March, 2011 Archives

No FaceBook and a Dead Laptop

March 27th, 2011 Permalink

Spring is here in full force. The wind is blowing the sand in from the Gobi, the flowers are blooming and the bees are out. It’s a good time to be in Beijing. However, I seriously miss the Middle East. I caught a few shows recently on places that I was and I have a […]

Spring is here in full force. The wind is blowing the sand in from the Gobi, the flowers are blooming and the bees are out. It’s a good time to be in Beijing. However, I seriously miss the Middle East. I caught a few shows recently on places that I was and I have a strong desire to make another trip. Too bad my wallet and schedule won’t allow it.

FaceBook is officially dead for me. My VPN has been blocked by the PSB, so if you have been trying to get a hold of me through FB, e-mail me instead.

After 13 countries and close to 5 years, my trusty 12″ PowerBook G4 hard drive has finally given up. It is a struggle to type this update as the machine freezes when it tries to access corrupted sectors on the drive. Tomorrow should see the arrival of a new 13″ MacBook. 7500RMB that I would have liked to spend elsewhere…

Film At The Temples – Ektar 100

March 20th, 2011 Permalink

I’ve been shooting lots of Ektar 100 lately. I think it is a pretty solid film all in all. The weak link that I am having right now is the scanning. The lab I use does a pretty crap job with the scans. They come out with way too much cyan. I may have to […]

I’ve been shooting lots of Ektar 100 lately. I think it is a pretty solid film all in all. The weak link that I am having right now is the scanning. The lab I use does a pretty crap job with the scans. They come out with way too much cyan. I may have to look into getting my own scanner.

I am also thinking about getting some new lenses for the Leica. Right now I am using a collapsible summicron that has a front element that looks like it was cleaned with sandpaper and a summaron that has a fair amount of haze inside. Both do well with B&W in good light, but they suffer quickly in bad light or with color film. The Zeiss 50 planar and the 35 biogon are both really tempting as I can get both for less than the price of a used 35 summicron…