A DAY IN MY LIFE: AUGUST 13, 2017!
I carried around the Fujifilm X-Pro2 all day and documented a day at Outsidelands Music Festival in San Francisco. We eat Korean BBQ, see Lorde, Solange, The Who and more, and lounge on the grass of Golden Gate Park.
This day was shot with the Fujiflm X-Pro 2 and an 18-55mm XF lens. I rented this kit so I could test out the Fujifilm and see if I’d be interested in purchasing.
What attracted me to the X series?
1) I want a small camera (currently I use a Canon 5D Mark II and it’s heavy, bulky and big)
2) I don’t want to sacrifice manual control or interchangeable lenses
3) I like the color and tone of what I saw of the Fujifilm X series online. Plus they have a fun fuji film simulation you can add to photos.
4) I want this to a camera for travel and being on the go—so the wifi capabilities are a bonus!
5) I like the similiarites to a film body, gives me good feels as a person who does enjoy shooting film as well.
This is a very passionate blog post about the author falling in love with the camera, but there are nice examples of a variety of shots.
Just wanted to put that out there! Also, just to note, the colors aren’t edited in these photos. I pumped up the contrast in a few, but I did minimal processing just to compare with what I usually do for my documented days with 200+ photos.
Okay, here we go…
Headed to Twitter to keep updated with the Charlottesville Nazi March that had just gone down that Friday. Just…what the fuck honestly.
Rolling around on the air mattress in Lauren’s San Francisco apartment—need to get up and get moving.
Me and the Fujifilm—this is my third day using it, I purposefully brought it this weekend because I knew I’d be out at the music festival and I wanted an “extreme” test to be sure it worked for me. You can see some more photos I took with the camera on my weekly photo post here.
I took the keys and snuck out to get some coffee.
Wearing all of Lauren’s warm clothes (and her shoes) to run out to walk to the bakery.
San Francisco summer—foggy and cold.
Hey peace-sign guy! My favorite bakery in Lauren’s area, it’s a Russian bakery that sells sweets and savory treats, along with coffee drinks.
Baked piroshkis—my favorite is the mushroom, but I also love the green onion ones. Mmmm. Drooling looking at this now. Can’t get one today, we’re having a big lunch but…beauties.
I caught Lauren in the reflection, I took this before knowing this was her. She heard me leaving her apartment and followed me out to help me carry back coffees.
Zeen still asleep on the couch when we got back to Lauren’s apartment.
I’ve got some homework to do for my user research experience class, so I suck it up and get down to work.
We’re all just mulling around the apartment, having our coffees and planning our day at the festival.
My cheeks are struggling with eczema at the moment—the San Francisco weather probably wasn’t helping.
An extra layer today, the day before it was rainy and cold the whole day.
Packing up the bag for the day. We’ve used that backpack I got from Target for the past few years and manage to fit a blanket, charging cables and a block, extra layers, hats, sunglasses…and the water pouch. Pretty good.
Let’s go let’s go, I’m hungry!
Walking through the Inner Richmond
Saw this doggo twice! The day before and today eheh.
Han Il Kwan, Korean restaurant
I’ve never seen this little spoon sanitary protector before, so cute.
Placed our orders and eagerly awaited the meats.
Not the best lighting, but was so excited getting the meats on the grill.
Tofu soup came with the order.
We ordered spicy pork and kalbi, and there was a super great variety of banchan that came with the food.
Slipped in an order of spicy rice cakes.
Autofocus struggles. I assume that’ll get better if I was more used to the camera.
What. A. Feast. Ordered way too much (of course) but we wanted to cook our own meat at the table and that meant we had to order at least two bbq dishes.
As the food coma sets in, gotta walk it out on the way to the festival.
Getting closer to the festival entrance, it is clear everybody is heading to Outsidelands.
Walking through the edge of Golden Gate Park
Herded through security. I like arriving early (I am my father’s daugther) and prefer just hanging in the festival grounds instead of waiting in longer lines later in the day. Maybe I’m just old now.
Zach’s beanie he got from the festival like 3 or 4 years ago. It is very helpful when he wears this in a crowd.
First things first, refill that water.
Heading over to Sutro stage to set up our blanket and camp out for a few sets.
Lots of these fluffy air couches
We setup the little blanket thinggy on the little grassy slope and hung out.
Vibes for the early sets, everybody chilling and having beers on the grass.
Andrea and her lil’ brother found us
1:15–2:00 PM—Listening to Jacob Banks
You can listen along.
Up next, from 2:30–3:20 PM, Maggie Rogers
Lauren wanted to see Maggie Rogers, I guess Pharrell discovered her during a masterclass at NYU. She’s only 23, and she was so enthusiastic about her festival tours this summer. Very sweet.
Listen along! Apparently this is the song she performed for Pharrell hah.
We packed up our little area and headed off to the main stage.
Found Andrea sitting with some other friends, and camped out behind them.
As we’re heading back to the main stage camp out zone, I get texts from Mandy.
We attempt to coordinate a meet up.
Mandy is hungry so I go with her to find some food. She decides on a corn dog.
The food at Outsidelands is always top notch San Francisco area places, so I expect this corndog will be great.
4:10-5:10 PM—Young the Giant is on.
Folks disperse to get food and return bearing treats. Burritos and brussels sprouts.
Another potty break! We need to move closer so its the last chance.
Packed up moving closer in preparation for Lorde.
I feel like we see high Mario every year. And we definitely saw him all three days of the fest this year.
Just throwing Perfect Places in here.
Part way through her set it starts to mist and drizzle
It’s misty and she stops and sits on the stage and talks about being in dark places and then sings Liability omg.
Just cry it out ok.
Most of the crowd leaves for the headliners. We move even closer for The Who.
I make a risky decision to run to pee, I can’t hold it.
Everybody’s favorite pee tunnel
Rushing back to our close spots by the main stage
Have to fight through a crowd of intense Who fans, but we make it.
They are old but they were working hard.
So we headed out about halfway through the set.
We wanted to catch Solange at a different stage.
Heading over to the first stage we were at earlier this afternoon.
Huge crowd has already formed so we head up to the top of the slope to look over the crowd and stage.
Zach got some fried pickles. Realized we didn’t really eat dinner. I had a few bites of burrito and brussels sprouts earlier…oh well!
8:45–9:35 PM — Solange! My camera was dying at this point, which was good to note for this field test.
We left about 20 minutes early, just to try to beat the exit rush a bit. We still needed to walk back to Lauren’s place and we had a flight that we needed to wake up at 4:00 AM for the next morning.
Clean and in bed by 10:30! *Ahhh* Long day. Lots of walking. My legs are sore.
Overall, the camera!
1) The size and weight. My neck only was aching a little bit, and I carried it around for like 14 hours a day for three days straight.
2) The quality of photos, especially in the dark! I feel like the color tones are nice in the jpgs, but I’ll need to get used to processing the raws.
1) Placement of some of the buttons, like the lock focus, it’s too far on the right and you can’t do this with one hand
2) Autofocus in general, a little spotty. But I feel like with practice, it’d be okay.
I’m pretty happy with the camera, I just need to make a decision now!
I hope this day wasn’t too boring, as it was a lot of festival pics hah. But a little of San Francisco too.
Much love friends.
8 replies on “A DAY IN MY LIFE: AUGUST 13, 2017! (OUTSIDELANDS MUSIC FEST, LORDE, THE WHO)”
I just got diagnosed with eczema by my dermatologist! It’s on my back and neck. He gave me some topical steroid ointment but I don’t think it’s working. He said that I might have to do a skin patch test, ugh. Any pointers or treatments that you’d recommend? TIA!
Hi Karmen! Awww, sorry to hear about the eczema diagnosis. My experience is that prevention is the best way to “treat” eczema. Which when you are in the midst of a flare and you are so itchy you wanna die, I know it’s not helpful to hear. Here’s what helped me a bit:
1) Get a separate towel for your problem areas (for me, its my face) and have a few smaller clean towels you can use for those areas of your body. Never rub dry, always pat dry carefully.
2) Try a natural detergent and natural bath products (no scents, etc.)
3) Keep moisturizers everywhere! Check out what the National Eczema Asociation recommends: https://nationaleczema.org/eczema/treatment/moisturizing I keep one in my gym bag, a few around my house, etc. Whenever I feel itchy, I apply another layer.
4) Change clothes when you get home. If you are allergic to something in the environment, its best to change into fresh clothes when you are home in your “clean zone” to avoid spreading that allergen to your bed, etc.
5) I take one claritin pill every night. I was prescribed a stronger antihistamine but that gave me insane headaches. See if an antihistamine works for you! I stay away from steroid creams because they can alter the skin’s chemistry. 😦
I hope this helps! Good luck. I’m no pro (I still have a patch on my face) but these things helped get my bad flare under control.
As someone from Minnesota, I feel very confused by the outfits in San Francisco. Some people are dressed for winter and some for summer. It makes me feel both too cold and too hot just looking at the pictures. 🙂
Looks like a fun festival! And I really liked the quality of your pics. I’ve been debating a similar camera for a while but can’t really justify it with the amount of pics i take.
Hahah, I think that all the bundled people are a) older and more practical or b) from out of town and the SF summer weather is not the norm for them. My friend Marie has the Fujifilm X-100, and she really loves it. It doesn’t have interchangable lens capability so it’s a little less expensive than the other x-series! Check it out if you haven’t already. 🙂
Thank you for the review!!! It was very helpful 🙂 I love the film-color quality of the photographs, and how slightly desaturated the colors are 🙂 Also love how chill the festival is! And all that korean food made me super hungry 😮
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