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I feel like Terrence Malick sometimes (but without the skills or results, of course), suddenly noticing something mid-activity, dropping everything and crawling inside a plant or tree to make some photos. Oh nature.

I was full-on spring-cleaning my house, and after watering the plants I noticed how pretty it looked in the sunlight (I had placed them in front of the open window). So I grabbed my flimsy tripod, poor man’s macro lens (Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 AI-S) and tube extender and snapped a few photos. Here are the results.

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Made last Friday from the balcony, right before I jumped and hurdled towards my…weekend.

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My living room is my music room, the place I go to enjoy the quiet, the alone, and the peacefulness.

For those curious

The headphones are (from left to right); SR-5, SR-X Mk2 and the SR-404. All three are from the Japanese Stax. The first two are rather old (1975 and 1972, respectively), the latter being rather new (1999).

I use the Gemini PT-2000II record player. Even though it’s actually for DJ-ing, I only use it for casual listening. Inside the closet I’ve got the ART DJPRE II Phono Preamplifier.

For amplification, I’m using the Stax SRM006t tube amplifier for headphones, and the Sony TA-N330ES power amplifier to power the apparently rather unknown Loth-X Ion 3 horn speakers.

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Over the past year I’ve acquired a few headphones, mostly because I’ve been closely following Stax sales and upgrading to a higher-end model as I found them. While I’ll sell the SR-X Mk2 (the middle one — it really doesn’t fit me well), I wanted to capture this moment, as it’s not too common to see a few like these together. Also, I had not yet shown the bamboo headphone stand I have recently found and purchased from a great little Etsy store (Thanks so much guys!).

For those curious

The headphones are (from left to right); SR-5, SR-X Mk2 and the SR-404. All three are from the Japanese Stax. The first two are rather old (1975 and 1972, respectively), the latter being rather new (1999).

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Scenic Route is an odd one. With a decidedly indie and typical gorgeous RED camera feel (which, I’ve come to realise, is a thing), the movie takes place almost completely in the middle of a desert, starring mostly just the two main characters. I feel Scenic Route is one of those movies that you shouldn’t read too much about (and, please, avoid watching Trailers, as per usual), so I’ll keep this brief, too.

Conversations are at times hilarious, at times raw, deep and honest. While you need a moment to get into the characters as they start off rather dull, they quickly become interesting, pulling you into their conversation which slowly escalates as their situation worsens. Even though you know it’s at least somewhat dramatised, it at no point feels unrealistic.

The iMDB rating on this one isn’t very flattering, but I do recommend you take the hour-and-a-half to watch this one, it’s recommended.

7.5/10.

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