Monthly Archives: November 2011

Holga Lens Filter for iPhone

Using my iPhone for pictures just got 100 times more fun with the addition of the Holga Special Lens & Turret Filter for iPhone 4.

As you can see, it fits on the back of your iPhone just like a case. It offers no protection whatsoever, so you must be very careful while using it, but the array of special effects lenses is worth the danger. You can choose from these filters:

Red Heart


Yellow with a hole in the middle

Green (makes you look like a ghost hunter!)

Blue with a hole in the middle

Double lens

Triple lens

Quad Lens

Macro lens

…and the last hole on the dial is so you can take regular pictures.

This thing is so much fun. I spent a lot of Thanksgiving taking funky pictures of all the happenings around my house. I think it’s especially fun to use the filters with an app, like Hipstamatic. Check these out…

At only $30 USD from the Four Corners Store, it’s a great (and affordable) tool to add to your iPhoneography kit.

Leaky Brownies

I don’t use my Brownie Hawkeye enough and a roll of film I recently scanned is proof of that. It gives me the coolest light leaks when I take long-exposure shots. This is my favorite shot from a roll of Fuji slide film that I exposed in Cape May, NJ and on the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach. I don’t know what the little granules are on the right side of the picture but they create some really interesting shadows in that light leak.

Here’s another one that I really like because the numbers on the film paper are very faintly exposed on the right side of the shot (I’m noticing a pattern here…maybe the right side of the camera is leaky).

Another long exposure shot didn’t turn out so well. This was a kiddie ride in motion. I was hoping to get some blurring from the swings but that didn’t happen.

My Brownie Hawkeye is also fun to use because it usually sparks a conversation between me and someone who remembers it fondly from their youth. I love hearing those stories.

Inadvertently, I got a great double exposure.

Here’s a spidery-looking ride at Playland.

Finally, a shot of me and my husband Jake in the mirror of the vintage photo booth on the boardwalk. We were waiting for our black and white pictures to develop 🙂

My next project with the Brownie will be long exposure shots only on both slide and negative color film. It will be interesting to see what I might get.

Aikido on the Beach: A Lesson In Acceptance

One of my closest friends, Mike, practices Aikido, a form of martial arts, and was kind enough to invite me and my family along when his group was training on the beach. I was thrilled to capture the group’s flowing motions, stark uniforms and weaponry against a backdrop of sand and surf. Since Mike also appreciates the lo-fi aesthetic I was ready to capture some beautiful black and white images with my Holga and maybe print a few for him. But, as often happens in the toy camera world, that’s not exactly how things worked out. I made a totally amateur mistake when I forgot to check if the shutter was set to “Bulb” instead of “Normal” (you can see where this is going now, can’t you?).

Big fat whoops on my part. I really wished these pictures had actually been in focus. Somehow, I did get a shot of the group that came out really nicely.

It probably wouldn’t have been much sharper had I had it on the Normal setting. In retrospect, even though the shots didn’t come out the way I planned, I really like them. The motions look ethereal and ancient, which I feel reflects some of the character of the martial arts. Also, the sun was going down at the time and the bulb setting gave me the light I needed for a decent exposure.

Before I take a shot with any toy camera, I often follow the advice given to me by a photographer when I was a kid: Hold your breath, then press the button. That advice certainly saved some of these photos from being completely disastrous.

Then there are these last two shots. After I got home and realized my mistake I fired off these last two shots. The first is of four circles of roofing nails. They’d be much cooler in macro mode, but I seem to have misplaced my diopter, so this is what I got.

And finally, my wonderful children showing their love for each other at the dinner table….

Shameless LomoPromotion

Bear with me, dear readers, as I am trying to earn some “Piggy Points” to get the camera of my dreams—the Fuji Natura Classica!!This product actually looks INCREDIBLY cool, but I’m not really one for film-making so I won’t be splurging. The movies it makes are very reminiscent of silent-era films, which to me is truly cool.

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Tripod mount: yes

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How to Display Vintage Photo Booth Pictures

Photo booth pictures are quirky and spontaneous. I drag my kids to one of the two local vintage photo booths in my town frequently with only one rule: You have to be goofy! Over the years I’ve collected lots of strips, which can be found on our corkboard, tucked in between magazines and even used as bookmarks.

The time had come to consolidate them into one place before they got lost so, taking my life into my hands, I searched through our very full garage for an old frame and found a long forgotten, oddly sized collage of frames that turned out to be the perfect place to display my pictures.

This project doesn’t require much; an Exacto knife, paper to use as background, self-adhesive photo corners, a ruler and the photos. I picked a frame, in this case the 7 x 5 inch frame oriented horizontally.

After deciding which photos would fit best I picked out the background paper.

Using the frame back, I cut the paper to size with the Exacto knife. For this frame I’d need two pieces of paper and to make it a little more interesting, I made a little checkerboard pattern. I’m using some old card stock as my background but you could use virtually anything. Just make sure it doesn’t compete too much with your pictures.

Arrange your pictures first then, using the photo corners, affix them to the paper.

You can see that after I got going, I realized my original design would not fit very well so I eliminated two of the pictures.

That’s it! Here’s my finished product.

I used a little different arrangement with each frame.

And this is what it looks like hanging on the wall. It’s much nicer than the corkboard and puts our crazy memories front and center in the living room. The variations on this project are truly endless!

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