Loaded up.

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Ready to go.

I have three cameras loaded up with film, ready to get out and shoot.

My Olympus Stylus Epic is loaded with Kodak Ektar 100, 36 exposure, Color 35mm.

The Lomo Sprocket Rocket has a roll of Fujifilm Superia 800, 24 exposure, Color 35mm in it.

The Holga 120N is ready to go with Ilford PAN F Plus 50, Black and White, 12 exposure, 120mm.

Now all I need is for my Plantar Fasciitis to calm down for a day and hope that a little let-up in the rain that’s been falling in Central Texas happens simultaneously.

Maybe this Sunday…

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Zoom!

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A new toy to play with.

I’ve been wanting the Olympus 12-40 ƒ2.8 PRO for while. Counting the kit lens that came with my GF1 years ago, this is the second MFT zoomer I own.

I have a Sigma 24-70 ƒ2.8 for my Pentax *ist D and K10D that I’ve always liked. Great lens. It’s nearly twice the size of the Oly 12-40! Huge. And heavy.

The 12-40 has great macro capability. I didn’t really find any praise for that aspect of the lens when I did my online research, so figuring that out while playing around with it was a pleasant surprise.

It’s attached to the Panny GX8 and I can see how this lens might stay permanently attached… so versatile.

I’ll post some shots after I get out with it a bit, which is likely this Saturday for the Kelby Worldwide Photowalk.

I plan on joining the morning stroll in Dripping Springs and if I have any steam left, I’ll be heading over to South Congress in Austin for an afternoon stroll with a different group.

Instant Fun, Squared.

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Hybrid vs. Analog.

I participated in a NAPfS photowalk on Tuesday, an early evening stroll through an older part of Pflugerville, TX. Well attended, it was a nice gathering with about 15-16 peeps. I had a great time.

I brought along 3 cameras… my trusty Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100, the Fujifilm SQ10, and a new Fuji Instax camera, the Fujifilm Instax SQ6.

The SQ6 uses the Fuji square film. It’s totally analog, unlike the hybrid SQ10. You point, shoot, and a picture pops out. What you shot is what you print. Immediately!

The SQ6 has an Auto mode, a ‘selfie’ mode, macro and landscape settings, the ability to lighten and darken, and it’ll shoot double exposures. You can turn off and on the flash – plus included in the box are green, red, and purple colored plastic filters that fit snugly over the decent sized protruding flash located at the top left corner on the face of the camera.

It was my first pack of film in the SQ6, and that’s the camera I started out with for the stroll.

I had only read through the manual a couple of times, so I was familiar enough to do some damage! The 10 pictures I made with the SQ6 turned out decent enough. I like the mystery of not knowing what’s going to emerge.

Solid purchase.

SPECS | Fujifilm Instax SQ10 + Fujifilm Instax Square Instant Film & Fujifilm Instax SQ6 + Fujifilm Instax Square Instant Film

After I emptied the SQ6 of its 10 images I broke out the SQ10, which is a lot more predictable. I like being able to shoot manually and print later. And that’s what I did. I just shot a bunch of pictures and when the group wound its way back to the coffee shop, I opened a box of film and stuck it in the camera.

I was able to be selective about which pictures I printed, and that’s something about the SQ10 that makes it work for me.

I like and will use both cameras, but the SQ10 just edges out the SQ6 in coolness. Now, I’m hoping Fujifilm produces square black and white film for the SQ6. That’d be awesome.

Here are 10 pictures, the 5 in the left column were made with the SQ10, the 5 in the right the SQ6.

 

Dead Bumble Bee.

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A lesson in observation.

I was out working in the studio and got up to go check for a package on the front porch. As I walked across the driveway I noticed this black spot on the sidewalk.

We’d had a little bit of rain lately, and I’m wondering if maybe that’s what caused this poor little guy’s demise.

There wasn’t a package at the door, so I turned back and went in the house and got my clip-on macro lens for the iPhone. I unscrewed the stock macro/wide-angle lens from the clip and twisted on 4 – 37mm diopters a +10, +4, +2, and a +1.

There’s a bunch of paper scraps on my work table and I was able to fish out a piece of black art board to use as a background, and as a scoop to pick the bee up from the concrete walkway.

I moved my art stool out of the garage to the top of the driveway, placed the art board with the bee on the stool, and fired up the Blackie App.

It took a few attempts to get the focus the way I wanted, using natural light from the cloudy skies.

The detail in the wings is my favorite part.

RIP Bumble Bee.

In with the new(ish).

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Out with the old.

It finally happened.

Torri’s iPhone 6 reached the point of no return.

The battery over-heated to the point where it was starting to bulge, dislodging the phone’s screen from the body.

I’d been having problems with my 6, too. I couldn’t get the lightning cable connector to seat in the phone unless I jammed in a piece of very thin paper along with it.

Her issue, it turns out, was keeping the phone plugged into the charger.

I learned that the dongle problem is peculiar to men who carry phones in their front pocket. Pocket lint builds up.

My 6 was still usable, but the rule of compromise is, if one of us gets a new phone, so does the other. Fair.

We’re going to send my old 6 to her dad.

Although it’s nearly a year old technology at this point, I’m diggin’ the 8. It’s nice to have a 12 megapixel camera with a fast f/1.8 aperture in my pocket.

I’ve been having fun with the Blackie App, too.

Old faithful.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100.

I’m not a pro by any stretch of the imagination, more of an obsessed enthusiast and I’m not really loyal to any brand, but over the past dozen years or so have used (digital) Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Leica, Fujifilm, Panasonic Lumix, and Ricoh cameras.

My primary shooter for more than three years has been the Panasonic LX100. I love that camera. It’s light, compact, and uses a 4/3 sensor @ 12.7 megapixels.

The lens barrel has a real deal aperture ring. Shutter speeds and exposure compensation are dials located on top of the body. It uses a good sized EVF along with a 3″ LCD.

The lens is 24-75mm F1.7-2.8. And it’s Leica glass.

It has some cool in-camera filters and 4K video recording capability.

I’m not sure how close Panasonic is to upgrading this particular model, but it’s pricing a bit lower than when I bought mine.

Great little camera.

Up close.

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A little macro fun.

I took advantage of the morning light to step out onto the patio with my Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1, the fun little Pentax C-mount 25mm ƒ1.4 manual focus lens, plus a coupla’ extension tubes to make a few macro flower shots.

At ƒ1.4 the CCTV lens makes really cool in-your-face portraits, with a lot of swirly bokeh in the background, but to get any kind of sharpness when shooting macros I have to knock it down a few stops to get a little deeper depth of field. Plus with an extension tube at wide-open it’s near impossible to hand-hold and focus.

Here are four that turned out…

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White Vinca

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Hibiscus

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Coneflower

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Tickseed