Wish List: Fujifilm Love

As part of my resolution this year, I want to take more pictures and get better at using my dSLR. I haven't done a great job at taking a lot of pictures as I've been busy with freelance work, but I have been doing a great job of dreaming about cameras and camera accessories. These are the items that are on my current wish list. 

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They all happen to be made by Fujifilm! This is not a sponsored post, but trust me I wish it was. :P 

1. Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera - I love the retro look of this Instax. It's hard to tell from afar that it's even an instant film camera. 

2.  Fujifilm Instax 210 Instant Photo Camera - I know there is a new version of this camera out, but I want the old one. I don't need it to have too many bells and whistles and it's significantly cheaper. I just like the bigger film to mix things up.

3. Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Printer SP-1 - I love instant prints and although I love the excitement of not knowing how a picture is going to come out of an instant camera, I also want to be able to print out pictures that I love from my phone. 

4. Fujifilm X100T 16 MP Digital Camera - I would LOVE this camera. I love the retro look and the fixed lens. I already have a dSLR, but want a lighter camera for trips.

Are there any camera goodies you guys are eyeing? 

My First Engagement Session: Alec & Laura

I love photography and dream of being a professional photographer one day. Well, in addition to the many other professions I'd like to be pro at. Two Sundays ago, I got to pretend to be a photographer and take engagement photos for my friends Alec and Laura. I've always wanted to take engagement pictures, but have never had the chance to try it out until now.

Not knowing what to expect, I read blogs and watched videos to prepare for the day. I looked through Pinterest to get ideas for poses. When the day came, I was nervous and excited. I just hoped that things would work out and their time would not be wasted.

I took three lenses with me, but really only used one. I didn't know when was a good time to switch lens, so I mainly used my 24mm lens. I'll have to try switching lens if I do another engagement session. Also, the weather was not as great as I hoped, but we made it work.

It was so much fun taking pictures of Alec and Laura. They were super cute and patient. It made my job a lot easier.I can't wait to get better at using the camera and hopefully do some more shoots.

Below are some of my favorite pictures from the sesion. The first three pictures were taken in Alamo Square and the rest were taken in Golden Gate Park. To see the rest of the pictures go here. Side note: I'm still figuring out how I want to consolidate all my sites, so bare with me! Anyways, thanks to Alec and Laura for letting me capture their beautiful love. I can't wait to see you guys get married next month! ♥

Hooray you made it to the end! Here's a gif. :)

My new Petzval lens

The first Kickstarter I backed was for a New Petzval Lens by Lomography x Zenit back in July. I was able to support the project and get a great deal on the lens, but you can pre-order it here.

The New Petzval Lens is a reinvention of the Petzval Lens made in 1840. I was attracted by the brass and the bokeh effect that it creates. It creates a sort of swirly blur that looks kind of dreamy.

I just received it in the time that they scheduled. I thought they did a great job of communicating what was going on throughout the entire process. I thought their packaging and branding was spot on, and the lens is a real beauty.

The only thing that was missing was a visual getting started guide. It does come with a little booklet, but the instructions are hidden in the back behind a flap and there are no diagrams that could be helpful. I was still able to figure it out.

This lens is an 85mm f/2.2. It uses what is known as the Waterhouse stop to change aperture. To change the aperture, you have to swap the black metal plate on the top of the lens pictured below.

The lens came with 11 plates. When you first receive the lens there's a plate already in the lens. That plate is just there as a dust protector. It was really hard to take it out. It was super tight and I was scared that I was going to break the lens trying to pull it out. I kept wiggling it and it eventually came out. I decided to try the plate that would give my lens a f/2.2 aperture. I wanted to try out other plates as well, but I've read that people have had problems with the paint on the plates scrapping off and falling into the lens. I'm hoping that won't happen with mine. We'll see.

To focus you have to do it manually by turning little nob on the side pictured below. I had a little trouble focusing on my subjects. Even when I saw that something was in focus through the viewfinder, the picture didn't always come out that way. I think that just might be me thought. I didn't have any problems with the lens other than that and that the lens cap feels a little loose.

Here's what the lens looks like on my Canon 5D Mark II. It looks ridiculous and awesome at the same time. It's definitely a head turner.

Here are pictures using the f/2.2 plate:

Overall, I enjoyed using this lens and think that it produces beautiful dreamy pictures. I'm excited to continue to experiment and learn more about how to use the lens to it's full potential. Anyways, I'm not a pro photographer just an enthusiast, so take my post with a grain of salt. Thanks for reading!