Unboxing some Brian Eno records

When I heard that Brian Eno’s 1970s pop records had been remastered and were set for a new, fancy, audiophile release, I got excited. Half-speed masters, freshly pressed at 45rpm? I wasn’t sure what any of that meant, but how could I not? After all, Here Come the Warm Jets is perhaps my favorite record of all time; Taking Tiger Mountain (by Strategy) has its moments; and Another Green World is one of those seminal records that just can’t be missed.*

I jumped on them. Continue reading “Unboxing some Brian Eno records”

FILMLAB 0.1.2 (3) – BETA TEST NOTES – iPhone 5 version

FilmLab beta 0.1.2 added support for older phones, including the iPhone 5. Since I happen to be holding on to my iPhone 5 for some unknown reason, I figured I’d test it too, and, God willing, I’ll continue to test both in future releases.

For this test, I tried: Superia XTRA 400, shot in the Nikon FE with the 35mm f/2 D; FPP RetroChrome, shot in the Nikon FE/35mm f/2 D combo and the Sprocket Rocket; hand-rolled Konica 160, from the Olympus XA; and Kodak Portrait 160, from the Yashica Mat-124.

tl;dr: results this time were about the same as with the iPhone 7: great difficulty finding frames. But I’m happy to report that it works fine in the iPhone 5. Continue reading “FILMLAB 0.1.2 (3) – BETA TEST NOTES – iPhone 5 version”

FilmLab 0.1.2 (3) – Beta Test Notes

FilmLab beta v. 0.1.2 dropped today, and I wasted as little time as possible getting some film in front of it. When I have a bit more time on my hands, God willing, I’ll run some more tests (and include some medium format, and slide film, and test with my iPhone 5, even, as the new beta has support for older phones!).

For this quick test, I tried Fuji Superia XTRA 400, shot in the Diana Mini; Ilford HP5+ shot in the FM3a with the 50mm f/1.2; Kono Kolorit! 400, shot in the FE with the 35mm f/2 D; and Fuji Superia XTRA 400 shot in the FE with the 35mm f/2 D and the FG with the Holga 60mm f/8.

How did it do this time? Well, it’s still  beta, but maybe getting betta. Continue reading “FilmLab 0.1.2 (3) – Beta Test Notes”

Diana Day!

August 5 marked the first (annual? biannual? quarterly?) #DianaDay on Twitter. Founded by Denise, #DianaDay is a celebration of all things Diana: “No winners, no prizes. Just a celebration of a fun toycam. Shoot Aug5 & post with the tag #DianaDay anytime after til the 31st!

My only Diana camera, at present, is the Diana Mini, so I had the daunting task of shooting through a whole roll, either half frame or square, in one day… I made it, but only just. Continue reading “Diana Day!”

Checking my Intention

As reported by Umar, Radi Allahu ‘anhu:

I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say: “Actions are (judged) by motives (niyyah), so each man will have what he intended. Thus, he whose migration (hijrah) was to Allah and His Messenger, his migration is to Allah and His Messenger; but he whose migration was for some worldly thing he might gain, or for a wife he might marry, his migration is to that for which he migrated.”

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