Posts tagged Fountain Pen
Fragrance Review - Mont Blanc ‘Individuel’

Originally launched in 2003, Mont Blanc ‘Individuel’ is often compared to Creed’s Original Santal, despite that coming out a few years later. I’ve never smelled Original Santal, so can’t comment on that, but what I can tell you about is what I think of Individuel.

This was a complete blind buy from Amazon due to seeing it discounted massively. I love the Mont Blanc brand, and long for one of their fountain pens, even though I rarely do any kind of long form handwriting these days!

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Hand crafted

Maybe it's a sign that I'm getting old, but lately I've been trying to work out ways of using technology less. I know that probably sounds odd, especially as you're reading this on the internet, using some sort of computer, smart phone or tablet, but it's true. When I was growing up in the 80's, everything was about the future. We had the Space Shuttle, Star Wars, Back to the Future, and the dawn of the computer game era. Back then, and indeed much into my teens and twenties, I've always been into the new thing. I've got no end of Apple products, I have a smart tv, and blu-ray. Everything you'd expect to find in a 'man pad'. But as much as I love some of the things we have available to us today, I do feel that things are getting a bit too much, to the detriment of our nature as human brings and individuals.

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Taking back control

One of my pet hates when using a lot of modern digital cameras is that unlike their film counterparts from 20+ years ago, quite often they feel like computers with lenses on the front. It's like you push a button and then electronic wizardry happens and a photo appears. I much prefer the sound of a mechanical kerchunk of a shutter and the ratchety sound of film being wound on. Shooting on film makes me feel like it's really me that's taking the photo, and not the camera.

In an attempt to take back a little bit of control and make myself feel like more of the photographic process, I got hold of an MF-2 adaptor for the Olympus OM-D. What this allows me to do is use all the old OM lenses on the OM-D. Now the first reason for doing this is that the optics are awesome, but another reason is that I now have to manually set the aperture on the lens, and do all the focussing manually too. Ok, so it's still attached to the front of electronic wizardry, but it's a start!

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