I was considering another jaunt, somewhere, with my temporary Olympus E-P5 on Tuesday. I had fun with it on Monday, street shooting in downtown San Francisco. Should I go back to San Francisco or how about the decidedly smaller San Jose? I could just go to the shopping mall disguised as a city, better known as Santana Row.
I ended up doing almost nothing. I had a nice time socializing during the wine hour at the Cypress. All of the Kimpton Hotels, that I know of, have this hour long wine tasting. After I ended up drinking 3 glasses during the hour, I decided that I was in no shape to drive anywhere. After a short nap, I headed to the hotel restaurant for some grub.
The restaurant at the Cypress is upscale casual. It is not the stuffy East Coast type, white linen kind of place, but they serve good food in a dark and moody environment. I took the E-P5 with me, slung over my shoulder. The two toned, black and silver camera really looks good and fits right in at the restaurant. The silver dials and top plate adding just the right amount of sparkle to the mostly black camera.
This E-P5 is made for a place like this. It’s small enough to have it on the table and it’s attractive enough to blend into nicer environments. With the next generation Sony sensor, the in-body image stabilization and the f1.8 lens, it works great taking photos in these dark places. DSLRs are okay but I never feel comfortable bringing them into restaurants. They certainly get the job done but they just seem out of place.
Here are some snaps from the evening dinner. Nothing special. I decided to treat myself to steak, which is unusual for me. I’m more of a simple burger kind of guy.
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