again. Thanks for sharing!!!!

  • rick

    You bring my back to 2004 when I spent a week there. Good feeling in those shots, you conveyed the atmosphere well. The only this missing are some night shots :) I found that to be one of my favorite parts, all the lights and people buzzing around.

  • Girish

    Nice pictures, love the colors that you get using film.

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