Wednesday, February 29, 2012

12 Months of Photos - February

So, I didn't quite get them all, but I had fun trying!


Favorite Gadgets

Loved Ones (My little sister Laura)



Something I Don't Love (These clearly are not in the sink waiting to be washed, but I hate washing dishes.)

Free Shot (I just liked this one.)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Oh Well

This last Sunday was the anti-photo day of all days.  A friend and I went driving/walking all about in search of a few nice shots.  What we found were strong winds, nasty sun glare, and angry geese. Okay, the geese weren't angry until we got too close to a heavily protected nest.  The real mother goose is nothing like the one we learned about during story-circle in kindergarten.  We were squawked at and chased up a muddy hill before I got off a single shot.

When we finally gave up and decided to head to the photo lab, I was feeling a little disappointed in our excursion, but was excited about a roll of damaged film I had been shooting on.  This buoyed me through the wait for my prints.  As my friend and I approached the counter to pick up our prints, we heard the film tech equivalent of the blue screen of death, "I'm sorry, but...".  Apparently, my damaged film had not dried sufficiently enough to be sent through the developer.  My roll was returned to me in a plastic film canister, wrapped in black paper.  I am still not quite sure why they completely removed the film from its metal canister if they weren't going to develop it.  Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure that the black paper around the plastic canister is not light-tight.  Sometime this week, I'll roll it into a new metal canister and hope that the entire roll is not destroyed.

So, after all of that, here are a couple of salvaged shots from the day.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Damaged Film

Below are a few experimental photos taken over the weekend.  I read an article about damaging film, and just had to try it.  This can be done in a number of ways.  I chose to soak my film in mouthwash.  The end results, (if you haven't completely ruined the film) are odd colors, splotches, and other distortions.  Because my film was wet, I decided to use a little camera I picked up at a flea market for one whole dollar.  It was basically a re-loadable disposable.  It worked well for this purpose.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Latest Challenge

This is my latest little challenge, a Polaroid 210 Land Camera, circa 1967.  I was thrilled recently to find that Fuji is still making both color and black and white film to fit these cameras. I promptly ordered a pack of each.  Sadly, I ruined almost an entire pack of the color film before I managed to figure out what was going wrong inside this little piece of history.  I persevered however, and believe I have solved the problem.  I will hopefully have a few shots to post here soon!  

Friday, February 10, 2012

Current Favorites

These are currently my favorite "toys".  The tank, (as I like to call it) on the left is a Vivitar 400/SL SLR, circa 1975.  The cute camera on the right is a reproduction, (modified in size, to use 35mm film instead of 120) of a toy camera called the Diana, originally introduced in the 1960's.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Railing with shadows on a sunny day.  This picture was taken with a Diana Mini, using Kodak BW400 CN film.

Rusted metal beam lying in grass near the Jackson St bridge construction site. This picture was taken with a Diana Mini, using Kodak BW400 CN film.

Old bike with weeds and helmet. This photo was taken with a Minolta X370, using Ilford XP2 400 film.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012