easily corrected

The Nikkor 35mm f/2 D is a great lens. It’s reasonably inexpensive, has an aperture ring, and will autofocus on my D7000 (if I cared to use it for that), while also being superlative on film. It has just the slightest bit of barrel distortion, which would be very easily corrected in the software of your choice, I just didn’t bother, mostly so I’d have something to say about this picture…

Silberra Ultima, Nikon FM3a, Nikkor 35mm f/2 D. Rodinal semi-stand.


And while we’re on the subject… Ramadan. 30 days where you’re supposed to check yourself, reassess yourself, try to implement something new, some change(s) in your life.

I know the pop science out there says 30 days is all that it takes, and I don’t want to dissuade you, but it’s really more like 60 days if you really, really want to make some permanent change. But if you’re going to start, the Ramadan is a good time, and if you pursue the fast and the worship and the project of improving your relationship with Allah azza wa jall, He will make it easy for you.

As narrated by Abu Huraira, the Prophet, peace be upon him, said

‏ يَقُولُ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ أَنَا عِنْدَ ظَنِّ عَبْدِي بِي وَأَنَا مَعَهُ حِينَ يَذْكُرُنِي إِنْ ذَكَرَنِي فِي نَفْسِهِ ذَكَرْتُهُ فِي نَفْسِي وَإِنْ ذَكَرَنِي فِي مَلإٍ ذَكَرْتُهُ فِي مَلإٍ هُمْ خَيْرٌ مِنْهُمْ وَإِنْ تَقَرَّبَ مِنِّي شِبْرًا تَقَرَّبْتُ إِلَيْهِ ذِرَاعًا وَإِنْ تَقَرَّبَ إِلَىَّ ذِرَاعًا تَقَرَّبْتُ مِنْهُ بَاعًا وَإِنْ أَتَانِي يَمْشِي أَتَيْتُهُ هَرْوَلَةً ‏

I am near to the thought of My servant as he thinks about Me, and I am with him as he remembers Me. And if he remembers Me in his heart, I also remember him in My Heart, and if he remembers Me in assembly I remember him in assembly, better than his (remembrance), and if he draws near Me by the span of a palm, I draw near him by the cubit, and if he draws near Me by the cubit I draw near him by the space (covered by) two hands. And if he walks towards Me, I rush towards him.

So what errors are you looking to correct this Ramadan? What are you getting started on now, in hopes of carrying it forward throughout the rest of the year, when the devils aren’t chained? Whatever it is, strive, have patience, and may Allah make it easy for you.

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