SNAPSHOT: Bavarian Tuning

I made a quick stop at a local independent BMW shop to get a few parts I needed for my E30. Luckily I had my camera in my car and after talking to Paul at the front desk for a few minutes he allowed me to grab a few shots of the cars in the shop. So much to look at. I can spend hours here looking at cars or talking to them about swapping an S52 into my E30 (I wish). If I ever need to actually take my BMW to a shop I would definitely bring it here, I've had nothing but good experiences on all my visits. 

Thanks Bavarian Tuning, hopefully I can grab some photos of the cars in action in the future!  

35MM: Jalisco In November

On February 2015 I purchased a round-trip flight to Guadalajara to visit family in November for only $180! I convinced my friend Patrick to tag along since he hadn't visited his relatives in 7-8 years. When it came for the moment to pack my bags, I had to decide if I wanted to travel with my digital Nikon D610 or film Nikon FM10. I ended up taking both bodies. On my way to buy some Ilford HP5 the day before taking off I stumbled upon a cheap Nikon 24mm f2.8 at Jeremiah's Photo Corner in Santa Rosa. It was like $175. Sold! Even though I always had my D610 with me on my trip, I shot with the FM10 about 80% of the time. I finally developed the two rolls I went through. 

Big thanks to Cory Sanford for teaching me how to develop in black and white. After having a studio with a darkroom for six months we finally got something done in there! It took me a few rolls to get decent results and a few hours of fiddling with the Epson scanner to get sharp files but it was all worth it. The more I'm able to do on my own the better. 

The following photos are all 35mm Ilford HP5 taken with a Nikon FM10 and 24mm 2.8:

On the way central Guadalajara from the airport

El Centro

It was fun being a tourist for a day

There was a lot of police around, they even confronted us about our open containers

This is still very common over here, anything to get some cash

Our 2nd one-liter michelada of the evening

Palomitas y una cubeta

Fuck it, Jaegermeister shots in Mexico

One of many many bars that one night in Guadalajara

November 20 marks the beginning of the Mexican Revolution

The Revolution went on from 1910 to 1920, it transformed Mexican politics and society

I learned a lot about my culture and family history during this trip

When I was a kid I lived in Mexico for a year and also participated in similar events

Horses are definitely preferred over cars

Aside from just making them dance, the horses can lay down as well

Aside from just making them dance, the horses can lay down as well

This dude had a saddle made of platinum

There was a tournament going on between local pueblos and I was;t wearing my Nike's

Tio Juan holding down his crops

His grass was just harvested, now to get some buyers

My last plate of tacos before heading back to Cali

Damn, now I want tacos

SOCIAL: Cars & Coffee SF - December 2015

It's December.

Shit, time is flying by. I definitely wanted to end the year off by attending Car's & Coffee at Treasure Island with my BMW E30. Since September I've done a lot of work to the suspension and got new BBS wheels so I was excited to get a good spot next to other older BMW's. I bought this car last December for $1000 but it looked a lot worse, I'm pretty proud of the work I've done so far. 

This time I had my Nikon D610 with my newly-purchased Nikon 24mm 2.8 AI-s. It's pretty small on camera, I think it was a steal at $150. I used it wide open at f/2.8 most of the time at the event and I still found most of the image sharp. It's all manual-focus but with live view you can get your subject sharp easily.  

Check out the images below, starting with my car and friends (I'm in the middle):

SOCIAL: Wednesday Night Drags

I've lived in Sonoma County almost my whole life and before yesterday I had only visited Infineon Raceway once when I was a kid. The scene is still very fresh in my memory: I visited with my older brother, cousin and his uncle. All you could smell was rubber but that didn't matter, we were too busy munching on turkey legs to even realize Jeff Gordon's ride was screaming past us. 

Last week I was browsing Infineon's website to see if my E30 was eligible for any events and to my surprise it was. Since my car is a convertible, a roll cage/bar is needed for my safety if any sort of accident were to happen, so I've been having trouble finding events to enter without building a race car. Luckily (or not) you can enter the drag races happening mostly every Wednesday without a roll cage/bar or helmet if your car is slower than 13.49 seconds. I made it my goal to get out there and race but unfortunately I got there a little too late for qualifying runs and eliminations were starting soon. Honestly I'm kind of glad that I didn't race this time. I wasn't too sure what to except before arriving and now I feel extremely comfortable for next week. I'm planning on getting there early, look out for a GoPro video of my race next week on the blog.

Even though I didn't get to race it was still awesome to get out there and enjoy the smell of rubber and sound of crackling engines. So many dope cars. I'm really motivated to get a full race car build going now. It'll happen but for now enjoy these photos from Wednesday night.

SOCIAL: Cars & Coffee SF - September 2015

After many months of putting it off, I finally went to Cars & Coffee. It takes place on Treasure Island right off San Francisco, the perfect location, on the first Saturday of every month. I arrived at about 7:40AM and about 50/60% of the lot was full of every car you could possibly think of. BMW M3/M4's, Nissan GTR's, C7 Corvette's, Ferrari's, Lamborghini's, a Koenigsegg Agera R, and even a rainbow of Dodge Vipers. It was like watching Top Gear except that the cars where right in front of me, the television never did them any justice. I was honestly more interested in the older, more unique cars than the flashier exotics. My favorite was probably an older generation Toyota Supra that was modified into a wide body, or the Nissan Skyline R33 with the clear drivetrain cover. It is the ultimate enthusiast event. Even my little BMW was getting some love.

The photos below were taken with my Nikon D610/Sigma 35 1.4 combo. I also used a Nikon FM10 with Ilford HP5+ that i'll be uploading later on. 

UPDATE (12/6/2015): I finally developed the roll of film with photos from the event. I've attached a few below.


I received a call at about 7pm last Friday and since it was an unknown number I let it go to voicemail. Apparently I contacted them via Craigslist about a fitness shoot and confirmed once I looked through my outbox. The director was Neil, I called him back and after very little details were shared I decided to go ahead and accept the job. We were scheduled to meet the next day at 5pm in Oakland. 

At 4:30pm I walk through the gym's roll-up door and see a video crew setting up lights. Neil quickly greeted me then I introduced myself to the guys in charge of the lights and ask them what we're shooting. Bluetooth headphones. From 5pm to midnight. I was in charge of taking photos while they filmed a video. The last time I did that was in Columbus for the Arnold Classic last year and it was pretty simple. 

I think I did pretty well for Photive: