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a blog by Branden Frederick

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Rose White & Blue Parade

Rose White & Blue Parade

Independence Day in San Jose

88
photos
5 Jul 2019
I shot these photos of the Rose, White & Blue Parade in San Jose on Independence Day morning, 2019. I brought out the Pentax 645D with the 55mm D-FA lens, and the Fujifilm X-T3 with an adapted Minolta MD 135mm f/2.8 lens. continue reading »

Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa

Overpasses doin it

46
photos
24 Jun 2019
In San Jose's Santa Teresa neighborhood lies an interchange of two freeways suspended in the air. This is the honey and I'm the bear, so of course I photographed it. I shot these images on a Hasselblad 500C/M loaded with Fuji Pro 160NS film. continue reading »

Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

22 Medium Format Photos

89
photos
11 Jun 2019
During a quick family-visiting trip to Portland, I managed to sneak some personal time with my Hasselblad 500C/M loaded with Portra 160NC film. continue reading »

Sunnyvale in the Rain

Sunnyvale in the Rain

What irony

42
photos
6 Mar 2019
I took to the mean streets of Sunnyvale, California, armed with a Pentax 645Nii and rolls of Ektachrome E100VS and E200 slide film. It started raining on me, so I also carried an umbrella. Changing film in the rain is difficult. continue reading »

Saratoga Residential

Saratoga Residential

On expired Ektachrome 64T in the Leica M3

115
photos
6 Feb 2019
I walked the residential neighborhoods of Saratoga, California, scouring the streets for interesting compositions of sidewalks, houses, cars, and quiet suburban street life. To capture this, I used my trusty Leica M3, loaded with expired Ektachrome 64T, in order to give the photos the otherworldly blue cast.

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15 Photos of Redwood City

15 Photos of Redwood City

Using expired Portra 160NC in the Hasselblad 500

25
photos
18 Sep 2018

Redwood City is on the southern side of the San Francisco Peninsula.

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Fujifilm X-E1 in SF

Fujifilm X-E1 in SF

A "new" old camera

92
photos
14 Sep 2018
The Fujifilm X-E1 is a first generation X-series camera, and on eBay they are now available in the sub-$250 range, so I bought one. continue reading »

Spain Vacation

Spain Vacation

Basque Country, Cantabria, and Asturias

242
photos
18 Jul 2018
I went on vacation to northern Spain, visiting the Bay of Biscay coast and mountains in Basque Country, Cantabria, and Asturias. I brought my Fujifilm X-Pro2 along with the XF 18mm f/2, XF 35mm f/1.4, and XF 55-200mm f/whatever lenses. continue reading »

SLO Coast

SLO Coast

San Luis Obispo County on Portra 160NC

20
photos
10 Jul 2018

I shot these photos in San Luis Obispo County, California, using a Hasselblad 500C/M and expired Portra 160NC film.

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Burbank Neighborhood

Burbank Neighborhood

Old camera, old film, old neighborhood

72
photos
8 Jul 2018

One of San Jose's less glamorous neighborhoods is squeezed right in the middle of the city. Named "Burbank" after Luther Burbank, inventor of the Russet Potato, whatever forces have been holding this area back from redevelopment will probably be lifted soon, but each year brings additional vacancies and business closures.

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American Legion Classic Car Show

American Legion Classic Car Show

Using the XF 18mm f/2 lens

74
photos
9 Jun 2018
Here's some snapshots of the cars on display today at the American Legion Classic Car Show in Santa Clara. continue reading »

Bernal Ranch

Bernal Ranch

Santa Teresa County Park hike (on film)

151
photos
16 Apr 2018
Bernal Ranch is a piece of preserved San Jose history just inside the borders of Santa Teresa County Park. A few weeks ago, the Parks' photographer led his biannual photowalk up the hill, explaining photo techniques and wildflowers. continue reading »

Excelsior to Bernal Heights

Excelsior to Bernal Heights

Falling in love with the GA645Zi

155
photos
15 Apr 2018
I returned to San Francisco's Excelsior District for more wandering around and photo making, getting as far as Bernal Heights before running out of time. Along the way, I carried the Fujifilm GA645Zi – what is essentially a medium-format point-and-shoot camera. continue reading »

Yet More Santa Clara

Yet More Santa Clara

The Old Quad captured on yet more film

98
photos
14 Apr 2018
In my ongoing attempt to encapsulate the suburban experience in photographs, I have spent another day wandering around Santa Clara's Old Quad neighborhood, where a large cluster of Victorian and other historic homes ceaselessly yearn for my attention. continue reading »

Santa Clara, Revisited

Santa Clara, Revisited

24 More Santa Clara street photos (on film)

93
photos
13 Apr 2018
One day recently, just before it rained, I walked the streets of Santa Clara to bring you these photos. Many frames of expired Kodak Elite Chrome 100 gave their lives in a Canon Rebel 2000 wearing the EF 40mm pancake lens to make this happen, just for you. continue reading »

Two Weeks in Israel

Two Weeks in Israel

A photographic journey

46
photos
30 Mar 2018

I spent two weeks poking my nose all over Israel in March, 2018. I used my X-Pro2 with the 16mm and 50mm lenses, shooting mostly square. The weather was hot and the vistas sun-drenched, so I tried to bring out those aspects in the editing.

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Julian St. James & Los Gatos

Julian St. James & Los Gatos

Breaking in the GA645Zi

225
photos
7 Mar 2018
Fujifilm is a company that makes cameras based on crazy ideas so that gear-obsessed nerds like me can buy them. In this particular instance, I picked up on an impulse, the Fujifilm GA645Zi. This is essentially a medium format point-and-shoot camera. continue reading »

San Jose at Night, Again

San Jose at Night, Again

On Portra and LomoChrome Purple

130
photos
6 Mar 2018
I shot these photos using a Hasselblad 500C/M, a 40mm Distagon lens, and Kodak Portra or LomoChrome Purple film. I shot at El 100 for both rolls, adjusting for reciprocity failure by just winging it with some extra time. continue reading »

Car Show

Car Show

SFIAS on Film

98
photos
12 Feb 2018

Car shows are difficult for me to photograph. Maybe because I'm not sure whether I'm shooting the cars, the crowds, or what. I just go into the show, check out the cars, take some photos, and when I get home, the photos just aren't very good.

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Purple Nights

Purple Nights

San Jose at Night

55
photos
11 Feb 2018

I shot these a month ago, in early January, and just re-edited them now in a style that, for me, is new. I'm not sure how I feel about them, yet, but I like them enough to post them here. They were shot using the X-Pro2 and X-T1, using the 50mm and 23mm lenses.

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Wooster

Wooster

San Jose Neighborhood

49
photos
6 Jan 2018

Last winter, amid the storms and downpours, I walked around the Wooster and Julian neighborhoods near downtown San Jose, shooting photos using my Canon Rebel 2000, EF 50mm f/1.4 lens, and expired Kodak Ektar 25 film.

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Lakeside

Lakeside

San Francisco

19
photos
2 Jan 2018

On New Years Day, I wandered around the Lakeside area of San Francisco with my Fujifilm X-Pro2.

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Turkey Trot '17

Turkey Trot '17

San Jose 5/10K

59
photos
15 Dec 2017

For only the second time since moving to downtown, I was home Thanksgiving morning and had time to capture the Turkey Trot 5/10K foot race. This year I used the Kowa/SIX and expired Portra 160VC film and my trusty tripod. If my tripod keeps up this good work I might just have to use it more often.

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Yuletide

Yuletide

Corporate Christmas

280
photos
13 Dec 2017

Here are 15 of downtown San Jose's best office tower lobby Christmas Trees. I shot these photos using the Kowa/SIX and Portra 160VC film (expired, but from the same stock as other rolls that worked well).

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santa clara

santa clara

on medium format e100vs

54
photos
8 Dec 2017

For the Hasselblad 500C/M's first real outing with the 220-back, I walked the streets of Santa Clara area armed with the Distagon 40mm lens and rolls of expired Kodak Ektachrome E100VS slide film. The film has held up well, and the colors came through nice and vibrant. Here are the 10 best frames.

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Financial District 6x6

Financial District 6x6

San Francisco

125
photos
5 Dec 2017

I had time recently to walk around the Financial District in San Francisco, so I used it to take photos using the Hasselblad 500C/M and Kodak Tri-X film. My only working lens for the system right now is the Distagon 40mm with its crazy wide angle of view, so that's what I used.

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Crockett

Crockett

on Portra 160VC

97
photos
1 Dec 2017

Crockett, California is a small town at the foot of the Carquinez Bridge famed for the large C&H Sugar Factory dominating the view. Having many old and winding streets mixed with the unique vistas, I was drawn to photograph the area.

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Alameda Long & Wide

Alameda Long & Wide

with the Kowa

134
photos
20 Nov 2017
For my own testing, as well as an article here, I wanted to shoot a roll of film through the Kowa using exclusively each the wide 55mm lens and the long 150mm lens. continue reading »

Merced

Merced

in black and white

30
photos
19 Oct 2017

I shot photos of Merced (and my drive there and back) using rolls of Kodak 125PX and old Panatomic-X film, with the Canon Rebel 2000 camera.

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Palo Alto

Palo Alto

On the Xpan

34
photos
30 Jul 2017
I ran some rolls of expired original Velvia through the Xpan on the mean streets of Palo Alto, California. Some of the rolls were too expired... so I converted them to monochrome. continue reading »

road trip

road trip

on the x-pro2

18
photos
29 Jul 2017

I drove (and walked) around Southern California, taking my usual photos from the car and on foot.

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willow glen

willow glen

on film

46
photos
27 Jul 2017

Willow Glen is one of the older neighborhoods. Incorporate into San Jose's city limits somewhat against their will, they maintain their own identity more strongly than some other areas that suffered a similar fate.

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santa clara homestead

santa clara homestead

breaking in the x-pro2

98
photos
23 Jul 2017

Because I have no self control, I purchased a Fujifilm X-Pro2 to accompany my Fujifilm X setup. I will do a full write-up after I get more experience with the camera, but in the meantime I wanted to share these photos I shot on Homestead Avenue in Santa Clara – the first time I took the X-Pro2 out for some photos outside the house.

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San Jose

San Jose

Testing the XF 50mm f/2

16
photos
20 May 2017

I took the new Fujifilm XF 50mm f/2 lens out for a stroll this morning.

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carquinez

carquinez

not exclusively

43
photos
30 Apr 2017

I had an appointment in Berkeley recently and no reason to rush home, so I took some photos around that area, and wandered around the town of Crockett (which I didn't know existed before this) which is right at the Carquinez Strait.

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fly south

fly south

out of san jose

27
photos
20 Apr 2017

A "partly rainy" day in April, we toured south from San Jose, flying over Gilroy and parts of the Monterey Bay at a couple thousand feet.

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holy land

holy land

two weeks in israel

23
photos
12 Apr 2017

I spent two weeks in Israel on a trip for work. Here are some photos I managed to get in between work.

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point reyes

point reyes

california's ireland

32
photos
12 Mar 2017

Point Reyes is a large, wet, green piece of land north of San Francisco.

I shot these photos on expired Ektar 25 using a Canon Rebel 2000 camera with a 50mm lens.

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hawaii, again

hawaii, again

and again

19
photos
8 Mar 2017

Oh good lord, I'm turning into one of those "Hawaii vacation" people. I swear, it's not on purpose.

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coleman

coleman

san jose neighborhood

22
photos
4 Feb 2017

An old industrial neighborhood holding out against the rising property values surrounding it. Shot using the Leica M3 and T-Max 100.

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about Branden Frederick

about Branden Frederick

I am a photographer: I have fun taking photos, and I always have.

I've had a camera in my hand my whole life, a 110 camera as a kid, and the high school's 35mm SLR later. In 2008 I spent six months doing nothing but taking photos and loved it. From that point on I've had my camera surgically attached to my hand (I lie). I went digital in the year 2000, and I came back to film in 2013. My parents tell me my photos are "nice".

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