Recommended reading

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💻 Doug from Gribblenation visits the end of the National Road in Vandalia, Illinois. Read The National Road – Illinois – Vandalia

Lincoln before the Vandalia Statehouse
Nikon F2AS, 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5 Zoom Nikkor, Fujicolor 200, 2014.

💻 We all know Subaru today for its all-wheel-drive cars like the Outback wagon. But the first Subarus were tiny, strange-looking little cars. Tatra87 tells the story and shares photos of a 1968 Subaru 360 he found parked. Read Curbside Classic: 1968 Subaru 360 — The Legend of the Ladybird

📷 You know I love reviews of offbeat cameras. Mark Faulkner looks at the Agat 18K, a stylish Soviet half-frame camera. Read MMZ (Belomo) Agat 18K

📷 I’m on a perpetual quest for the perfect 35mm point-and-shoot camera. Jerome has found his: the Minolta Freedom Zoom 160. Read VMLP 17: Minolta Freedom Zoom 160—A Tiny, Capable P&S

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5 responses to “Recommended reading”

  1. Jerome (EarthSunFilm) Avatar

    Jim, thanks for the mention! You find such an interesting variety of material to post. How you do this and post 6 days a week is a mystery that I can explain only by you having days with more than 24 hours. Glad to hear you got a booster!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Here’s how I worked my way up to my 6-a-week pace!

      1. Jerome Avatar

        Thanks for referring me to this post! I feel better knowing you started out like the rest of us.

        I find that I write in binges—none for a week, then 3-4 in a few hours. My experience writing camera reviews mirrors yours. Overall, I’d say I spend 6-8 hours over a week or so writing them. One thing I need to copy is setting time aside to write. My usual practice is go wait for the muse to hit. I’m going to try starting this week.

        How do you come up with topics?

        Thanks again!

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          I should probably write a post about how I come up with my ideas. But in short:

          I have several kinds of posts that are formulaic, such as my camera and film reviews, and single frame posts.

          I sometimes shoot a roll of film, select the best 5-10 photos from the roll, and write a post about them. I just write about the images.

          I write stories from my life, and personal essays. I write about whatever I want, up to the point of revealing the deepest skeletons in my closet or telling stories on other people that might not be flattering to them.

          But the biggest thing I’ve found is that the more I write, the more post ideas I get. It feeds on itself!

  2. Jerome Avatar

    Thanks for sharing this info. I would love to read a post about your process.

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