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A few things have changed in the past six weeks or so.

I've moved about 150km north-east, from the intersection of Bloor and Spadina to the intersection of Sturgeon and Pigeon. Lakes. My postal code used to reveal the specific building I lived in, now it'll just tell you the town.

Completing a plan I've had since I bought it, I've finally had my Fujifilm X-T2 converted to 850m infrared. That's a photo from it at the top of this post. Naturally it came back from the spa at the same time that I had my first – and so far only – experience with covid, while I was selling my condo, and had no time for anything. Now the leaves are all gone, but I as I learned with my Coolpix A-IR, I like photos that happen to be infrared just as much as I enjoy the classic IR-friendly subjects.

Even though I've been in my new (temporary) home for a week, my XT2IR and Ricoh GRiiiX are the only cameras I've used. The Ricoh has lived in my jacket pocket ever since the weather turned cold, so it's the only one I had out during the move.

(Sean called that camera the "Ricoh Tri-X", which is far funnier than anything I've thought up.)

On multiple occasions I've been surprised to remember that the GR Tri-X records colour. I have it set for black and white preview, since that's all I post on Glass. And I do post there quite regularly, making it my only active social media: glass.photo/matthewpiers

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I've started using Monochrome2DNG to process my IR files, which lets me mess with the file information so that the camera type actually shows up as "X-T2 IR" in the metadata on Glass. The results are indeed a bit sharper without the pixel-mixing that colour cameras need, and that monochrome cameras do not. But nobody has ever named insufficient sharpness as the biggest problem with my photography.

On my last day at work I bought the just-deembargoed Fujifilm XF 30 /2.8 Macro. It's their only macro lens that works in infrared, with just a very mild hotspot starting to show at f/11. (The XF80 Macro has a bad hotspot from the beginning, and the XF60 is bad in visible light, so why would I bother.) It hasn't come off of the XT2IR since I bought it. Actually, since before I bought it, since I 'borrowed' one to evaluate as soon as I could get my hands on one.

Oh yeah, I also quit my job of almost fifteen years. We're on good terms, but I doubt I'll get discounted shipping. (It's still my nearest camera store.)

I have not developed any film since the summer. My darkroom supplies – including the scanners – went into storage as I prepared to move, and are still in a box around here somewhere. But I have a small backlog of film from the city to process, and hope to generate some fresh rolls Real Soon Now as well.

My name has been added as a secondary – tertiary? – driver on some car insurance for the first time ever, which makes a little (borrowed) hatchback into a camera accessory. I'll finally be able to carry the Fuji GX680 around easily, and am really looking forward to the idea of getting it out again. (It's currently in a box.) I've resisted selling this behemoth for years, and now I know why.

And speaking of film and Fuji, the XF30 Macro looks like it'll be a darling for digitizing 35mm negatives. (No, photographing film with a digital camera is not "scanning".) Sitting the XF30 down on its lens hood lets the camera almost cover the length of a 35mm frame, or it will span the sprocket holes if positioned across its width. No more hassles trying to square the camera to the plane. With a simple light table this will be more capable than my Nikon scanner for odd-sized 35mm frames, and stitching a tiled panorama together from 120 film will blow away what my Canon flatbed can do.

Now all I need is some film to try it on. That will have to be one of the next things to change in my life.