In the Rain

What I really wanted to was dance in the rain, but when I opened the door there was a pretty little butterfly, by the storm window, who was trying to hide from the rain. I grabbed my camera (a mere 10 steps from the door) but when I returned the butterfly was gone. First lesson of the day: Always have your camera in tow.

Then I threw the dancing idea out the window completely and decided to take advantage of what photo opportunities there were.

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Film vs. Digital Photography

Because school-slash-work has eaten up a lot of my time since my move to Athens, I haven’t spent a lot of time behind a lens. I got a Holga 135 as a belated birthday present complete with a lens set to be proud of — wide angle, telephoto, and fisheye — but I haven’t been able to take it for a spin until early in the spring. My x500 has also been pretty much tucked away, in the closet, for other than a brief exploration of what surrounds the house I’m in, I hadn’t any occasion to use it. My Diana Mini, the poor thing, has a roll of film in it from god-knows-when.

Anyway, with two film cameras and Instagram, I’ve grown a bit accustomed to the grainy, light-leaked, soft-focused image. So imagine how surprised I am when I took a picture of myself using my x500 — it was relatively so clear. So recently I’ve been trying to figure out where I stand on the discussion on whether film or digital photography is best.

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Coney Island with the lovely Emilie

Even though I’ve made several trips to Coney Island beach, I’ve still never gone to any of the Coney Island theme parks. Yesterday, my friend Emilie and I decided to take a trip there to spend some time with each other and with our cameras.

This post is a bit of a photo-dump so feel free to navigate away.

As  usual, these pictures are taken with my GE Power Pro X500. I used color filters in some of them because, well, color filters are fun (Review of Kola Color Filters to follow.).

Shot of the iconic Cyclone from the train platform

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From Our Backyard

We had a little rain that cooled us here in Jersey earlier today (I should say, last night). I stepped outside to enjoy the smell of wet earth and caught sight of the stunning sky. The view from our backyard isn’t that great (Curse you, city living!) but I hope you still enjoy the colors which, in my opinion, are what sunsets are all about.

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Rutgers in the Summer [part deux]

Yesterday, while looking through the pictures that I took of Rutgers, I said to myself that I would do it again and this time, I would take my time. This would have made for great pictures, had the sun been out as much as it was on Wednesday. But alas! the sun decided to take a half-day so the pictures aren’t as awesome. Ah, but let’s let you decide that for yourself.

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Rutgers in the Summer

Even though I went to Rutgers for four years, I’ve never been there in the summer, mostly because my summers are better spent than in the dull but imposing buildings of the university. On Monday, my boss sent me for an errand across the plaza and I couldn’t believe my eyes. I don’t think I have ever seen Rutgers so lush and so green. It made me kinda sad that I’ve only realized this now, when I’m about leave. But, I suppose, better late than never.

Here are some odd-angled photos that I took. I was going for, “here are the ugly buildings, but here are the pretty plants.” Whether I succeeded, I will leave for you to judge.

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Done: Coney Island

Monday is my least favorite day of the week because it follows my long-work hours at DD. I am usually too exhausted to do anything, but today I forced myself out of the house to cross one thing off my summer to-do list.

The weather today was perfect for visiting Coney Island.

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