For a few years now I’ve been wanting a small, lightweight, carry around camera. One that I can take with me out on the streets of Chicago or hiking up a mountain. One that will produce great images but not something where I’m super concerned about high quality I’m going to post it on a billboard. For the last couple of years FujiFilm has been really upping the game when it comes to innovation and raising the bar on small, mirrorless cameras. I have always been enamored with their X100 series but it’s just at a price that I can’t justify for what I want. Then in August FujiFilm announced the coming of the X30, an update to their X20 camera. It’s a very little brother to the X100 series. I decided this was the camera I wanted for my easy to carry around camera. I recently received the X30 and here are some of the first shots I’ve taken with it. So far this little gem has been great fun to shoot with. I’ll write more about my experiences and thoughts on the X30 after I have had more time with it.
August of 2012 I went on a backpacking trip to North Manitou Island which is part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan. I spent 3 days with a group of people that were complete strangers. I left the island knowing new friends. Every so often these fine folks, along with some others, get together for what we call the Family Dinner. A pitch in with lots of great food, beer, laughter, and a feeling of, well, family. We recently gathered and I brought my camera along. These are some of the imagery I captured that night.
With it being more difficult to find a place to do film processing, I’ve started to do my own. Having a few rolls of color film laying around that needed some developing, I decided to delve into the world of C-41 processing. Ordering a Tetenal C-41 kit from B&H Photo I began on my journey.