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My Favourite Film Photos of 2017

2017 film
Top- Capitol Building, Washington Bottom- St Paul’s Cathedral, London

I always say I want to take more film photos, and then I don’t.  I have definitely reeled off a few rolls of films this year but I would like to have done more.  I would have liked to have used more different cameras.  But when I did try new things they didn’t work out very well.

A big problem is light.  Only a couple of the cameras have flashes.  I don’t like to use flash inside because it’s so very annoying, and outside it does nothing.

I used to use my East German Beirette which was sturdy, chunky, heavy, and very reliable.  Until it all fell apart.  I think a screw came out and it lies in parts somewhere.   Now I use my German Agfa which is sturdy, chunky, heavy, and very reliable.

I also enjoy using my Canon Ixus camera with APS film.  It’s electronic but takes film.  Expensive film.  Top left is the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C taken with the Canon Ixus on a clear sunny day.  And below St Paul’s Cathedral taken with my Agfa on a clear, but cold winter day, with black and white film.

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Camera Clean Up

I always want to take more analogue photographs, and set it as a sort of New Year goal.   And I always seem to get to the end of the year and feel like I haven’t done enough.  Well it costs money to have films developed, and I struggle to find occasions to photograph.  I know the ethos of Lomography is along the lines of ‘no need for an occasion just go out and shoot’ but they are not people who spend most of their free time hanging around the house doing laundry.  It’s pretty impossible to use most of my cameras inside due to the low light levels, and during the week in the winter it’s dark when I set off to work and return home.  So that screws that up.

Still I decided to give my film cameras a sort out, and see what I’ve got and keep them better organised.  I’m hoping I’ll be able to always have one on the go, so that I can just grab it and shoot if I do end up doing something exciting.

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Black and White 35mm Film Photography

London

After finishing my first roll of film in London, I popped in another at which point I realised it was black and white.  Which is why my photos change from colour to much less colour half way through the trip!

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35mm Film Photos with Agfa Camera

The British Museum

We went to London at the end of November, and I managed to use a couple of rolls of film whilst I was there.  It was a little tricky as these cameras do not handle low light levels well at all, so the photos I took inside were all far too dark and by the time we came out of the museums or shops the natural daylight had gone because the sun was setting so early.  Continue reading “35mm Film Photos with Agfa Camera”

Film Photos of New York- Canon Ixus and APS Film

On my recent trip to New York and Washington DC, I took a couple of film cameras to get some interesting snaps.  These are the pictures from my Canon Ixus using APS film of Manhattan and Brooklyn (more to follow!).  During the first few days the weather was pretty poor and the camera struggled with the low light levels.  Conversely, later on the pictures in Brooklyn seem slightly over exposed…you just can’t win!

New York City on a very rainy day

Canon Ixus

My little Canon Ixus is an electronic film camera from the mid 1990’s.  Which means you need an special expensive film and a special expensive battery.  It’s pretty easy to use.  It has automatic focus, so all you select is aspect ratio (panoramic, classic, and high def).   It’s nice and little.  One of my biggest issues with my film cameras is that they are really bulky because the lens is permanently protruding.  But being slightly more modern the lens goes in and out at the touch of a button.

Brighton Beach at Coney Island, Brooklyn

 

APS Film

Advanced Photo System film was first produced in 1996.  It was discontinued at least 6yrs ago so harder to get hold of. It’s rather expensive these days at about £10 a film from the internets.  Also I have to send it away online to be developed, and pay something extortionate for development.  There is no film sticking out of the cartridge so you just stick it in the camera, dead simple.  On the end of  the cartridge are the numbers 1-4 and symbols which indicate whether the film is unexposed, partly exposed, fully exposed, and processed.  So, basically you know if it’s a ‘done’ film or not.

Hot dogs at Coney Island, Brooklyn

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My Favourite Film Photos of 2016

Well this year my beloved Beirette camera broke which was rather distressing, so I’ve been mixing it up with my other cameras.  I used my IXUS film camera which has expensive APS film and processing, and you don’t get many frames but the shots do come out really well.  Below are some of my best shots with it from my trip to Rome and Sicily.  Continue reading “My Favourite Film Photos of 2016”

Film Photography- Beirette Camera

Some more black and white photos from my Beirette camera, this ones are a little more mundane but everything looks classy in black and white. Above there are a few snaps of my walk to work.  I pass my local park before a long slog along the main road. Continue reading “Film Photography- Beirette Camera”

Film Photography- Beirette Camera

I continue to love my Beirette Camera, it’s easy to use and has a very high hit rate.  I know, it’s supposed to a gamble, and you get all sorts of crazy cool results.  But when you lug a film camera around, take numerous rolls of films, then pay for the development it’s quite annoying when you only get 3 pictures back (ahem see my recent Le Clic film post).

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Continuing Experimentation in Lomography Photography

I took one roll of Earl Grey Black and White 35mm film and one Colour Negative ISO 400 35mm, the colour ones definitely came out better.  I used my Diana F+ and the 35mm back.  These are the good images, there were many more that were blurry and grainy and most of the Black and White ones are unusable.

Here are a couple of self-portraits:
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Some of the graveyard next to my house:

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The view from the end of my street:

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And here’s my mum!Lomography