Welcome! I'm Renato Valenzuela Jr., a rank-and-file amateur photographer that's landed a professional gig or three.  Here you'll find posts about my experiences and the gear that I have used.


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Vignette: The OG Renaissance Man

May 26, 2020
Benjamin Franklin, Leonardo Da Vinci. Nikola Tesla. These historical figures are regarded as Renaissance men. But who was the first? Whoever it was, I think it was the on...
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Field Notes: Laowa 17mm f/1.8 for MFT

May 07, 2020
FULL DISCLAIMER/Ethics Statement: I had recently become a Laowa Affiliate so I'm incentivized to write good things about their products. Having said that, I bought this l...
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Cameras That I Love: Canonet QL17

December 12, 2019
I have little experience shooting with a rangefinder. I do have the venerable Olympus XA and while it is technically a rangefinder camera, it's user experience is more li...
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DIY: The Screen Crapped out on my E-M10 Mark II, so I Fixed it Myself.

December 09, 2019
I love everything there is to love about the E-M10 Mark II. It along with the now widely available affordable primes are what made me decide to retire my D700 and switch...
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Nikon N80: From Film to Digital and back!

March 12, 2019
There exists an entire group of film cameras that nobody seems to care about. The irony. This forlorn segment represents the pinnacle in camera technology yet by conseque...
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What the Hell, Fuji?

February 26, 2019
Back when film was the capturing medium of choice, I remember there being shelves and shelves of tiny boxes behind the counter at any place that sold it. There were two d...
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Vignette: Helix within a Helix...within a Helix.

January 24, 2019
It's nucking futs when you get to look up at the sky on a beach in near darkness hearing nothing but softly crashing waves, titos laughing and insomniac cocks roosting in...
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Something I Wrote Made it Into a Photography Magazine. (WHAT?!)

November 06, 2018
About 2 months ago, Mauricio Reis & Hugo Pinho from Olympus Passion reached out to me via e-mail and inquired about featuring one of my blog posts about a really awesome...
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