Petzval85

This weekend Dad came to the island for a visit, which was the perfect excuse to rent a specialty lens and try something new! I decided on the Lomography Petzal 85, a beautiful reproduction of the old lens. I am in love with the swirl bokeh <3. While it’s not the best at everything, it really shines at wide apertures and portraits – though I also love the dreamy quality it adds to daily life shots.

The SALTS ships Pacific Swift and Pacific Grace heading up the Strait.

We managed to take time each day to go for a walk or thrift store browse (so many thrift stores! :D ), so I was able to test the lens in a variety of places and situations.


The night before he left, we had a bbq and Dad liberated some of my giant rosemary bush. (There is so much. Soooo much.) The whole living room smelled of rosemary from the two bags full he packed in his duffle.

I’ll be dreaming about this lens for a while. It’s a bit heavy and flashy with the brass but does its job well. The external aperture keys mean you can’t change it in a hurry – it’s best for taking the time to set up your shot rather than action photos – but oh man is it ever fun. I used it so much over the weekend I gave myself a tiny blister on my finger from the focus dial on the side.

Now to decide – keep renting it, or save up? ;)

8 July

Zeke is a giant bouncing ball of energy. Making beer is time-consuming. It’s pretty hot today.

July 6 Downtown

There is so much textural contrast in downtown Victoria. I kinda love it.

July 5 part 2

It’s a rare day when she sits still long enough for me to get a mostly clear shot. (mostly – she couldn’t resist grooming me). Marty is featured in more photos mostly because he sits still better and follows me around a lot, unlike Tobers who hides somewhere to sleep. She’s always happy for the attention, she’s just a blur while she’s with you <3

July 5

Sometimes the light does a thing, and you have to take some photos. [Mostly makeup-free, just concealer.]

sunbeam fluff

Well, June certainly flew by! It feels like it started just yesterday, but suddenly it’s July 4th already.

Some of the things I’ve been doing:

  • enjoying the sunshine
  • coaxing the garden
  • writing fiction
  • working
  • hosting visitors
  • creating an embroidery pattern and art line (!!!) that will be released this week
  • taking care of myself

June was both wonderful and quite difficult at the same time. Here’s hoping that July repeats only the best parts of June ;)

Garden, on a Tuesday

I will admit to sometimes being quite grumpy about allergies. The congestion and headaches and sneezing erode any goodwill I have towards nature. But when I see how big and beautiful the garden gets after a few days of rain, I can put aside my bitterness about the itchy eyes for a while.

Things

Well, June seems to have snuck up on me! The weather has been mostly wonderful, with beautiful sunny days (like above), and a few drizzly days too. The city’s gardens are bursting with flowers, making a wander in the park even nicer than usual.

On the not-so-nice days, there’s plenty to play with inside. I set up a flash in the living room and surprised the cats one day. They weren’t too impressed with the flashing, but the treats made everything okay!

In other news, I’ve been working on my various creative pursuits (because I can’t just pick one). A lot of what I’ve been making lately is gifts that I can’t show yet (!!!), and I need to remember to get photos of my massive king-sized tee shirt blanket that I (finally) finished. My garden is doing well too, especially after ignoring it for a few days and some rain showers. One of these days I’ll get a more cohesive post up, but until then, see ya!