Zak Nesler

About

I have been super into photography since I was a kid, but I never felt that I wanted to share my photos, especially online. Over the years it had settled into just a relaxing hobby, and I shared photos I had taken only with friends and family.

The older I got, the weirder that started sounding to me, so here we are.

By day, I am a full-stack engineer based in the Philadelphia area. This site was built using Astro.

Digital

All digital photos were taken with a Fujifilm X-T5. I use the amazing 18-55 F2.8-4 R LM OIS kit lens most of the time, but I also have a K&F Nikon F/Fuji X adapter that allows me to use all of my manual Nikon glass as well.

This camera is just lovely to use and is a huge part of what makes this hobby so much fun.

Fuji’s film simulations create beautiful images right out of the camera, and they can be endlessly tweaked to get the perfect look for any situation. There’s also a huge community of folks willing to share their “recipes” to breathe even more life into your photos.

Film

All 35mm film photos were shot with a Nikon F3. I use a 28mm f/2.8 AI-S, 50mm f/1.8 AI-S (the pancake lens), and a 16mm f/3.5 AI-S fisheye. I mainly use Kodak Portra 400 for color, and Ilford HP5 or FP4+ for black and white.

There’s nothing quite like the slowness and focus you get when shooting film. It forces you to stay in the moment and concentrate on the composition.

3D

All 3D renders were made with Blender, a free and open-source 3D program with a lovely community and tons of features. I’ve been tinkering with Blender since late 2019 and still get a kick out of using it, it’s just so much fun.

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