#PortraParty! (1) / #CameraChallenge (Macro)

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Kodak Portra line of films, Emulsive is hosting three months of Portra Parties. The shoot week (August 6-12) coincided with @_JasonAvery’s #CameraChallenge (Macro)… So out came the Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 and PK-13 extension tube, mounted on the FM3a, and loaded with Portra 400.

Yes, it suffered the same fate as its #DianaDay cousin, and, no, it wasn’t everything I hoped, but still, there’s a couple of things worth sharing, maybe. Continue reading “#PortraParty! (1) / #CameraChallenge (Macro)”

perfect for us our light

Here’s a good dua for Martin Luther King day, from Surah at Tahrim (66:8):

رَبَّنَا أَتْمِمْ لَنَا نُورَنَا وَاغْفِرْ لَنَا ۖ إِنَّكَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

rabbana atmim lana noorana waghfir lana innaka AAala kulli shay-in qadeer

Our Lord, perfect for us our light and forgive us. Indeed, You are over all things competent.

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The C.L.A.M. could be anywhere…

When my darling, adorable wife and I returned from vacation, the FM3a still had 5/6th of a roll of film in it. I carried it around for a few days, took a few random shots, and then decided to burn the rest of it playing around with the C.L.A.M. I don’t play with it often, and really haven’t figured out how to use it, though I know it’s incapable of producing what I hoped to get out of it.

The bit of play I did with a few frames of Ektar didn’t yield anything much, and unless I put in some time and really explore it, I should probably scrap it and try again with some other ideas I have. There are a couple of things I see in these that may make good jumping off points for other explorations, but only if I keep them in mind, take my time, and shoot the C.L.A.M. with some intent. Continue reading “The C.L.A.M. could be anywhere…”

This FP4+ Party is on FIRE!

For this month’s #FP4+ Party, and after being disappointed with much of my shooting over the past few months, I decided to try some macro-type stuff this time. I dressed the FE up in the Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 and PK-13 and started looking for stuff to shoot.

Didn’t find much.

It was a bit cool outside and rained some early in the week, and my darling, adorable wife seized the opportunity to get a fire going, and I got to shooting…

It’s remarkably difficult to focus on fire. I let the FE handle the exposure, more or less. I wanted a narrower aperture than I could focus or handhold, even (unknowingly) pushing the FP4+ to the astronomical heights of EI200.

I’m a party animal, I am.


It’s in some way fitting to share some nice, peaceful pictures for Armistice Day, even if I had no idea that this particular weekly roll would appear on this particular day. If you’re free at 11:11 on 11/11, take a minute of silence to remember all those who die in war and take another minute to ponder the beauty of peace, and then come back and check out these pictures. Continue reading “MacroChrome”