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In praise of small cameras

Two of my favorite cameras are my Olympus XA2 and my Canonet QL17 GIII, for the simple reason that they're small and easy to have with me at all times. They say the best camera is the one you have with you, and these two cameras make it easy to always have them with me!

In the spirit of the topic, I'll leave it there. I love small cameras.
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The film is in the mail

Since I don't yet develop my own film, I need to mail it off to the lab. I've started using The Darkroom in San Francisco for my developing/scanning needs. Today I mailed off five rolls:

Kodax Max 400: An expired roll shot in my Holga 135. The film advance jammed on the 14th frame, so after a year of thinking about trying to fix it and finish the roll, I just rewound it and shipped the roll off half-finished. Since it's expired I pushed it 2 stops but it's a mystery how it'll turn out...Kodak Portra 400: Shot this in my Canon Rebel 2000. I expect some portraits out of it, but can't quite remember what else. The Canon is a very reliable machine and produces good exposures.Kodax Tri-X 400: I think I shot this one in my Lomo LC-A, and it would be the first roll out of that camera. I really loved my previous rolls of Tri-X, so I'm pretty excited to see what comes of it. Largely inspired by Doctor Popular'sAmerican Analog series (still my favorite ever photo …

Some things I've learned so far from shooting film

The Holga 135 is a very forgiving camera.

Ektar 100 is a gorgeous film but ISO 100 means you really should shoot it in broad daylight if shooting at box speed.

Shooting daily life on digital produces this urge to make things Instagram-worthy. Shooting daily life on film means taking things as they are.

Instant film can be really beautiful, and a nice change of pace.


Keep rolls of 120 film tightly wound. First-time shooters, I'm looking at you!

A good lab is worth every penny. Not all labs are equal!

A good scan is hard to find.

Shooting film costs money with each press of the shutter, but don't be precious about it. Treat it as a gift. Make mistakes.

From my zine: A Life Worth Living (WIP)

I made a short test zine via Google Photos last year, because sometimes we all need a reminder about what makes our lives worth living. And I wanted to try a test zine. But mostly the first thing.

It's not a consistent zine. Different formats, cameras, subjects, and color vs. black and white. But my life isn't consistent. It's a mess of moments, one after another. And I think it's pretty damn beautiful.



















Ann Arbor street art

I found these neat stickers/stencils while walking around town. Ann Arbor's street art scene isn't the most explosive, but there is some neat stuff if you know where to look.

Hyderabad, India

Getting used to a messier style of street photography.