Petzval, part 1: unboxing

We interrupt our usually-scheduled programming to bring you a special event… Petzval Week episode one: the unboxing in which the author unboxes his new Lomography X Zenit Petzval 85mm f/2.2, serial number 131. Note: this will not be a review, really, nor will I get into the history of the Petzval lens or Lomography Corp.’s stunning Kickstarter […]

Photography workflow in Linux: darktable (part 4: the Zone System module)

The Zone System module is not quite as modular as the color correction module, and the precision is equally imprecise, but it’s a great deal of fun, nonetheless. I trust you have some idea about the Zone System. If not, go read up on it. The scroll wheel defines the number of zones, and you […]

Photography workflow in Linux: darktable (part 2: b/w conversion)

There’s really not much to say here… after finding my way around with the first two images, it was relatively easy to convert this shot to black & white for this Black & Wednesday. darktable has a monochrome module unlike any black/white conversion modules I’ve seen before. Essentially, you drag the circle around and change […]

Photography workflow in Linux: darktable (part 1)

So I went and did it… I installed Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander* on the netbook (an Ausu eee pc 1015px)… I’ve been bothered by the increasingly high walls around Apple’s garden, as well as the ever decreasing quality and user serviceability of their computers. At first, my thought was to switch to Hackintosh (here in […]

The Tokina AT-X 35-200mm f/3.5-4.5, a review

Introduction In early March, 2012, I pushed away from the desk to go make dinner, bumped the tripod, and knocked the D7000 and reverse-mounted Nikon 75-150mm f/3.5 E-Series face first into the wooden apartment floor. This fall had two effects: 1) it loosened a wire or something in the MD-D11 battery grip such that the […]