Weekends are for breathing in, and out, slowly

This week’s events has left my brain reeling, and while I recover my balance, it’s good to remember that weekends are a great way to take a break from the insanity of the past week. I might write more about that in a future post, but those of you who know me would know what disconcerted me so. 

So, on to something more digestible: I like this photo of Roarie because it’s surreal and dreamy.

I just got home after a Photovoice workshop, our first project in a long while, and I’m happy to report that despite the obstacles that were thrown at us, the session went incredibly smoothly. The volunteers and participants were enthusiastic, which always helps. I got to go around photographing, camera in hand, and that cures many ailments. That needs to happen more often.

Note to self: remember to breathe slowly, in and out, one breath, one step, one day at a time, and I think we’ll all be fine. At least, that’s how I’m dealing with things.

New photo from a new toy

So I’m rather proud of the fact that I haven’t bought a new camera in years, which of course is partly due to the fact that the Olympus E-M5 is such a capable camera that is an absolute joy to use. But over last weekend a friend was offloading some of the cameras he doesn’t use (a story for another day) and offered one of those to me at a price that is borderline criminal.

Long story short, I’m now the proud owner of a Fujifilm X-Pro2. And boy, am I loving it. I still have to buy lenses for it, of course, as I intend to fully transition to using it as my main workhorse, but that will come in due course. This one is taken with the 27mm (40mm-equivalent) f/2.8 pancake, which is pretty dang good. Thanks, Dav!

Right now I’m enjoying the 23mm f/2 lens that another friend has so kindly loaned. Eventually I’ll replicate the setup I have with the E-M5: a 35mm-e, 50mm-e, and an 85mm-e. Maybe even a zoom lens for those pesky events I need to shoot,  but probably not.

I’d take a snap of the camera but apparently my phone camera is broken. More soon!

Print sale, maybe?

Apologies for the lack of updates recently; there has been a lot to deal with. I’ve rejigged the Nudes gallery a little so have a gander, including this one of Suzzi that I’m rather happy with. (NSFW obviously).

I’ve also been toying with selling some prints that I’m really happy with, but that takes some planning before I can set that in motion. It’ll need to be affordable and still have the quality I want, because selling shitty prints is the last thing I want to be known for, and I’d probably put up one or two prints for sale at any one time to ensure both quality as well as ironing out any potential shipping issues.

As usual, any thoughts you have will be appreciated. More soon, for real this time.

Domestic issues

Sometimes life catches up with you and staying afloat is all you can do. I’m still around, the kids are fine, and obviously the wife is coping, but man, it’s been a mad time, especially coping with my son’s quarantine during his bout with the nefarious hand-foot-mouth disease. It sounds like something that happens only to politicians (hur-hur-hur) but bad jokes aside, I’m glad it passed with minimal fuss.

Wednesday is always a good time to post a new photo, so here it is, one of my favourites of Roarie during our shoot in July. I would have posted it sooner but again, crazy times at home. Those of you following Roarie’s  Tumblr would have seen this by now—if you’re not following her, why not?—and I’m beginning to miss shooting so I might be heading out the door in a bit for that. Maybe plan another model shoot; why not, eh? (NSFW photo below. You have been warned.)

Since that last post Pokemon Go was launched in Singapore, prompting massive crowds at places that aren’t designed for massive crowds, along with a whole host of photographers who are suddenly shooting people playing the game (“Pokemon trainers/hunters”, I believe they’re called). That creativity knows no bounds, I tell you.

Yes, that was sarcasm. Just have to get it off my chest. Rant over, back to your regular programming, and watch where you’re going, “hunters”.

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