Uses

I love reading other peoples ‘Uses’ pages so I thought I’d make my own. It feels weird to write your own and I’m not entirely sure what to write, but here we are.

This Site

This site is built using Hugo, a static site generator written in Go. It definitely takes some time to figure out but once you get the hang of it, it’s quite nice. This article by Sara Soueidan was crucial to helping me figure things out. I’m not really using a theme per se, I’m customizing the look and feel as I go. Everything is written by me. No SCSS, no JS (so far), just a nice and simple website. I’m also getting into Hugo’s shortcodes, which are super handy! They can be really simple like a link or figure, but I have the idea to make a gallery shortcode that uses VueJS for a simple lightbox. We’ll see what happens.

For hosting and continuous integration and deployment, I’m using Netlify. When using a static site generator like Hugo, I cannot recommend Netlify enough. You simply link it to a Github repo and whenever you push changes, boom Netlify works it’s magic.

Image hosting is handled by Cloudinary which I absolutely love. There are lots of things you can do, but I think the coolest is having Cloudinary automatically serve up the best format of an image depending on the end users browser. For instance, if someone is using Google Chrome, Cloudinary can serve WebP, which is a much more compressed lossy image format. And for a browser that does not support WebP it would serve the next best thing, like a JPG.

Development Environment

  • iTerm2
  • tmux
  • NeoVim
  • Dracula is my color scheme of choice for everything

Hardware

  • 2017 13” MacBook Pro
  • Happy Hacking Pro 2 Keyboard
  • Apple Magic Mouse
  • I have a desktop PC and I don’t know what’s in it. It is currently awaiting me to install some flavor of Linux.

Cameras

  • Leica M6
  • Olympus XA 2
  • Fuji X-Pro 1

Lenses

  • Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4
  • Fuji 35mm f/1.4 R
  • Nikon Nikkor 55mm F/3.5 Micro Nippon Kogaku

Film (an ongoing list)

  • Kodak Portra
  • Kodak Tri-X
  • Ilford HP5 (usually pushed to 1600)
  • Cinestill 800t

Film Development

  • Ilfotec DD-X
  • Ilfotec Rapid Fixer
  • Kodak Photo Flo

Scanning Rig

  • The Fuji paired with the Nikon macro lens
  • My tripod
  • Raleno LED studio light
  • Lomography Digitaliza film holder
  • Roll of packing tape to raise the Raleno 😂

Other Photo Gear

  • Peak Design Tripod (aluminum)
  • Timbuk2 Messenger bag w/ camera insert

Software