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Analogue Photography

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!

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Film/Analogue Photos of Edinburgh

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.

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Film/Analogue Photos of Liverpool

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.

Best Film Photos of 2017 So Far

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.

Analogue Photos of Liverpool

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.

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Film Photos of Washington DC- Canon Ixus and APS Film

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Capitol Building, Washington DC

Washington DC

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’.

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‘Skinny’ Houses Near Capitol Hill

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Film Photography

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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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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