Zak Nesler


I’ve been into photography for as long as I can remember, but I’ve never had a place to share my photos. I honestly never really wanted to post them anywhere; shooting photos had always been just a relaxing hobby.

The older I got, the weirder that sounded to me. I still don’t like online attention but figured it’d be nice to have a place to share photos I’ve taken that I really like.

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


All digital photos were taken with a Fujifilm X-T5. I mainly use the amazing 18-55 F2.8-4 R LM OIS kit lens, 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, with outstanding results.

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.


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, and it forces you to stay in the moment. I’d like to try developing and scanning my film someday, at the very least black and white.


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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