The night before, at FAME, my friend David (@duhvid) invited me to go with him to the World Wide Instagram Meet, which I didn’t even know was happening, so I said “hell yea!”. The meet was hosted by @nowrongwaysf, which is a huge instagram page that features photographs from the City of San Francisco. To give some more detail to the WWIG meet, according to @Nowrongwaysf “[This is] the first ever @global.meet that will be hosted in 17 different cities across the glove on July 26”. I always hear about Instagram meets that are being hosted in the SF, but overtime I want to go they’re either on day’s that I work or that other people have work on, so I have no one to go to. The trip began with us meeting up, but as always, we’re running late, because we’re teenagers and late is just a thing. We headed to the SF area from San Jose at around 6 and got to the meeting spot,Marshall Beach, at around 7:15ish, and to our luck we found parking in a second, which in SF is God sent. I got a few snaps going on the way down to the beach.The mark to the meet had a bunch of balloons, and when you found them, you knew that you were there. I thought that only about 50 or so people would come (because that’s what I always hear from these meets), but I was so astonished when I saw the beach… there were around 250 people were there (according to @nowrongwaysf). It was astonishing, I had never been around so many people and cameras at the same time. The people that I went with @duhvid,@franzfromfrance,@hecka_bastos, @lau.derek, all introduced ourselves and got our name tags. Everyone said hi to one another and it was good vibes all around. My homie France was the most popular, as everyone greeted him saying “Hey you’re Franzfromfrance!” everyone praised him and gave him props, but he has changed his Instagram name a few days before, and it was just funny because people couldn’t find him. I’ve always found it interesting to see what people have with them because it fits their personality, like in the movie Avatar (no, I’m not talking about the one with the Airbender’s), but the one with blue people: the camera fits the owner and you see the personality and look of the camera within the owner. I saw a lot of Canon and Nikon, like always, but also Sony: Sony has been getting some crazy good reviews in the past year and I just want to get my hands on one to see what they’re all about with their mirrorless system, one day. Anyways, later on we met up with @davidmama and @__ptm, people that I’ve followed on Instagram for a while now. By the way, how crazy is it to meet some people that you just follow online? to see them from a small screen to in real life, the internet is still a crazy thing for me. Along the way we met a few homies @Thomsonsss and @banannaxp.nef, who were also photographs from around the Bay. Thomas was actually dressed like David, and all day long we confused them, haha. After meeting and greetings we started shooting and there was a contest to whoever got the best shot at the event (France won it). I was limited once again by the 50mm F1.8, but I was able to get some pretty good shoots, and I didn’t care too much about the contest because it was just about getting better for me with the editing process: I wanted these pictures to really stand out from what I had done before. It was actually the first time I saw the Golden Gate at night, so it was a treat to see it with good company. The meet went on and it was getting close to sunset, so we decided to start heading out, and everyone was basically starving. We went to a burger joint, Super Duper Burger, to grub and it was a bit pricy, but I thought it was worth it. There’s something about SDB, like In-n-out, and that’s that it has a different taste, like all the other burger’s from all the other restaurants taste the same, except for SDB and in-n-out. After we done eating we headed to our next destination, which was to climb a small rooftop in the Chinatown section, but cameras betrayed us, because SF has had trouble with people on rooftops (drinking and breaking property ) they heighten security. In Chinatown we saw more than 10 cops within the span of 30 minutes when were driving to the place we wanted to climb.Before anything, we were not trying to commit a crime, we were going up there for the pictures, and only that : one of the most established rules in Urban Exploration Photography is “Take pictures and leave nothing but footprints”, there is a difference between us photographers and those that go up to the rooftops to drink and destroy property. We walked up to the building, and as we decided who was going to jump the fence the cops came, so just acted casual… then we decided it was time to dip. We planned our next target, which was California street and it was suppose to be cleared, because who’s out at 11:30pm on a Sunday? Apparently everyone, because as we made our turn onto California street there was a steep hill, and it had so many freaking cars, and we had to wait through 3 red lights to actually make the turn: it was so bad that @__ptm stalled and he said it was the scariest moment of his life. We found parking and started to set-up, but it was hard with all the cars coming from all over the place, like, come on man, it’s Sunday night! Nevertheless, we all got our shoots and it was time to call it a night! It was around 12:30 as we headed home and to reflect on it, there’s no REgrats! I got some cool shoots, got featured on @nowrongwaysf, reached a new milestone with the main image of the article (with 223 likes on “the adventure seeker”). and made some new homies. I couldn’t have asked for much else within the journey to image capturing!
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P.S.S. Thank you to everyone for the constant support! Currently in my last week of school as I officially finish my first year of college!
P.S.S.S. There will be a lot more content once I’m out of school!