New goodies

New goodies

It's difficult for me to walk past Japantown here in San Francisco without stopping and spending at least 30 minutes in the Kinokuniya Book Store, browsing through cook books, design tomes, and eclectic Japanese fashion mags. I've encountered some strange things in that store, but mostly it's full of great and cute things. Today I splurged a little and got the latest issue of Kinfolk, an Eggling that will one day (hopefully!) become a cactus, and a book called Whet My Appetite: Culinary Graphic Design.

Die hard fans/readers of this blog may already know, but I've recently gone full-on freelance with my photography, design, and all kinds of nerd skills. I got this particular book on design because I love love love food, food packaging, menus, and anything else having to do with food. I can work with anyone (except maybe a few kids on the playground...) but I'd love to work with restaurants, cafes, and independent gourmets. I figured I'd get some printed research into my hands for inspiration, even if I have to make up a few places to get my portfolio a bit more expansive. You can, of course, check it out here anyway.

    Up close and botanical

    Up close and botanical

    I explored the SF Botanical Gardens last weekend for the second time in my life. I went right instead of left this time from the main entrance and had a grand old time shooting with both a 16-40mm and 50mm macro lens. I think my favorite section of the park was the succulent garden, but the redwoods are pretty spiff, too. Here is a small group of some of my macro-y shots from throughout the park:

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