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From workbench to writing desk

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I put together a workbench in my basement office that was supposed to house all of the cool “maker” projects I was planning.

A Broader Scope

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A reason to post?

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I keep this blog around so that I have somewhere to post images and maybe a little background as well as the ever-popular gearhead nonsense.

From Rolls 2021-030,031 (Leica MP)

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Steve and Chuck The dogs were very popular, especially Chuck, the puppy Maybe too creepery, but I thought it was a beautiful and powerful configuration.

In a rut

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Dogs, myself, and cameras are about the only things I’ve been photographing lately.

A few 4×5 self-portraits

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I had the house to myself today, so I set up a backdrop and pulled out the strobes for a few large format film self-portraits using the Linhof.

The "charm" of vintage lenses

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My Leica Elmar 9cm collapsible lens was made in 1957, making it nearly 70 years old, and it shows.

Old film challenge: Use it.

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I was surprised to find that I had 55 rolls of various 35mm and 23 rolls of 120 negative film stocks just wasting away in my fridge.

Photo processing workflow updates

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Take a look at this list from my notes about how I manage my photos: 2019-01-01 I’ve decided I’ll be using Lightroom CC.

Large Format: Challenges

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There are too many things that can go wrong when shooting large format (4×5) film.

Which Leica gear to keep?

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After a year of buying really nice cameras and lenses, I’ve gotten to a point where I’m feeling the weight of having so much money tied up on photography gear.

Film Fridge Status

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I’m either going to have to shoot this faster or stop drinking Diet Coke.

From Roll 2021-011

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These are all taken with the Leica M3 on HP5+ and were processed in HC-110 Dilution B.

Ron, France (1963)

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My dad (right) stands in front of bar while in the Navy.

Thomas Paine on simplicity

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The more simple any thing is, the less liable it is to be disordered; and the easier repaired when disordered Thomas Paine I would be wise to keep this in mind.

reMarkable is sleeping

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I’ve been using the reMarkable 2 tablet for almost three months now.

Tools and Toys

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…skip any definitive conclusions, as we know you might change those at any time.

HEY or Fastmail? The Answer.

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TL;DR: I’m sticking with HEY for my email, but there’s a surprise twist: I’m also sticking with Fastmail.

Hey for Domains? Maybe.

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(Updated with notes about the custom domain discount) Other than having a couple of nits to pick, I really like using HEY!

My Holy Grail Pen and Paper – CJ Chilvers

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Writers spend way too much time and money seeking out their “grail” pen and paper combo — the tools that will make their work so much “smoother.

A few from Roll-004

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I haven’t been using film much this year, but once in a while it’s fun to get out and shoot a roll.

My blog's overwrought theme

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Everything in my life has become overwrought, overthought, overdone, and needs to be unwound.

Back to Fastmail?

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My first annual subscription to Basecamp’s HEY email service is about to expire, meaning it’s time to decide whether I will be renewing.

Renting eBooks

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None of the old books on my Kindle mean anything to me.

The Minolta Autocord

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I’ve had this Minolta Autocord for so long I don’t remember where I got it.