Noctilux f1.0 KYAAAAA!!!

June 19, 2009 4:27 PM by Ann

I was browsing Flickr the other day and found this photo commemorating the first time I held a Leica (D)SLR in my hands! It’s the Leica M8 digital body with a NOCTILUX f1.0!

Leica Noctilux!

Photo by Mark Jaquith. (He has a Nikon.)

But sadly it is not mine. (It belongs to PhotoMatt.)

Although I would gladly use it if it were given to me, I would probably never buy one. (Especially not the digital body… didn’t care for it at all…)

Unless, perhaps, I already had a Ferrari. Then… maybe. (But more likely still no.)

So anyway, YAY Friday!! (WEEKEND! And the weather is excellent!)

I like to use parentheses. (Doesn’t everyone?)

Addicted to bokeh

May 12, 2009 10:27 AM by Ann

I’ve always been interested in photography but up until recently had been discouraged by all of my photos invariably turning out really boring and crappy. Recently, my friend (BayAnime‘s official staff photographer) let me borrow his old manual lens, a Super Takumar 50mm/f1.4 adapted for the Canon EOS mount, and I have since realized that what I was really missing in my life (and photos) was the presence of extreme bokeh!

Wearing contact lenses coupled with the dim viewfinder of my XTi makes manual focusing incredibly difficult, but for now, I am just happy knowing that one in a hundred photos might actually turn out in some way that I like!

Of course this likely means that in another few months I will be lusting after ludicrously expensive bodies and lenses. What’s that you say? Noctilux f1.0? Curse you, Tommy Oshima’s Flickr photostream!

But for now I really need to get my own Super Takumar! Anyone have one in minty condition for sale (preferably an SMC)? Or a comparable inexpensive, sharp, fast, and awesome lens that can be adapted to the EOS mount?

Anyway I finally got around to taking a picture of one of my most treasured of stuffs…

1960's Martin F-65 acoustic electric guitar

Grandpa Oyama sure had excellent taste in guitars! I am especially proud of having accidentallycleverly used strategically placed bokeh to obscure some dust.

And the usual flower and bird pictures… but now with more bokeh! YAY!

rosebud

birdie

TOTORO!

February 18, 2008 4:56 PM by Ann

Totoro!

Sadly, this is not my car.