Monthly Archives: May 2011

New Camera, new resource site

I live at the beach but am travelling to Gettysburg, PA for Memorial Day weekend. WTF is wrong with this picture? My daughter is on the travel soccer team so we must make the drive. It’s OK, though. Gettysburg is a really cool place and I have a new camera to try out this weekend, compliments of my friend Pam.

I never know what I’m going to get when someone says “Hey, I’ve got an old camera at home that you’d like”. I’ve gotten bizarre things, but not this time!
I love the Brownie Hawkeye line of cameras so I was THRILLED when Pam gave me this beauty.

The Flash Fun (even the name is goofy!!) takes 127 film and, according to the Brownie Camera Page, was made from 1961 to 1967. There’s no long-exposure option on it, so I’ll have to use it outside. I can’t wait to try it out.

My Holga is also coming along. I’m hoping to take a ghost tour and come back with some eerie long-exposure ghost-like pictures. We’ll see!

Also, found a VERY informative link this week called The Hipstamatic Combination Chart¬†compiled by photographer Mark Bruce. He dedicated an entire day earlier this month to shooting every possible combo of Hipsta lenses, films and flashes. What a brilliant idea! His site states he started around 9 in the morning and didn’t get finished until after 6 in the evening.

For Hipsta-addicts everywhere, I say muchas gracias!! Check out his fine work. It’s amazing.


36 frames in 12 hours

Back in March my friend Andrew of fuzzyeyeballs¬†threw out a challenge: shoot 36 frames of film in 12 hours (from 9 am to 9 pm) and give us an idea of what you do all day long. That particular day was cold and gloomy here in my part of the world so I was stuck inside all day. My roll turned out terribly: everything was hideously underexposed, so much so that my local drugstore didn’t even charge me for processing. However, I did learn a lot about my newest antique camera, the Canon AT-1, that particular day so the exercise wasn’t entirely futile.

Fortunately, I wasn’t the only one with technical difficulties that day. A second day of shooting 36 frames in 12 hours was set for April 23rd and this time, I got a great roll since I was on vacation in sunny Florida! It was a fun experiment (that drove my husband a little mad) and had me keeping my eyes open for a shot constantly. My camera of choice was my ever-trusty Smena 8. The more I use that camera the more I love it. It’s range of film speeds and apertures made it the perfect camera for such a wide span of time as I was able to get shots from the bright, sunny morning to the fireworks show that night.

April 23rd was the day we arrived at Disney World. We had just spent a day and a half with family in eastern Florida and the kids slept most of the ride to Orlando

Finally, we unpacked and began finding our way around the Polynesian, the place we’d call home for the next five days.

Cool double exposure shot of the porch

The monorail would shuttle us to most of the parks. If you’ve ever seen The Simpson’s episode featuring the Monorail Song, you’ll know why I couldn’t say the word monorail without thinking of the chanting citizens of Springfield. That day we decided to tackle Epcot so we hopped aboard and began our adventure.

As we walked around and visited each nation we saw….

Dinner that night was in Norway, land of the Vikings

A parade of princesses visited our table, which was very amusing to the four older members of the family as Elias, our 5 year-old son, got kisses on the cheek from each one. He was loving the ladies and joined the parade at the end of the meal which, if you’ve ever been to Disney, is something that occurs with alarming and irritating frequency as you’re trying to leave the restaurant.

Phoebe decided to give the giant Royal Chair a go in this picture…

Right after dinner we rode “Test Track” a zooming car ride in which you accelerate to 60mph. It was fun, even for our ride-shy little guy. While we were waiting I got some shots of the test track dummies that dotted the area

We headed back to the international area and enjoyed the sites at night

Then, I tried to catch some of the fireworks on film, but this was as good as it got

Exhausted and ready for bed, we all headed back to our room at the Polynesian.

36 in 12 was a fun project! Thanks to Andrew for suggesting the idea.


Florida Big and Wide

Before going on any trip the big question is which cameras and films to pack. Sometimes just getting out the door can take an extra 10 minutes as you mull over which tools are the right ones for the job. This was the dilemma I faced as we left for our trip to Florida. Do I bring a Polaroid, Holga, Diana, Vivitar UWS, Action Sampler…..you get the picture. I decided to throw a few small cameras in the bag, thinking I wouldn’t want to be carrying anything too heavy or bulky, so I took my Smena 8, Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim (UWS), Holga and my fabulous cardboard pinhole creation. It turned out to be the right combination!

I would HIGHLY recommend taking the Vivitar UWS (or any camera that has the ability to catch wide shots) if you’re planning on going someplace larger-than-life, like Disney World. I got some GREAT shots! The only drawback is the fact that you must use the camera in bright sunlight however, our week was filled with PLENTY of sunny, beautiful days. Here are some of my favorites so far…

Not really sure what happened in this picture or the next one, but I like the swirly effects!


Another great reason to bring an ultra light, ultra wide camera with you? It’s very easy to use on roller coasters!! I got this shot of my family while riding Thunder Mountain. It’s a little under exposed but I still like it.


Pimp My Camera

Finally–I’m back from a much-needed vacation to Florida. We went to worship at the Mouse House (otherwise known as Disney World), visited Harry Potter at Universal Studios and got to hang out with family. Pictures from all the fun are in the process of being developed so for now, I’ll share with you some of my new and improved cameras.

One of my favorite photo buddies Jeff (check out his blog) sent me and a few other ‘unconventional friends’ a crazy pinhole camera kit in honor of World Pinhole Camera Day, which was April 24th. It really was a crazy kit. The wording of some of the directions seemed as though the were poorly translated from some arcane language. Have you ever heard of a mountain fold? A valley fold? How about a trapezium? Yeah, me neither. On the front of the instructions it says the kit is for ages 6+ and requires adult supervision. It SHOULD say it will take 6+ hours and require 2 adult brains.

This is a picture of my whacked-out camera upon completion of assembly. It states that all you need is some glue to hold this thing together but I’ve taken a picture of everything I used to make sure it wouldn’t fall apart. In addition to glue I used some crazy colored duct tape which I cut with the box cutter, plus clips and magnets to hold bits and pieces together while the glue was drying.

Here’s how the process went….

I held little parts down with these clips and worked on other areas while it was drying. For some pieces the clips didn’t work so well so I used some magnets from a long-forgotten science project. They worked like a charm.

After I’d gotten the body together I realized the glue wasn’t going to cut the mustard. That’s when the crazy-colored duct tape came into play.

I saw this stuff at my local office supply store and had been looking for an excuse to use it.

Once most of the major parts were together it was a matter of putting them all together with some flair. Orange tie-dye and zebra stripes seemed like the appropriate combination for my new pinhole camera.

And the finished product, minus a few little bits that wouldn’t stay on with neither tape nor glue, was fabulous!

So, what to do with all that left over duct tape? Why, pimp out another camera, of course! I got this Holga on super-sale when one of my favorite local camera shops had to close its doors (very sad) so I gave it the striped treatment.

It was by far the best looking camera in Florida.


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