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Birthday Weekend

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It was my birthday on Saturday, so I partied as hard as a 44-year-old should, which is not very hard. On Friday night we went down to visit friends in Bradenton’s Village Of The Arts for their Festival of Skeletons street party. My birthday being on All Souls Day during Dia De Los Muertos means there is always a party to go to.

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Village Of The Arts is an arts district full of galleries in people’s homes, little resturants and cafes, and is populated by hippies, punks, and weirdos. The wife and I met up with my firend Jen Sandwich and her significant other, Jay, and another friend of her’s, Mullarky. Mr. Mullarky, it turns out, lives right down the street from us. We could have car-pooled! Anyway... Jay was playing a set at a record shop during the festival and The Red Elvises were playing at on the porch of a house converted to a taco shack.

The streets were packed. Good times were had. New friends were made. I took all the Friday night pics with the 1963 Nikkor 50mm lens.

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Mullarkey
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Jen
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There was also this amazing two-piece hardcore band, Ugly Couple, playing the record store.

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And here’s a crappy shot of The Red Elvises. Total cheeseball fun.

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On Saturday, I went to a Ferrari-only car show, Ferraris On The Circle at St. Armands Circle in Sarasota. It was pretty cool, though too many of the same new Ferraris and not enough old or rare Ferraris. But this gave me a chance to try out the birthday gift my wife got me. She got me the lens adapter to fix the 50mm from the 1951/52 Exa on to my Nikon. I love the bokeh from the lens but the Exa is not the best camera for most shooting. Now that’s not an issue. I can shoot a roll of film as I see fit with the Exa and can use the lens on a more versitle camera body whenever I want.

These first pictures are taken with the Exa lens.

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Then I switched to the Nikkor 50mm for the rest of the day.

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I kinda botched the focus on this one, but it looks cool anyway.
I kinda botched the focus on this one, but it looks cool anyway.
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This is a different Testarossa than the one taken with the Exa lens. I’ve taken this same photo of at least four other Testarossas. I have a problem. But if you look at the two pics, you can see the different bokeh from each lens.
This is a different Testarossa than the one taken with the Exa lens. I’ve taken this same photo of at least four other Testarossas. I have a problem. But if you look at the two pics, you can see the different bokeh from each lens.
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That’s it. I’m going to do some shooting this week with the Exa lens that really shows off it’s dreamy swirlling bokeh. 

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