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Is That a Light Saber or Revolog Lazer?

One of the staples of the Structure line of handmade films from Revolog, Lazer will give your pictures a touch of science fiction fabulosity, as if Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker were staging a light saber duel inside your camera. Dazzling green lines appear randomly throughout your roll of film. The effect is more subtle in over exposed shots and brighter in properly and under exposed frames.

Here’s the Lazer effect on an accidentally taken-in-my-photo-bag shot. I never intend to do this, but it’s fun to see the effects in their naked form (so to speak).

One of the first shots on this roll of film is also one of my favorites. Not only did I get a little light leaking, but I got a great green line. This roll was taken in my Smena 8.

I love the look of Lazer in my shots without people.

It’s not as nice through someone’s face, but it’s still interesting.

The first shots on this roll were taken at Playland, the amusement park on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk. It’s one of my favorite places to take photos because it’s just so loud and colorful and crazy.

In this double exposure shot you can see a faint light green line on the right side.

This long exposure carousel shot also shows the green line on the right side of the photo.

Overall, I’m digging Lazer, although for shots of people, I’d prefer another roll of Revolog film, like Tesla or Volvox. With Lazer, you can go for an overall ironic look to your photographs, like taking shots of a Civil War Re-enactment with Lazer. Better yet would be to take pictures of a sword fight at a Renaissance Festival with Lazer. Now that would be something!

Yes, that’s a bacon-wrapped beer bottle on the cover of that magazine


Quad Camera App Rules

As much as I’m devoted to my film cameras, I love messing around with my iPhone camera. It’s fun, always with me and is the next best thing to having a toy or vintage instrument to work with. I look at it as a bridge between the digital SLR world and the toy world (see my post New Year, New Camera ). I recently got a couple of new apps for my iPhone that I’ve been really enjoying. photo (3)

First is the CamTimer Lite. At $1.99 this app is handy for taking the always-entertaining self-portrait and offers 5 or 15 seconds of self-timing action. In addition, it allows you to tweak anti-shake sensitivity, autosave time and put a date or time on your picture. Pretty handy-dandy and brought to you by fellow word pressers NaughtyNuts.

Another helpful app is called Night Shots. It allows you to add a little fill light to pictures while you’re taking them or to shots you already have saved on your iPhone. There are 3 levels of brightness, low, medium and high. This app isn’t going to save a horribly underexposed shot and in my experience tends not to be terribly effective when the darkened subject is against a very light background, but for minor adjustments it’s fantastic! I took a photo of my daughter today and pumped it up first with the Night Shots app. It looks almost HDR!

zoe and old truck

Then I used Camera Bag, probably my most-used photographic app, and added the Helga effect. I really love the results and for 99 cents, it’s a bargain. Night Shot is from Cocoa Tek.

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Last but certainly not least is the cooler than cool, funner than fun Quad Camera from Art & Mobile. I stumbled across this on a Flickr site dedicated to photo (9)iPhone pictures and noticed the Action-Sampler-esque images. They were really cool!! As the owner of an Action Sampler I was thrilled to find an equivalent in the world of iPhone. I own an Action Sampler and I do have a lot of fun with it but trying to use up a roll of 36 pictures can be tough. I’ve taken some fun shots of the sunset, an old truck and a stroll on the beach using this app. You can not only arrange your four shots in a square, you can also have these shots appear horizonally or go all out and use the 8-frame format in rectangular form or 8 shots in a horizontal line. One of the best features is the ability to pick the color type of the picture. Your choices are vivid, dull, grayscale, bright, hi-con and no effect. These basically mimic the lomographic looks of a Holga,  cross-processed film and over-blown lighting. By far the best bang for your buck for the toy camera lover at only $1.99.

I’ve had a great time playing with my fun, new apps and am thrilled that I spent less than $5!! Up next I’ll be trialing a close-up lens for the iPhone. A wqc shiny plastic rainbowhat? Yes people, a close-up lens for the iPhone. Stay tuned!

Diana f+ maiden voyage

A spankin’-new bottle of Ilfosol 3 developer has finally arrived at my house and I’m pleased to be able to share the results. I got a Diana F+ a few weeks ago and took it for a spin on World Toy Camera Day then again this weekend at the Seawitch Festival in Rehoboth Beach, DE. I really love shooting with the Diana! So light and easy. Nice neckstrap, good lock on the bottom of the camera to keep the back firmly attached (unlike my lovely Holga) plus I got the Wide Angle and Close-Up lens package with my camera.

It was so very convienient and easy to use the Diana. I was able to do lots of ‘covert’ shooting by wearing my camera around my neck and looking the other way while snapping the shot that was right in front of me.

The Diana’s images are soft, fuzzy and dreamy. When I sit Holga and Diana images side by side the Holga shots look positively crisp compared to the Diana F+. It’s a great camera to use when you want your images to have that fantastical quality.

I haven’t developed any rolls yet using the close-up lens. Those images are still away at the lab. I plan on taking a few rolls using the close-up lens as one of the main reasons I purchased the Diana F+ was it’s ability to convert to a pinhole cam plus the lenses available to use.  A word about switching lenses. My original lens was extremely hard to get off. It wasn’t just as easy as twisting it like the directions suggested. I have a feeling the tabs that hold the lenses on may break off prematurely but it’s still a really nice feature to have in a toy camera.

Can’t wait to play with the Diana F+ more!

Jungle Jim’s Waterpark

Travel down Route 1 south in Delaware and you’ll see lots of crazy stuff: the UFO building at Eagle’s Nest Airport, a tractor museum, an enourmous propellor in front of a restaurtant (which I hope to photograph in the future), 30ft. plastic neon-colored palm trees strung with blinky lights. None is as crazy, or inviting on a summer day, than Jungle Jim’s .
Situated in Rehoboth Beach, Jungle Jim’s is not just a waterpark. There’s also mini-golf, a batting cage, bumper boats and a go-kart track. It’s a great place to lose money and your mind.

Usually crowded to the max on summer days, I’m lucky enough to work at a place that holds it’s annual picnic at the park right after Labor Day. It’s perfect and this year was no exception. It was hot as hell and humid like nobody’s business. Four large waterslides offer the perfect way to start off your day. Get on a raft and ride the largest slide which shoots you uphill with a giant burst of water. Three of these slides are enclosed completely, adding to that horrific feeling of claustrophobia and not knowing what lies next around the turn.

When you’ve had enough of the slides, or you’ve lost your voice from screaming, head on over to the lazy river. Plop yourself in a tube and ride the current around the park. Look out for the waterfalls and the wave pool!

You may be hungry at about this point in your day. Head on over to the Cafe, located next to the restrooms and lockers. There you can get any number of fried or sugar-laden foods to satisfy your hungry tummy. Just look for the large plastic animals enjoying hot dogs and sodas.

Going to the Jungle with small children? No worries. There in the center island is a shallow pool with crazy squirting fountains, palm trees with coconuts that dump water on your head, a large pirate ship complete with water-guns, slides and cargo net and around the periphery of this shallow pool, a number of soft, small slides fit for the littlest visitor.

Feeling really fit? Try crossing the rope bridge with your hands. Below you are floating objects to give you a little help but without the proper upper body strenght, you’ll end up in the drink!

A fun-filled day for the whole family, Jungle Jim’s is a great alternative to the beach on those days when you just don’t want to clean sand from between your toes yet again. You can easily spend the entire day at the park and it’s a good thing since the price of admission is not cheap. Next time you’re travelling south on Route 1 and the kids are driving you crazy in the backseat, pull over at Jungle Jim’s and let them get their ya-yas out. Your wallet will be a little lighter but then again, a solid night of sleep is pretty much priceless.

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