Now for something slightly different to what I usually put on this blog: here’s some personal news!
I got engaged!
Those of you who know me personally will appreciate how much of an achievement this (convincing a woman to marry me) is. So, aside from recovering from the cost of the ring, and trying to figure out which wedding photographer I’m going to hire, I’m going to enjoy this while it lasts, or at least until my supply of Rohypnol runs out (that was a joke! no need to call the police).
So to commemorate this frankly unlikely occurrence I’m putting some photos up of the lady in question, primarily because I love her, and secondarily as evidence that my fiance is not someone that I’m simply stalking with a telephoto lens.
Of course, a post on this blog wouldn’t be complete without a bit of camera geekery. I shot all of these photos with a Bessa Voigtlander R4a (too poor to afford a Leica) with a Nokton 40mm f/1.4. It’s a great camera to run around with, although I’ve had problems with the shutter button sticking on me, and the camera strap lugs are designed to make the camera hang at the most uncomfortable angle possible. Still, great fun to still be shooting film these days, and it’s definitely a solid camera that’ll do until I get my hands on a Hasselblad, or even one of those wicked panoramic thingamabobs. Plus, a used Voigtlander won’t cost you a thousand dollars, which has my vote.
For film, there are two rolls here – Ilford FP4 125 and Ilford Delta 3600, pushed (accidentally) to 1600. See if you can spot the difference! All of it is developed at home with all Ilford chemicals. Don’t have the space for an enlarger so I have to settle for crappy scans from my 10,000yen scanner for now 😀 Anyway, I’ll be back to posting more stuff from my actual shoots soon, now that I’m back from Australia.
Not my fiance, but there has to be at least one gratuitous Bresson-inspired shot in a post about rangefinders 😀 Here’s one that I liked from a recent roll. The weird stains are from where the water has dried and left an impression of the droplet. I need to be less lazy when it comes to washing my film.