Home again

Its pretty rare I can sleep on a plane, so an overnight flight home usually means arriving back to NZ having had no sleep and feeling slightly confused & grumpy… Add to that I managed to catch a chest cold a few days before leaving Osaka so between weird side effects of cold meds, and having my hearing messed up for 24+ hours after landing, I am only just starting to feel like I have actually fully arrived home…

I have pretty good security at my house/studio – monitored alarm, helpful neighbours plus I installed two wifi webcams before I left, so I was pretty sure everything was ok at home, but the first step when I finally got home was to verify that. All good! Next step, turn on the studio, and crank up some music – I miss my studio monitors when I travel, and the freedom to listen to music at whatever volume I like, at whatever hour of the day or night I like.

Next step, check the garden! OMG! there has been so much growth in the month I was away… My little tomato plants are now 1m tall, my raspberry plant has totally filled out with flowers everywhere, lettuce patch has gone crazy etc etc… I’ll bore you with some photos later!

The day before I left Osaka I packed up all my shopping (6 books, musical instruments etc) and dropped them off to Post Office, to have them shipped home via EMS, thereby avoiding 10kg of excess baggage charges… I love how efficient EMS is – I watched the tracking as I flew home, and this morning – just 2 days after I got home, my doorbell rang & there is my box of goodies… safely arrived!

Not long after that I got a message from ToyLab photo Lab to say all 15 rolls of film were finished develop & scan, and I can access the low rez versions on their website – the hi rez are posted out with the negatives, but low rez is enough to verify exposure etc… I was more than a little excited as while I know my Fuji TX2 and Contax T2 are reliable, I had not done as I originally planned with my new camera – the tiny Fuji Natura S – of shooting a test roll and verifying it was working ok. Instead I forged ahead, shooting 5 rolls of Natura 1600 film, and my fear evaporated as I skipped through the scans!!




I auto-made these Contact Sheets in Photoshop, and it got a little iterative at the start as I made them with too large a font selected, then redid them, so it included the first contact sheet into the second attempt…






I am so happy to see these! Many were shot in low light, which is the whole reason I discovered & pursued the Fuji Natura S camera… There are a few duds, a couple where I tried to force shallow depth of field & the auto focus mis-targeted… but damn thats a good hit ratio! And some of them are gorgeous… Will wait for the hi rez before I start tweaking…

I only shot a little with my Contax T2 – it was loaded with TriX, so whenever I wanted a monochrome version I could grab it out of my bag….



Ok on to the TX2 rolls… then time for a nap!

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