When I went to Japan last April (2014), I'd elected to almost solely shoot film instead of digital.

I'd picked up an old Nikon F3HP via KEH, a few rolls of Portra 400 & Fuji 400H, and tucked my X100 away in the bottom of my backpack—to be used in case of emergency. I didn't need it, thankfully.

It's hard to truly describe what Japan is like—another world, almost—and it's not the bright lights and packed trains that contribute to that. It's the people, who are astonishingly polite; the infrastructure, which is impeccably clean; and just the care that a lot of Japanese people seem to have for everything they do.

We stayed in Shinjuku, had ramen at Kyushu Jangara Ramen in Harajuku, visited Shakey's for bad pizza, caught the train to a little mountain town called Miyanoshita and hopped on a bus down to Hakone.

Given more time we'd have caught the bullet train down to Osaka & Kyoto, but they deserve (need!) more than just a day trip—something saved until next time.

Krispy Kreme, Shinjuku
Shinjuku Station
Tokyo Skydeck
Yoyogi Park
Yoyogi Park
Yoyogi Park


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.