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// Just a tiny preview for something that is a work in progress, amongst my other pieces. I missed writing soulmate fics so much, and I have no idea when this will be posted, but here is a little taste!

“Do you ever think that there is something missing?”

A rivulet of water slides glacially down the curve of your spine, sourced from the tips of your soaked hair. Yes, yes something is missing. Very much indeed.

You swallow the truth and pretend that it never existed on the tip of your tongue. “What do you mean?”

Jeongguk stares hard at you through the reflection of the mirror, brows taut, wholly knowing that the honesty is tucked to the roof of your mouth and you, as always, are being a shameless coward. The glistening skin of his bare chest slowly rises, falls, steady exhalations passing his parted lips before he takes to the damp towel wrapped around his hips and gingerly begins working the material against your scalp. The cutting edge of his voice softens to tender, quietly drifting by your ear, nearly swallowed by the towel muffling your hearing as he humours your response nonetheless.

“With us, do you think that we’re– I don’t know. Not enough?”

Such a statement should hurt more, a blade driving home, right through the centre of your heart and slicing it into two. Though the feeling in itself is entirely mutual, his question being a string of words that have dwelled at the bottom of your thoughts for months now, stuffed beneath supposedly more important matters like your studies. But they have always managed to slither back up to the surface with greater conviction than the last time. The towel is draped carefully over your head and Jeongguk presses closer, curling his arms around your naked waist until his palms can cup his own elbows, resting his lips upon the dip of your shoulder, soft breaths from his nose tickling your skin and the reflection of your bodies entwined is excruciatingly heartbreaking rather than something that should be wholeheartedly beautiful.

“Hey,” Jeongguk mumbles, the soft plush of his mouth grazing up your neck, nestling against your pulse point with a solemn kiss as if the touch of his lips could ever make your erratic heartbeat diminutively calmer, “I know we both feel it, we see it. I love you and that is never going to change, neither is the fact that I know we’re meant to be with one another. But there’s something– someone else, isn’t there? It’s the only way to logically explain the way that we are, and the way that we see.”

Because although the bland sight of the monochrome world had flared into refined technicolour as the words that Jeongguk first spoke to you were expired, the edges of your vision had remained to be vignetted in black and white.

“Do you ever still see in monochrome, sometimes?” You had once murmured with a pinch in your brow, the cap of your pen tapping methodically against your lip, almost subconsciously uttering the words aloud in the library. To that, your longtime best friend, Wendy, had ceased scrawling down her study notes and flicked her gaze up to you.

“Why would that happen when I’m with Sungjae? He’s my soulmate.”

“Hm, good point.”

At your halting response, Wendy had leaned her elbows onto the table, large eyes swallowed with an unforgiving concern that you, a coldhearted liar, had done absolutely nothing to deserve. “Is everything okay with you and Jeongguk?”

“Of course, we’re great,” and you had nearly said it too quickly, an automatic response that could have so easily given the reality away if your affirmation had been that tad more brisk, but Wendy had appeared to not have noticed. And, as though the conversation never occurred, she returned to jotting down information in organised bullet points, and you had let the question eat you from the inside out.

Why would that happen when I have Jeongguk?

He’s my soulmate.

Isn’t he?

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My Nalu Fanfic Recommendations

A list of some of my all time favorite Nalu fanfics I’ve found on FF.net that are mostly light-hearted fun and sweetness. From most recently updated or published on top to least recent at the bottom. If you’re like me who always has trouble finding good ones, I hope this helps! 

WARNING: Some have sexual content, though I can’t remember which ones. 

Little Thief “Underestimating a dragon’s greed would be far from the first mistake Lucy had made in the last couple of months. Though, the blonde thought, staring at the towering pupil thrice her size, it might very well be her last.”

A Six Month Journey “A man scorned, Natsu dragged me with him on a highly dangerous six month job. Easy for him to spend six months alone with me, but for someone like me who had wanted him for so long… What was I to do?  Edolas and on are null and void. Lisanna never left.” (Note: It took me a while to warm up to this but it gets really good later on) 

rent&romance ‘"Tell that dragonslayer of yours that if he is planning to live here with you, the least he can do is make sure your rent is paid on time.“/ If Lucy’s scary landlady has to become a matchmaker to make a sale and get her rent money, then so be it. But she is definitely still pissed.”

We’ve Only Just Begun “A series of semi-connected drabbles exploring the deep bond of Natsu and Lucy. ch9-more fun-n-games with games” 

Charmed “As the days grew older, they grew closer; closer than they could’ve ever imagined. And as an innate power forces itself upon Lucy, she becomes a piece of a destiny that would be beyond her control; for the one who bears the mark of gold is charmed with the power to destroy everything..and to begin everything anew.”

In Sickness and Health, For Better or Worse  “They took care of each other in sickness and in health. They were there for each other for better or worse. A collection of one-shots where Natsu and Lucy live out these vows even though they aren’t married… yet.

Another Reason “With the war against Alvarez over, the day Lucy is to leave on her journey to find Aquarius’ key has arrived. And while there are a bunch of her friends to see her off at the railway station and her train about to leave, why is there no sign of her dragon slayer best friend?”

Once You Go Beyond Friendship, You Can’t Go Back “Close friends, both wanting more, both afraid to ruin what they have. Their feelings have been growing. Becoming harder to ignore. Becoming stronger, and more risque, but even more predominate, is a fear of losing what they have.” 

Celestial Embers “Snippets from the life, love, and thoughts of our favorite Fairy Tail duo: Natsu and Lucy! (#22 - Real Smooth - In which Natsu has a drink that’s definitely too strong for him, but he’ll be dipped if he’ll let Lucy see that he’s anything less than invincible.)” 

Operation: Santa “The guild is buzzing with activity preparing for their annual Christmas Eve party and everyone is lending a hand, except for one person. Nobody will let Natsu help with anything. Lucy sympathizes and decides to help him find something to do. But what she didn’t know was that it would involve a lot of shopping, being alone with Natsu for 5 days, and becoming Santa!” Complete 

Fragmented Soul “Dragon Slayers are only born with half a soul, they’re complete only when they’ve fully claimed their mates. The problem is that sometimes the claiming can damage the mate. Natsu has just started going through this change and it seems the mate he can hurt is his best friend Lucy…” 

The Blind Date “Natsu is sick of hearing people say that he should make a move on Lucy; that would just be… weird. Lucy is sick of hearing people say that she should date Natsu; they are just friends. So, in order to shut everyone up for good, they decide to go to the best matchmaker in Fiore to predict and determine who the best partner is for them, for better or for worse.” Complete

Springing Into Action "I’ve already watched you die once, Luce. I can’t handle watching it again.” Complete

Trials by Nature “When Levy invites Lucy and Natsu on a mission to translate wall carvings from an ancient temple, they accidentally invoke the “Trials by Nature”, a series of tests that an ancient tribe used as a way to initiate members into adult hood. They must conquer the twelve basic animal instincts, while trying to reign in the feelings that the trials invoke in them.”

One Wish “When Lucy’s spur of the moment wish is granted by a magical artifact, she and Natsu find their magic unexpectedly switched. It’s a problem the likes of which neither of them, nor the guild, know how to undo. An already bad situation turns worse when assassins make an attempt on Lucy’s life, leading to the uncovering of a sinister plot that could mean the end of Fiore itself.”

Illness Protocol “In which Erza shares with Lucy all of her procedures on how to deal with a sick Natsu. You know, just in case she ever needs them… - One-shot.” 

Natsu’s Sorcerer’s Weekly Special “Erza forces Natsu to pose for a special issue of Sorcerer’s Weekly. It should be simple, right? Well, not when Lucy’s secret feelings are exposed for all to read.” Complete

Innate Behavior  “The effects of knowing who you were born to love and protect, but having to convey those feelings to them without scaring them off. Natsu knows who his mate is, but how could he possibly tell her? Would she reject him?” 

Drawings, Writings, and I’m Sorry “So apparently, it’s not okay with Lucy to burn up one of her short stories. Apparently. - One-shot.”

Little Drop of Poison “Cobra joins Fairy Tail, the twist is that Mira now has a partner to help set up her favorite couple. What type of shenanigans will the matchmaking duo get the guild into?”

Fragile  “For being indestructible, he really was quite delicate.” Complete 

Good Intentions  “Lucy needs the help of an S-Class mage to take on a particular mission, but the only one available at the time is Laxus. While on their mission, the two grow closer. NOT LaLu romance! Natsu/Lucy romance, Laxus and Lucy develop a sibling like relationship which the story focuses on most.”

Strongest of Them All  “If you were to ask any random citizen of Fiore who the strongest Fairy Tail member was, you’d most likely hear a mixture of Gildarts, Erza, Natsu, and Laxus. When you asked the members themselves, it was a different story.” Complete 

NaLu Fics for the Soul “For NaLu week! Relentless rants about the relationship between our favorite fire dragon-slayer and celestial mage. Pure, innocent fluff.” Complete

Inebriated “NaLu Week, Day Five: Dare; Inebriation was commonplace within the infamous guild known as Fairy Tail. There was some semblance of a silent rule that stated that if one hadn’t gotten drunk within the midst of guildmates, then they weren’t truly considered a member of said guild.” Complete

The Games We Play “A game of hide and seek becomes heated as Lucy is confronted with an opportunity to face her own fears.” Complete

His Favorite Time of Year  “Christmas has come around once again, and Natsu couldn’t be happier. It was after all his favorite time of year, but not for the reasons you might think. No, his love for the season had everything to do with his pretty blonde partner.” Complete

Flaming Roses “Sometimes ignorance is bliss but Natsu has always been one to take on his problems head on. Unfortunately his inexperience has left him taking the advice of some very questionable people. The course of true love does not run smooth in this 100-word vignetted tale.” Complete

Masquerade Bid “Bidding?“ Levy echoed dumbly. Mira nodded. "Yep. Whoever has the most money buys you and they get to keep you for the night until the party ends.” Complete 

Plan H “So far, Erza and Gray were on plan H; H for hot spring. Needless to say, Natsu and Lucy hadn’t been very cooperative.” Complete

When You Don’t Know Me “An obsession leads to dire consequences when Team Natsu ventures out on their latest mission, forcing Natsu to find himself in a future that never should have been. Now he must revert the time stream back to its original flow before time runs out” 

You Guys Are Idiots “Natsu will do anything to make sure Lucy doesn’t go on vacation without him. Even tying her up to a chair and tickling her until she lets him come.” Complete

What’s Expected “She’s surprised at how crafty he is about it. Natsu Dragneel has never been known to be subtle in the least degree. More like over a hundred degrees at all times of the day. NaLu one-shot. Canon. Fluff.” 

Your Life’s Art  “Lucy is a Art major in her Senior year of college. She is roommates with Natsu. Taking a class called “Your Life’s Art”, Lucy is thrown a curve ball of an assignment. Not sure how to handle it, Lucy makes a decision that not only changes her life, but everyone in it! Now all she can think is… “Why Me?"’ Complete 

Haute Hotel Haze “Lucy and Natsu are forced to share a hotel room. Sleeping with a guy gets Lucy curious, especially when it seems like Natsu is having a VERY good dream.” Complete 

Christmas Mayhem “Every year Fairy Tail holds a Christmas Eve party. Between the mistletoe war featuring Mirajane and Natsu, the odd activities planned by Master Makarov, Mirajane,and Erza, Lucy can’t help but await for the festive games and good nature fun to begin!” 

Warm, Rough, and Gentle  "It’s a hand I know well, a touch I’ve felt numerous times, yet tonight, under the stars and a crescent moon, his hand feels so huge, protective, and possessive.” Complete 

Year of the Sun  "Promise me something, Dragon Slayer,“ he whispered, his voice weak and soft, his breathing shallow and ragged as he struggled to get the words through his collapsing throat. "Promise me you’ll make sure he’s taken care of.” Complete 

Sleeping Dragon “Natsu is addicted to sleeping in Lucy’s bed and she’s downright sick of it…until she realises why he does it. Meanwhile, the Fairy Tail guild hear the two have ‘slept together’ and misunderstandings ensue… One-shot.”

If You Can’t Take the Heat “Because, Lucy Heartfillia, I want you.“ He leaned forward to place a kiss on the corner of her mouth and made her lips part in anticipation. "I want all of you. And by the end of the night,” he whispered, placing a series of kisses along her cheeks and eyelids, making said eyes flutter closed. “I plan on know every single part of you.” Complete 

Of Rainbows and Unicorns and All Things Shiny “And suddenly, Natsu feels like puking rainbows, blood and whatnot because these damn kindergarteners are killing him.” Complete 

Between the Lines “The relationship Natsu and Lucy share will always confound Lisanna, regardless of time or space.” Complete

Mrs Lucy, Wait, WHAT?  “Cana is sober, so she decides to tease Lucy by giving her the love fortune reading of the century. Now Lucy is forced to spend a day married to each of her many possible future husbands.” 

Growing Up  “In which Lucy’s growing pains consist of taking on five solo missions to prove that she isn’t just a useless pretty face. That, and to dispel the ridiculous notion of her being Natsu’s damsel in distress.” Complete

in an orderly fashion  “In which four people are stuck in a closet. Lucy fumes, Loki leers, Natsu sets things on fire, and Gray just wishes someone would kiss Lucy so they could all get out. Oh, and Happy is an evil genius. That too.” Complete

And a few of my Favorite Authors: 

Madartiste 

Dark Shining Light

akamagerain 

 LeeSUP 

Rondeau

Kat A. Klysmic 

The Cooper Falling Body

“The details are pretty thin on the ground and are really just a couple of sentences. About half way through the last century (judging by the clothes), the Cooper family moved into a new home somewhere in Texas. They took a photograph to mark this occasion and this thing appeared in the left of the frame upon development. Aaaaand that’s it. I’m told that the original snap has been cropped, which explains why the family is now not centred, as one would expect them to be. However, there is some degree of vignetting, which points towards the photograph being uncropped. Hmmm.

Another possibility is that a doll or something was being dangled in front of the camera to make sure the boys looked into the lens, but would anyone really let an object into the frame so much? Surely it’d be just as easy to dangle the doll above the lens.

I’ve had a quick Google, with a variety of keywords, but more details than the above evade me, so if anyone can squirrel more than I have been able to out of the internet it would be very enlightening to read. Furthermore, the farthest back it seems to appear online is April, 2012 – although I can’t find the original source.

Whatever the truth behind this photograph, it sure is an intriguing image.”

Via Ephor/Imgur

  • what I expected to happen when Billy Rocks pulled that hairpin out of his hair: a fluttering cascade of his hair falling over his shoulders, soft romantic music playing in the background, sparkle effects and dreamy pink vignetting, slow motion.
  • what actually happened when Billy Rocks pulled that hairpin out of his hair: bad ass knife throwing, still dreamy tho.
Infrared with Fuji X-Pro1

In my previous post, I spoke about how CRAP at infrared photography my canon was, today I am going to talk about my Fuji Xpro1 and how that performs.

Verdict: Much better than the Canon.

The images from the Fuji are so much more defined I feel. Maybe it was the day I choose to shoot on but asides this there is no awkward vignetting and no annoying infrared hot spot causing issues within my images, instead, the images looked, even and normal?

The exposure times are so much faster than the Canon as well, with the Canon I was looking at 15-30 second exposures and with the fuji I have been working with 1-2 second exposures which are a lot more convenient and less time-consuming. I felt as though this encouraged me to shoot more because I wasn’t waiting a minute to get just 2 images. I am a fast paced worker. I hate anything taking forever.

Here are some of my images taken with my Fuji; 

If you saw my post about how the Canon 6D performs with Infrared photography then you’ll be able to see why I prefer these over them images.

Let me know what you think!

I think back on teaching myself how to mix music for years and years. Sometimes thinking it was a waste of time and energy. Then I produce something like this. I’ve only been doing photography for 1 year. All those lessons involved with recording & mixing music have evolved into taking and editing photos. The WAV file is a RAW file. The microphone is the camera. Diffusion is diffusion. The histogram is the EQ. Blacks are bass. Highlights are treble. I’ve always liked reverb, distortion, echos and delays. Those have now turned into gradient filters, color grading, vignetting, and local white balance adjustments. I loved making & mixing music. I’m glad I found something else to love again.

A Guide to the Hasselblad System


When it comes to photography, Hasselblad is one of those legendary names students hear about during history lessons. The name is considered synonymous with high class photography from the most earliest days of the medium, with quality image capturing machines that provide great function and performance as well as versatility. The Swedish company has produced cameras that have been in war zones and space missions, and their largely medium format camera systems are quite hardcore, known for being used by professionals and amateurs that are serious about photography. 

What Is A Hasselblad?

Hasselblad started producing cameras for civilian use in 1948. Their cameras are mostly in 6x6 medium format which have interchangeable lenses, viewfinders and film magazines. Most of their cameras feature leaf shutters built into the lenses, but a few lines also have focal plane shutters. The top of the camera body incorporates a waist level view finder with a ground glass reflex screen. The Hasselblad system is well known for the fact that all accessories are usually compatible with different models, and so can be easily switched around. For most of the V-system camera lines all lenses were produced by Carl Zeiss.

The aim of Victor Hasselblad was to produce cameras which had extremely high shutter speeds and image quality but were also compact and portable. Most of the models that were released remained very similar in general design but evolved in terms of functions and performance as the years went by. Let’s have a look at some of the more popular and significant camera lines produced by Hasselblad.  


{Hasselblad 1600F medium format SLR}

Beginnings

The first camera produced by Hasselblad in 1948 was the 1600F, named after the fact that it had the fastest shutter speed of 1/1600 sec and had a Focal plane shutter. This first camera by Hasselblad was considered revolutionary in its versatility offered by the interchangeable viewfinder, film magazine and lenses, although there were some kinks which were worked out during the length of its production.

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You want film grain, try shooting film… by hjl on Flickr.

1/250, f/4, Tri-X, Pentax Super-Takumar 135mm f/2.5 on Spotmatic F. HC-110, 1:160, 44 min @ 19C semi stand.

I want to shoot film, what should I get?

From time to time, I get questions like: “What kind of Instagram filter is that?” (from cameraphone enthusiasts), or “I have Lightroom and Photoshop, is there a preset for that look”, (from photographers starting to explore postprocessing) or “I want to try shooting film, what should I get? My friend has a Holga, it’s pretty inexpensive” (anyone who hasn’t used a film camera).

What many people associate with a “film look” is a combination of wide aperture (shallow depth of field, bokeh, vignetting), older optics (more lens flare, no autofocus, no aspherical elements, no CAD/CAM manufacturing, softer corner focus), plus the characteristics of the film and processing itself (film grain, tonality, color response, processing artifacts). You can (and I do) model many of these behaviors in a digital processing workflow to achieve a similar visual result. However, it’s often easier and less expensive to do this with actual film workflows, and the experience of making images with film has very different dynamics, which contribute to the aesthetics of the “film look”.

A major obstacle for many people interested in trying this out is simply figuring out what to get (and where to get it, since none of it is sold and marketed in retailers now).

Here’s a short list for a film photography starter kit:

1. Canon AE-1 body ($20)

2. Canon FD 50mm f/1.8 lens ($15)

3. ND8 filter ($5)

4. (optional) Extension tube for Canon FD ($15)

These are recent prices from eBay, including shipping. So you can get your basic camera + fast lens for $40, and add an extension tube for closeups and macro for another $15.

5. Film: Tri-X ($5) for black and white, Ultramax 400 for color ($5) or Portra 400 for color ($10)

6. Mail-order processing ($15 / roll, negatives + scan)

Canon shipped over a million units of the AE-1 and AE-1P in the 70’s and 80’s, so the vast inventory of used-but-working equipment tends to hold used prices down. The FD lenses can also be used with an adapter to fit virtually all modern digital cameras *except* for Canon’s own EOS-mount cameras (which is all of them).

This setup is *not* a good vehicle for creating “Holga-looking” images. You should get a Holga for that. It’s a similar cost to get started ($25-$50, new).

Roberts Camera or KEH will provide a warranty for used equipment (but cost more) if you don’t use eBay

Here are a few sample photos made with the 50mm f/1.8 on an FD-mount body. There isn’t a good way to simulate the wide-aperture look on a phone or P&S, but it’s very easy to do with inexpensive vintage equipment:

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My Tribute to No Edit Friday!

With the Sony A7 I now can more often post for No Edit Fridays – because, as I wrote in my last post, I can see the exposure in the EVF! Well, and I do have OOC (out of camera) JPEGs … ;)

And this shot is with a new (old) lens: the Tamron SP 1:2.5 90mm Tele Macro. AFAIK this is the first model: large, heavy, ugly as hell (and with heavy signs of wear); but other than that, it has nice qualities – and I got it for below $100 (including shipment). With open aperture I get heavy vignetting – that I actually find quite appealing – and decent sharpness. Stopped down this lens is really great. I should have bought a Tamron Tele Macro when I had my Nikon F3 (perhaps I would’ve never sold it ;)).