Back to business

Wow. I haven’t posted JACK SHIT since September 2016. I’m not gonna make any promises saying that will change, so I’m not gonna say that. But I do have an update for ya’ll.

These shots were taken around August or September 2016 in Orlando Fl while visiting family, and around December 2016 in Atlantic City NJ.

I shot them with my Nikon F3, 50mm. Kodak Tri-X. Overexposed them all when I shot them by setting the camera ASA on 320.

Anywho, I hope you guys like them. I do hope to post some more stuff soon. I have two more rolls in a development tank ready to go. I plan to develop them tomorrow night.

Take care everyone. Good night!

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How to destress; A therapist suggestion.

Drugless Hippie

Hello Flyers,

Today I will be presenting my first real Youtube video. This is my first attempt so don’t be so hard on me.

On today’s topic we will be talking about how to destress after a long day at work. These are some of the things that I do, but are recommended by therapist and other professionals.  With time and dedication you will begin to see a difference.

  • Spend time with family and friends
  • Avoid social media
  • Pets are great for depression and anxiety
  • Care for your home keep it clean
  • Organize your thoughts, do some planning
  • Establish a nighttime routine
  • Do yoga
  • Take hot showers
  • Take a daily walk
  • Enjoy cooking and eating your food
  • Use aroma therapy
  • Read daily
  • Care for yourself, its not selfish
  • Sleep for 7 to 8 hours (if you don’t have kids ;))

Remember to live with intention. Don’t rush your only 4…

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Quick, Narcissistic Update…

Hey everyone,

I’m gonna try to finish off a roll this weekend and shoot another roll. Develop, scan, edit and upload. (Side note: I’m going to start using the acronym, DESU, as a substitute for develop, edit, scan and upload. I know it’s out of order. I don’t care. HAHAHA)

I’ll also be uploading some pics of that time I went to my friend Martin’s house to develop prints. We had a great time and got great prints!

To hold you over, here’s a self portrait I took with my LG G3 cellphone (front cam) next to a desk lamp.

See you later.

-F

31 year old man

This man is thirty-one years old.

Hasselbad XID: Mirrorless Medium Format Camera (Hand on first impressions only, not a review!)

Hey everyone!

As soon as Hasselbald announced the XID, I was intrigued. “A mirrorless medium format camera? HOLY SHIT!” So I went to their website to find out more info, saw the specs and the camera’s body and specs. I was impressed and in awe of such a beauty! Hahaha!

As most of you know, I’ve been shooting and developing my own 35mm film recently and I will not lie, I’ve been eyeing film medium format cameras for some time now. But the added cost and pain in the ass that it is to roll a 120 film onto a film reel in the dark is just way too much for me. So when I heard this announcement, I had to find out more.

As I was navigating Hasselblad’s  page, I saw the “request a demo”button and clicked on it. I created an account and signed up for a demo. The next day, I received an email from a Hasselblad sales rep, Jim Reed, and he told me that he would have a preview camera for me to check out in New York City. So I wrote back to him and let him know that I would be there on Monday to check out the camera. Below are my impressions.

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Look at that 50mp sensor. IT’S HUGE! (43.8mm by 32.9mm)

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The first thing I noticed was how light the camera was in my hand. The grip was very comfortable too.

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Very simple interface. I dunno how I feel about that color choice for that shutter button (I would’ve gone with a velvety red), but it was very easy and comfortable to access. The mode dial was pretty neat! It’s retractable like a pen! So just one click and it pops up and you can easily switch modes. Click it again and it becomes flush with the machined aluminum body.

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The screen’s okay. I can’t really judge it for 2 reasons. 1) It’s a preview camera. 2) The screen protector was in the way. It’s 3 inches with 920k pixels, touch functionality too! You can navigate menus and change settings like aperture and shutter speed with the touch screen. Pretty responsive. You can also pinch, and stretch just like current cellphones to zoom in and quickly check the sharpness of the image.

The electronic viewfinder was, again, okay, nothing to write home about, really. It took some time to switch from live view to the viewfinder. So I didn’t really like that. It wasn’t quick and snappy.

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Dual SD card slots. A 16GB card will get you around 240 shots according to the promotional materials. I liked the hinges on the covers. They slide back and pop open and stay open with a spring.

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The battery is flush with the camera body itself. It has a locking mechanism that holds it in place so the battery doesn’t fall out when you activate the lever. You press it once, it clicks and the battery pops right out. I asked the reps there about battery life. They couldn’t tell me, so I don’t really have an answer. The rep did tell me the battery has a capacity of 3200 mAh. So figure it out I guess.

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The guy holding the camera is Jon. Very nice and very helpful.

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Here’s a view from the side.

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Here’s two dudes and the camera to give a you a sense of scale.

Well, these were the images I managed to snag with my  LG G3 cellphone. I apologize for the bad quality. I had my D750 with me, but I just wanted to get the shots quickly without a lot of fuss.

All in all, I think it’s a pretty cool camera. It’s got some issues, but I can’t really make a final judgement since this is a preview camera and not a final product. I do have some concerns though. The write speed was atrocious. I would take a shot and it would take forever to display after pressing the preview button. Now, I know it’s a medium format sensor writing a 50mp file and it could’ve just been the SD card’s fault. But I still think it’s bad considering the price of the camera: $8,995.00. The viewfinder didn’t impress me at all and made me feel the same way about all electronic viewfinders: I don’t like them. But it’s mirrorless, so I get it.

Hasselblad is onto something with this little guy and I hope they fix some of the little problems I encountered. Again, this was only a preview camera, so anything can change ( I don’t know how much though) and this was only a first impressions post and my opinion. I’m sorry I couldn’t post any actual images taken by the camera, we weren’t allowed to do so. So let me know what you think about it so far and ask me any questions. I’ll answer them as best as I can. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

Best regards,
Fernando A. López

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hasselblad X1D

Yo,

I might be able to try out this camera on Monday and have some early impressions for you all. I’ve never been to a preview event like this, so I really don’t know how much hands on time I’ll have with the camera, so don’t expect much! HahHaha!

Anyway, we’ll see what happens. Stay tuned.

-Fernando

Back to Film, part 7: Shots from my Island, Puerto Rico.

Yo,

My two sisters and I went back home to Puerto Rico for vacation this past March. It was great! We had a lot of fun. I didn’t take that many pictures; I just really wanted to soak it all in instead of focusing on trying to get a shot. But I did manage to squeeze in some time for pictures. These were all shot on my supposedly “crappy” Olympus OM-10 on Kodak 35mm Tri-X B&W film. I hope you guys like ’em!

Take care,
Fernando

P.S. Check out my sister’s blog HERE. She also got some great shots of our vacation in Puerto Rico!

 

 

One-off #13: Two bar patrons

Good evening!

Here’s a portrait of my two friends Cara and Sevena. I took the same same shot with two cameras, an Olympus OM10 and a Nikon F3, both loaded with Kodak Tri-X 400 film. The Nikon shot was blurry, but this Olympus shot came out great!

I keep saying I want to get rid of my Olympus OM-10, but then it goes ahead and takes a shot like this; making me reconsider whether or not I should sell it off. Anywho, I hope you like the shot:

 

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-F

Back to Film, part 6: SpellBound Brewing!

Greetings and salutations!

My friend Cara planned a trip to Spellbound Brewing where we got to taste their great (local!) beer. I had 2 pints of their Pale Ale, while some of our other friends had flights of different flavors.

I took two cameras with me, an Olympus OM-10 and a Nikon F3. Both with their OEM 50mm f1.4 lenses and both SLRs loaded with Kodak Tri-X 400 film. Out of the 36 exposures from the F3, I got around 11 keepers. I’m still not done editing the OM10 shots, they’re coming soon. As always, thanks for stopping by. Let me know what you think!

Best regards,
Fernando

P.S. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge! (I know most of you know this already, but you’d be surprised to know how many don’t)

I need ideas!

Hello everyone,

I have two rolls of halfway shot film that I want to shoot and develop this afternoon. Any ideas on what I should do with them? I’m kinda uninspired at the moment..

Thanks!

Best regards,
Fernando

P.S. I live in Bordentown, NJ, dunno if that helps.