Another quick jaunt to Melbourne for great food (check out Argos Loves Company in Fitzroy), great coffee (Baba Brother Budan) and great sights (see below).
PS: My iPhone has been getting more use than my Fuji of late.
I take a ton of photos on my iPhone, and I’ve always tried to keep my workflow as simple as possible: no multiple app import/export shenanigans. For a long while I was using the original VSCO Cam app—I loved the filters but wasn’t a fan of the slowness. Afterlight (formerly Afterglow) came along and solved a lot of the problems I had with VSCO’s interface, even if the filters weren’t as great (I value convenience highly when using my phone!).
So you can imagine I was pretty impressed when the new VSCO Cam launched a couple of weeks ago; alongside a whole raft of new filters, a much improved UI (with a few quirks) and significantly better performance. Note that if you’re going to buy any of the preset packs, it currently makes a lot of sense to cough up $5.99 for all 48 presets. Given that the app itself costs nothing, it’s money well invested.
I’ve been using it non-stop since I got it. Most of the below use the “F” and “K” presets, which are easily my favorites so far for their relatively muted look.
A few more from my Melbourne trip. I shot everything on my X100.
Just came back from a quick four-day trip in Melbourne. The weather was great—having just missed the end of their heatwave—and we spent most of our time shopping, eating, walking & taking photos. I’d been before (about four years ago), and it’s easy to forget how much more “alive” the city is than Perth. Even at 8PM at night you’re spoilt for choice, and you don’t feel unsafe walking down the streets between dinner and dessert.
The highlights were Shawcross Pizza in Fitzroy, who offered some of the best NY-style pizza we’ve had; The Hardware Societé in the CBD, with an incredible chorizo & tomato baked egg breakfast (Em had french toast w/ a poached pear & hazelnut praline); and The Snag Stand with amazing cheese kransky, sriracha mayonnaise & cheese on brioche ‘dogs.
Fitzroy was easily our favorite place to eat and explore—you can walk forever and find new places you haven’t seen or visited. We ended up taking cabs ($11 from the CBD) instead of trams there most of the time, and I think the next trip will have us staying in Fitzroy if we can manage it. If I had the option to move here, I’d do it in a heartbeat.