young blood, large apertures, haircuts

Random updates in an attempt to blog even when I don't have super deep thoughts or profound experiences.

I got a new lens for my Fuji that I'm super excited about. 

Backstory: I used to shoot full-frame Canon and saved up for like a year of undergrad side-job money to buy a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art lens. That thing was beautiful (and very heavy). Full frame + large aperture just has this quality to it...the shallow DOF and slight vignetting of it was so lovely. I missed that lens the most when I left DSLR land...well, it was probably the only thing I missed at all.

I love my small Fuji lenses a lot - basically all the f/2 "Fujicrons" are great to shoot with, but I've been eyeing some large aperture lenses to see if the full frame look could be replicated on these bodies. I also didn't want to drop like $1k on anything, and I came across Zhongyi Mitakon, which makes some nice metal manual focus lenses. 35mm f/0.95 for less than $500? Count me in (I may have sold my X70 to not feel guilty about it but it's fine).

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I've had it for only a week but I've loved playing with it. I actually like it so much that I'll probably sell my 35mm f/2 and just keep the 23mm f/2 for the Fuji-ness (this is also my favorite focal length). I don't mind manual focusing at all, and the stopless aperture will come in handy for video work if I ever do start doing that. 

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Other things? I decided to chop off 80% of my hair. I feel like there is some stigma of female hair chopping where people perceive that girls do it when they've experienced something traumatic or are going through some sh** (and sometimes that's true), but it was a lot less dramatic for me. I realized I haven't had short hair since I was made fun of for looking like a boy (and having a completely awful bowlcut in 2nd grade), and it seemed like a fitting thing to do now before I got too old to be cool (is that a thing?) or old enough that it had to be short to look decent. 

Anyway, I cut it off this week - the most notable things are that it's a lot colder than I expected, bed head is hard to deal with, and short hair dries incredibly fast. Also it stays the way I style it in the morning, which my long hair never did. And I feel like some people don't like it but they don't really know how to say anything (or nothing?) tactically, so that can be awkward but I don't mind. THIS ISN'T FOR YOU. I JUST WANTED TO TRY IT. DAMN. 

Here's a moody, poorly edited photo. Looking in the mirror is still a bit jarring but I like it. 

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rocketfuel / film photos

After a year or two of shooting film intermittently (and not very seriously), I finally got all of 6 rolls developed. Film development is now quite expensive ($74 for 6 rolls?!), but the results are always worth it. I forgot that I shot two rolls of film on the Olympus XA4 in Banff while I was there in June - one of the rolls came back this time, but the other roll of Ektar is still in my freezer (!).


I also got a few rolls back of B&W and Superia 400 from the Contax G1 and the 28mm lens. I forgot how much I love the feel of pretty much every photo from the Contax. It's indescribable.


I had been contemplating selling the Contax kit, but I'm pretty much convinced now that I'm shooting this thing until it dies.


I shot/developed my first roll of BW film in a really long time. I've lost touch with film in the past few months, but it was nice to be back in the dark room. 

This is a really inspirational film I stumbled upon yesterday, which reminds me of the deep satisfaction I once found in examining and repairing old cameras. Definitely makes me nostalgic and miss my small collection of analog cameras at home.