Handmade in leather, in America, by a “little old man” and his assistant. Love it – when I get paid next month, I’m totally getting one. Maybe two. Because I can’t decide if I’d put it on the Pentax or the Cosina. Get your own here! http://www.gordyscamerastraps.com/
After seeing this photo (source unknown, I got it from http://fuckyeahperfectdolls.tumblr.com), I would really love to start doing portrait shots. I’ve wanted to for ages, but the traditional sitting down and looking pretty ones were never really my thing.
Something like this, with so much energy and intensity, is more up my street. Now to learn about lighting, I guess… :/
Personally, I have to work today 🙁 But I will load some film into my Halina 35x, and try to take some pics before the sun goes down. Maybe I’ll have a little explore at lunch! Or maybe I’ll make up for it at the weekend instead.
Photojojo have some really nifty ideas for using instant film, and some great sources for it too (I got mine off Amazon – my Polaroid 210 Land Camera takes the same film as one of the Fuji instant cameras).
They suggested using the old film cartridge to frame a photo you take – looks pretty nifty:
I might have a go at the grid layout too, I have plenty of bare space on my walls itching for stuff to be put on it. Watch this space!
Here’s something cute from our friends over at Lomography – La Sardina!
These cute little wideangle cameras look just like sardine tins, and with some lovely simple features, I bet they’ll reel in (oh ho ho, GEDDIT) a few more people to the wonderful world of film and Lomo photography.
I’ve loved the Lomo guys ever since we did a collaboration for Dinohoodie – they make photography so fun (if a little pricey!) and stylish. Their workshops look good, one day I might just manage to get to one. I bought one of their Sprocket Rocket cameras a while ago and need to get the film developed- also great for wideangle shots!
Whee! After a few weeks of looking on eBay and sighing “TOO EXPENSIVE”, I happened to come across a Pentax MX in a crapshop on Brick Lane (the one by the railway bridge, if you know Brick Lane, run by mad old guys). £25 was half the price they’d been going for on eBay, so I bit his hand off.
Got my new toy home and stuck a lens on it, attempted the light meter – it wasn’t working, so replaced the two 1.5v button cells. It’s unlike any light meter indicator I’ve used before, it has 5 coloured LEDs on the right next to an indicator that shows you the shutter speed you have set. Green = ok, orange/red = not quite right. On this camera the contacts on the shutter speed dial were corroded, and were affecting the lights, I guess – after some jiggling and turning (thanks handy boyfriend) they all lit up correctly and didn’t flicker.
You can also see through this viewfinder shot (with an orange filter on the lens) that there’s a little mirror at the top that shows you which aperture it set. I guess that’s useful… Another semi-useful feature is the little window next to the winding lever. When the shutter is cocked, it shows orange. Y’know, just because it might be useful. There’s a shutter lock, too, in case you need to hold the shutter open on the B setting. I thought switching the lock on might jog the camera as much as holding it down would, but what do I know.
Also, orange filter. I put it on and it seems to darken the shot by one stop. Not sure whether I should be compensating for this, or just metering as usual? I have black and white Ilford in there, will see how it turns out. If it’s a disaster, I can always sell it on eBay and apologise to my Cosina 😛
Firstly, it’s really over-exposed, I know. I was using Lomo 200 Slide film and probably should have set the camera to 400 to under expose it a bit. But there is a reoccurring theme of the light bar on the left hand side of each image – is this a sign of a light leak? I’ve not checked the seals around the edge of my camera back, I probably should…