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.

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.

Blurry vision.

The un-f64 Club.

I’m a blur addict. It started with a Lensbaby photo I’d seen years ago on a photoblog. We’re talkin’ before Flickr. Mannequins in a storefront, I seem to recall. Or something like that. 14-15 years does make it hard to remember exactly.

Since then I’ve added many tools in search of awesome blur. There are numerous Lensbaby versions in my collection. Pinhole Cameras, various pinhole and pancake body caps, even a Polaroid Colorpack II-pinhole conversion. All in an effort to sharpen (pun intended) my blur game.

I love it all. Motion, out of focus, bokeh. Anything blurry, really.

In fact, my infatuation is so deep that I curate a tumblr dedicated to fuzzy and blurry photography > fuzzblur

Here’s an assortment of blurry goodness from over the years…

Pencils.

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One of my many obsessions.

An iPhone6 shot displaying an arrangement of a few different types of pencils from my collection. The red KOH-I-NOOR is from my youth. I’ve even managed to hold onto a small German drafting tool kit I got when my Mom, Sister, and I visited relatives in Germany back when I was 13 years old.

But, yeah. I dig pencils and drawing and sketching. It’s an all-my-life kinda’ thing.

In your face.

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Making portraits.

It’s been noted that I have absolutely no problems sticking my cameras in people’s noses. This I can not dispute, and since I’m really not much of a studio shooter, most of the portraits I’ve made are street shots.

The folks I’ve approached are mostly strangers, but a few friends, co-workers, and acquaintances have agreed to let me get in their grill.

I’ve been contemplating entering my work in juried exhibitions and I spotted a call for entries at the A Smith Callery over in Johnson City, about an hour and twenty minute drive from here. The theme for this exhibition was “Portraits” and I spent a little time going through my Flickr stream looking at and deciding which shots I thought might be competitive.

I pulled out a good number of faves, but ultimately decided against entering. The cost was a bit out of my comfort zone and budget. I’m retired, on a fixed income. I really have to think long and hard about how I spend.

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Looking Back

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Eleanor

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Al

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Nikki

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Diana

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Tine

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Molly

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Lindsey

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Rob and Tad

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Andrew

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Shades, stars, and beard

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Colorful ribbons

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George K

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Buddy

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Hair

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Angie

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Erin

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Scotty

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Molly

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Mona Lisa Smile

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Marek

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Diana

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Smooch

Taking flight.

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Discoveries.

From around 10 years ago, found while sifting through the archives.

I don’t always see the good in an image ’til later. In this case, much later.

I love how the eye is lead from bottom to top, in a clockwise semi-circle, with the last flower barely visible in the blown-out background.

It’s like the little blossoms are lining up for take off.