Tag: Photograph

Trying Out Revolog Tesla Film

I’m not sure where I first saw it, but I found this cool looking film that produces weird blue flashes, like lightning bolts on the photo.  They sell some on the Lomography website, but I tracked them to Revolog which is based in Europe and produces special effect 35mm film.  They have 11 different types, but I stuck with the Tesla lightning bolts I had first seen. It costs about £8/9 so not the cheapest, and I wasn’t sure how well it would work out but I thought I give it a whirl.

I used my Agfa Silette camera which is a very reliable German one, hefty to lug around but you always get a few decent pictures.  I wasn’t going to risk this fancy film on one of my useless Lomography Diana cameras.  The quality of the images seems really nice, so the film itself seems good.  The flashes are totally random, although they do say that they will show more in the darker parts of the image.  Both my dad and boyfriend got lightning bolts to the face!

I  actually do like the effect of the film. I think it might be annoying though, if you set up an awesome photo and the flash obscures the main feature you wanted to see.  It’s a risk you take when using the film. I think I’ll buy some more of the different types they have.

Le Clic Analogue Photographs

They’re not my most successful photos ever, I’m aware of that! They were taken with my Le Clic camera which takes 110 film.  The 110 film can be a little trickier to find, and expensive (about £10 a roll) but it’s very easy to use.  Lomography make it now, but a lot of the stuff online is expired.  I’ve long since decided that I hate expired film, don’t get why people purposefully use it.  I think maybe it’s different if you use 35mm but the expired 110 stuff I’ve tried is always rubbish.  It all looks all blotchy and weird.  

These were taken last summer on one of the rare sunny days we had.  Apparently, expired film loses it’s light sensitivity so it’s effectively reducing the ISO of the film.  I don’t pay much attention to the ISO of my film anyway, (I’m a very technical photographer!) but I still should have had enough light being outdoors in the summer.  Maybe, expired film is not made for the UK?

Anway, what do you think?

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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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!



How to Make a Calendar- Using Picasa

I like calendars, despite that fact that it takes me several attempts to corrected place the vowels in the word calendar when writing it.  But I like being organised and planning stuff, and I work shift work so I need to write down my shifts and I like nice pictures of things so calendars and diaries (have also had some spelling issues with dairies too) are right up my alley.

I few years back I started making my own using real photographs and cutting up magazines, and I have to say I enjoyed that hands on approach (although I did completely ruin cherished photos in the process) but it’s just so much easier and quicker to do it on the computer these days. I use photographs from the previous year (I photo document everything in preparation for the impending zombie apocalypse- I think it will help the survivors to have a record of happier times) and since these are all on my computer now it just makes more sense to create picture collages on the comp then print them out.

I use the free to download programme called Picasa which takes your pictures and allows you to create picture collages (this is all I use it for, but you can also use it as your picture viewer, and do some simple edits to your pics like cropping and add some effects). It’s simple to use, although depending on how you sort your picture on your computer it can be hard to find them on Picasa (but you can search for the folder’s name). Below is a screen shot:

Picassa Screen Shot

You can see the list of folders on the left hand side, and when I clicked on one all the pictures popped up.  In the bottom left you can see the tray- currently all the pictures from this album are stored in it.  But if you just wanted to use a few of them  you click on the thumbnail then the green drawing pin next to the tray.  I selected 4 pictures and pinned them to the tray then clicked ‘create’ then ‘picture collage’.  As you can see below.

Picasss Screen Shot

The next screen allows you to arrange your pictures into a collage, either an organised mosaic or picture pile where you can change the size and orientation of the picture.

Picasa Screen Shot Picasa Screen Shiot Picasa Screen Shot

I go through my old photos from the previous 12 months to see what I was up to every month- so for my 2014 calendar I use photos from 2013, for January 2014 I’ll use photos from January 2013.  That way the calendar stays seasonal and I get to look back at what I was doing this time last year every time I look at my calendar.  I arrange them into collages and print it out on A4 photo paper.  I create a simple 5×7 table in in a word document and print that out on A4 plain paper.  This is for the dates which I hand write in (I used to type them but it’s actually quicker to write them, because every month has different dates you have to redo it for each one), I stick both of these to A3 paper which I hang on my wall.  Below is the finished product, as you can see I fully embrace the homemadeness by not getting the writing very straight but I really like the way it turned out. I’ve done December 2013-October 2014, but my A3 pad has plenty more pages so in 6 months or so I’ll add some more months.


*takes, stores, scans, not sure what the right word is here?  What I’m trying to say is that when you load up Picasa you can see all your pictures through picasa and play with them in the Picasa programme without having to put them in there yourself…