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I am embarking on a mission to better understand myself and my photographic direction. For those that have been following along on Instagram the past few weeks, I have been on the tail end of a long discovery phase with my work. Not only has the subject matter I have been sharing become concentrated, but my overall look and feel has changed as well. Today's short post is an explanation behind it all.
Right now I am gearing up for a month-long trip to New Zealand, and over the duration of that trip, I am planning to be mostly unplugged for another round of digital detoxing. What better time than during a month of hiking and traveling inside a gorgeous landscape? But it won't be 100% unplugged, but I think it'll be pretty close.
Today's look at the Hasselblad X1D is just a first impressions look, as I only had the camera in my hands for a few hours Saturday morning. Phil Cohen (the owner of the beautiful beast) and I met at a little coffee shop to talk photography and trade cameras for a walk through town. For the swap, he had my Sony A7R II with the ZEISS Loxia 2/50...
The Voigtländer Vitessa is a somewhat obscure camera from the 1950's - a time when pride was taken to manufacture solid cameras. Often compared in build to the Leica M3, the Vitessa was introduced several years before the iconic Leica M2 first emerged and went through a series of upgrades and model changes until it was ultimately discontinued after 10 years of production.
As the one year anniversary of my first digital detox approaches, I am taking stock of the ups and downs with my original goals. Some areas have gone quite well while others faltered. Over the past year, I had a bit of a roller coaster ride with my social media as well as with my cell phone usage. I've kept somewhat on track with being minimal (in most things) and fell right off...
Last month, my old 2012 iMac needed to be put down. It had a good life, but it was time to refresh the home studio as it was really showing its age while editing. I briefly looked at the new iMac Pro as a logical replacement, but couldn't justify the obnoxious $5,000 price tag. I really only use the computer for Lightroom and the podcast...
Today's post will be not really related to photography, rather, to the podcast I host bi-monthly with Cody, Jason, and Thomas called, Against the Grain / Graincast. For those that haven't listened, just picture a group of photo-nerds sitting in a coffee shop talking about photography and some random tangents.
This spring, I picked up another E-mount Zeiss for my personal collection, the Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21 (Amazon) fully manual wide-angle lens. The only other E-mounts I have reviewed from Zeiss so far have been the Zeiss Batis 1.8/85 (Amazon) and Zeiss Batis 2.8/135 (Amazon). I have to say, this one is a completely different beast; and not only because it is fully manual.
Last week, I had the extreme pleasure of traveling to Mississippi for a photo-walk (SEWLK 1.0) I co-hosted with the über-talented Ashleigh Coleman. After NEWLK 5.0 on Nantucket Island last spring, Ashleigh and I talked about bringing a version of the walk to the south. An October photo-walk in the picturesque Mississippi Delta...
I have been prompted by a few folks to write an updated post on my current metering techniques - or more precisely, how my metering has evolved over the years. As I am a hybrid shooter, I'll detail the various techniques I use per system (yes, I meter different for film and digital).
So, I got my hands on the tasty Zeiss Batis 2.8/135 lens last month. I've been so lucky to have an extraordinary relationship with Zeiss over the past 7 years, allowing me to receive review copies of everything in the Zeiss line-up for my Leica (ZM) and Nikon (ZF/ZF.2) mounts. Sadly, I hadn't grabbed any review lenses from them since moving away...
Over the summer, I gave the 2 second overview on my film workflow. I realize it wasn't the most thrilling thing in the world as it only relied on proper exposure and my lab doing the rest. So, today I want to touch on my digital workflow. It's not a whole more involved, but it is designed to work in unison with the "mood" of my film scans.
October marks 9 months that I have been in and out of a digital detox - or at least minimalism of digital interaction. Since my month 6 update in July, I have more or less been on cruise control - but of course, still hit bumps off and on. So, by platform, here are my month 9 updates for you.
I have owned several versions of the Zeiss 85mm lenses, but never an autofocus version. When I picked up the Sony A7R II this spring, it was mainly to take advantage of the awesome line of Zeiss glass in the Sony E-mount, and specifically the Batis 1.8/85. (All of the images in that Sony A7R II review were done with this lens as well).
Last month I mentioned that my 6-month detox update was slipping, so this past month I have been doubling down with my personal social accounts, dumbing down the phone, and getting back onto my natural foods eating. So, here's a quick update on each.
Next month kicks off a project cooked up on the Against the Grain podcast this month. The project stemmed from a discussion, which was inspired by Lauren Keim, about letting film sit before you look at it. During our discussion, we challenged each other to go a year without peaking/developing roll(s) and see what happens.
It's been a while since I have updated where I am with my detox. I kicked it off in January to reduce my home / life of clutter (as well as eat better, exercise more, yadda yadda) and kicked off a digital detox in March to do the same on the digital side of life. Some areas have been a great success, others not so much. But I wanted to share the good and the bad and not sugar coat anything. First, the successes.
This is a strictly a first impressions look at the lens as I've just had it a week and wanted to get my thoughts out on 'paper' for you. I actually haven't left the house yet with it, but have played a bunch with it so far.