If you like photography, there's a good chance you're aware of the intense debates over which is better - film or digital. I'm not interested in those debates, but I'm not criticizing the people who are. I think to some extent this or that and why is hard-wired into our DNA, and it can be a lot of fun. It's also another way to learn more about someone and their preferences. Always a good thing.

I'm sure I have some this or that and whys, but I can't think of any off the top of my head. Hmm, maybe sardines vs. mackerel. Why are sardines countable vs. uncountable mackerel? Would people at Safeway look at me funny if I asked if they could point me to the sardine? Ahh look, a tin of mackerels.

Oh no, I'm back to the tangents. I need to work on this.

I think film and digital are both awesome. Time, place, mood. In general I prefer the softer focus of film. Shoot what you want when you want.

But there is one thing about film that, for me, right now, is far superior to digital. I have to wait for it. Being of a certain age, I figure my wait for it tolerance is higher than a lot of people. I know, though, that my synapses have been influenced by you can have everything immediately (or close to that, if you sign up for the almost instant gratification tier).

I can prove it. I've recently been wandering around with my Pentax K1000. I got it a couple of years ago and went straight for trying to break it. Instructions, I don't need instructions...I shot film in the 90s! Didn't depress that film rewind button enough before cranking that rewind. Shredded a roll of film that I really wish I hadn't shredded.

I've worried since that it's a little off. I've been shooting film mainly with a Canon FTb but decided to really test the Pentax because I prefer the body to the Canon. If the Pentax is ok, I'll give the Canon to someone who'll make use of it. It's a wonderful machine.

Loaded up some Cinestill BWXX and some Portra 400 (not at the same time) and wandered around this wonderful city (Seattle). Took me a few weeks to finish the rolls. Couldn't remember what I'd shot. But as soon as I dropped them off at Panda Lab, I started counting the minutes. Come on Panda, it's been 15 minutes already! Read that last sentence in Luke Skywalker's "But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!" voice.

At about 5 days it got really bad. I had to fight off the urge to ask for an update. I am thrilled to report that my inner don't be an asshole won. I proved stronger than my instant gratification expectations. I probably did the same thing back in the 90s, but now we have so many more options for being a nuissance.

It was nice seeing the email pop up this evening after I'd already told myself maybe tomorrow. The photos aren't anything great, but they are photos of a wonderful city. I'll add them below.

Before I add them, though... Weird times just get weirder. I hope you're doing well or as well as can be expected. I hope that in a week or so we're waking up to a different president. If you disagree, I'll probably never be able to understand why, but I hope you're doing well, too.

If you like pasta and are able to exercise portion control with pasta, I'd love to hear your secret. I can't do it. Tonight I decided to heat up some spaghetti and chuck in a red pepper and a fresno pepper. I think it's a fresno. Big, green, not hot. Red peppers are underrated. Sounds light and simple, right, with enough for lunch tomorrow? Well, it's going to be a light lunch.

Mackerels taste better than sardine. I'm a late in life convert. Fight me.

(I'm breaking my no more than 5 photos rule because I'm being lazy and because it feels more like several walks.)

Capitol Hill Seattle
Seattle, October 2020.
East Precinct Capitol Hill Seattle
Fortress America. Seattle, October 2020.
Cornish Capitol Hill Seattle
Seattle, October 2020.
Best Street Seattle
My favorite street, Seattle, October 2020.
Cook Weaver, Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 2020.
Hi Nile. Cook Weaver, Seattle, October 2020.
Cook Weaver Capitol Hill Seattle
Hi Nile. Cook Weaver, Seattle, October 2020.
Cal Anderson Capitol Hill Seattle
Cal Anderson, Seattle, October 2020.
Frankie & Jo's Capitol Hill Seattle
Frankie & Jo'sSeattle, October 2020. 10 seconds earlier they were all meeting a new puppy. That's me, master of the decisive moment. Hashtag documentary photographer.
12th Ave Arts Capitol Hill
Seattle, October 2020.
Cook Weaver Seattle
Seattle, October 2020.
El Capitan Capitol Hill Seattle
El Capitan, Seattle, October 2020.
Seattle October 2020
Won't be here to see this finished. Someone send me a pic. Seattle, October 2020.
Victrola Capitol Hill Seattle
Victrola Coffee, Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 2020.
Bye Kate! Seattle, October 2020.
Capitol Hill Seattle
Seattle, October 2020.
Lost Lake Capitol Hill Seattle
Lost Lake, Seattle, October 2020.
Comet Tavern Seattle
Comet Tavern, Seattle, October 2020.
Will miss being in the same neighborhood. Safe travels. Seattle, October 2020.
One of those quiet people who helps others come back home. Seattle, October 2020.
Comet Tavern Capitol Hill Seattle
Comet Tavern, Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 2020.
Capitol Hill Seattle
Seattle, October 2020.
Capitol Hill Seattle
Seattle, October 2020.
Pike Place Seattle
Pike Place, Seattle, October 2020.
Pike Place Seattle
Pike Place, Seattle, October 2020.
Pike Place Seattle
Pike Place, Seattle, October 2020.
Taco Del Mar, Seattle, October 2020.
Capitol Hill Seattle
Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 2020.
Capitol Hill Seattle
Seattle, October 2020.