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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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Film Photography- Diana F+ Camera

Some of the best photos with my Diana F+ are the mad ones where there are multiple exposures on one frame.  Above you can see the beautiful pinks of the cherry blossom in Washington DC’s tidal basin.  You can also see on the left the faint image of the tidal basin and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.  There’s a few things going on here.  As well having multiple images superimposed over each other, it also hasn’t wound on enough so both images are cut off weirdly.  Impossible to reproduce.

Above is the water front off Manhattan.  Again the camera hasn’t wound on enough so the shots overlap.  The problem is that they don’t make it clear how far you’re supposed to wind the windy thing to wind it on to the next shot so you have to guess.  I underestimated the amount a few times clearly.

And this is a nice one round the back of my house when I was using up the film so I could get it sent off and developed!

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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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Analogue/Film Photography of Munich

I used my Le Clic camera and Tiger 110 lomography film* when I was in Munich recently.  It’s light weight and easy to use- a lot easier than lomography camera imo!  The film is really easy to deal with, and you don’t need to rewind it when you’re done.  Getting it developed was a little trickier as my usual place Jessops don’t do 110 anymore, but I have a place I use online.  It cost £10 for development and cd rom without prints.

Munich Le Clic Film Photography 110 filmNaysayer boyfriend didn’t think the pictures would come out as he believed that it would only be able to focus on things about 30m away.  He was wrong but some of the images were too dark as I didn’t use the flash. I don’t like using the flash on non-digital cameras as it’s really hard to turn it off afterwards.le clic 110 munich and salzburg

Above you can see the Munich Olympic Stadium from 1972, and the view of Munich from the top of the Olympic Tower. You can see more photos of it on my other blog!
Munich Le Clic Film Photography 110 film

And this is the Englischer Garten on a very hot July afternoon, during the Japan Festival.  Although we didn’t really see much of the festival because there were so many people!

*They also do Lobster and Peacock, I don’t know what they are supposed to do because all the colours in the images look normal to me.