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My Favourite Film Photos of 2017

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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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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.

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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Diana F+

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…

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Empire State Building

Field of Vision

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.

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Field of Vision Issues

Winding On The Film

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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Multiple Exposures

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Lomography Photography- Mini Diana F+

Lomography PhotosI’m still trying to get to grips with my Mini Diana F+ camera.  It is still eating the film (literally I opened the back of the camera and little bits of film sprinkled out) and not moving the dial on meaning I don’t know how many pictures I’ve taken.  In fact I ruined a few of the pictures by opening the back of the camera and exposing the film because I didn’t know if I’d finished the roll.

Actually, on Christmas Day I had taken a whole bunch of pictures and was struggling to wind the film on, I opened to the back to find it hadn’t moved on at all and none of my pictures had taken.  Also little Diana didn’t seem to like taking pictures indoors as it was too dark so all my Christmas snaps are grey and blurry which sucks!

Also, as I mentioned before, there are no marks on the dial to let you know how far to turn it to move the film on.  The result is a lot of overlapping photos.

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Lomography Photography- Mini Diana Camera

Here are the first pics I’ve had developed with my Mini Diana camera, I used colour negative ISO 800 film.

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As cute as the little camera is she is not the most obedient, and I’ve struggled in particular with getting the frame counter to move on as I take the pictures.  When I had the photos developed the lady at Jessops told me it took her longer than normal because the sprocket holes were damaged (the holes at either side of the film/negatives) and I think this is because of how many times I put the film in and out to figure out if it was working!

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0034671With the Mini Diana you have the option to do full size pics or two half size pics for each frame.  It means that when you turn the frame counter on you only turn it a quarter of the way instead of half way when you do the smaller images.  Alas lomography don’t like to make things easy and don’t actually mark on how far to turn it so you have to guess. This is why there are quite a few overlaps. You also have to remember that landscape and portrait are the other way around so you have to turn the camera.

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I have half a role in the camera now that I need to work on, I had thought I had taken a role of film but then I opened it up to find the film hadn’t advanced at all so the first frame probably has 36 images on it!  But I took some over Christmas and it would be nice to get those developed.

Play Expo

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This is some random left overs of some films I got developed!  They’re from two events I went to; The Asylum which is a steampunk event, and Play Expo which is a sci-fi gaming event.  I didn’t end up taking that many pictures at either and most from the Play Expo didn’t come out because it was too dark.

They’re all taken with my Diana F+ using 400 colour negative film.
These are from the Asylum.

Asylum

Just for the record I do not alter or edit my lomography images before I blog them because I think that kinda misses the point.  However, I just wanted to show below the difference it can make to edit the images.  It’s the only lomo photo from the Play Expo I have, (it’s of some Pikachus!) and it’s totally washed out.  All I did was press the ‘auto contrast’ button on Picasa and it made an immediate difference.

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Lomography Photography- Where I live

 

 

Here’s quite a nice crop of pictures, taken with my Diana F+ camera using ISO 400 colour negative film.  Usually I mess up more pictures than this!  The Diana does let in light which makes the photos a bit fuzzy giving a ‘dreamy’ feel, but usually I just mine are completely blurred.  I assume it’s me not the camera! But this bunch of near where I live has come out ok imo!   None of the photos are that exciting by themselves though so I just stuck them all in a collage. Leeds

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Lomography Photography- Trip To The Lake District

Some more photos using my lomography Diana F+ film camera and 400 negative film, these ones are of a trip to the Lake District we took in the summer. The weather was all over the place that weekend (it was gloriously sunny one minute and hailing the next), and the pictures that were taken in the sun seem to have come out the best.  But then we climbed to the top of a hill to walk around a castle ruin and those pics came out super blurry even though it was very sunny.  But that’s my way of explaining why it’s all photos of grass rather than buildings and people…also it’s the Lake District so there is a lot of grass….

If anyone knows how I can suck less at film photography please let me know in the comments!

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Camera Case

Steampunk Camera Case

Camera CaseI’ve made an entire costume for my upcoming steampunk event (skirt, bustle, jacket, shirt, ray gun) and I know I want to take my lomography Diana F+ as well as my digital guy.  It seems fitting to use a film camera at an old-fashiony futuristic event… But the camera is very plastic and anachronistic so I wanted to make a case to put it in.

I needed to be able to access the various buttons to adjust the settings, and get the camera in and out.  A fabric case with a zip or fastening of some kind would have been great but I didn’t have much time so I knocked a quick one up from cardboard.

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Camera Case1I made a prototype out of paper before moving on the cardboard, unfortunately my first attempt didn’t go very well because I suck as cutting out circles so I had to try again!  I simple made a front and back piece with a hole cut in the front for the lens and one in the back for the frame counter which protrudes. Once I’d made it up I painted it brown and used a gold ink pad to add a distressed effect.  I cut 4 thin pieces of elastic and sew them into loops, I painted them with the gold ink pad and this is what I am using to hold the case together.