This week I bought a Holga lens for my Nikon as a sort of (early) Christmas present for myself. As someone who has never really gotten into film, but has always wanted a Holga camera (I will forever regret not getting one when they were only $10 at Urban Outfitters) this lens is great! Now I can get the fun distorted images without the hassle of having to buy film and get it developed. Perfect!
It’s a bit tricky to get used to it, as it has a fixed focal length of 60mm and an aperture of roughly f/11 (aka it would do best outdoors in the sunlight), but if you ramp up the exposure, shutter speed, and ISO you should be able to get some really cool shots. I can’t wait until I can really take it for a spin!
Earlier in the week I went up to Indian Rock and Tilden Park. It was coincidentally the first rain of the season, so everything was fittingly grey and gloomy. If it hadn’t been raining the entire time, I would have climbed to the top of the rocks; from there, there’s a fantastic view of the entire bay. Looks like I’ll have to go back some other time!
Tilden Park (these photos were taken on my iPhone because by this point it had started pouring and I feared for the life of my camera):
Thanks to my friend Armando, I got to check out Cafe Clem in Downtown Berkeley! The number of times that I had walked past their sign outside of the library, thought “oh wow, I should go there sometime,” and then continued walking past is inexcusable. (If you’re reading this, thanks again for taking me!!) Cafe Clem is the cutest little place, tucked away on the corner of the street and it has tons of outdoor seating! Cafe Clem is what would happen if Baked & Wired and Paul had a love child. And they have a pretty solid chai as well!
(Aaaaaand gratuitous shots of Armando, just because.)
You know that phrase, “stop and smell the roses?” Well, it was so applicable for me the other day when I was walking down the street, looked up from my phone in my hand, and realized that the leaves had changed color! Who knew?