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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!
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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.

My Cameras

Ok, so I have 12 cameras.  Which is excessive for someone that still keeps her digital camera on auto permanently.  Also a few of them are broken…Collages8This is my Diana F+ and mini Diana F+.  The F is for flash but as you can see I bought them without flashes because the flash was significantly more expensive, it made the camera more bulky and it would have meant having to put batteries in them.  I do like my big Diana, it took me a while to get to grips with it but I got some nice pictures from my trip to America.  But the mini Diana is very tricky to use as the film gets all caught up and has been difficult to get developed as a result. It does has a function which allows you to change the size of the image although it’s hard to know how far to wind the film on.2012 Fisheye

My first lomography camera was a fisheye one that takes a picture with 180 degree lens so it’s all circley.  It was a fun novelty but I got a bit bored with the fisheye effect in all my photos.  I might break it out at some point again though.

Beirette

This my Beirette which I’ve been using a lot recently and I’ve found it quite successful.

It has lots of numbers on the front, a smart person explained the distance one to me and the others I’ve just put on the red setting which I think is the ‘auto’ equivalent.

My other film camera haven’t been tested yet.  One required special film which I Cameras3haven’t got yet.  I also have a lomography Konstruktor which comes in a kit you make yourself.  Apparently, it’s quite challenging.  I got it free because it had been made one and doesn’t work.  I also have a cardboard pin hole camera which I tried to use but I had no idea if it was working or not. I also have an old disposable which I’m going to try next.

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And these are my digital cameras.  The one bottom left is the one I use although I am thinking of upgrading soon.  The other three are broken!

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.

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Continuing Experimentation in Lomography Photography

I took one roll of Earl Grey Black and White 35mm film and one Colour Negative ISO 400 35mm, the colour ones definitely came out better.  I used my Diana F+ and the 35mm back.  These are the good images, there were many more that were blurry and grainy and most of the Black and White ones are unusable.

Here are a couple of self-portraits:
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Some of the graveyard next to my house:

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The view from the end of my street:

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And here’s my mum!Lomography

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Lomography Travel Pictures

A while back I bought a Diana F+ to take photos on my holiday.  The Diana usually takes a 120mm film but I bought a special back for it so it could take 35mm films which are cheaper and easier to get hold of.   The result is that the photos are smaller than what you see in the viewfinder so some stuff gets cut off around the edges, also you get the sprocket holes along the top and bottom.  The film was ISO 100 which means it’s not very fast and you have keep the camera really still throughout the long exposure time so some of them are a little blurred or grainy.  I took 33 photos and got 21 back but I quite like them though. *

 

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Diana F+ Photos

* I also sent off a film of 12 colour 120mm but they said the film was blank!  I think it must have come open in my bag and ruined the photos but I’m not sure…

 

Lomography Photography

I did a post in December showing you the new Diana F+ lomography camera I has bought myself for no reason.  I used it over Christmas and took some photos, it took me a while to get them developed due to laziness and annoyance at having to pay £11 to get my photos done (there is a reason why digitalisation is taking over the world).

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Lomography encourages people to use analogue cameras spontaneously and experimentally, which is what I tried to do.  The risk is that your pictures might not come out at all and you won’t know until you get the photos back.  I used a 12 shot setting but only got 8 pictures back, and 1 of those isn’t really of anything.   The numbers you can see are the numbers of the film- I’m not sure why they’re visible but I did get the settings confused initially so that might explain it.  I made the decent pictures into a collage, the outdoor ones seemed to have worked better due to the greater light (I don’t have flash).  On the whole I think I need to play around more, experiment more, and be prepared to pay more!

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All my cameras- except the one Im using to take the picture!
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My New Diana F+

My pre-christmas present to myself is a Diana F+ camera!  If you are unfamiliar with lomography it is essentially analogue rather than digital, shooting on film and seemingly going back in time.  You just have to shoot and experiment and you can’t see if any of your shots have come off until you’ve used up the entire film and had it developed.

It produces quirky and unique photos usually because of things like accidental multiple exposures or using dodgy film that would be prevented or deleted if you were using a digital camera.  The films are also quite expensive too- particularly when you’re used to taking 1000s of photos at a time at no extra cost.

The Diana is a classic lomo camera and the F+ means it has flash capability, although I actually bought it without the flash element to save money!  It has a range of picture sizes, I can do endless panaramic shots, pinhole shots, use different types of film, and play around with exposure settings.  I am not a lomography expert my any means- I do already have one camera which has a fisheye lens but I got a bit tired of just taking fisheye photos.  I also got sick of carrying the camera as they are so bulky (and the lens doesn’t retract) you can’t put it in your pocket.  Also I couldn’t quite let go of my digital camera so I was juggling two cameras when I went out!

Anyway, this one was about £33 for the camera and £13 for 3 films, so I went for it.  Ill play with it over Christmas and maybe Ill have some fun photos to share when I come back!