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George Himes/Willamette Park Loop

Mr. Blue Sky had finally returned to town for a few hours, so we headed downtown for an urban hike. Portland has been ranked as one of the most walkable city in the country, so there are plenty of urban trails crisscrossing the city. However, it isn’t exactly easy to find these trails or information. […]

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Konica FT-1 Motor

Previously, I got into the Konica SLR lens as they are cheap and plentiful. The only Konica SLR that I had, FT-1, wasn’t that great of a camera, so I shot only on the Olympus XA2. Over the years, I obtained more Konica SLR bodies (always came with a nice lens), but none of them […]

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Konica FS-1

I was a poor graduate student and wanted to buy some sharp lenses. In 2017, I was shooting with a Sony NEX-6 paired with only an excellent Zeiss 32mm lens and a decent Sigma Art 19mm lens. Mirrorless cameras, especially full frame, are dominating the photography world. I enjoyed both of the lenses I owned, […]

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Olympus XA2

I know the few steps that got me to this point, but I don’t remember when the journey started. This is an important moment, because Olympus XA2 is when I decided that I’ll begin to shoot film seriously. Serious not in the sense that all my the shots are professional and on point, besides, I […]

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Minolta Weathermatic Dual 35

I did not own a Go Pro and I needed to go to the beach. Well, let me rephrase that. I was heading to Florida’s greatest national parks, which means swimming/snorkeling/paddling (with alligators and manatees). I decided that Go Pro is too mainstream and expensive for one session, while disposable camera gave such crappy results […]

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Food

AST: Custard King

Coastal cities are meant for tourists. Look at the usual food offerings, it makes no sense to serve crab meat, clam chowder and lobster rolls when fishing boats have not docked nearby for decades. These ingredients are probably airlifted from Louisville and Memphis. Both cities are major Fedex/UPS hubs, thus theoretically have some of the […]

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2020, Hindsight in review.

Everything fell into place by accident. the way I ended up in Portland. My experience of the city came from the 3 days I spent here 5 years ago, and it was meh. Rewind a little bit more, I lost a bet to a good friend year earlier. Instead of going to San Francisco (which […]

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Food

PDX: Baby Doll Pizza

We were spoil while living in Newark, often getting excellent pizza from the aptly name Wood Fired Pizza just a few blocks away. As we lived in a small college town in an even smaller state, it was assumed that Wood Fired Pizza is the norm rather than the exception for pizza all across the […]