Week 20, California

My company has offices in Bellevue WA, San Mateo and Sacramento CA, and we had a gathering of developers this past week at the San Mateo office.  I lived in California for about 7 years, and returned to my previous city, Mountain View.  Since I left in 2006, it has changed some, with a lot more activity on the main ‘eatery’ section on weekends than I remember.  Some of this is because Google is based in the city and lots of their employees have settled in the area.

I had just planned to stroll around and take random shots, but as it turns out they were hosting the first “Irish Fest”, with a big beer tent (Guinness, of course), a stage, food trucks, a few exhibition tents with Aer Lingus, a local hurling club, crafts, and a section for the kids.

Because we had some company events, including an open house for prospective employees, I had ordered a few rolls of CineStill 800.  I brought my Kodak Retina IIIc, partly because it is quite compact but also because it has excellent glass.  I used the same for this roll, all lab-developed and scanned.

Retina IIIc

Retina IIIc

First a few shots from the main downtown area, Castro St, Mountain View CA.

Books, Inc.

Books, Inc.

Blooming

Blooming

Heaters

Heaters not needed

And the Irish Fest itself.  I got there just as it started, so the crowds were just arriving.  The stage was also just getting setup.  I had other plans later in the afternoon (going to see WWII bombers at the nearby Naval airbase, Moffett Field) so did not get a chance to enjoy much of the entertainment.

Stage Prep

Stage Prep

Guinness at 10:30am? Why not.

Guinness at 10:30am? Why not.

Merch Tent

Merch Tent

Kettle Corn

Kettle Corn

Eat-n-drink

Eat-n-drink

Warm weather

Warm weather wear

Enjoying the conversation

Enjoying the conversation

I liked how the CineStill worked even out in bright sunshine.  For my next week, I have a couple different events I might include, a local car show tonight, or a Spring Renaissance Faire that opens Saturday.  Thought it is running Sunday as well, so I might use that for the following roll.

13 thoughts on “Week 20, California

  1. Nice combo, the Retina and CineStill. I love the way CineStill looks outside with a bit of overexposure.

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    • It is really a great film, I enjoy shooting it, though I wasn’t sure how I would like it in full sun. The results are quite good. The Retina is a little jewel of a camera, excellent shooting, easy to use rangefinder, and takes really sharp pictures.

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    • Nice, look forward to seeing your results with it. I think it is great to have new emulsions available, and it does give a certain look, esp with low light.

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