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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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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

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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Beirette Film Photography

I used my Beirette camera and earl grey ISO 100 film to take these pictures of Bolton Abbey, it was a really nice sunny day which is why some of the photos came out over exposed.  I really like this one of the teenagers queuing to walk over the stepping stones.  I had some trouble with the early half of the film because I hadn’t focused the camera properly and the landscapes worked out much better than the up close and personal ones.

Film PhotographyFilm PhotographyWe went to Liverpool and I finished off the black and white film there, I got this nice (albeit overexposed) image of the pier at Southport.  If you think the sea looks weird that’s because it is sand with some little puddly bits.  But the way the pier shoots off towards the horizon is pretty cool- like I’m a proper artist.  SouthportLiverpoolAnd a few of Liverpool- we found a big anchor and a big telescope.  I switched over to colour before we left and took a few of the park in Southport, as well as the fountain and statue in Liverpool.   The black and white are more arty but weirdly harder to get developed.  Even though you can develop black and white in your own bathroom easier than colour to get it done professionally you have to send it away which is annoying!Film PhotographyFilm Photography

Beirette Film Photography- Going For A Walk

Beirette PhotographyHere are some snaps of a little walk in the local countryside.  I ruined a few by opening the back of the camera to check the film and you can see the effects of the light on the ones above, although I think it’s a pretty cool effect. It’s all because I didn’t set the counter to 24 when I put the film in so at the end of the roll it still said 13 and I didn’t know why it wasn’t taking pictures. Live and learn!

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Beirette Film Photography- Camping Photos

Here’s some more of my film photography, using my 1960’s East German Beirette camera and ISO colour 800 film.

Beirette Film PhotographyWe went camping, and enjoyed a brief play on the beach before hitting a beer festival.  A lot of the photos were slightly blurred which I think in part is because of how much it shakes the camera when you take a picture- but the shutter speed is quite fast so usually that is compensated for.  CampingIt was quite a bright day and you can also see that a lot of colour was washed out.  I can’t actually remember if I was using ISO 400 or 800 film for this but the 800 would have been much more sensitive to light so that might explain it.Camping And here are some animals- gibbons, guinea pigs, meercats, and seals been fed although I didn’t really angle the camera well enough for a good shot of that last one!

Beirette Film Photography- Cycling and Selfies

I got some more pictures from my Beirette film camera and there’s an obvious divide in the roll of film at the point when my friend explained the numbers on the camera to me and suddenly all the pictures are in focus!

These are photos of the cycling in the Tour de Yorkshire which was created this year after the success of the Yorkshire leg of last year’s Tour de France.  They weren’t the best pics because there were annoying tall people in front of me and I just had to wave my camera in the air and click.

Tour De Yorkshire Tour de YorkshireFor hours before the official racers came through there were tons of other riders cycling the course. There was also a building and a tree.

And below is some snaps from a rather sunny few days we had before I figured out how to focus the camera properly!  But you know if all the pictures came out perfectly then you wouldn’t know they were celluloid!

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Beirette Film Camera Photos

Beirette Photography

I blogged before about my new/old film camera; a Beirette from East Germany circa 1968, and this is the first roll of film I got back from it.  Alas I lost the other roll which had potentially more interesting pictures but hopefully that will turn up at some point.

Beirette film photography

The Beirette has lots of numbers on it that I’m going to get some much smarter to explain to me, but whilst I was first playing around with it I just put it on random settings which is why a lot of them are out of focus.  But there are 27 photos that came out fine (apart from the dodgy focus) which is a lot better than my other cameras have done!

Beirette Film PhotographyThese are some pics from Kirby Londsdale in the Lake District which I visited over Easter weekend.Beirette photography

Beirette Film Camera

My sister bought a bunch of old film cameras from the internet (ebay flavour I believe) for her wedding, and passed a couple on to me.  One of which is this Beirette, which came in a crazy case that made it look like a gas mask.


According to a random website I’ve found and chosen to believe without any further research, Beirettes were 35mm compact cameras made in East Germany from 1958-80’s by Beier.  I believe the one I have may be from the 1968 but I’m making an educated guess. As well A ‘Beirette’ and ‘Made in Germany’ the camera has ‘E. Ludwig Merritar 2.9/4.5’ written around the lens which seems to match the 1968 model.

BeiretteCollages5I don’t know what all the numbers are about so I’ve just twiddly the dials randomly and taking pictures.  Hopefully, some will come out and I’ll be able to share them.  What I do like about the camera is the glass in the viewfinder is slightly brown which automatically makes it all look oldy-fashiony.