Exploring Chinatown with my iPhone

Do you ever take a trip and use ONLY your iPhone?

I have done that at times, but not because I don't want to lug my full-frame NIkon around.  I've done it when I think there is absolutely no time for me to shoot on a trip, so I leave my big ole boy at home.  It sucks, but it happens.

Last week is a perfect example of this.  I work for a company based in San Francisco, and we had our annual kickoff last week, which is another way of saying that my days and night were all full.  But being who I am (and needing a little break one day!!) I slipped out for a little walk late one afternoon, and since we were in Union Square, I decided to head over to Chinatown for a little while.

If you haven't been, Chinatown is very interesting and a great place to walk around.  I have shot there once before, early one morning a year or so ago, and found it to be quite beautiful and interesting.  I hope to get back with my Nikon on a future trip.  So I wandered around the back streets and alleys, which I highly recommend doing, and also along the main drag, and took quite a few iPhone shots.

These are all single exposure iPhone pics (as opposed to shooting with ProHDR, which takes two exposures and combines them), and all are adjusted with Snapseed.  Snapseed is by far my favorite iPhoneography app, and you can see my quick review of it here.  I plan to write more about that later.  :-)

So, enjoy the pics and let me know if you have any questions!

iPhone fun in Chinatown

Last week was a very busy week for me, and although I spent the entire week in San Francisco, I did not even bring my Nikon.  Nope, just way too busy.  I did catch an hour's break one afternoon though, and decided to take a little iPhone stroll in Chinatown, which was a few short blocks away.

If you have never been to San Francisco, then be sure and put Chinatown on your list for when you do get there.  It's a very interesting place.  Enjoy the tour, and thanks for looking!

This gate sits at the main entrance to Chinatown...

There is a LOT of graffiti to be seen there, if you look in the right places.  Here is some that I found:

There are also quite a few Chinese grocery stores.  They sell lots of interesting food things.

Do some people actually eat starfish?  News to me.

A sign at some store...

In case you haven't noticed...dragons are a big deal here.

And this mural just caught my eye.  I guess Chinatown has been here a while!

Well, that's it for this "iPhone fun" installment!  I have plenty more planned, so keep checking back!

If you ever get to Chinatown, be sure and bring your camera...or at least your iPhone!

Thanks for looking!

A corner in Chinatown

Chinatown is a very busy part of San Francisco - unless of course you get there before 7am like I did.  At that time of day, you can have it all to yourself.  It was awesome.  I enjoy cultural districts like this one, and doubly so when it is a nice cool morning and I have the D700 firing brackets left and right.  Throw in a little graffiti and some cool signs, and I was in HDR heaven.

The Store with Beautiful Things

I am a fan of signs and graffiti (though I don't condone defacing property) and snap shots of them whenever I find something that catches my eye.  It's like a side hobby to my side hobby of taking real pictures.  Mixing it up is fun.  I am a landscape guy first and foremost - at least that's what I think of myself as - but in reality I guess I am a travel photographer.  To me, being a travel photographer means taking shots of things that represent a place - that's my excuse for taking pictures of anything and everything that catches my eye.  At this point I am rambling.  So, here's a shot I took in Chinatown recently, while I was in San Francisco.  Chinatown is an area that is ripe with photo opportunities.  There is just so much culture squeezed in the area and I find it really interesting.  It's also fun to shop there!  Anyways, I saw this painted on the side of a wall and just had to capture it.  I love how the name is so simple - and accurate - so what else could you possibly call it?

Chinatown gifts

Chinatown in San Francisco, CA is such an interesting place.  I spent a good while there, wandering around, poking my head into shops and down random alleys.  This shot was just something that caught my eye, so I thought I would share and hope everyone is having a great day!