Zone Focusing July 15, 2011

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Learned some film techniques recently in my effort to become more adept at using my m6. One of the things I’m practicing is zone focusing, or setting focus based on the distance scale found on the lens itself without having to look through the lens and focus with the rangefinder.

This technique cuts down the number of variables I need to adjust when shooting “street” style (shutter speed, aperture, and focus) from three to one (shutter speed).

Walked around slide hill park using this technique today, and got some shots I’m really excited about. Not having to focus is a huge plus when shooting fleeting moments. Hopefully the photographs turned out well.

Finished about 2/3 of a roll today and dropped off the film at longs in the evening. Gonna pick it up tomorrow night after I return from the youth group trip to the beach.


The brother laser printer I ordered a couple days ago arrived today. Super fast shipping by amazon. It’s a wireless printer, so no more having to deal with funky network settings like we had to do with the HP LaserJet 6L that we used before (that was an AWESOME printer though, used it since I was young and it’s still perfectly fine).

We still have two unused toner cartridges for the 6L though, so we’re going to set up my bro’s old comp without a monitor to connect the printer. It doesn’t connect to any of the 3 new computers my family has since none of them have parallel ports.


Just bought a Canon CanoScan 9000F scanner off Amazon. The only thing I’m going to be paying CVS for from now on is C-41 development.