I took my Agfa film camera on holiday with me to Riga, Latvia and actually managed to get a full roll of pictures back! Continue reading “Agfa Film Photography of Latvia”
Here’s a few shots of near my house, with a moody grey sky. These were taken with my Canon Ixus and 35mm APS film. I am quite impressed with the clarity of the image and the depth of field. I don’t have any really exciting to add to this. Not much is happening in the shots as I was just using up the roll!
I used my Canon Ixus camera, which is an electronic film camera when we went to Edinburgh in July (for that classic Scottish summer weather…) The film is APS 35mm, which is super easy to put in but pricey, hard to get hold of, and not that many places can develop it. But it’s easy to use and fairly reliable. This is Arthur’s Seat, an ancient volcano about 250m above sea level. You can see the great view over Edinburgh, and all the little people having a trek around Arthur’s Seat.
And this is the Edinburgh Botanical Garden, well worth a visit. I love how the colours have come out in these photos. It was a much sunnier and brighter day so the camera handled it a lot better. I was also very impressed with the clarity of the images that came out, normally they are much grainier or blurrier.
I used my Canon Ixus camera, which is an electronic film camera whilst I was in Liverpool for a weekend in May. The Canon Ixus is very compact in size and easy to carry around but it’s a noisy little bugger. It makes that classic camera noise when it takes a picture, and whirs for about 10 mins when it’s rewinding the film. The film is APS 35mm, which is super easy to put in but pricey, hard to get hold of, and not that many places can develop it.
Above is a photo of the sculpture room in the Walker Art Gallery, and below is across the Mersey in New Brighton. We went to a little Bank Holiday fair next to the sea front which was nice. The grainy quality of the film, and that it’s over exposed does make it seem like it was taken in the 1980’s though. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
Above is the sea at New Brighton, and this shot is really grainy but you can make out the wind turbines on the horizon. I’m not sure what makes it so grainy, I would imagine it’s the film as APS is no longer made so it’s all pretty old now. And below is a snap of some of the runners in the Liverpool Marathon that was taken place that weekend. I don’t think it really captures the energy of the moment though, they look like they could be walking. But you can see some of the beautiful and interesting buildings in Liverpool in the background.
I’ve been trying to do more film photography but it can be a bit of a pain. It’s defo not as easy as whipping out your phone, and the results are quite hit or miss. But these are some of my favourites from 2017 so far.
Below- Superlambanana near Albert Dock, Liverpool. Taken with Canon Ixus and APS film.
Below- Part of the Washington Memorial, Washington DC. Taken with Diana F+ and black and white film.
Below- Photographer dogs in New York City. Taken with Diana F+.
Below- Archway entrance to China Town, Liverpool. Taken with Canon Ixus with APS film.
Below- Cherry Blossom in Washington DC. Taken with Diana F+.
Below- Townhouses in Washington DC. Taken with Canon Ixus and APS film.
Below- Coney Island, Brooklyn. Taken with Canon Ixus and APS film.
I had an old film in my Le Clic camera for a while, and I finished it off a few weeks ago. I found some old photos from a walk I went on with the family back in October! Above is mt dad, sister, and niece. The film is out of date which gives it an annoying pink blurriness which annoys me.
These images are more recent, still the same role though. This is a walk boyfriend and I did in May. It’s not great at capturing detail, as a result I think the above photo looks like a water colour.
I went to Liverpool on the bank holiday weekend and took my Canon Ixus camera with me. I’ve posted photos using that camera before, most recently from when I went to America. It’s an electric, analogue camera. So basically, it has film and a battery- both of which are expensive. It uses APS film which is super easy to use but gives a small field of vision. Meaning that less stuff fits in the photo than your used to, so you can easily crop things out accidentally.
Like most film cameras the Canon Ixus struggles in lower light levels. You can see in the top two images the difference it makes when the sun goes in! The top images is much crisper while the bottom one seems fuzzier. That’s a Superlambanana by the way. They crop up around Liverpool. Half banana, half sheep…or something.
I picked up the Diana F+ (without flash) a few years ago because it’s one of the cheapest cameras on the Lomography website! They describe it as ‘an analogue classic yet highly experimental camera’. There are some definite pros and cons with this camera. A I said, without the flash, it’s cheap. I bought mine for about £35. It’s mainly plastic so it’s really light, although that means it doesn’t feel very durable. The lens is the bit you’re paying for really, and this is what makes the camera seem bulky as you can’t retract the lens. You can get the Diana mini, which I have, which is rather cute. But the mini likes to literally eat the film! When I get the film developed they always tell me that it took longer because the film was all gnarled up. And when you open the back tiny bits of film fall out like confetti.
Also, a pet peeve, the lens cap is not attached so you can easily take it off then drop it in the sand dunes of Death Valley 3 yrs ago and not have anything to protect your lens…
It takes 120 film as standard, and I got some good pictures in this format several years ago. But it also gives less frames for more money, and is harder to get developed than 35mm. So I quickly bought the 35mm back which allows you to use 35mm film instead. Whether this is the reason the field of vision is so rubbish, I don’t know. What you see when you look through the view finder and what the camera actually takes a photo of is totally different. Which is rather annoying! It means I constantly cut bits off things, and got a lot of shots of the middle of skyscrapers.
And the last great issue with the Diana F+ is that it’s very unclear how much to wind the film on, which is all part of the fun (apparently). There are no markings on the dial. Somewhere in the booklet I’m sure it said to turn it half way round, so that’s what I did. But you can see it wasn’t entirely effective and some of the frames overlapped. If you were canny about it then you could use it to your advantage and create unique images. I have had some cool effects from this, but mostly it just ends up being annoying. Especially with black and white film I think, it can be quite hard to see what’s going on in the image.
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My one true love is the Capitol Building in Washington DC. It should clearly by the White House because it’s better, and if I were President I would swap them over. (Less crazy than that stupid travel ban, right?) We had a great view of it near where we were staying, so I got to see it everyday. It’s so lovely and symmetrical. Of course in this image I managed to cut the bottom of. But the combination of my Canon Ixus and APS film give a much smaller field of vision than a digital camera. When I was researching APS film I read that that was the reason it was less popular.
Despite my love of the Capitol Building when I think of Washington DC, I think of the beautiful houses. I think these are ‘town houses’? We stayed in one via Air BnB, they are very spacious but long and thin. Although similar, they were all different colours. In the front yards of most of the houses were Martin Luther King quotes, and things like ‘no matter where you’re from I’m glad you’re my neighbour’.
The APS film that I used must be several years out of date, as it’s been long discontinued. Like a lot of film photography it adds a dreamy quality to the images.
The ISO was quite low at ISO 200. ISO 200 isn’t particularly light sensitive so it should have less ‘noise’ than higher ISO. But it also means it takes more time to capture an image so there’s more chance of shake and blur. It’s not the best choice for moving scenes.
I go so long between using my film cameras that I forget these things, often just looking them up again afterwards to figure out why all my pictures are so blurry and rubbish.
The auto focus in the Canon Ixus takes care of much of that so a low ISO is not a problem. And when I use it I get a very high proportion of my images back. I also used my Diana camera (pics to follow) which is much harder to use imo and most of the photos come back blurry.
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