• Center Console
2014 Audi S5 // Sony RX1-r
There was some fantastic light in my car yesterday. Decided to take a few photos of the center console.
I haven’t detailed the interior yet, so there are a few spots here and there from the tint install.
As a car with a dark interior and shiny bits, I found it intriguing to keep the highlights bright, shadows saved a bit since it’s black, and to bring down the black levels for more drama and isolation.
More interior and exterior shots soon. I have a few more installs to finish on the car this week.
  • Center Console
2014 Audi S5 // Sony RX1-r
There was some fantastic light in my car yesterday. Decided to take a few photos of the center console.
I haven’t detailed the interior yet, so there are a few spots here and there from the tint install.
As a car with a dark interior and shiny bits, I found it intriguing to keep the highlights bright, shadows saved a bit since it’s black, and to bring down the black levels for more drama and isolation.
More interior and exterior shots soon. I have a few more installs to finish on the car this week.
  • Center Console
2014 Audi S5 // Sony RX1-r
There was some fantastic light in my car yesterday. Decided to take a few photos of the center console.
I haven’t detailed the interior yet, so there are a few spots here and there from the tint install.
As a car with a dark interior and shiny bits, I found it intriguing to keep the highlights bright, shadows saved a bit since it’s black, and to bring down the black levels for more drama and isolation.
More interior and exterior shots soon. I have a few more installs to finish on the car this week.
  • Center Console
2014 Audi S5 // Sony RX1-r
There was some fantastic light in my car yesterday. Decided to take a few photos of the center console.
I haven’t detailed the interior yet, so there are a few spots here and there from the tint install.
As a car with a dark interior and shiny bits, I found it intriguing to keep the highlights bright, shadows saved a bit since it’s black, and to bring down the black levels for more drama and isolation.
More interior and exterior shots soon. I have a few more installs to finish on the car this week.

Center Console

2014 Audi S5 // Sony RX1-r

There was some fantastic light in my car yesterday. Decided to take a few photos of the center console.

I haven’t detailed the interior yet, so there are a few spots here and there from the tint install.

As a car with a dark interior and shiny bits, I found it intriguing to keep the highlights bright, shadows saved a bit since it’s black, and to bring down the black levels for more drama and isolation.

More interior and exterior shots soon. I have a few more installs to finish on the car this week.

  • Light in the lighthouse
Point Arena, CA // Sony RX1-r
The porch of the entrance to Point Arena Lighthouse is just beautiful in the afternoon. It’s really hot in here, and maybe a bit too bright for someone to look out the windows without squinting, but just shooting one corner of this small room yielded so many fun photos.
Thanks to Melissa for enduring the light!
  • Light in the lighthouse
Point Arena, CA // Sony RX1-r
The porch of the entrance to Point Arena Lighthouse is just beautiful in the afternoon. It’s really hot in here, and maybe a bit too bright for someone to look out the windows without squinting, but just shooting one corner of this small room yielded so many fun photos.
Thanks to Melissa for enduring the light!
  • Light in the lighthouse
Point Arena, CA // Sony RX1-r
The porch of the entrance to Point Arena Lighthouse is just beautiful in the afternoon. It’s really hot in here, and maybe a bit too bright for someone to look out the windows without squinting, but just shooting one corner of this small room yielded so many fun photos.
Thanks to Melissa for enduring the light!
  • Light in the lighthouse
Point Arena, CA // Sony RX1-r
The porch of the entrance to Point Arena Lighthouse is just beautiful in the afternoon. It’s really hot in here, and maybe a bit too bright for someone to look out the windows without squinting, but just shooting one corner of this small room yielded so many fun photos.
Thanks to Melissa for enduring the light!

Light in the lighthouse

Point Arena, CA // Sony RX1-r

The porch of the entrance to Point Arena Lighthouse is just beautiful in the afternoon. It’s really hot in here, and maybe a bit too bright for someone to look out the windows without squinting, but just shooting one corner of this small room yielded so many fun photos.

Thanks to Melissa for enduring the light!

  • Linda and Dan - Engagement Session
Mount Tamalpais, California // Sony RX1r, Nikon D700
Seated engagement photos are a lot of fun. I’ve been trying different ways to intertwine the couples, and I just love the mess of legs and arms, the leaning and hugging, it just feels so intimate and authentic.
The grassy hills around Mount Tamalpais were perfect. I had a lot of other photos of them standing, walking, and all that, but I feel like these struck me as the most telling of their relationship.
Linda and Dan are a beautiful couple, extremely fun to hang out with, and I’m really excited to shoot their wedding this year.
  • Linda and Dan - Engagement Session
Mount Tamalpais, California // Sony RX1r, Nikon D700
Seated engagement photos are a lot of fun. I’ve been trying different ways to intertwine the couples, and I just love the mess of legs and arms, the leaning and hugging, it just feels so intimate and authentic.
The grassy hills around Mount Tamalpais were perfect. I had a lot of other photos of them standing, walking, and all that, but I feel like these struck me as the most telling of their relationship.
Linda and Dan are a beautiful couple, extremely fun to hang out with, and I’m really excited to shoot their wedding this year.
  • Linda and Dan - Engagement Session
Mount Tamalpais, California // Sony RX1r, Nikon D700
Seated engagement photos are a lot of fun. I’ve been trying different ways to intertwine the couples, and I just love the mess of legs and arms, the leaning and hugging, it just feels so intimate and authentic.
The grassy hills around Mount Tamalpais were perfect. I had a lot of other photos of them standing, walking, and all that, but I feel like these struck me as the most telling of their relationship.
Linda and Dan are a beautiful couple, extremely fun to hang out with, and I’m really excited to shoot their wedding this year.
  • Linda and Dan - Engagement Session
Mount Tamalpais, California // Sony RX1r, Nikon D700
Seated engagement photos are a lot of fun. I’ve been trying different ways to intertwine the couples, and I just love the mess of legs and arms, the leaning and hugging, it just feels so intimate and authentic.
The grassy hills around Mount Tamalpais were perfect. I had a lot of other photos of them standing, walking, and all that, but I feel like these struck me as the most telling of their relationship.
Linda and Dan are a beautiful couple, extremely fun to hang out with, and I’m really excited to shoot their wedding this year.
  • Linda and Dan - Engagement Session
Mount Tamalpais, California // Sony RX1r, Nikon D700
Seated engagement photos are a lot of fun. I’ve been trying different ways to intertwine the couples, and I just love the mess of legs and arms, the leaning and hugging, it just feels so intimate and authentic.
The grassy hills around Mount Tamalpais were perfect. I had a lot of other photos of them standing, walking, and all that, but I feel like these struck me as the most telling of their relationship.
Linda and Dan are a beautiful couple, extremely fun to hang out with, and I’m really excited to shoot their wedding this year.

Linda and Dan - Engagement Session

Mount Tamalpais, California // Sony RX1r, Nikon D700

Seated engagement photos are a lot of fun. I’ve been trying different ways to intertwine the couples, and I just love the mess of legs and arms, the leaning and hugging, it just feels so intimate and authentic.

The grassy hills around Mount Tamalpais were perfect. I had a lot of other photos of them standing, walking, and all that, but I feel like these struck me as the most telling of their relationship.

Linda and Dan are a beautiful couple, extremely fun to hang out with, and I’m really excited to shoot their wedding this year.

Standard Weather
Hawk Hill, Sausalito, CA // Sony RX1r
The weather in the San Francisco bay area is truly dynamic. Hot warm days are a sure sign of cold blankets of fog in the evening.
I’m truly lucky to be able to photograph these fleeting moments of fog all the time around SF. This night was especially nice because the fog kept right around the bridge, left the city and east bay alone, and the moon rose just as the sun had set.

Standard Weather

Hawk Hill, Sausalito, CA // Sony RX1r

The weather in the San Francisco bay area is truly dynamic. Hot warm days are a sure sign of cold blankets of fog in the evening.

I’m truly lucky to be able to photograph these fleeting moments of fog all the time around SF. This night was especially nice because the fog kept right around the bridge, left the city and east bay alone, and the moon rose just as the sun had set.

  • Stephanie and Joe
Engagement Session // Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve and Rockridge, CA // Nikon D700 & D800e
These two are very special to me. Some of my life’s best memories come from these two.
Stephanie has an energy and optimism that is encouraging and life changing. I see the world in a very different way because of her.
Joe first materialized into the world as a partner in crime. Together we tackled countless projects, startups, and without him I would be nowhere near where I am today. He’s young at heart but packs wisdom that’s always been admirable and inspiring. If I had to choose a friend that I could count on no matter what, it’s him. And I have.
Seeing two of my friends come together and becoming such a loving and happy couple is truly something special. It’s a great privilege to photograph their engagement, and an honor to be part of their wedding.
Be ready for one heck of a best man speech! 
  • Stephanie and Joe
Engagement Session // Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve and Rockridge, CA // Nikon D700 & D800e
These two are very special to me. Some of my life’s best memories come from these two.
Stephanie has an energy and optimism that is encouraging and life changing. I see the world in a very different way because of her.
Joe first materialized into the world as a partner in crime. Together we tackled countless projects, startups, and without him I would be nowhere near where I am today. He’s young at heart but packs wisdom that’s always been admirable and inspiring. If I had to choose a friend that I could count on no matter what, it’s him. And I have.
Seeing two of my friends come together and becoming such a loving and happy couple is truly something special. It’s a great privilege to photograph their engagement, and an honor to be part of their wedding.
Be ready for one heck of a best man speech! 
  • Stephanie and Joe
Engagement Session // Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve and Rockridge, CA // Nikon D700 & D800e
These two are very special to me. Some of my life’s best memories come from these two.
Stephanie has an energy and optimism that is encouraging and life changing. I see the world in a very different way because of her.
Joe first materialized into the world as a partner in crime. Together we tackled countless projects, startups, and without him I would be nowhere near where I am today. He’s young at heart but packs wisdom that’s always been admirable and inspiring. If I had to choose a friend that I could count on no matter what, it’s him. And I have.
Seeing two of my friends come together and becoming such a loving and happy couple is truly something special. It’s a great privilege to photograph their engagement, and an honor to be part of their wedding.
Be ready for one heck of a best man speech! 
  • Stephanie and Joe
Engagement Session // Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve and Rockridge, CA // Nikon D700 & D800e
These two are very special to me. Some of my life’s best memories come from these two.
Stephanie has an energy and optimism that is encouraging and life changing. I see the world in a very different way because of her.
Joe first materialized into the world as a partner in crime. Together we tackled countless projects, startups, and without him I would be nowhere near where I am today. He’s young at heart but packs wisdom that’s always been admirable and inspiring. If I had to choose a friend that I could count on no matter what, it’s him. And I have.
Seeing two of my friends come together and becoming such a loving and happy couple is truly something special. It’s a great privilege to photograph their engagement, and an honor to be part of their wedding.
Be ready for one heck of a best man speech! 
  • Stephanie and Joe
Engagement Session // Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve and Rockridge, CA // Nikon D700 & D800e
These two are very special to me. Some of my life’s best memories come from these two.
Stephanie has an energy and optimism that is encouraging and life changing. I see the world in a very different way because of her.
Joe first materialized into the world as a partner in crime. Together we tackled countless projects, startups, and without him I would be nowhere near where I am today. He’s young at heart but packs wisdom that’s always been admirable and inspiring. If I had to choose a friend that I could count on no matter what, it’s him. And I have.
Seeing two of my friends come together and becoming such a loving and happy couple is truly something special. It’s a great privilege to photograph their engagement, and an honor to be part of their wedding.
Be ready for one heck of a best man speech! 
  • Stephanie and Joe
Engagement Session // Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve and Rockridge, CA // Nikon D700 & D800e
These two are very special to me. Some of my life’s best memories come from these two.
Stephanie has an energy and optimism that is encouraging and life changing. I see the world in a very different way because of her.
Joe first materialized into the world as a partner in crime. Together we tackled countless projects, startups, and without him I would be nowhere near where I am today. He’s young at heart but packs wisdom that’s always been admirable and inspiring. If I had to choose a friend that I could count on no matter what, it’s him. And I have.
Seeing two of my friends come together and becoming such a loving and happy couple is truly something special. It’s a great privilege to photograph their engagement, and an honor to be part of their wedding.
Be ready for one heck of a best man speech! 
  • Stephanie and Joe
Engagement Session // Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve and Rockridge, CA // Nikon D700 & D800e
These two are very special to me. Some of my life’s best memories come from these two.
Stephanie has an energy and optimism that is encouraging and life changing. I see the world in a very different way because of her.
Joe first materialized into the world as a partner in crime. Together we tackled countless projects, startups, and without him I would be nowhere near where I am today. He’s young at heart but packs wisdom that’s always been admirable and inspiring. If I had to choose a friend that I could count on no matter what, it’s him. And I have.
Seeing two of my friends come together and becoming such a loving and happy couple is truly something special. It’s a great privilege to photograph their engagement, and an honor to be part of their wedding.
Be ready for one heck of a best man speech! 
  • Stephanie and Joe
Engagement Session // Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve and Rockridge, CA // Nikon D700 & D800e
These two are very special to me. Some of my life’s best memories come from these two.
Stephanie has an energy and optimism that is encouraging and life changing. I see the world in a very different way because of her.
Joe first materialized into the world as a partner in crime. Together we tackled countless projects, startups, and without him I would be nowhere near where I am today. He’s young at heart but packs wisdom that’s always been admirable and inspiring. If I had to choose a friend that I could count on no matter what, it’s him. And I have.
Seeing two of my friends come together and becoming such a loving and happy couple is truly something special. It’s a great privilege to photograph their engagement, and an honor to be part of their wedding.
Be ready for one heck of a best man speech! 
  • Stephanie and Joe
Engagement Session // Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve and Rockridge, CA // Nikon D700 & D800e
These two are very special to me. Some of my life’s best memories come from these two.
Stephanie has an energy and optimism that is encouraging and life changing. I see the world in a very different way because of her.
Joe first materialized into the world as a partner in crime. Together we tackled countless projects, startups, and without him I would be nowhere near where I am today. He’s young at heart but packs wisdom that’s always been admirable and inspiring. If I had to choose a friend that I could count on no matter what, it’s him. And I have.
Seeing two of my friends come together and becoming such a loving and happy couple is truly something special. It’s a great privilege to photograph their engagement, and an honor to be part of their wedding.
Be ready for one heck of a best man speech! 
  • Stephanie and Joe
Engagement Session // Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve and Rockridge, CA // Nikon D700 & D800e
These two are very special to me. Some of my life’s best memories come from these two.
Stephanie has an energy and optimism that is encouraging and life changing. I see the world in a very different way because of her.
Joe first materialized into the world as a partner in crime. Together we tackled countless projects, startups, and without him I would be nowhere near where I am today. He’s young at heart but packs wisdom that’s always been admirable and inspiring. If I had to choose a friend that I could count on no matter what, it’s him. And I have.
Seeing two of my friends come together and becoming such a loving and happy couple is truly something special. It’s a great privilege to photograph their engagement, and an honor to be part of their wedding.
Be ready for one heck of a best man speech! 

Stephanie and Joe

Engagement Session // Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve and Rockridge, CA // Nikon D700 & D800e

These two are very special to me. Some of my life’s best memories come from these two.

Stephanie has an energy and optimism that is encouraging and life changing. I see the world in a very different way because of her.

Joe first materialized into the world as a partner in crime. Together we tackled countless projects, startups, and without him I would be nowhere near where I am today. He’s young at heart but packs wisdom that’s always been admirable and inspiring. If I had to choose a friend that I could count on no matter what, it’s him. And I have.

Seeing two of my friends come together and becoming such a loving and happy couple is truly something special. It’s a great privilege to photograph their engagement, and an honor to be part of their wedding.

Be ready for one heck of a best man speech! 

  • Zebra ‘O Clock
Stacie Hess // Sony RX1R
Afternoon light through the french doors of my home office always casts amazing striped light. Homage to my friend Klo’s genious hashtag.
Always wonderful to spend time and shoot with Stacie Hess.
  • Zebra ‘O Clock
Stacie Hess // Sony RX1R
Afternoon light through the french doors of my home office always casts amazing striped light. Homage to my friend Klo’s genious hashtag.
Always wonderful to spend time and shoot with Stacie Hess.
  • Zebra ‘O Clock
Stacie Hess // Sony RX1R
Afternoon light through the french doors of my home office always casts amazing striped light. Homage to my friend Klo’s genious hashtag.
Always wonderful to spend time and shoot with Stacie Hess.
  • Zebra ‘O Clock
Stacie Hess // Sony RX1R
Afternoon light through the french doors of my home office always casts amazing striped light. Homage to my friend Klo’s genious hashtag.
Always wonderful to spend time and shoot with Stacie Hess.

Zebra ‘O Clock

Stacie Hess // Sony RX1R

Afternoon light through the french doors of my home office always casts amazing striped light. Homage to my friend Klo’s genious hashtag.

Always wonderful to spend time and shoot with Stacie Hess.

City Storms
Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley, CA // Sony RX1R
Winter gives us some of the most dramatic skies here in the bay area. Looking forward to chasing more of these beautiful clouds.

City Storms

Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley, CA // Sony RX1R

Winter gives us some of the most dramatic skies here in the bay area. Looking forward to chasing more of these beautiful clouds.

Coffee Vibes
Saint Frank, San Francisco, CA // Sony RX1r
There’s something about coffee shops and light that always makes for great photos. Saint Frank is designed all around light and beautiful soft colored hardwood.

Coffee Vibes

Saint Frank, San Francisco, CA // Sony RX1r

There’s something about coffee shops and light that always makes for great photos. Saint Frank is designed all around light and beautiful soft colored hardwood.

  • Coffee with Klo
Toast Oakland, CA // Sony RX1r
Klo is an inspiring photographer. She is always bubbling with ideas and has a way with people that make her an incredible portrait photographer. Never afraid to speak her mind, you can trust what she says and know that when she puts her mind to something, she’ll impress.
Had a great time at brunch with Klo, Diyosa, Ricky, Marco, Alice, Roberto, and Issa at Toast in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland, CA. We fully took over the front of the restaurant to take photos.
See more of Klo’s work here: klodjanadervishi.com
  • Coffee with Klo
Toast Oakland, CA // Sony RX1r
Klo is an inspiring photographer. She is always bubbling with ideas and has a way with people that make her an incredible portrait photographer. Never afraid to speak her mind, you can trust what she says and know that when she puts her mind to something, she’ll impress.
Had a great time at brunch with Klo, Diyosa, Ricky, Marco, Alice, Roberto, and Issa at Toast in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland, CA. We fully took over the front of the restaurant to take photos.
See more of Klo’s work here: klodjanadervishi.com
  • Coffee with Klo
Toast Oakland, CA // Sony RX1r
Klo is an inspiring photographer. She is always bubbling with ideas and has a way with people that make her an incredible portrait photographer. Never afraid to speak her mind, you can trust what she says and know that when she puts her mind to something, she’ll impress.
Had a great time at brunch with Klo, Diyosa, Ricky, Marco, Alice, Roberto, and Issa at Toast in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland, CA. We fully took over the front of the restaurant to take photos.
See more of Klo’s work here: klodjanadervishi.com
  • Coffee with Klo
Toast Oakland, CA // Sony RX1r
Klo is an inspiring photographer. She is always bubbling with ideas and has a way with people that make her an incredible portrait photographer. Never afraid to speak her mind, you can trust what she says and know that when she puts her mind to something, she’ll impress.
Had a great time at brunch with Klo, Diyosa, Ricky, Marco, Alice, Roberto, and Issa at Toast in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland, CA. We fully took over the front of the restaurant to take photos.
See more of Klo’s work here: klodjanadervishi.com
  • Coffee with Klo
Toast Oakland, CA // Sony RX1r
Klo is an inspiring photographer. She is always bubbling with ideas and has a way with people that make her an incredible portrait photographer. Never afraid to speak her mind, you can trust what she says and know that when she puts her mind to something, she’ll impress.
Had a great time at brunch with Klo, Diyosa, Ricky, Marco, Alice, Roberto, and Issa at Toast in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland, CA. We fully took over the front of the restaurant to take photos.
See more of Klo’s work here: klodjanadervishi.com

Coffee with Klo

Toast Oakland, CA // Sony RX1r

Klo is an inspiring photographer. She is always bubbling with ideas and has a way with people that make her an incredible portrait photographer. Never afraid to speak her mind, you can trust what she says and know that when she puts her mind to something, she’ll impress.

Had a great time at brunch with Klo, Diyosa, Ricky, Marco, Alice, Roberto, and Issa at Toast in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland, CA. We fully took over the front of the restaurant to take photos.

See more of Klo’s work here: klodjanadervishi.com

  • The Union Street p.II
Vollmer Peak Trail, Berkeley, CA // Sony RX1r
Today I brought The Union Street camera bag by ONABags with me on a hike to catch sunrise. Unfortunately the entirety of the sunrise was blanked in a heavy fog. Fortunately, this gave me plenty of opportunity to take photos of the bag with the beautiful diffused light.
You may have seen my first impressions post a few days ago, but here are a few more thoughts with the the bag on it’s second photo outing.
What was in the bag
Nikon D800e
Nikkor 85mm 1.4G
Carl Zeiss 21/2,8
Sony RX1r
Mophie charger
Glif iPhone mount + hotshoe mount
Accessories: extra batteries, gloves, air blower, filter wallet, memory.
Comfort - even though the bag was full if stuff, I actually felt more comfortable with this bag than with my InCase Ari Marcopoulus bag. The Ari bag was more designed to be fit close, but I never felt too comfortable with it. The Union Street sits a bit low and loose, but despite that, doesn’t swing around too much. Since it’s really snug, nothing shifted around either, especially when we had to go “through” a fence by hopping it. The huge padding I was complaining about before, actually did an awesome job of cushioning the hard edges of my equipment from my back and side.
Functionality - I continue to love the buckles over traditional zippers. The buckles release easily and access to things is really good. Everything I needed was snug, yet I could get everything out that I needed. I was previously not sure if it would function well with both the RX1r and D800e, but it worked well. There was no way to strap my tripod to it, so I just carried my tripod by hand. This may also be why this bag is just more easy to carry. Holding a tripod by hand isn’t a big deal, though this bag definitely has no place for it. The side pockets held my Mophie charger and my hotshoe mount with Glif, they were actually really easy to pull out. It wasn’t a mess of wrestling to get them free.
Looks - This bag is really nice to photograph. Catches light nicely, the canvas doesn’t cause for reflections, and the leather accents gives it just enough character to be interesting. The handle dye seems to have transferred a bit onto the top canvas, doesn’t look great, but not even sure where and when that happened. The bottom of the bag is leather, which keeps it from getting dirty when sitting in grass and dirt (not pictured are the numerous nuggets of cow leftovers…). When the bag is hanging from the handle, the front faces down, which is great for accessing stuff, but impossible to take photos of. So I had to hang from the strap for a few of the hanging photos on my tripod. Damn this bag looks good.
Overall, I really like this bag. Probably my favorite looking bag so far, and surprisingly functions better than I expected. I think it will replace my other shoulder bag for good. Now ONA Bags just needs to come out with a tripod sling or something.
This post was made and motivated 100% for my own interest. No sponsorships, bias, or anything of that nature prompted this post. I have a love for product photography, so I’ll readily review anything that photographs well.
  • The Union Street p.II
Vollmer Peak Trail, Berkeley, CA // Sony RX1r
Today I brought The Union Street camera bag by ONABags with me on a hike to catch sunrise. Unfortunately the entirety of the sunrise was blanked in a heavy fog. Fortunately, this gave me plenty of opportunity to take photos of the bag with the beautiful diffused light.
You may have seen my first impressions post a few days ago, but here are a few more thoughts with the the bag on it’s second photo outing.
What was in the bag
Nikon D800e
Nikkor 85mm 1.4G
Carl Zeiss 21/2,8
Sony RX1r
Mophie charger
Glif iPhone mount + hotshoe mount
Accessories: extra batteries, gloves, air blower, filter wallet, memory.
Comfort - even though the bag was full if stuff, I actually felt more comfortable with this bag than with my InCase Ari Marcopoulus bag. The Ari bag was more designed to be fit close, but I never felt too comfortable with it. The Union Street sits a bit low and loose, but despite that, doesn’t swing around too much. Since it’s really snug, nothing shifted around either, especially when we had to go “through” a fence by hopping it. The huge padding I was complaining about before, actually did an awesome job of cushioning the hard edges of my equipment from my back and side.
Functionality - I continue to love the buckles over traditional zippers. The buckles release easily and access to things is really good. Everything I needed was snug, yet I could get everything out that I needed. I was previously not sure if it would function well with both the RX1r and D800e, but it worked well. There was no way to strap my tripod to it, so I just carried my tripod by hand. This may also be why this bag is just more easy to carry. Holding a tripod by hand isn’t a big deal, though this bag definitely has no place for it. The side pockets held my Mophie charger and my hotshoe mount with Glif, they were actually really easy to pull out. It wasn’t a mess of wrestling to get them free.
Looks - This bag is really nice to photograph. Catches light nicely, the canvas doesn’t cause for reflections, and the leather accents gives it just enough character to be interesting. The handle dye seems to have transferred a bit onto the top canvas, doesn’t look great, but not even sure where and when that happened. The bottom of the bag is leather, which keeps it from getting dirty when sitting in grass and dirt (not pictured are the numerous nuggets of cow leftovers…). When the bag is hanging from the handle, the front faces down, which is great for accessing stuff, but impossible to take photos of. So I had to hang from the strap for a few of the hanging photos on my tripod. Damn this bag looks good.
Overall, I really like this bag. Probably my favorite looking bag so far, and surprisingly functions better than I expected. I think it will replace my other shoulder bag for good. Now ONA Bags just needs to come out with a tripod sling or something.
This post was made and motivated 100% for my own interest. No sponsorships, bias, or anything of that nature prompted this post. I have a love for product photography, so I’ll readily review anything that photographs well.
  • The Union Street p.II
Vollmer Peak Trail, Berkeley, CA // Sony RX1r
Today I brought The Union Street camera bag by ONABags with me on a hike to catch sunrise. Unfortunately the entirety of the sunrise was blanked in a heavy fog. Fortunately, this gave me plenty of opportunity to take photos of the bag with the beautiful diffused light.
You may have seen my first impressions post a few days ago, but here are a few more thoughts with the the bag on it’s second photo outing.
What was in the bag
Nikon D800e
Nikkor 85mm 1.4G
Carl Zeiss 21/2,8
Sony RX1r
Mophie charger
Glif iPhone mount + hotshoe mount
Accessories: extra batteries, gloves, air blower, filter wallet, memory.
Comfort - even though the bag was full if stuff, I actually felt more comfortable with this bag than with my InCase Ari Marcopoulus bag. The Ari bag was more designed to be fit close, but I never felt too comfortable with it. The Union Street sits a bit low and loose, but despite that, doesn’t swing around too much. Since it’s really snug, nothing shifted around either, especially when we had to go “through” a fence by hopping it. The huge padding I was complaining about before, actually did an awesome job of cushioning the hard edges of my equipment from my back and side.
Functionality - I continue to love the buckles over traditional zippers. The buckles release easily and access to things is really good. Everything I needed was snug, yet I could get everything out that I needed. I was previously not sure if it would function well with both the RX1r and D800e, but it worked well. There was no way to strap my tripod to it, so I just carried my tripod by hand. This may also be why this bag is just more easy to carry. Holding a tripod by hand isn’t a big deal, though this bag definitely has no place for it. The side pockets held my Mophie charger and my hotshoe mount with Glif, they were actually really easy to pull out. It wasn’t a mess of wrestling to get them free.
Looks - This bag is really nice to photograph. Catches light nicely, the canvas doesn’t cause for reflections, and the leather accents gives it just enough character to be interesting. The handle dye seems to have transferred a bit onto the top canvas, doesn’t look great, but not even sure where and when that happened. The bottom of the bag is leather, which keeps it from getting dirty when sitting in grass and dirt (not pictured are the numerous nuggets of cow leftovers…). When the bag is hanging from the handle, the front faces down, which is great for accessing stuff, but impossible to take photos of. So I had to hang from the strap for a few of the hanging photos on my tripod. Damn this bag looks good.
Overall, I really like this bag. Probably my favorite looking bag so far, and surprisingly functions better than I expected. I think it will replace my other shoulder bag for good. Now ONA Bags just needs to come out with a tripod sling or something.
This post was made and motivated 100% for my own interest. No sponsorships, bias, or anything of that nature prompted this post. I have a love for product photography, so I’ll readily review anything that photographs well.
  • The Union Street p.II
Vollmer Peak Trail, Berkeley, CA // Sony RX1r
Today I brought The Union Street camera bag by ONABags with me on a hike to catch sunrise. Unfortunately the entirety of the sunrise was blanked in a heavy fog. Fortunately, this gave me plenty of opportunity to take photos of the bag with the beautiful diffused light.
You may have seen my first impressions post a few days ago, but here are a few more thoughts with the the bag on it’s second photo outing.
What was in the bag
Nikon D800e
Nikkor 85mm 1.4G
Carl Zeiss 21/2,8
Sony RX1r
Mophie charger
Glif iPhone mount + hotshoe mount
Accessories: extra batteries, gloves, air blower, filter wallet, memory.
Comfort - even though the bag was full if stuff, I actually felt more comfortable with this bag than with my InCase Ari Marcopoulus bag. The Ari bag was more designed to be fit close, but I never felt too comfortable with it. The Union Street sits a bit low and loose, but despite that, doesn’t swing around too much. Since it’s really snug, nothing shifted around either, especially when we had to go “through” a fence by hopping it. The huge padding I was complaining about before, actually did an awesome job of cushioning the hard edges of my equipment from my back and side.
Functionality - I continue to love the buckles over traditional zippers. The buckles release easily and access to things is really good. Everything I needed was snug, yet I could get everything out that I needed. I was previously not sure if it would function well with both the RX1r and D800e, but it worked well. There was no way to strap my tripod to it, so I just carried my tripod by hand. This may also be why this bag is just more easy to carry. Holding a tripod by hand isn’t a big deal, though this bag definitely has no place for it. The side pockets held my Mophie charger and my hotshoe mount with Glif, they were actually really easy to pull out. It wasn’t a mess of wrestling to get them free.
Looks - This bag is really nice to photograph. Catches light nicely, the canvas doesn’t cause for reflections, and the leather accents gives it just enough character to be interesting. The handle dye seems to have transferred a bit onto the top canvas, doesn’t look great, but not even sure where and when that happened. The bottom of the bag is leather, which keeps it from getting dirty when sitting in grass and dirt (not pictured are the numerous nuggets of cow leftovers…). When the bag is hanging from the handle, the front faces down, which is great for accessing stuff, but impossible to take photos of. So I had to hang from the strap for a few of the hanging photos on my tripod. Damn this bag looks good.
Overall, I really like this bag. Probably my favorite looking bag so far, and surprisingly functions better than I expected. I think it will replace my other shoulder bag for good. Now ONA Bags just needs to come out with a tripod sling or something.
This post was made and motivated 100% for my own interest. No sponsorships, bias, or anything of that nature prompted this post. I have a love for product photography, so I’ll readily review anything that photographs well.
  • The Union Street p.II
Vollmer Peak Trail, Berkeley, CA // Sony RX1r
Today I brought The Union Street camera bag by ONABags with me on a hike to catch sunrise. Unfortunately the entirety of the sunrise was blanked in a heavy fog. Fortunately, this gave me plenty of opportunity to take photos of the bag with the beautiful diffused light.
You may have seen my first impressions post a few days ago, but here are a few more thoughts with the the bag on it’s second photo outing.
What was in the bag
Nikon D800e
Nikkor 85mm 1.4G
Carl Zeiss 21/2,8
Sony RX1r
Mophie charger
Glif iPhone mount + hotshoe mount
Accessories: extra batteries, gloves, air blower, filter wallet, memory.
Comfort - even though the bag was full if stuff, I actually felt more comfortable with this bag than with my InCase Ari Marcopoulus bag. The Ari bag was more designed to be fit close, but I never felt too comfortable with it. The Union Street sits a bit low and loose, but despite that, doesn’t swing around too much. Since it’s really snug, nothing shifted around either, especially when we had to go “through” a fence by hopping it. The huge padding I was complaining about before, actually did an awesome job of cushioning the hard edges of my equipment from my back and side.
Functionality - I continue to love the buckles over traditional zippers. The buckles release easily and access to things is really good. Everything I needed was snug, yet I could get everything out that I needed. I was previously not sure if it would function well with both the RX1r and D800e, but it worked well. There was no way to strap my tripod to it, so I just carried my tripod by hand. This may also be why this bag is just more easy to carry. Holding a tripod by hand isn’t a big deal, though this bag definitely has no place for it. The side pockets held my Mophie charger and my hotshoe mount with Glif, they were actually really easy to pull out. It wasn’t a mess of wrestling to get them free.
Looks - This bag is really nice to photograph. Catches light nicely, the canvas doesn’t cause for reflections, and the leather accents gives it just enough character to be interesting. The handle dye seems to have transferred a bit onto the top canvas, doesn’t look great, but not even sure where and when that happened. The bottom of the bag is leather, which keeps it from getting dirty when sitting in grass and dirt (not pictured are the numerous nuggets of cow leftovers…). When the bag is hanging from the handle, the front faces down, which is great for accessing stuff, but impossible to take photos of. So I had to hang from the strap for a few of the hanging photos on my tripod. Damn this bag looks good.
Overall, I really like this bag. Probably my favorite looking bag so far, and surprisingly functions better than I expected. I think it will replace my other shoulder bag for good. Now ONA Bags just needs to come out with a tripod sling or something.
This post was made and motivated 100% for my own interest. No sponsorships, bias, or anything of that nature prompted this post. I have a love for product photography, so I’ll readily review anything that photographs well.
  • The Union Street p.II
Vollmer Peak Trail, Berkeley, CA // Sony RX1r
Today I brought The Union Street camera bag by ONABags with me on a hike to catch sunrise. Unfortunately the entirety of the sunrise was blanked in a heavy fog. Fortunately, this gave me plenty of opportunity to take photos of the bag with the beautiful diffused light.
You may have seen my first impressions post a few days ago, but here are a few more thoughts with the the bag on it’s second photo outing.
What was in the bag
Nikon D800e
Nikkor 85mm 1.4G
Carl Zeiss 21/2,8
Sony RX1r
Mophie charger
Glif iPhone mount + hotshoe mount
Accessories: extra batteries, gloves, air blower, filter wallet, memory.
Comfort - even though the bag was full if stuff, I actually felt more comfortable with this bag than with my InCase Ari Marcopoulus bag. The Ari bag was more designed to be fit close, but I never felt too comfortable with it. The Union Street sits a bit low and loose, but despite that, doesn’t swing around too much. Since it’s really snug, nothing shifted around either, especially when we had to go “through” a fence by hopping it. The huge padding I was complaining about before, actually did an awesome job of cushioning the hard edges of my equipment from my back and side.
Functionality - I continue to love the buckles over traditional zippers. The buckles release easily and access to things is really good. Everything I needed was snug, yet I could get everything out that I needed. I was previously not sure if it would function well with both the RX1r and D800e, but it worked well. There was no way to strap my tripod to it, so I just carried my tripod by hand. This may also be why this bag is just more easy to carry. Holding a tripod by hand isn’t a big deal, though this bag definitely has no place for it. The side pockets held my Mophie charger and my hotshoe mount with Glif, they were actually really easy to pull out. It wasn’t a mess of wrestling to get them free.
Looks - This bag is really nice to photograph. Catches light nicely, the canvas doesn’t cause for reflections, and the leather accents gives it just enough character to be interesting. The handle dye seems to have transferred a bit onto the top canvas, doesn’t look great, but not even sure where and when that happened. The bottom of the bag is leather, which keeps it from getting dirty when sitting in grass and dirt (not pictured are the numerous nuggets of cow leftovers…). When the bag is hanging from the handle, the front faces down, which is great for accessing stuff, but impossible to take photos of. So I had to hang from the strap for a few of the hanging photos on my tripod. Damn this bag looks good.
Overall, I really like this bag. Probably my favorite looking bag so far, and surprisingly functions better than I expected. I think it will replace my other shoulder bag for good. Now ONA Bags just needs to come out with a tripod sling or something.
This post was made and motivated 100% for my own interest. No sponsorships, bias, or anything of that nature prompted this post. I have a love for product photography, so I’ll readily review anything that photographs well.
  • The Union Street p.II
Vollmer Peak Trail, Berkeley, CA // Sony RX1r
Today I brought The Union Street camera bag by ONABags with me on a hike to catch sunrise. Unfortunately the entirety of the sunrise was blanked in a heavy fog. Fortunately, this gave me plenty of opportunity to take photos of the bag with the beautiful diffused light.
You may have seen my first impressions post a few days ago, but here are a few more thoughts with the the bag on it’s second photo outing.
What was in the bag
Nikon D800e
Nikkor 85mm 1.4G
Carl Zeiss 21/2,8
Sony RX1r
Mophie charger
Glif iPhone mount + hotshoe mount
Accessories: extra batteries, gloves, air blower, filter wallet, memory.
Comfort - even though the bag was full if stuff, I actually felt more comfortable with this bag than with my InCase Ari Marcopoulus bag. The Ari bag was more designed to be fit close, but I never felt too comfortable with it. The Union Street sits a bit low and loose, but despite that, doesn’t swing around too much. Since it’s really snug, nothing shifted around either, especially when we had to go “through” a fence by hopping it. The huge padding I was complaining about before, actually did an awesome job of cushioning the hard edges of my equipment from my back and side.
Functionality - I continue to love the buckles over traditional zippers. The buckles release easily and access to things is really good. Everything I needed was snug, yet I could get everything out that I needed. I was previously not sure if it would function well with both the RX1r and D800e, but it worked well. There was no way to strap my tripod to it, so I just carried my tripod by hand. This may also be why this bag is just more easy to carry. Holding a tripod by hand isn’t a big deal, though this bag definitely has no place for it. The side pockets held my Mophie charger and my hotshoe mount with Glif, they were actually really easy to pull out. It wasn’t a mess of wrestling to get them free.
Looks - This bag is really nice to photograph. Catches light nicely, the canvas doesn’t cause for reflections, and the leather accents gives it just enough character to be interesting. The handle dye seems to have transferred a bit onto the top canvas, doesn’t look great, but not even sure where and when that happened. The bottom of the bag is leather, which keeps it from getting dirty when sitting in grass and dirt (not pictured are the numerous nuggets of cow leftovers…). When the bag is hanging from the handle, the front faces down, which is great for accessing stuff, but impossible to take photos of. So I had to hang from the strap for a few of the hanging photos on my tripod. Damn this bag looks good.
Overall, I really like this bag. Probably my favorite looking bag so far, and surprisingly functions better than I expected. I think it will replace my other shoulder bag for good. Now ONA Bags just needs to come out with a tripod sling or something.
This post was made and motivated 100% for my own interest. No sponsorships, bias, or anything of that nature prompted this post. I have a love for product photography, so I’ll readily review anything that photographs well.
  • The Union Street p.II
Vollmer Peak Trail, Berkeley, CA // Sony RX1r
Today I brought The Union Street camera bag by ONABags with me on a hike to catch sunrise. Unfortunately the entirety of the sunrise was blanked in a heavy fog. Fortunately, this gave me plenty of opportunity to take photos of the bag with the beautiful diffused light.
You may have seen my first impressions post a few days ago, but here are a few more thoughts with the the bag on it’s second photo outing.
What was in the bag
Nikon D800e
Nikkor 85mm 1.4G
Carl Zeiss 21/2,8
Sony RX1r
Mophie charger
Glif iPhone mount + hotshoe mount
Accessories: extra batteries, gloves, air blower, filter wallet, memory.
Comfort - even though the bag was full if stuff, I actually felt more comfortable with this bag than with my InCase Ari Marcopoulus bag. The Ari bag was more designed to be fit close, but I never felt too comfortable with it. The Union Street sits a bit low and loose, but despite that, doesn’t swing around too much. Since it’s really snug, nothing shifted around either, especially when we had to go “through” a fence by hopping it. The huge padding I was complaining about before, actually did an awesome job of cushioning the hard edges of my equipment from my back and side.
Functionality - I continue to love the buckles over traditional zippers. The buckles release easily and access to things is really good. Everything I needed was snug, yet I could get everything out that I needed. I was previously not sure if it would function well with both the RX1r and D800e, but it worked well. There was no way to strap my tripod to it, so I just carried my tripod by hand. This may also be why this bag is just more easy to carry. Holding a tripod by hand isn’t a big deal, though this bag definitely has no place for it. The side pockets held my Mophie charger and my hotshoe mount with Glif, they were actually really easy to pull out. It wasn’t a mess of wrestling to get them free.
Looks - This bag is really nice to photograph. Catches light nicely, the canvas doesn’t cause for reflections, and the leather accents gives it just enough character to be interesting. The handle dye seems to have transferred a bit onto the top canvas, doesn’t look great, but not even sure where and when that happened. The bottom of the bag is leather, which keeps it from getting dirty when sitting in grass and dirt (not pictured are the numerous nuggets of cow leftovers…). When the bag is hanging from the handle, the front faces down, which is great for accessing stuff, but impossible to take photos of. So I had to hang from the strap for a few of the hanging photos on my tripod. Damn this bag looks good.
Overall, I really like this bag. Probably my favorite looking bag so far, and surprisingly functions better than I expected. I think it will replace my other shoulder bag for good. Now ONA Bags just needs to come out with a tripod sling or something.
This post was made and motivated 100% for my own interest. No sponsorships, bias, or anything of that nature prompted this post. I have a love for product photography, so I’ll readily review anything that photographs well.
  • The Union Street p.II
Vollmer Peak Trail, Berkeley, CA // Sony RX1r
Today I brought The Union Street camera bag by ONABags with me on a hike to catch sunrise. Unfortunately the entirety of the sunrise was blanked in a heavy fog. Fortunately, this gave me plenty of opportunity to take photos of the bag with the beautiful diffused light.
You may have seen my first impressions post a few days ago, but here are a few more thoughts with the the bag on it’s second photo outing.
What was in the bag
Nikon D800e
Nikkor 85mm 1.4G
Carl Zeiss 21/2,8
Sony RX1r
Mophie charger
Glif iPhone mount + hotshoe mount
Accessories: extra batteries, gloves, air blower, filter wallet, memory.
Comfort - even though the bag was full if stuff, I actually felt more comfortable with this bag than with my InCase Ari Marcopoulus bag. The Ari bag was more designed to be fit close, but I never felt too comfortable with it. The Union Street sits a bit low and loose, but despite that, doesn’t swing around too much. Since it’s really snug, nothing shifted around either, especially when we had to go “through” a fence by hopping it. The huge padding I was complaining about before, actually did an awesome job of cushioning the hard edges of my equipment from my back and side.
Functionality - I continue to love the buckles over traditional zippers. The buckles release easily and access to things is really good. Everything I needed was snug, yet I could get everything out that I needed. I was previously not sure if it would function well with both the RX1r and D800e, but it worked well. There was no way to strap my tripod to it, so I just carried my tripod by hand. This may also be why this bag is just more easy to carry. Holding a tripod by hand isn’t a big deal, though this bag definitely has no place for it. The side pockets held my Mophie charger and my hotshoe mount with Glif, they were actually really easy to pull out. It wasn’t a mess of wrestling to get them free.
Looks - This bag is really nice to photograph. Catches light nicely, the canvas doesn’t cause for reflections, and the leather accents gives it just enough character to be interesting. The handle dye seems to have transferred a bit onto the top canvas, doesn’t look great, but not even sure where and when that happened. The bottom of the bag is leather, which keeps it from getting dirty when sitting in grass and dirt (not pictured are the numerous nuggets of cow leftovers…). When the bag is hanging from the handle, the front faces down, which is great for accessing stuff, but impossible to take photos of. So I had to hang from the strap for a few of the hanging photos on my tripod. Damn this bag looks good.
Overall, I really like this bag. Probably my favorite looking bag so far, and surprisingly functions better than I expected. I think it will replace my other shoulder bag for good. Now ONA Bags just needs to come out with a tripod sling or something.
This post was made and motivated 100% for my own interest. No sponsorships, bias, or anything of that nature prompted this post. I have a love for product photography, so I’ll readily review anything that photographs well.

The Union Street p.II

Vollmer Peak Trail, Berkeley, CA // Sony RX1r

Today I brought The Union Street camera bag by ONABags with me on a hike to catch sunrise. Unfortunately the entirety of the sunrise was blanked in a heavy fog. Fortunately, this gave me plenty of opportunity to take photos of the bag with the beautiful diffused light.

You may have seen my first impressions post a few days ago, but here are a few more thoughts with the the bag on it’s second photo outing.

What was in the bag

  • Nikon D800e
  • Nikkor 85mm 1.4G
  • Carl Zeiss 21/2,8
  • Sony RX1r
  • Mophie charger
  • Glif iPhone mount + hotshoe mount
  • Accessories: extra batteries, gloves, air blower, filter wallet, memory.

Comfort - even though the bag was full if stuff, I actually felt more comfortable with this bag than with my InCase Ari Marcopoulus bag. The Ari bag was more designed to be fit close, but I never felt too comfortable with it. The Union Street sits a bit low and loose, but despite that, doesn’t swing around too much. Since it’s really snug, nothing shifted around either, especially when we had to go “through” a fence by hopping it. The huge padding I was complaining about before, actually did an awesome job of cushioning the hard edges of my equipment from my back and side.

Functionality - I continue to love the buckles over traditional zippers. The buckles release easily and access to things is really good. Everything I needed was snug, yet I could get everything out that I needed. I was previously not sure if it would function well with both the RX1r and D800e, but it worked well. There was no way to strap my tripod to it, so I just carried my tripod by hand. This may also be why this bag is just more easy to carry. Holding a tripod by hand isn’t a big deal, though this bag definitely has no place for it. The side pockets held my Mophie charger and my hotshoe mount with Glif, they were actually really easy to pull out. It wasn’t a mess of wrestling to get them free.

Looks - This bag is really nice to photograph. Catches light nicely, the canvas doesn’t cause for reflections, and the leather accents gives it just enough character to be interesting. The handle dye seems to have transferred a bit onto the top canvas, doesn’t look great, but not even sure where and when that happened. The bottom of the bag is leather, which keeps it from getting dirty when sitting in grass and dirt (not pictured are the numerous nuggets of cow leftovers…). When the bag is hanging from the handle, the front faces down, which is great for accessing stuff, but impossible to take photos of. So I had to hang from the strap for a few of the hanging photos on my tripod. Damn this bag looks good.

Overall, I really like this bag. Probably my favorite looking bag so far, and surprisingly functions better than I expected. I think it will replace my other shoulder bag for good. Now ONA Bags just needs to come out with a tripod sling or something.

This post was made and motivated 100% for my own interest. No sponsorships, bias, or anything of that nature prompted this post. I have a love for product photography, so I’ll readily review anything that photographs well.

Drift To Me
Shasta Lake, California // Sony RX1r
I was so drawn to this piece of driftwood. I was taking landscapes of Shasta Lake and nothing was as photogenic as this. I just held it out in front of me and took a photo. Now this has come home with me on my mantel. I still need to soak it in water/bleach just in case though. Yikes.

Drift To Me

Shasta Lake, California // Sony RX1r

I was so drawn to this piece of driftwood. I was taking landscapes of Shasta Lake and nothing was as photogenic as this. I just held it out in front of me and took a photo. Now this has come home with me on my mantel. I still need to soak it in water/bleach just in case though. Yikes.

Road Tripping
Highway 44 in Lassen Volcanic National Park // Sony RX1r
Ended the year on a great road trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mount Shasta, Eureka, and down to Fort Bragg with Issa. I brought along a Polaroid OneStep that my co-worker, Rory, gave me for Christmas.

Road Tripping

Highway 44 in Lassen Volcanic National Park // Sony RX1r

Ended the year on a great road trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mount Shasta, Eureka, and down to Fort Bragg with Issa. I brought along a Polaroid OneStep that my co-worker, Rory, gave me for Christmas.

Early Winter Falls
McArthur-Burney Falls // Nikon D800e + Zeiss 21mm 2.8
I had no idea what to expect, but when I got here I was pleasantly surprised. Powerful water against a beautiful wall of moss and rock. A little snow speckled the surrounding area and created a magical scene.

Early Winter Falls

McArthur-Burney Falls // Nikon D800e + Zeiss 21mm 2.8

I had no idea what to expect, but when I got here I was pleasantly surprised. Powerful water against a beautiful wall of moss and rock. A little snow speckled the surrounding area and created a magical scene.

Coffee with Issa
Foreign Cinema, San Francisco, California // Sony RX1r
Issa is pretty special. The most genuine and caring friend you can have, someone you can completely trust and rely on. She comes through on everything.
It’s rare to meet someone who really means what they say, isn’t afraid to tell you what they think, and ultimately someone you can be yourself around.
Talented photographer, public health masters degree genius, and amazing company. She loves to read signs and anything that’s little. If she happens upon something historical and smaller in size than normal, she’s going to be incredibly happy.
See her amazing work: http://melissata.com

Coffee with Issa

Foreign Cinema, San Francisco, California // Sony RX1r

Issa is pretty special. The most genuine and caring friend you can have, someone you can completely trust and rely on. She comes through on everything.

It’s rare to meet someone who really means what they say, isn’t afraid to tell you what they think, and ultimately someone you can be yourself around.

Talented photographer, public health masters degree genius, and amazing company. She loves to read signs and anything that’s little. If she happens upon something historical and smaller in size than normal, she’s going to be incredibly happy.

See her amazing work: http://melissata.com

The Union Street
By ONA Bags // Nikon D800e + 85mm 1.4G
I wanted a new bag that was a bit more refined than my workhorse InCase Ari Marcopoulus bag. I also thought it would be great to combine my daily laptop bag with a camera insert to hold my Sony RX1r. I initially thought of going with the Brixton, but seeing it in person I realized it was way too small. I figured the Union Street would be perfect.
My first impression was that it’s still super tiny. Being one of their biggest messenger bags, that was slightly surprising. But I guess anything bigger would just hold too much weight on one shoulder anyway.
Overall the quality is pretty amazing. It feels stiff, isn’t too heavy on its own, and feels natural hanging on my shoulder. The padding is probably a bit too much, making the compartments even smaller, but the quality is still good.
The snap buckles are easy to remove, but a bit harder to insert. The canvas gives way before I can push the buckle all the way through. A bit more rigidity there would help. It’s almost a two hand operation to buckle, rather than how I assumed you could push it in with one. Overall, probably better than a traditional zipper.
My 15” Macbook Pro retina barely fit lengthwise. It’s really tight and scrapes (harmlessly) against the velcro. Once it’s in, however, there’s no wiggle room, so I think this is actually a good thing.
The front pocket has compartments for iPhones, pens and stuff. Honestly, I leave my iPhone in my pant pocket, and I haven’t written with a pen in a few years. So those compartments really don’t do it for me. Instead, I’d love something that would hold batteries, memory cards, and a flask of whiskey (and while we’re at it, a nice cooler that holds 3 ice cold whiskey stones). The front pocket is almost impossible to access if you have a large DSLR in the bag, like my D800e, because the front bulges out so much that front pocket just gets smashed.
Overall, feels incredibly solid and is made of really nice material. Attention to detail is great. Just a day of using it and I feel pretty comfortable. It’s really snug in all aspects, but it forces me to be a little bit more organized rather than tossing things into the bag. A bit tight for a DSLR setup, but for a simple Sony RX1r and accessories, it’s perfect.
Here are the quick pros and cons from light use for 1 day, as well as a few configurations of what I put in the bag.
Pros
Waxed canvas looks and feels great
Lots of thick padding to keep things snug
Adjustable buckle lengths allowed me to really fill it up
I think the buckles are so much easier than a zipper
Comfortable to wear, doesn’t feel like it’s going to slip off my shoulder.
Perfect if I’m carrying a smaller camera, like my Sony RX1r. I can see this being perfect with a Sony A7r with one or two lenses, or any other small mirrorless interchangeable.
Makes me look like I should be in a GQ magazine…
Cons
Much smaller than I expected
Insert dividers are super thick, maybe too thick.
Padding between laptop and camera is, in my opinion, way too thick. It’s thicker than my laptop and takes up too much room.
With a D800e, the front pocket is rendered inaccessible. I was hoping it would be an easier fit. The viewfinder top where the hotshoe is just sticks out a bit too much to keep the bag from bulging forward.
Kind of useless compartments in the front pocket. Wish they were slightly different, but that’s just me.
Absolute maximum things I fit (not practical):
15” Macbook Pro Retina
Sony RX1r
Nikon D800e + 85mm 1.4G
Zeiss 21/2,8
3 extra batteries
2 extra memory cards
Air blower and cleaning cloth
Mophie power pack
Glif iPhone mount
Olloclip
Serious photo outing (doable):
Sony RX1r
Nikon D800e + 85mm 1.4G
Zeis 21/2,8
Extra batteries and memory cards
Filter case (tri fold, two per fold)
Marine Gloves (for climbing things like fences, and keeping warm, sailing if needed for escape…)
Mophie Charger
Glif iPhone to hotshoe mount
Blower
Cleaning cloth
Olloclip
Headlamp
Casual photo outing (very easy, ideal):
Sony RX1r
Extra batteries, memory card
Gloves
Mophie Charger
Glif iPhone mount
Cleaning cloth
Olloclip
Headlamp
As a bonus, can easily hold my Polaroid OneStep land camera
I’ll keep using it exclusively for a few weeks and report back soon.

The Union Street

By ONA Bags // Nikon D800e + 85mm 1.4G

I wanted a new bag that was a bit more refined than my workhorse InCase Ari Marcopoulus bag. I also thought it would be great to combine my daily laptop bag with a camera insert to hold my Sony RX1r. I initially thought of going with the Brixton, but seeing it in person I realized it was way too small. I figured the Union Street would be perfect.

My first impression was that it’s still super tiny. Being one of their biggest messenger bags, that was slightly surprising. But I guess anything bigger would just hold too much weight on one shoulder anyway.

Overall the quality is pretty amazing. It feels stiff, isn’t too heavy on its own, and feels natural hanging on my shoulder. The padding is probably a bit too much, making the compartments even smaller, but the quality is still good.

The snap buckles are easy to remove, but a bit harder to insert. The canvas gives way before I can push the buckle all the way through. A bit more rigidity there would help. It’s almost a two hand operation to buckle, rather than how I assumed you could push it in with one. Overall, probably better than a traditional zipper.

My 15” Macbook Pro retina barely fit lengthwise. It’s really tight and scrapes (harmlessly) against the velcro. Once it’s in, however, there’s no wiggle room, so I think this is actually a good thing.

The front pocket has compartments for iPhones, pens and stuff. Honestly, I leave my iPhone in my pant pocket, and I haven’t written with a pen in a few years. So those compartments really don’t do it for me. Instead, I’d love something that would hold batteries, memory cards, and a flask of whiskey (and while we’re at it, a nice cooler that holds 3 ice cold whiskey stones). The front pocket is almost impossible to access if you have a large DSLR in the bag, like my D800e, because the front bulges out so much that front pocket just gets smashed.

Overall, feels incredibly solid and is made of really nice material. Attention to detail is great. Just a day of using it and I feel pretty comfortable. It’s really snug in all aspects, but it forces me to be a little bit more organized rather than tossing things into the bag. A bit tight for a DSLR setup, but for a simple Sony RX1r and accessories, it’s perfect.

Here are the quick pros and cons from light use for 1 day, as well as a few configurations of what I put in the bag.

Pros

  • Waxed canvas looks and feels great
  • Lots of thick padding to keep things snug
  • Adjustable buckle lengths allowed me to really fill it up
  • I think the buckles are so much easier than a zipper
  • Comfortable to wear, doesn’t feel like it’s going to slip off my shoulder.
  • Perfect if I’m carrying a smaller camera, like my Sony RX1r. I can see this being perfect with a Sony A7r with one or two lenses, or any other small mirrorless interchangeable.
  • Makes me look like I should be in a GQ magazine…

Cons

  • Much smaller than I expected
  • Insert dividers are super thick, maybe too thick.
  • Padding between laptop and camera is, in my opinion, way too thick. It’s thicker than my laptop and takes up too much room.
  • With a D800e, the front pocket is rendered inaccessible. I was hoping it would be an easier fit. The viewfinder top where the hotshoe is just sticks out a bit too much to keep the bag from bulging forward.
  • Kind of useless compartments in the front pocket. Wish they were slightly different, but that’s just me.

Absolute maximum things I fit (not practical):

  1. 15” Macbook Pro Retina
  2. Sony RX1r
  3. Nikon D800e + 85mm 1.4G
  4. Zeiss 21/2,8
  5. 3 extra batteries
  6. 2 extra memory cards
  7. Air blower and cleaning cloth
  8. Mophie power pack
  9. Glif iPhone mount
  10. Olloclip

Serious photo outing (doable):

  1. Sony RX1r
  2. Nikon D800e + 85mm 1.4G
  3. Zeis 21/2,8
  4. Extra batteries and memory cards
  5. Filter case (tri fold, two per fold)
  6. Marine Gloves (for climbing things like fences, and keeping warm, sailing if needed for escape…)
  7. Mophie Charger
  8. Glif iPhone to hotshoe mount
  9. Blower
  10. Cleaning cloth
  11. Olloclip
  12. Headlamp

Casual photo outing (very easy, ideal):

  1. Sony RX1r
  2. Extra batteries, memory card
  3. Gloves
  4. Mophie Charger
  5. Glif iPhone mount
  6. Cleaning cloth
  7. Olloclip
  8. Headlamp
  9. As a bonus, can easily hold my Polaroid OneStep land camera

I’ll keep using it exclusively for a few weeks and report back soon.

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