GARIZ a6000 leather half case (XS-CHA6000BR)

I wanted something to provide a slightly taller grip on my new Sony a6000 & decided to give the GARIZ leather half case a try – they looked really nice from the photos, with the shiny metal base plate. This is an expensive case with a list price of ₩98,000 (£56/$89) so I ordered from a UK stockist that I could return it to if I didn’t like it, rather than ordering it from Korea.

To cut to the chase, I will be returning the case. While it is nice, it isn’t nice enough to warrant the price tag & in certain places the design is just plain awkward.

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Strobes & Selfies

I decided it was time for a new headshot, as my last one was over 4 years old.

Last time I only had an old flashgun to play with, which I ended up bouncing off the ceiling with a reflector held in front of my chest to take out some of the shadows beneath nose/brow/etc.

This time I had a set of studio strobes to play with, which were a present from a friend when she moved back to Canada. I experimented with a few different setups but ended up using a single strobe with a softbox on the left, reflector on the right, white/grey background behind me.

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Ideally I maybe would’ve tried to introduce a second light as a hair light & maybe the third to give the background more of a gradient, but the space was too small & I could only run the strobes down to 1/8th power so it was soon just too much light.

Anyway, I don’t think it came out too badly for my first time trying to use studio strobes. Especially considering I was using a self timer so couldn’t actually compose anything properly!

Blurb Trade Books

I recently discovered that in addition to their quite pricey ‘photo books’, Blurb also let you make substantially cheaper ‘trade books’. I found a few blog posts from people who had used the trade book service as a cheaper alternative to the photo book service & seemed happy with the results, so I threw together a bunch of pics in Adobe InDesign using Blurb’s template for the smallest trade book size & this is the result.

The quality is actually pretty nice. I’ve never been particularly impressed by the quality of Blurb’s photo books (I own several) considering their price, but the quality of these trade books is pretty good for their price. This one is 84 pages & came out at £9.11 before postage, which is really the only issue – you end up paying £6.99 postage unless you find a valid coupon via Google.

These are all film snaps from the past couple of years, a mix of 35mm & 120, all scanned on the V600. I should’ve included some more colour shots, but evidently I haven’t shot much colour film in recent years!

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Snapsh!ts

Another roll of Tri-X through the Bessa @ 1600. Developed slightly different than usual – did a 5 minute pre-soak & agitated more vigorously throughout.

Introducing Yelim to the Shewee.

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