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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


Light Painting and Help The Photo Palace

Over the holidays I decided to try my hand at some light painting while walking along the streets of my town at night. For these shots I used my Smena 8 with Kodak Gold iso 400 film.

I was getting warmed up here. As you can see, it’s just a hand-held long-exposure shot, but I like the composition.

This one is zippy! I moved the camera in circles near a bare tree lit by LED lights.

The lights in this tree were further up in the sky. I must have used small, circular motions because the shapes made by the lights look like little snails.

These lights were at the top of a lamppost. They were the old-fashioned kind of lights with giant colored bulbs. You can really see the difference in color temperature between these and the LEDs.

I have more light painting shots on the way. I loaded my Canon 70’s film SLR with Fuji slide film (which I’m getting cross-processed) and am eager to see what I captured.

Remember the Photo Palace bus? Well I got this email from Anton, one of its creators:

Hi Friends,

Well with two weeks left in the funding campaign I really am hoping for a miracle. We are only 20% funded and somehow we are supposed to raise the rest in just 14 days.

I was going to make a video update talking about the educational component of the venture, but with 30 minutes left at my job (which is where I edited the last video because my computer is not powerful enough) my Final Cut file crashed and the info got lost so there’s no time to start over…

In the update I was going to say how many wonderful things we will offer to the film community at large: art shows where people can see a gum print and a tintype and a bromoil print, workshops on pinhole cameras and cyanotypes for kids, more involved classes for adults, lectures on the history of film and how it affected the developments in photography, setting up community dark rooms all over the country…. there was a lot there, but now it’s all lost in the digital realm (if I was working with film this would not have happened…). In any case – imagine me looking rather desperate in my packed-up darkroom pleading for help 🙂 It was going to be a good movie…

I really hope that this goes through and we’ll be able to get on the road by summertime. PLEASE help us out by doing another wave of postings here and there and everywhere about this project with a link to it. If you tell the people – ‘hey, I support this!’ they may listen closer and support it as well, right?

Below is the photo of Rollov Film Center – the space where I taught about a dozen students for the past year. It’s all cleaned up and ready for my departure. Please help make this campaign a success 🙂


Yikes! Please help spread the word about this fantastic project and if you haven’t yet contributed to the fund, hop on over to their Kickstarter site and do so. It’s such a fantastic way to let people know that film is NOT obsolete and that there are lots of us who still love kickin’ it the lo-fi way. Besides, I really want to meet these two fellas when they come to my town!

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.

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