Something different. Bay area archives

Contrary to what many may think or what a majority of my content may show, I love all aspects of photography. I don’t get the opportunity to shoot too many different things due to work etc. but I thought I’d go back a few years and share some photos from when I got to go on a west coast tour with The Turnaways (follow them on IG: @turnaways and follow them on spotify as well). During their tour they played a good number of cities including, San Antonio, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Fransico. It was also honestly one of the highlights of my photographic career.
So for this post I thought I’d start off right in the thick of the Tour by showcasing photos from our time in Oakland. We had a couple of days off in the bay area so a lot of the photos are from down time etc. But after longs hours in a van you quickly appreciate getting o stretch your legs whenever you can.

Zshwn trying out a guitar at broken Guitars in Oakland

Zshwn trying out a guitar at broken Guitars in Oakland

After a quick stop in Broken Guitar we went down the street to check out 1-2-3-4 Go Records. Since sadly, now physical record shops are so rare these days. I’m not gonna lie… there’s something super nostalgic about being able to physically look through records and instantly be reminded of an artist or a certain album… but I digress.

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After the record shop we needed a bit of a pick me up so of course when we spotted a little coffee shop we had to head over. The name of the shop was Subrosa Coffee and the dude working there was super friendly and knew his coffee. Little known about me… I love coffee, so if you ever want to get me to open up to you all you need do is talk about coffee, cars and cameras lol.

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I’d honestly love to just visit a bunch of indepent coffee shops and just document them.

I’d honestly love to just visit a bunch of indepent coffee shops and just document them.

Wearing a giants cap in Oakland Gasp* lol

Wearing a giants cap in Oakland Gasp* lol

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That night the guys had a show at a club in Downtown Oakland called the Golden Bull. Clubs are always a challenge to shoot in because they lighting is hardly ever ideal for taking photos. But the challenge is always the fun part.

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Justin White a.k.a baby keanu Reeves(especially since he’s grown his hair out) Lead vocals

Justin White a.k.a baby keanu Reeves(especially since he’s grown his hair out) Lead vocals

It’s always difficult to get the drummer in a club, cause they’re usually at the back… in the total dark.

It’s always difficult to get the drummer in a club, cause they’re usually at the back… in the total dark.

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For the last couple photos I’ll just share a couple pics from the next day where we just sort of hung around before heading to the next city. We visited another coffee shop, Timeless coffee and the coffee and atmosphere were A-1!!! And of course a big thank you to both shops we visited while in Oakland For being cool with me taking a couple photos with my big camera while we were there. Nothing intrusive, but you’d be surprised how many places don’t like a photo being taken with a dslr.

Turnaways line up for the tour: L to R Zshawn(guitar) Justin(guitar/vocals) Saad(drums) and Sal(bass)

Turnaways line up for the tour: L to R Zshawn(guitar) Justin(guitar/vocals) Saad(drums) and Sal(bass)

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outside Timeless coffee

outside Timeless coffee

Loved the atmosphere inside Timeless

Loved the atmosphere inside Timeless

This was actually shot on a Fuji X100s I leased for the tour. Not bad!

This was actually shot on a Fuji X100s I leased for the tour. Not bad!

That will wrap up this post. And I hope you enjoyed the photos! I love to travel even if I don’t get many opportunities to do so. Looking forward to more travels in the future, and going to make a couple more posts from this tour. Mostly more music photos to come as well as stories. Stay well!

New York sights

Not too long ago I got the great chance to visit New York City around Thanksgiving time. Nothing really compares to that nervous, almost anxious feeling you get when your plane is coming in on the runway and you were fortunate enough to snag a window seat so you can watch that iconic skyline appear in your window as the plane begins it's descent. As soon as you feel the wheels touch and you hear the applause from your fellow passengers for the pilot not killing everyone upon landing is when you know you've officially arrived in New York.Not only did I bring my D800 on this trip, but I also rented a fuji x100s form lensrentals.com as I knew I wanted something small rand lighter to just walk around with. Being form Houston New York City in late November is definitely not something I'm use to weather wise. I think each day there it was a cool 30 degrees and windy. But that didn't detract from the trip at all.  
-C. Cherry