After my recent weekend in London, I decided to fill my teeny tiny scrap book that I picked up a while ago from Lomography.com. Continue reading “London Scrapbook”
In September I tried to do a selfie-a-day which was a little dull tbh, just lots of pictures of me. I guess that’s pretty obvious. But a few years a go I did a-photo-a-day and quite enjoyed it. I just used my phone, and got a nice collection of photos which summed up the month nicely.
It’s tricky to remember to take one everyday, especially if you’re having a boring day of just going to work. But it is boyfriend’s birthday so we’re away in London for a few days. And I have another couple of days off to do some Christmas shopping.
I had an old film in my Le Clic camera for a while, and I finished it off a few weeks ago. I found some old photos from a walk I went on with the family back in October! Above is mt dad, sister, and niece. The film is out of date which gives it an annoying pink blurriness which annoys me.
These images are more recent, still the same role though. This is a walk boyfriend and I did in May. It’s not great at capturing detail, as a result I think the above photo looks like a water colour.
After my trip to America (New York and Washington DC) I thought I would try my hand at scrap booking. I’ve kept a scrap book before but then lost interest in it, and it sits half-filled on a shelf somewhere. For this project I chose a smaller scrapbook that would be dedicated just to this one trip.
Whilst I was there I kept hold of receipts, tickets, restaurant business cards, food packets etc Anything really that I liked, that summed up the USA to me, or that reminded me of the trip. I have the Rishi tea bag wrapper from my birthday lunch. I kept the baggage check tickets from the very rude staff member (fond memories). And I have the flattened Milk Duds box that kept me sustained for the first few days of jetlag in NYC.
I took a lot of photos with my phone, and a bunch with my digital camera. So I could start planning it all out as soon as I got back. I did a lot of notes when I was planning it out- that’s how my brain works! I listed the photos I wanted to use, the items I had to include, and also what we did each day to remind myself. I still manged to mess it up and get two of the days the wrong way around!
But I also used film cameras (Canon Ixus and Diana F+) as well, and had to wait to get them developed before I could see if I wanted to use any of them. So it dragged a few weeks annoyingly. Below you can see a an image that boyfriend took with his phone (left), it’s off me with my film camera. And you can see the photo I took of him with my film camera (right). You can also see how much better digital cameras adapt in lower light levels!
It’s not perfect, some pages look a bit messy or odd. But I’m pleased and plan to do it again when I go away in October to Riga.
I bought a disposable fujifilm camera at Christmas on a whim (£4 from Currys) and finally got the roll developed. I really need to learn to use the flash with these types of cameras as they do struggle in low lighting. As well as in lighting I wouldn’t class as ‘low’ but the camera does. The camera had ISO 200 colour film allowing in less light than a higher ISO. And on a basic camera like this you can’t adjust the aperture size to compensate for a lower ISO. Most of the images were quite dark, although the graininess of them is quite atmospheric. I did some basic digital editing on the images to improve the contrast and you can see how that alters the images below.
And the ones below are the best images from the bunch. It’s a shame the ones I took of the meercats at Tropical World weren’t better. Below there are some left over mushroom tent thingies from the Lantern Festival in Roundhay Park which looked awesome on the adverts but cost money… The image has an odd pinkish hue which looks quite cool. And below it there is a shot of a building in Leeds on a cool crisp day, which has blue tones. And there is a very exciting picture of Keighley Post Office Depot. At the time boyfriend questioned the why I would want to take a picture of it. But I think we can all agree it’s quite magnificent.
I like using the disposable cameras, they’re easy and fairly reliable. I have a holiday booked to America in a month and was wondering which camera to take. I want something reliable, light, compact, and easy to use which leads me towards my digital camera! But disposable ones do remind me of the olden days when they were always what you took on holidays.