Cloudy, with a chance of Orwo NP7

Back in January, I ordered up a mess of Compania Imago film. I was especially excited by their recycled wood and plastic film canisters and the (exceedingly remote) possibility of reusing them to roll some whatever whenever. I’ve shot through most all of that film now, and just have one roll of ancient Ansco left in the fridge. I’m saving that one because it’s so old; I was saving this one because I had such trouble with it the first time (largely due to my own errors, but still: once bitten and all). This time, I was sure to get my settings all set, and I think I got it right, or right enough.

The negatives are ludicrously dense, probably fogged by age and poor storage or something. God knows. But at EI 200, everything came out fine, though I did have to ‘scan’ them with a ridiculously long exposure. B/W negatives usually get something like f/8 and 1/60th; Color usually goes more like f/5.6 and 1/30th. I scanned the Orwo NP7 at f/5.6 and 1/8th: thank God for sturdy tripods. Continue reading “Cloudy, with a chance of Orwo NP7”

Sunny 16, ft. the LC-A and Polypan F 50

If you’re unaware, the Sunny 16 rule is an old principle of photography that gives us a simple way to calculate exposure without a meter: simply set your shutter speed to the reciprocal of the ISO and f/16 should give more or less accurate exposure in full sunlight.

Polypan F 50 is a 50 ISO film. The LC-A has a fixed shutter speed of 1/60th in Aperture-Preferred mode. Sounds perfect… Continue reading “Sunny 16, ft. the LC-A and Polypan F 50”

a quick one on privilege

I meant for this to be quick, but it got a bit long and rambling, as is usual for many of my posts… tl;dr some of the things I take for granted, some of the very small things in life, simple little experiences as a child, everyday sort of stuff, are precisely the sorts of privilege or result from privilege. When I talk about privilege and race and class, I need to be careful to remember it’s these tiny little things that add up to create a big wide world. Continue reading “a quick one on privilege”

The After Shahada Project walks Lake Carolyn

Better late than never, InshaAllah.

About a year ago, the Islamic Center of Irving hired a new outreach director, and one of his first acts was to start up a class to teach converts and reverts about their religion. We meet every Sunday at 4 upstairs in the old part of the Islamic School of Irving. Come and join us!

Two weekends ago, some members of the After Shahada Project and I went for the first (of many, InshaAllah) after-Fajr walk/hikes to try to build some sort of community together. It was a pretty good time, All praise and thanks be to God. Continue reading “The After Shahada Project walks Lake Carolyn”