Last year I made Victor a slide lamp with landscape vintage slides with voyages from around the world, including the Great Wall of China. I found the perfect selection of slides for him out of my collection for his travelling spirit. Before I make anything with slides I always scan them as I hate the idea of the photo be lost forever so here is look at some of slides I used on his lamp from various people! Ps. If you are interested on how I made the slide lamp, check out my DIY here.
I have a massive amount of Polaroids and over the years I’ve discovered a few ways for organizing and storing them so I thought I’d share. As the film is no longer common these days there is not a lot products available for storing the film and in fact almost all of my organizers were not intended to be used for Polaroid film. A big distinction I want to mention is when I say Polaroids I am referring to pack film whether it’s Polaroid pack film or the Fujifilm FP-3000B or FP-100C variety (which is still made) and not the other types of Polaroid film. I’ll also be giving tips on how to store your negatives for pack film, if like me you like to keep them instead of throwing them away.
Organize Your Polaroid Film
I use every one of these to store and organize my film and negatives at home and when I am out shooting with my vintage Polaroid cameras. Below I break them down in seperate categories of what they are best for and where to find them.
Practical & On the Go
To be honest this is 90% of what I use for my storage, it’s not the best looking solution but it functions perfectly and for someone who takes a lot of instant photographs it’s very easy to manage and affordable. These are Print File Archival Negative Pages ($10 for 25 pages) which I just put inside a normal 3 ring binder. If you are just storing the film you can put several in each 4×5 pocket because the pack film is actually smaller than the pockets, which also makes for easy removal. If you want use the pages for display you can fit 8 pieces of film on one page using the front and back side. The clear plastic makes it easy to see and no PVC means its great long term storage. I also use these pages, minus the binder when I am outside shooting. I simply bring along as many pages as I need and slip into my bag. The pages fold up easily so you can get it down to the size of just 1 pocket making it easy to bring along. After I’m done taking a photo on my camera I’ll wait for the film to dry and slip it inside one of the pockets. This makes sure my film stays free of dirt, does not touch anything else, and if it isn’t completely dry the worst it will do is stick to the plastic which in my case has never wrecked the film as you can effortlessly peel them apart. Two things to note when using these pages while on the go is that they will collect dirt over time so you will need to replace them after a while and the pages will not prevent the film bending so you want to make sure you are putting these somewhere flat. In my camera bag I put the pages in between the cushion and the outside part of my bag, folded up together, haven’t had a issue with bent photos yet.
The classic way or decorative way for storage is a photo album. You can use modern albums or vintage like I have here in the above shot. Vintage Polaroid photo albums are easy to find online and thrift shopping. I picked up this cute 70s album on Etsy for $10 (examples here) and two plain leather ones for a few dollars locally. They provide affordable storage and very charming at the same time. Keep in mind though that Polaroid film comes in many different sizes, for pack film the perfect album has pockets sized 3 ½ x 4 ¼. Most vintage albums will be this size or large on average so if you don’t mind a bit of extra room there isn’t many that will not work, just avoid square shaped pockets as they are not for pack film and likely too small. You can see in the photo above these vintage albums are great as well for holding smaller vintage photography! Modern albums are made for 4×6 film so technically pack film will fit but I prefer the two above options more. For photography portfolios however I like using Portfolio Nobel albums which come in all different sizes, the smallest being 4×6 or 5×7, I simply use photo corners to keep the Polaroids centered.
When I am out taking photos with my Polaroid I always like to keep the negative side whether I am shooting in black and white or color. So to make sure I can carefully carry back all negatives home I use a simple plastic sheet protector that you can get cheap from any office supplies store, or Dollar store. It can be folded up neatly in any bag before use and doesn’t take up any space at all. Once it has negatives in it what it does is protect my bag and camera equipment from getting any of emulsions and developing goo on them, and only takes up as much room as the negatives. The sheet protector is also long enough to fit the whole back side of the Polaroid including the negative and the paper tab without trimming. This is really important especially if you are shooting and don’t have the time, or the ability to let the negatives dry completely. I normally don’t putting them in completely wet but I have, even with two negatives at once facing away from each other and not had an issue. They will stick to the plastic and stay a little moist but if you must…it’s a great way to get them home. The plastic protector will get dirty with the chemicals after several uses but you can wash it or throw away if it’s too far gone.
Once I am home I like to store the pre-negatives in a plastic container until I have a chance to clean and turn them into proper negatives (only with color pack film – black and white you can scan right away). I picked up this plastic storage container made for 4×6 photography from an art store for a few dollars, it fits the negatives perfectly without me needing to trim the sides or tab. It can sometimes take a few months for me to process them so it’s nice to have a large container to store them in the meantime. You can also use this for storing the film while out shooting but it takes up a larger area, however it’s great for a long vacation when you want to store film in your suitcase. For storing the negatives after processing them, I use the same Print File pages again and store in a binder. I’ve actually wanted to do a tutorial on how to make the back side of pack film into negatives for over a year and never get around to putting all my thoughts together but if you interested and don’t currently do this with yours here one video and another as a guide.
I hope this was helpful! I know when I first started shooting with vintage Polaroid cameras I had no idea how to organize them or store them safely when I was shooting. One time I put my film in-between the pages of my camera manual thinking the film was completely dried and ended up ripping out two pages of the manual as the pages got stuck to the emulsion. Wrecking my vintage manual for the camera and the photo almost entirely, since then I have never trusted pack film to ever be dry no matter how dry it feels. With these organizers I’m really happy with my the safety of my film when I’m shooting and know it’ll get home fine, not to metion how easy it is to find a photo I need in my big binder. If you have any questions about this ask below and please share any tips or suggestions you have!
When I look back at 1900s photography it’s always with great fondness and admiration, however it’s a whole another thing to ‘know’ the people in the photos. I’ve never really had a close relationship with my family, especially my grandparents on either side so I really missed out being able to go through their photo albums and in their later years discovering more about them as an adult. The only impression about my grandmother’s side of the family besides knowing they were German famers in Alberta who lived in a mostly Ukraine populated area was the cameo portraits my grandmother had in her room of her great grandparents I believe. I loved look at them so much because they were very striking and regal and very much of a moment of history, that moment before photography became the way we captured ourselves instead of oil on canvas. Much to my delight I was given a few scans of that side of the family, dating from the early 1900s, like the above photo of my grandmother’s grandparents. There aren’t many photos from the war times so the ones below will be from the 1940s to 1950s but I thought I’d show the great photography of my one side of family today.
I will definitely be sharing some more another time, as I love these. The one of my grandmother and the bear that close is surreal. She always love camping and I can see why now. Let me know in the comments below if you have any great photos to remember your grandparents or great grandparents by.
Long Beach on Vancouver Island is one of the few places in Canada I’ve been that feels like nowhere else. Situated in the Pacific Rim area of the island sandwiched between two small holiday towns (Tofino and Uculelet) and surrounded by the rainforest, it’s pretty magical. Not to mention there is nothing between it and the raw span of the Pacific ocean that reaches all the way to Japan. It feels like a raw untapped environment, the bear lockers as well certainly back that up. The highway trip there however might persuade you not to visit; we twisted and turned constantly through the mountains for a few hours to get to this secluded area of the island. Even after only being there twice in my lifetime once as a kid and an adult I feel a connection with the place. If you ever get the chance or plan a trip to Vancouver Island – I’d say jump on it. These were all taken with my Polaroid Super Shooter Shot using Fujifilm FP-100C film instant film.
In the last two weeks I’ve went to a local flea market, Marche Aux Puces a few times and without fail (and not intending to buy any) brought home with me a few pieces of vintage photography to add to my collection. Victor scolded me while he was waiting for me to go through the piles and piles of photos this one storefront had, saying “why do you need more?” and it really struck me. Vintage photography beyond just being wonderful to look at and good for admiring it’s beauty, should in theory be meaningless if you don’t know the people or even what landscape is in the photo…however that’s not the case to me at all. I find each piece has its own draw and reason why I’d like to own it. Not to mention as a photographer I like the idea of preserving vintage photography on top of when I see what poor conditions some sellers keep it in I feel a little like I should ‘rescue’ it. Beside the two points I already mentioned – there is actually a ton of other reasons why I like old photography so instead of just showing what photos I choose to buy I thought this time I’d share why below each to give more context why I pick certain photographs.
Landscape photography is harder to find when thrifting so anytime I find it’s almost always an immediate buy each time. I prefer landscape photography over portraits in fact, but it’s wasn’t common pre 1950’s for people to take it unless they were professionals The left appears to be a lake, and there is an anomaly in the photo between the waves that I can’t for the life of me figure out what it is – and it’s definitely not damage (enlarge and have a guess in the comments if you want because I still have no idea). The right is from 1958 and appears to be Niagara Falls.
One of the first ones I was drawn to while searching through the piles was this blurry group shot due to its distinct character. Normally I avoid bad photography but this blur of wedding guests or church goers or snappy dressers is very intriguing to me.
Is it bad if I say I bought this one because she’s wearing a swimsuit and/or no pants? She has a wonderful rueful expression on her face and a part of me really needs to know what she’s doing up there on the post. The left over tape is a negative but the quality of the seller’s photos in general was really poor – not shown a lot of love.
Children are another one of my favourite subjects when it comes to vintage photography. Something about the black and white, style of clothes and often weird expressions combined that I find unnerving. Nothing beats a spooky photo of a child. This photo is just a really nice shot but I like how the over exposure also makes her look like she only has one arm.
Finding double exposures give me great joy, I don’t have many but slowly I want to build an entire collection of just interesting double exposures. This shot almost looks like a nice view of a lake and boat until you realize the sky has waves on it.
1928 at a parc I can’t put my name on but I am sure I’ve visited myself here in Montreal (who knows what flight of fancy that is). The 1920’s was a great time for fashion, you don’t find many from that time period, 1940’s-1950’s are more common.
Small photos and square photos are some of the photos I am always tempted to buy, this one was developed to be exposure only in a heart shape which makes it’s 1×2 inch size even more precious. The first non standard developed photo to my collection.
A postcard style photograph from around the 1920’s of what appears to be an all boys school. This photos has amazing details, I included a close up of their faces so it’s easier to see the details as I downsize the quality of my scans for the website. Continue reading %s
I am sharing photos from my Vancouver trip piece by piece, there is something about summer that makes me never feel the need to relive it a second time…that is until Winter hits and the first snow falls and then all I do is look at photos of better and nicer days and pine away. lol. All the instant photographs today were taken with my Instax Mini 90 camera using Pandora film while me and Victor were on our trip. We really wanted to go camping on Vancouver Island while in town and my friend Brent agreed to drive so we hit the road 2 days into landing in Vancouver. Me and Victor spent the next 6 days camping at various places across the island.
Our second location of the camping trip was Long Beach on the west coast of the island. The sky was blotched out due to the heavy smoke from a forest fire on the north side of the island that happened on the 2nd day of our camping adventure. The lower mainland and the island were having a severe drought so fires are to be expected. We didn’t know until we arrived back to Vancouver that the whole of lower mainland had the same issue with the sky just being a sea of smoke. I remember once having black ash fall from the sky in downtown Vancouver one year after a really bad forest fire which didn’t feel as bizarre to me as this. It’s just what happens when you are in province with so much forest and dry summers. So we didn’t really get a sunny beach while camping but I loved the atmosphere. Below is a double exposure shot of the beach and a few of us hanging out.
Sadly I didn’t get any photos of us wave surfing as a group but we spent most of our day on Long Beach doing that with my friend Zara who joined us there. The water was very cold especially with no sun to warm us up but we had a blast. We also headed down to the beach later that day to watch the sunset together. I hate when I take photos of sunsets with the Instax camera the sun becomes a black dot in the skyline (like the second photo below).
Due to the drought most of BC had a fire ban which all three of us didn’t even think about before heading out camping. Lucky for us we just happened to have packed a gas stove or it might have been a disaster. However at Long Beach they didn’t have a ban on camps fires due to being so close to the ocean. We made the biggest fire we could! It was so nice to cook supper over it (man I love anything cooked over a fire) and I must have spent a good hour roasting marshmallows.
Our 3rd camping location was the beautiful island of Newcastle which is just adjacent to Nanaimo’s downtown harbour. When I was little and lived in Nanaimo my school use to go over to Newcastle to hike all the time and even do group camping. I couldn’t wait to take Victor and show him as I have a fondness of the place. Sadly our friend Brent had to get back to work so he dropped us off so we could hop on the small ferry over to the island. The first night we arrived the sun was just setting so we didn’t do much except setup camp and eat a quick supper but the next morning we made the big plan to walk around the entire island. It was intense and it took 5 hours but being able to view the ocean from the cliff sides and even have lunch dangling my feet over a cliff was well worth it.
Late on our last night of camping my older brother showed up with his girlfriend and we proceeded to show them the coastline of the island. We didn’t get to go very far since me and Victor were exhausted from our own walk but the next morning on our last day we took them up the side of the island that we thought was the most beautiful. Victor and my brother were on the hunt to find the perfect private beach to sit and chill at. We did find in the end after a lot of walking and even scrabbling down the side of rocks, lots of hand hold and finding a path down with the least amount of thorn bushes. All the photos are us hanging out on the secluded beach and enjoy the morning breeze coming off the ocean. Victor even went for a swim at the end to capitalize on our last hour on Newcastle before we headed back to Vancouver.
I am dubbing the follow photos Summer Vibes because all of them are just taken on various times just chillin’ in the last few weeks. All were taken with my Instax Mini 90 using Instax Hamicat film, which is hysterical to me even though I have no fucking clue who Hamicat is (let me know in the comments if you are familiar). I mean the watermelon photo below is just beyond BEYOND cute and strange at the same time. Not to mention the one of Hamicat – a cartoon cat as you can imagine and his mouse buddy just getting drunk (6 one down). This just might be the best Instax film to date, at least to me. Lol. Enjoy my silly summer photos.
We went to Techno Beach as Victor likes to call it (it’s actually called Village Éphémère) this weekend for the first time. The music was not exactly what we expected, I guess they have different types throughout the summer and we went on a salsa, folk music with a beat night. However it was still a pretty nice place to hang out and watch the sunset not to mention just a short bike ride from our house.
I love the food truck night they have at Pie-X. This is Victor chowing down on a bacon sandwich which I am pretty sure used a whole pack of bacon. I can’t believe we didn’t even have food carts a few years ago…well we still kind of don’t as they are usually only operating in the summer months and have specific destinations. So you don’t really spot them too frequently outside of this event and festivals which is too bad since I love trying new food (or just getting sausages from the Polish van – probably the best thing ever is polish sausages).
Sometimes I don’t realize until I finish a roll how much I just shoot Victor, I mean it’s understandable because we are attached at the hip when not working but after a while it’s kind of like….oh another photo of Victor. lol. No, just me? Rambling aside, a fun day at the beach playing my new card game I picked up on Kickstarter called Exploding Kittens (going to do a review of it in September).
Let me know in the comment what you think about this awesome film design?
Today I’m sharing with you all the instant photography that I took using my Instax Mini 90 this Spring. You might recognize the characters on the film itself if you’ve ever seen Little Twin Star before. I love being able to use themed Instax mini film when I get the chance, it’s just so cute and adorable although probably not very suitable for the photos I ended up taking with it (it was all I had at the time). All of these shots were taken back in May and April from several different trips. Most of them feature the Vieux-Montreal & Plateau area where I frequently go for bike rides and picnics and show things like the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, Clock tower, Parc Lafontaine and silos. A few double exposures as well which I’m not yet sold on with this camera. I notice the double exposures tend to usually be over exposed no matter what time of day/lighting conditions I am taking the shots in. I still haven’t done my review of the Instax Mini 90 either, hope to finish it by the end of the summer. Anyways, to the photos…
Oh and just in case you were wondering, I had 1 shot of Hello Kitty leopard Instax mini film left in my camera so this is the one shot of it from the same trip as the one above it. We went for a picnic at the Sir Wilfred Laurier parc with almond croissants from my favourite bakery – yum.
Anytime you have a film camera the evitable question is how do I organize all my shots after I’ve taken them? Thought I’d do one specifically for organizing Instax mini films today as I’ve already done a ‘How To’ for organizing negatives (here) and plan on doing one for Polaroid film soon. Plus there is a lot you can do with Instax film and it’s great to get creative. Hope you find this information help, and let me know in the comments if you have your own suggestions!
My first tip is the most obvious for organizing, ALBUMS. It’s easy to find albums online and in fact they are pretty affordable but my biggest tip is to buy off of Ebay. Like with any Instax mini accessory I always recommend looking on Ebay because North American just isn’t as into Instax cameras as much as people in Japan, Korea and other countries in China. So unless you live there, it’s the best way to see what they have. What they have that you won’t find anywhere is variety and price. Whether that meas color, patterns and even album material and size (albums for 24 shots, 64 shots, 84 shots, and even over 100+ ). I even have a Little Twin Star album that matches some of the film I have and all of them I bought for around $5 each with free shipping. All the albums I have except the mini album are 64 shots, my favourite being the two faux leather albums. If you don’t like Ebay, Amazon America (Canada’s is terrible still) has been getting way more variety in albums the last few months than they use to, although usually more expensive.
If you want another way to organize/show you Instax film here are 4 ideas that I think can be really fun. The best, and one I love the most is photo walls. Simply use tack, tape, pins or anything really and stick the film on the wall. I’ve made them with other types of film in the past but right now I prefer having artwork on my walls instead, so here are a few awesome Instax walls for reference (here, here, and here). Second idea if you want a bit more structure that will probably be less damaging to your walls use Fotoclips. They are made to be used to any type of film and are great if you are worried about the film curling up. Third is the wall sheet which fits 10 or 20 shots that can be hanged on the wall or used as a curtain. I bought a bunch of them with the idea of making them into curtains but haven’t really used them yet. Check out this photo to see what it’d look like, also useful if you don’t want dirt or dust getting on your photos. The fourth idea is more for protective storage but you can use card protectors which just happen to be the same size of Instax mini film.
My biggest concern when I first got my Instax Mini 90 camera was how the hell do I store the film when I’m out taking shots or while I’m waiting for them to develop. A lot can happen between then and getting home sometimes and you don’t want to ruin that perfect shot you just took before you even have time to share it. My favourite and most reliable way to store Instax film when out of the house is the mini album. The reason why it’s amazing is because it’s tiny enough to fit in most of my purses and camera bags and will not become an inconvenience like a bigger album (belows shot is so you can compare a mini album to a medium sized one). It also means your film will not get bent, and it holds 24 shots which for me mean I can take it for weekend trip like camping and have plenty of room to store all my shots in. Other alternatives can be the photo wall I showed above which is about the same size as the mini album except it’s a tad longer but much skinner; or the card protectors which are great if you are mostly worried about the film getting dirty and want to slip it into a pocket or bags. The only down side to both of them is the film can get bent.
Well storage can be anything, but I love these hipster wooden cases and wanted to share them. I just picked up my own in both styles and can’t wait for them to arrive.
Unexpected at the start of the month my brother sent me a big packaged filled with all these wonderful gifts he picked up for me in India along with a usb drive containing scans of film photographs from my childhood. Some of them I hadn’t seen if over a decade and some I’d never seen before, so you can imagine it a bit of a head trip. Victor and I must have spent 3 hours around his computer one night after the package arrived, going through all the photos and me telling him random stories behind them. It was really nice especially since it made me remember things I had forgotten about. I choose to share this group of photos because one of the cooler things I had a chance to do as a kid was visit my father at his work.
My father lived in this tiny town called Chetwynd in Northern BC and worked at the lumber mill as a forester. Basically he was in charge of restoring the area after they were deforested. Although I did hate spending part of my summer stuck in the small town, it was pretty fun when we were allowed to go with him for the day. For a city kid being able to ride around the mountains in a four wheeler when I didn’t even own my own bike was surreal. I always had a mixture of fear and excitement while driving on my own four wheeler or even sitting on the back of one with my brother’s driving. I can’t believe now that I was even allowed to drive, I pretty sure I am only 8 in these photos. That’s probably a normal age for kids who live in rural areas, maybe? I also remember loving to just hunting in the middle of a deep forest for fossils (I found them too, my collection of fossils was small but I treasured each one). My favourite pass time though while on site with him was finding and trying to kiss random frogs. I must have taken fairy tales a bit too seriously since otherwise that just makes me really weird for doing that…a lot. My two brothers and I also use to plant trees anytime we went out with him. I have no idea why we found it so fun. Most people who were there to plant trees were University students on break in need of money spending 10 hours a day breaking their back planting hundreds of trees a day. I probably planted like 20 in the span of 6 hours so I guess I didn’t experience what it was really like. We use to just wander around a lot while my dad checked up on the tree planters. In between different sites he’d take us to waterfalls and anything else interesting he thought would keep us preoccupied while he was working. The last thing I remember doing while visiting was each summer we’d ride in a helicopter. My dad frequently had to be lifted into certain areas to survey by helicopter so every summer we visited he’d arrange for us to be taken up in helicopter as well. Sometimes we’d just go straight up and down again but occasionally we got a full tour of the town and surround areas. It kind of makes me feel like a baller in my old age, being able to say I rode a helicopter just cos. Anyways enough rambling, here are a few photos from one of those summer days – sadly no frog kissing caught on film. I wish I could share my fossil collection too but my dad hopefully still has them somewhere. I might share more of these sometime in the future. I love looking at old film photos and its fun to share.
Today I needed a day off, so I’m just going to share with you two Instax Mini photos from me and Victor’s first walk of spring. Yup, it’s finally warm enough to walk around Montreal and I couldn’t be happier about it. This Sunday we decided to enjoy the fresh air and go to my favourite bakery to buy almond croissants and sit in Parc Laurier. The parc btw had no leaves on any of the trees, brown grass and snow patches scattered about and was still packed with every hipster parent and their kids because I think everyone was just so happy. It was nice. Yesterday also marked the first day in over 2 weeks were I haven’t been suffering from symptoms of my concussion, so I’m having a pretty great week all things considered. I’m also a good week behind on the blog because of not being able to really do work for the past 2 weeks so that’s why today’s post is super short. Sorry! I do have a really fun post for tmr about what I’m currently reading. (I love the Little Twin Star Instax Mini film, so adorable)
I absolutely love taking double exposure with vintage Polaroid land cameras, although not always successful it’s really fun to test and see what you can get. I’ve shared these photos before but wanted to reshare them as after a year of taking multiple exposures with instant film these are my personally most successful. I find using trees as one of the shots usually results in an interesting result however putting this post together I realized how often I use them and really want to explore this summer on using more variety. I’d love to do a series of double exposures with graffiti from around Montreal so hopefully I will get a chance to explore that idea more. Man it feels like a really long time since I’ve actually used my Polaroid Colorpack or Super Shot cameras, I really need to pick up more film and get back into shooting. Hope you enjoy the shots.
It’s been forever since my trip to Toronto last month and I’m just getting around to sharing my Instax mini photos from there. Sitting down and spending an hour or two scanning photos is always the part I am least enthused about when it comes to instant photography. However I’m glad I did finally scan these as it was a walk through memory lane last night. I had such a great time hanging out with my friends Derek and Erin. The highlights of the trip beside all the ramen me and Victor consumed was meeting their two brand new kitties and watching them both dj at Detour bar. Most of the photos are from our random walk around Toronto and on Derek’s birthday. My favourite photo outta the bunch is one of Victor with Derek’s best friend Victor, it’s kind of the crazy but they are both obviously Victor’s and both from Chile. So strange. I loved capturing all these shots, can’t wait for my next trip outta town!
Okay, so Christmas was a LONG LONG TIME ago but I find the Instax Christmas mini film you can get to be so charming I just really wanted to share. My tree might still not be packed away either, the decorations have been remove but still hanging out on my floor waiting to go in our outside shed so I might also be wishing it was still the holidays. Most of the photos are just of me, Victor and Butter and our fabulous collection of trees since I was so relaxed on the holiday I didn’t even take my camera out until we had opened all the presents. Butter was in love with sleeping underneath the tree and pouncing out from under it, and curling up between all the presents before being opened and after. She might be in every photo I took of the tree, so try and spot her.
Last month marked the first time I ever tried to do Polaroid emulsion lifts (did a little DIY about it here) and I ended up with a lot of them because they are so fun to do and play around with. I absolutely love the idea of transferring my instant photography into something else and try making art out of them. Today I wanted to show you all of the ones I did while trying it out. They are on various surfaces from watercolor paper, canvas board to wood. I still haven’t completed them and put the finishing touches on them as I’m unsure of which ones I will end up keeping but I love them so much in their raw state as well. I will be sure to show you more next time I do them. Currently I don’t have any more Fujifilm that I would like to emulsion lift but I want to start shooting in the Spring again so I’m sure there is more to follow.
All the landscapes photographs I am sharing today were taken in the 1950’s and feature France’s coast line. I usually buy all my vintage photography in person but I couldn’t resist buying these on Etsy as most common photography from this era were portraits. Sadly it was not a good experience, all the photographs were glued onto the folder they came in which I didn’t know until it arrived. You can see the 2nd photo there is a rip in the middle from when I tried to release it and others that have a circle in the middle because of the glue attaching it to the folder. Regardless of the bad experience I still enjoy these and I can’t help but dream of visiting the French coast at some point. The waves make me miss the ocean, but it’s interesting how different the coast line is from what I’m used to. I’d love to get vintage photographs from around the world of the ocean as it’s amazing to see.
Featured Artists: The Met Gallery Collection
What a great way to spend some of your Christmas vacation then checking out the Met Gallery Collection of photography ranging from the 1980s all the way to the 2000s. They have thousands of photograph negatives and prints available online to be viewed that has either featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art itself or in storage. I’ve featured some of the photographers below so you have an idea of what you’re getting into as the site is much like a library catalogue system (it’s not a photo gallery and with information about the pieces being more prominent than the artwork itself and frequently there is pieces without a photograph) but it’s worth the search trust me. There are a lot of gems in here if you are fascinated by photography like myself or just like looking back at earlier times in history. It’s available, here and if you want to check out the Met Gallery Collection in its entirety, here. Happy looking and let me know in the comments any gems you find!
Bruce Davidson, 1966
Walker Evans 1933
Eugène Atget 1923
Francis Bedford 1870
Helen Levitt 1939
Andrew Joseph Russell 1864
John Thomson 1869
Ansel Easton Adams 1964
Peter Henry Emerson 1885
Johan Hagemeyer 1928
I took these camping polaroids back in September during a trip to Sandbanks Provincial Parks on the edge of Lake Ontario (I’ve already showed you a few I took at the beach from that trip, here). I was really excited to bring my Polaroid Super Shot on the trip as it gave me an opportunity to use some of my Flashcubes that I’ve been hording. I love using Flashcubes, it’s so amazing that they work after all this time and the results are pretty good. It’s hard to work out the perfect distance especially when its pitch black so the subjects are over exposed in a few shots. When I have the distancing down the results are wonderful however. Most of these were taking the first night we were there when we were cooking over the camp fire, sausages and marshmallows. I love trying to cook the perfect marshmallows so I spent a good amount of time sitting beside the fire taking photos from my seat. We also went for a walk later down to the beach to watch the stars. I didn’t have much film so I didn’t dare try and take a long exposure shots of the stars but there is one of the gang all there and Victor laying on the beach (which he yelled at me about because he said I ruined his star watching experience with the flash – oops). I think in the New Year I’ll do a post about using Flashcubes as they are a big part of vintage photography and really fun. Here are the polaroids:
The first few are from the morning of our second day there during breakfast and the rest of them are from the evening before. The evening ones never really dried properly because of the constant dewiness of the night so some of them the emulsion was smudged which was a shame. I even laid them out at breakfast to dry but they maintain a kind of tackiness regardless. At least I know now that Fujifilm FP-100c and camping are not the best combo unless you have a way of drying the film completely right away.
I’ve been trying out various Instax Mini film themes and seeing which ones I like and also seeing if they are worth the extra cost per photo for the last few months. Since it was Halloween last month I made sure to pick up some Halloween Instax Mini film to try out. This film was available in North America until it was recently discontinued, so I had to pick mine up on Ebay (at a cost very similar to what B&H was selling it originaly). IT’S AMAZING btw – let me say that before I forget. I’m really sad I didn’t pick it up before it was discontinued as it’s one of the best designs I’ve tried so far. I’m definitely going to try and pick up another pack or two from Ebay and horde in my fridge until next year. Sadly this year I had a very mellow and low key Halloween for myself so I mostly took photos around my house on Halloween and a few of my Halloween cranes that I left around the Plateau. I think it’s more suited to a party with friends but I still enjoy the shots I managed to get and I tried out the Instax’s flash option which I haven’t tried much before. Below I’ve included some of the shots so you can see the film designs. It’s really cute and I really wish they’d offer more variety in film here in North America. My advice if you find Instax film you like don’t be afraid of buying on Ebay, I haven’t had an issue yet from various sellers. Also store the film in your fridge so you don’t have to worry about expiring film if you aren’t going to use it straight away.
Halloween postcards Picked up some doily originals and silkscreen from Starchild Stela the night before Halloween. The best decorated house I saw this year. I made a shrine in the park using leaves, my Aphex Twin mask and wig.
Second best decoration, and you can just barely see my crane hanging there with the song “Purple People Eatter” on it. Another Halloween crane, this time at Laurier Parc. My anniversary present of a skull couple in a musical snow globe. I haven’t thought of a name for this guy yet but I think I’ll keep him here even after the holiday. And finally my Halloween night, when Victor and I drank at home and enjoyed the candy I got at work from Trick-o-Treatting at each manager’s desk at my call center job earlier in the day.
Aren’t these wonderful? These are a part of my vintage slide collection, I thought I’d show you all the landscape slides I have this time. I posted early this year with a bunch of my flower slides as well if you want to check out more of my collection. The landscape slides are the most breath taking to me, I only wish I had more of them to treasure and knew more information about where they were taken. I’ve actually used most of my vintage slides now for DIY projects but I’d hate to see the slides’ photo lost forever so I scan all of them beforehand. Scanning can be a really long process it’s so worth it to digitalize the photographs and have them saved. I can’t wait to show you more of my collection, let me know if you enjoy seeing them and I post some sooner that I would normally. Also if you want to check out one of my DIY slide project, here is my Vintage Slide Lamp DIY. I’m doing another quick and easy DIY in December too of slide necklaces but all in anticipation of the big one – my slide curtains in January!
It’s wonderful right now in Montreal, it’s cool enough to walk around with a light jacket but still warm enough to enjoy being outside without all the hassle of humidity and clothes sticking to you because it’s a million degrees. I have so much love for a nice autumn, and it’s been raining a lot less than our summer which is a nice bonus. I’ve been celebrating by going for walks whenever I can with Victor. Mostly so I can find new areas to place cranes for my project, or to steal flowers. Victor tries to tell me I’m a big thief but I mostly take from public gardens not people’s gardens plus in a month they will be in snow so a flower top here and a leaf there is hardly going to be missed. I love being on the hunt for unique places to hang cranes and finding flowers along the way to stuff into the Tupperware container in my camera bag. Adds so much fun to regular walk. I need the flowers for making resin bracelets next month so I’m trying to collect them all now so I can dry them out before. I use to dry clovers all the time as a kid but never really did it outside of that so it’s completely new to me (I’m sure any pros can tell since my selection probably has tons of flowers and leaves that don’t dry well – tips are welcome and appreciated in the comments). I wanted to share some of the photos from our walks that I’ve taken with my Fujifilm Instax Mini 90. They are bit dark on some and too light on others – I’m not a master of guessing the lighting of this camera yet.
FYI I’ve been trying to get film developed but keep having issues with my Split-Cam camera where I’m not sure it’s exposing the film fully so I want to wait and home develop the rolls just in case the film is mostly undeveloped so I don’t waste money ($20 last time I developed film at my local drug store). Probably not going to have much developed film photography on Wednesday until the New Year so hope you are liking all the instant photography!
For this week’s Vintage Tuesday I wanted to share with you some of the instant photos I took while camping a few weeks ago in Ontario. We went to the main beach of the Sandbanks Provincial Park in Prince Edward County on both days of the trip so we could swim and enjoy the sun. It was a blistering hot day, although the water was still pretty chilly on both days. The cold water didn’t stop me and Victor from enjoying it and spending most of our time swimming. I just had to take photos of Victor in the water because I loved the composition of him with the water around him and the beach in the background. I did take a few landscapes shots of the beach dunes and the park, and the beach itself as well. The beach was so sandy, a big change from what I’m used to. We definitely don’t have beaches this nice in Quebec. All the photos I’m sharing today were taken with my Polaroid Super Shot using Fujifilm FP-100C.
My Fujifilm Instax 90 is turning into my go-to camera anytime I’m going to hang out with friends. I had so much fun last weekend camping and being a beach bum for the last warm weekend of the year. I took with me both my Instax 90 and my vintage Super Shot Polaroid camera and it was surprising how in comparison I enjoyed shooting with the Instax more. I really noticed the difference in using a vintage camera over a modern camera when I was in the middle of cooking bacon over the fire or on a windy sandy beach and didn’t want the hassle. I just love taking a photo with the Instax and tossing it in my bag to dry and peaking at it as it developed, plus the size and weight really makes a difference. The one thing that occurred to me on my trip though that I don’t like about the Instax 90 is how frustrating it is to frame a shot. The viewfinder is not accurate at all. I always feel like I’m adding in the correction as the viewfinder is to the left of the actual lens but my correction seems to only make it worse. Had several shots where they didn’t turn out right because the subject was either half cropped out or completely cropped (example the photo of my delish bacon on a stick, 3rd from bottom). I don’t want to have to frame my subjects to be center frame in every shot so it’d be nice to have a camera that had a proper viewfinder! I should probably do my review for the Instax 90 soon. I’ve used it quite a bit at this point, but there are a few of the ‘scene’ options I haven’t used yet. It was fun shooting in instant film, regardless of camera. It is just so satisfying and that immediacy of instant photography is something I am really enjoying right now. I’ll be showing the shots from the Polaroid next week on Tuesday as well if you want to see the different results.
I think everyone has this moment when they are into film photography when they have no idea what photos are actually on a particular roll because it’s been either sitting around for a while or it just took you months to take photos with a camera. Well today I’m sharing that moment with you, I actually found this roll of film inside my Disderi Robot 3 camera at the end of August and decided to take it in to be developed. I was pretty excited when I got these back from the store to see exactly what was on this roll. What I found a combination of shots from the winter, spring and the start of summer (yah that film was in there for a long time). Most of them were taken during my trip to Toronto in February to visit my friend Derek for his birthday and when I went with Starchild Stela to document her creating her piece for the Jem and the Hologram movie audition back in May. Just a few from a walk in the summer at the very end, completely random but that’s part of the fun with film. Hopefully that was fun to look through for you as it was for me. I think I’ll be having a lot more experiences with random photos when I get back into developing film. I am not very good a labelling or document what my film is. If you have any tips actually for documenting your photo process or film let me know in the comments.
A few shots today taken with my Polaroid Colorpack IV of the Canadian Malting Silos that I am obsessed with here in Montreal. I wish I had a chance to explore the inside but it’s bolted up pretty tight at the moment. Enjoyed biking there and having a look around the place anyways with Victor. The double exposure of him and the silos was the most successful shot of the day I think. If you want to see photos taken with my Nikon click here! The two below are shots of the canel that goes through the area where the factory is and goes all the way to Vieux-Montreal.
More summer instant photography taken with my Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 today. I love this camera so much I’ve been using it non-stop since it arrived. I cannot wait to use it more over the next few months and work on my double exposures. This is my last bit of film I took during the summer so it’s a little all over the place. My first double exposure taken with the camera. Sunrise from my front window. From my birthday, the sunrise (again) but this time from the Jacques-Cartier bridge. The second one is also a double exposure.
The rest of the rainbow photos were taken on our first trip in July to the beach in Jean Drapeau parc. We’ve been spending every weekend we could there since, we love it that much. I just love the rainbow film – it’s random but neat.
Remember to let me know in the comments if there is a particular camera you want to see more photos of. I have a few rolls of film from my Disderi Robot 3 camera I got developed recently that I haven’t shared so those will be probably be the next ones!
Pick of the Week: Lomography Special Sales
Today’s pick is Lomography special sales area of their website which offers heavily discounted cameras and more. I didn’t even know this existed until the beginning of the summer and it’s been one of my favourite shops to browse at since. The deal is that for a discounted price that can vary from 15% to 75% you can get either cameras or accessories that were used in stores as samples, have damaged or open boxes and other items like magazine and books that they are trying to move stock for. This is a great way to pick up a camera you’ve really wanted at a much better price or picking up other fun items. They also promise that the camera comes with the manual and all the extras so you aren’t missing out on anything the full price camera has. Besides cameras they have accessories like flashes or lens for various cameras and the other items like Lomography books, magazines and photo albums. The one thing I have yet to see in this area is film which is too bad. However, it’s a gold mine for amazing cameras and they seem to update the website multiple times a week so if a camera you want isn’t listed there is strong possibility it’ll become available in a short amount of time. I missed out on picking up one of the cameras I really wanted before when I was browsing and waited less than a week for it to be relisted. Also there always seems to be multiple pages of sales which means the choice is varied and it’s just not one or two specific camera or designs at a time. The main reason why I love the special sale area though is that it really helps offset the cost of Lomography cameras which are usually more expensive then need be (probably to offset the cost of all those extras they include with the cameras – which I think are useless) and also for people outside of US it helps with shipping and export fees. The two cameras that I purchased from there were both roughly 40% off and saved me $70 total so I end up with 2 cameras for the price of 1. On top of that shipping was $15 and I had to pay a $20 import fee when the package arrived because even though the cameras were ordered through their Canadian website they ship out of New York (that was the only thing I don’t like about my purchase so beware of those charges). Overall I am really happy with my cameras and honestly don’t think there is any reason to buy a full priced camera if you don’t have to. I know not everything will come in the same condition as mine did but I wanted to show you what my experience was like with the two I purchased. Below is a photo of the cameras as they came:
As you can see with my Sprocket Rocket the box is entirely in tack and in very good condition. Beside there being dust on the top of the box and being slightly bent everything was pretty much mint condition. I doubt the camera ever left the box. For my La Sardina camera you can tell the box is pretty man handled and the side the box is beat up a bit. Honestly for this camera as well when I was opening it, it didn’t really appear like the camera ever left the box. As they mention the cameras came with everything they would have if I had bought it brand new. None of the books instead were even bent or damages. So from my experience I managed to get 2 cameras for half off the regular price just because the box just dusty in one case and slightly mangled on the other. It’s a great deal and perfect for if you are buying the camera for yourself and you don’t care about the outward appearance of the box. I may have gotten really lucky so please do let me know in the comments if your experience was different but I highly recommend taking this route for you next Lomography camera purchase. Check it out here!
I finally went to visit my friend Sarah a few weeks ago who has been living in Peterborough, Ontario for the last year or so. I know Sarah from being her room-mate back in Vancouver years ago, and it was actually the first time I had seen her in 5 years which is just crazy. I went up there with Zara as she was both mine and Sarah’s old roommate as well. We all use to live in a house together that Zara’s uncle owned back in the day. Zara and me also decided to stop as this county called Prince Edward that’s along Lake Ontario to swim on the way down. It was so much fun and I’ll have a lot more photos of our trip in a few weeks taken with my digital camera! I love how the instant snaps I took of our road trip with my Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 turned out.
The photo above is a double exposure of the waves and the shore, I love it. Double exposures with the Instax Mini 90 are a bit tricky but I’m still trying them out and seeing what I get. It’s usually a miss but I have some really great sunrise ones that I’ll be sharing for the next ‘Summer in Instant’ that have turned out really well. I just love the shots of Zara, she’s so photogenic. The photos below were taken the day after when we took Sarah to another beach on Lake Ontario for a mini road trip during our visit. We only stayed the night and left the next so I didn’t really get many chances to take photos, especially considering it was raining most of the time but I’m sure I’ll be taking lots next time we visit!
I’ll admit I have primarily been taking photos with my Fujifilm Instax camera this summer. I don’t why but anytime I go to pick up a film camera before leaving the house it’s always instant. I also haven’t been taking as many photographs as I did last summer even though the weather has been wonderful the last few weeks. Although that’s about to change as I’m going on a road trip today to visit a friend in Ontario and then when I get back in town my good friend is visiting from Vancouver. So I may just end up taking an obscene number of photos over the next few days (I hope my friends are ready). Road trips are the best and the worst for me because it’s so exciting being able to take photos of things outside of Montreal and friends who don’t live in town (which is 90% of my friends). The bad side is deciding which cameras to bring. Thankfully for this trip I’m driving up with my friend Zara in her car so I can really pack as many cameras I want and don’t have to worry about lugging them around too much. I’ll be sure to share photos from that trip over the next few weeks. We are hoping to swim in a random lake we find on our way into Peterborough – so that should be an adventure. These photos are from a few week’s ago when me and Zara went to pick blueberries at a farm outside of Montreal. Nom nom…
I really wanted to make a guide to Fujifilm instax mini film because it’s the only instant film on the the market for modern devices and it keeps getting more and more popular. Plus I’m a little obsessed with my own Instax Mini 90 at the moment. This guide will cover where to buy, the best prices and what’s available for you if you wanted to get into modern instant photography.
*Quick note this guide is made by someone in Canada so the prices are in Canadian dollars and some of the stores are Canadian ( I’ve included plenty of online sites with international shipping).
What’s compatible with Fujifilm Instax Mini Film:
Instax Mini 7, 7s, 8, 10, 20, 25, 30, 50, 50s, 55, and 90 Neo Classic by Fujifilm. It can also be used for other non-Fujifilm cameras like Lomo’Instant and Belair Instant. As well it works with several camera backs like Diana Instant Back and LC-A Instant Back and the new Fuji Instax Share Printer.
The first option available and most common type of film to find is the white version. It comes in either a single pack of 10, or a double pack of 20 exposures however the single pack is not very common so going forward prices refer to the double pack. Locally it can be found at camera stores or drug stores but it seems to be rarer these days to see it anywhere beside lomography focused camera stores and Urban Outfitters (who charge extra on all their film) In person the price is $20-$25 depending on the store so this film is best to pick up online. Online store fronts like Amazon, electronic stores, not to mention Walmart and other similar stores carry this film. The catch is of course finding a store that offers free shipping, which is pretty easy nowadays. The price online is almost always $20 but like any store there can be sales once and awhile. The film is also available at online camera stores like B&H, Amazon, Black’s….
Amazon / B&H Amazon is the clear winner for me, not only do they offer bundles (50exposures+) but I’ve noticed the film goes on sale every few weeks without fail down to $14. Unlike other online stores Amazon seems to follow predictable sales patterns when it comes to instax film and the free shipping for orders over $25 usually means I get my film in 2 days. B&H does win the price war at $14 regular price, and holds the title for the only store I’ve found instax film lower than $19 when not on sale so for Americans this is really a great place to buy. Sadly if you aren’t in America that price drop doesn’t matter much after shipping frees but they do ship internationally so for anyone who can’t get instax film in your country for $20 it is a great option.
Instax Mini Rainbow film is the 2nd most common type of instax film to find in person or online, it’s found almost everywhere that sells the regular film. It comes in a individual pack of 10 exposures and costs around $12. Besides Rainbow the other North American theme packs include: Halloween/Christmas. B&H sells the Halloween theme pack year around but only offers the Christmas around Fall. Other stores may occasional have the other theme packs but usually do not keep stock.
For Rainbow – anywhere you can find it! This film is almost universally the same price give or take $1. If you want the holiday theme packs, the best place is B&H who keep them in stock and offer the great price of $12. As well they usually are the first place to offer any new types of theme packs that come out.
Guess what I got for my birthday present from Victor?
A Fujifilm Instax Mini 90!
I’m in love with this camera, it’s really lived up to my expectations and I had a lot of reservations about getting a newer style of instant camera. Even though I’ve wanted to try a Fujifilm camera for a while I have never been able to shallow the expense of the camera on top of getting film when I already used Polaroid land cameras for instant photography. The Instax 90 with its control options, retro styling (not a fan of the Mini 7s or 8s) and double exposure mode really makes the Instax series a whole lot better and higher end. It’s been hard to resist, so it was really nice that this was my birthday present. I may have known Victor was buying me this camera since he always lets me pick out my presents so I was prepared when it arrived with film, photo albums, stickers….really the complete set of accessories to go with it. He even got the camera at such a good price that he allowed me to pick out a case for it as well (usually the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 is priced around $180, he got it for $140 on Amazon on sale). I picked out a chocolate leather bag that’s big enough for the camera and a few other things at the same time.
My first opinions on the camera are that it’s just so nice having an instant camera that I can take with me when I want to take silly, non-serious photos. Its way more reliable so far than using an older Polaroid camera and even experimenting with the double exposures you can get usable shots very often. Its way smaller than my vintage Polaroid land cameras as well this is convenient for bike rides. I cannot wait to do a review of the camera after the summer is over. It’s definitely not going to replace my vintage instant cameras with its mini photos but it’s really fun for casual photography. Here are a few of the mini instant photos I’ve taken already!
I went a little crazy this month but it really felt like it’s been forever since I bought a new toy camera and there was a few that I’ve been dying to get for awhile now. I also found out that Lomography’s online store has a discount section for cameras with open or damaged boxes. The deals were pretty good and hard to resist, it really helps get over the price hump since I notice that a lot of Lomography cameras are pretty expensive. Anyways have a look my 3 new cameras!
Golden Half: Hello Kitty Edition
I bought this camera from Ebay because it’s a Superheadz camera that’s been discontinued for a few years and I was worried that it might disappear on me. I wanted a Golden Half camera because the photos I’ve seen people take with them seem to be really fun and this one is by far the cutest (there are several different variations, not sure if they are all discounted by they are uncommon to find anywhere except Ebay). I was hesitant because I have my Holga Tim and didn’t think I needed another half frame camera but it’s super tiny and light which is good for trips and you don’t have to worry about accidently forgetting what ‘eye’ you have closed or open like the Holga Tim. It even came with film although expired film since it’s that old (you can see why I wanted to scoop one up before it disappeared).
Sprocket Rocket: Teal Color
Found on the Lomography discount store, this camera and I have been destined to be for a while now. I remember when it first came out in 1 color and I thought it was the ugliest camera ever…and then it came out in teal. Okay so that’s not why I wanted it, it is a wide panoramic camera that also exposes the film sprockets. This will be my only toy camera that exposes the film fully. Also I have really wanted to take more panoramic shots and beside the Holga panoramic cameras there just aren’t many toy panoramic camera out there (Holga discontinued their Holga 120 PAN camera a few months ago)
La Sardina: Domino Edition
La Sardina is another find from the Lomography discount store. I’ve always liked this camera even though it is very similar to Holga and Diana cameras because it used 35 film and it’s just really cute. Definitely not a camera I would pay full price for (I bought it for $45). This does happen to be one of those cameras where it’s really hard to choose a design for. I dislike that about newer toy cameras since I have a problem with wanting more than just one design and also think it would be really silly to own the same camera in a different colors or design. If I was rich I’m telling you right now I’d have all of the limited anniversary additions of Holga 120s that glow in the dark and probably 2 or 3 La Sardina cameras. This is my favourite design but I also love:
Aren’t they weird? I really like them and think the artist designs for Lomography cameras always end up being the best. The one I bought doesn’t have a matching flash but I find I don’t use toy cameras often enough indoors for that to be a big issue and the ones that have a matching flash don’t appeal to me as much. It isn’t compatible with other hot shoe flash which is the downside so I hope I don’t end up regretting my decision to get this design (the designs with flash were only $20 more at the discount store). Excited to see if it’s a good alternative to my other 35 film cameras.
If you want to see me do a review or show you photos with any of these cameras let me know in the comments. The hardest thing is to stop using the ones you love to make room for new ones so knowing you are interested would make that easier!
Brownie Fiesta Camera
The Brownie Fiesta is a 127 film camera made in the 1960s by the Eastman Kodak Company all over the world. It’s a plastic fixed focus camera of f/11 and the shutter speed of 1/40second. There are a few variations of this camera either as a later model or due from the country manufacturing it. I have the original model made between 1962 and 1965 with the plastic silver face plate, viewfinder and hand strap but without flash capability. I chose this version because of unique shape and the shiny front texture. It’s also the smallest vintage camera I have currently in my collection, fitting in the palm of my hand and made with super lightweight plastic. There are so many different Kodak Brownies but this one has a lot of charm, I haven’t had the chance to use it yet but hope to soon.
The Metro-Flex camera is a Bakelite pseudo reflex camera made in the 1940s by the Metropolitan Industries Company. This American camera uses 127 film and creates half frame exposures. There isn’t much information about this camera available nowadays except that it has a close resemblance to the Clix-O-Flex (made by the same company) and that there are only three styles of the camera available. I chose to get the version with the textured Bakelite because I just love the uniqueness of it over the other two styles which were very typical of camera during that time. This camera has absolutely no setting options except bulb mode (which they call TIME) and it is also capable of double exposures. I love that it’s a half frame camera as well however it’s hard to tell because I have only used 35 film inside mine. The 127 film is no longer being made but using 127 film spools the camera can work with 35 film or cut down 120 film. I am curious to know what the images would look like on the original film type, if you want to see my photographs taken with this camera click here!
I think I’ve been spending too much time this week in the sun because I’ve been thinking about giving my Holgaroid one more chance…even though last summer I swore I’d never use it again. If you don’t know why I don’t favor this camera, you can check out my review (here)… but long story short it’s a right pain and wastes a ton of film with failed shots. I’d just love to see instant photos from my Holga. The process of taking a whole film roll and then process it at home and scanning the negatives and color correcting the negatives is just not how I want to be spending my summer weekends. Plus now that I’m getting more use to taking double exposures with instant film, I’d love to try with the Holgaroid and see the results. I have also been considering the newer Diana F+ instant back that uses Fuji mini instax film. It’s a much newer product and maybe the reliability is higher than the Holgaroid but the reviews I find online leave me a little cold (plus I’d have to buy it, which at full price is $100). Thought I’d share some old Holgaroid photos and see what you opinions are, let me know in the comments! I also rescanned the photos since the review and they look a lot better! I know I promised two weeks ago to have some Split-Cam photos today but haven’t had a chance to get the film developed.
Had the chance to take some instant film this weekend with my Polaroid Super Shot. Me and Victor went to play tennis at a court about 25minutes from our house by bike and we discovered this really cool wall structure a few blocks away. Victor found a plaque talking about how it was the site of an old factory so instead of destroying it completely they left the walls up and built a structure out of metal to stabilize both sides. The building in its original form must have been huge. I love that Montreal does try to preserve its history, even if it’s just the walls.
Tried to capture the moon in the sky but had the light meter on way too dark, the tiny white dot to the top center is indeed the moon however. Don’t know how the green ripples were created, aliens I guess.
Taking double exposures is always a risk, I’m still in the playing around period of seeing the difference between what works with a Polaroid camera in comparison to what I’m use to on my DSLR (surprising similar it seems). I am also still working on measuring distant by eye as well since I don’t have my measuring counter on the Super Shot like the Polaroid Colorpack has. The above shot is an example of a successful double exposure in my books while below is just a blurry mess.
My Toy Camera Collection
Holga 120 CFN
My first ever toy camera, I bought it at a local photography store back in 2007. It is the dearest one to my heart, you can check out photos I’ve taken with this guy: here, here, here, here , here and here! I don’t have a review but I do have a profile of this camera, here!
Holga Tim (purple edition)
This is also probably one of my favourite cameras, it goes with me everywhere. I bought this for myself as a Christmas present and it’s design really makes other people smile. Wish I could own one in every color, lol. You can see my review of it here! I also have photos of it here, here, here and here!
Diana F+ (Hudson Bay edition)
One of my newer toy cameras, I bought it off of Kijiji used for only $50 which is pretty amazing for the Diana camera with the flash. Didn’t have a say in the design but I really dig it…still haven’t really fallen in love with the camera overall. Feel like I’m a Holga girl and not a Diana one, lol. I have photos I’ve taken with it here!
Bought this two years ago after realizing how painful it would be to get my Super8 camera film developed. The LomoKino is really neat and a great alternative to people who want to create video with film. It doesn’t take much to finish a roll though but I found it really fun to try. Going to be making more mini-movies with it this summer. You can check out one I did last year at Piknic Electronik, here!
Disderi Robot 3
Love, love, love this camera. One of the biggest surprises, I mean for $10 and from Ebay you don’t expect much but this camera is delightful. Always with me to take silly photos while on vacation. I’ve done a review of it, here. Photo taken with it here, here, here, and here and here!
Holgaroid (Holga 120 GFN with Polaroid attachment)
Probably one of the most frustrating cameras I’ve ever owned and also one of the most expensive. I bought the camera and the Holga Polaroid back together used for $100 (although it’s a good deal since the attachment itself is $100 and at the time wasn’t being made anymore). If you want more information I have my review, here and photos here!
Another frustrating camera, but it does have a special place in my heart since it was my 2nd toy camera and a birthday present I bought for myself 4 years ago. It a neat idea for a camera but I wish it was better built and implemented. I have a review, here and a profile of it, here. Photos are here, here, here, here and here!
Diana Mini (Love is in the Air edition)
Another used camera off of Kijiji for less than 50% of the normal price, and honestly it’s one of my favourite designs for Diana Mini’s. I haven’t used it much since the sizing of the frames are so strange and I just know the local film developers wouldn’t print it off correctly. Have 2 rolls in my fridge all ready to be printed when I start doing color developement.
The only toy camera I bought while on vacation, this guy is from the old Toronto Lomography store ( I think? I might be making that up but I remember looking at these at the store). I was really excited for this camera but again because of the special size of the negatives I wanted to home develop the film and my first ‘test’ roll in black and white made me realize this camera is made for color. You can check out my test roll, here!
Another cheap Ebay camera, this one happens to be my newest one! I tracked it down because I’ve seen them floating around for the last few years and it looked like they might stop selling thems oon. They come in so many different juice boxes and milk teas designs. I really wanted the peach one but it’s really hard to find. Waiting to develop the 2 rolls I’ve taken with it.
Purchased on Amazon when I was buying books and it flashed up as an add on for only $12. I can’t wait to show you photos I’ve taken with the Split-Cam. I’ve only taken one roll with it last summer and another roll this weekend but my next Lomography Wednesday post in 2 weeks will actually be from this neat camera.
Disderi Robot 4
Bought this at the same time as the Disderi Robot 3 camera since they were so cheap. It’s hard to remember this guy when it’s a standard 4 lens toy camera and the 3 lens version of it is so much neater. Hope to run it through it’s paces at some point. $10 cameras from Ebay are hard to resist.
I bought this camera for a photo project I’m doing with Victor last summer when I thought making gifs was going to be my newest obession. We are collecting photos for it slowly so I image I will mostly be using it for the project and not sharing many but look out!
SuperSampler (Silver edition)
Picked up mine from Kijiji used for only $20 and still haven’t gotten around to taking photos with it…it also has a roll of film that was left in it from the original owner that I have no idea what to do with.
This is a toy and vintage camera that I received when my grandmother died. Never been able to get the flash working but it’s a cool edition to the collection. I’ve done a review of it here!
No idea why I haven’t tested this little guy it, I’ve had it since Lomography started producing 110 film again and I found it for under $10 on Ebay. I’ve had a roll of 110 film for it in my fridge for over a year too just ready to go. I just feel like I should bring it somewhere where the spy element of it’s size is useful.
So that’s it, my toy camera collection! I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface. There are just so many cameras available these days and it seems lately the prices from the Lomography ones keep going higher and higher in the last few years. Although as you can see most of the Lomography cameras (ie the expensive ones) were bought used and the rest are mostly cheap Asian market cameras that honestly do an awesome job. So if you think I have piles of money to buy cameras – I really don’t. I think the most important aspect of toy cameras is their affordability. It’s better to spend the money on development and film – not the camera. Besides missing a few key cameras like Fujifilm Instax, and larger format Holga cameras I probably have at least one of every type of ‘trick’ available which is kind of neat. If you really want to see photos from one of the cameras I currently don’t have posts for let me know in the comments. Except the last camera I’ve actually taken photos with all the cameras but simply haven’t had a chance to develop the film for them yet. So it’ll be a good kick in the butt and I’ll know what ones people are interested in seeing :)
Montreal in the 1940s is back again this week because I am just so in love with these photographs and want to share as much of them as possible with the world. I think I’ll probably keep the rest for later on in the year but for now I wanted to share the ones I’ve complied as the ‘dam and bridge’ ones. I think the family must have lived right beside this bridge or near the dam because they have a lot of photos taken there and most of them you can tell by the changing outfits that they were taken at various times and not just from one day. It’s hard to tell as well if the dam actually flows into the same stream the bridge is going over. It’s really a mystery and I feel like I’ve actually seen this bridge before which makes me even more curious. I absolutely love these photographs and wish I knew more about this family. When I first went through them I thought the photos probably covered years of this families life but now I’ve changed my opinion and decided they were probably wealthy and actually took photos more often than most people did in the 1940’s because it’s mostly photos of the younger 20ish looking boys and girls posing in front of various things and being silly or fashionable. Let me know what you think in the comments!
If you missed my last post about this collection of vintage photographs, check it out here!
A few weeks ago I showed you some of my growing vintage slide collection so I thought this week I’d share one of my other photography collections – vintage photos from the 1940’s. Last year I went to a big vintage fair in the basement of a church where all these vintage and retro stores had tables set up of various things like cameras, dishes, clothing, jewelry and the like. One table in particular in-between all the retro diner ware had amazing small vintage photos scattered about. I started going through them thinking I could pick up one or two that were interesting but soon found out their appeared to be a whole collection from the same Montreal family in 1940’s to 1950’s taken around the area. The idea of owning all of them for some future project (still haven’t thought of it yet – brewing a few ideas together) really appealed to me so I worked out a deal with the owner of them for purchasing all 120ish of them for $80. I honestly thought it was a bit of rip off until I got home and realized how expensive it is to buy vintage photos and rare to get more than 10 or so from the same time period or family. Definitely something I am going to keep my eye out for in the future because just going through them all and finding a retro album to store them has really been amazing. Sharing a few for now but definitely will share more in the future. I wish I could give more context to these…I like to think they are a mobster family as that is quiet common for Montreal and they look Italian to me and well off.
Let me know what you think in comments, I love to hear your story of this family or even your own experience with vintage photography!
I really should rescan these negatives, they are from back in the day before I scanned my own negatives and man the resolution is just terrible on the store scans. Wanted to finished off my collection of film photography so I can force myself to finish developing the 10 rolls I have in my fridge. Seriously I think I film in there from 2011. My color film chemicals haven’t seen the light of day becuase I am so worried about not being able to maintain the correct developing tempature. So instead I am clearing out all my lomography photography that I haven’t shared in the hopes when I run out (will it work?). If you haven’t guessed by the title all of the Oktomat shots are from a trip to New York. I went just after I had been in Montreal for the first year back in 2010 with my friend Zara was in town visiting her uncle. The trip ruined my chances of visiting often by spoiling me. Instead of a hotel or hostel we stayed at her uncle’s amazing apartment that was right by Central Park in the Upper West Side of Mahatten and the idea of staying in a stetchy hostel now seems just not worth it. Every year I want to visit New York again becuase we didn’t get a chance to view Coney Island and other parts of New York I wanted to explore…then I remember the beautiful apartment with the rooftop terrace and what awful or expensive hotel I’d have to put up with. Airbnb has some really neat house rentals though I’d be tempted to try out if I could convince someone to go roadtripping with me. The last three shots are from the Greyhound’s brief stop in Albany, if you want to check out more I shared more from the trip on a post last year, here!
Okay so the title is a little bit of an extreme but these polaroids definitely had a long journey from being taken to being scanned onto my computer. Mostly because I decided to sleep for 2 hours before getting up super early to go apple picking with Zara and Victor and was a lacking in the brain power to basically function. No only did I manage to lose one of my bag straps (that closes my camera bag) and my triceratops brooch from Hungry Designs….I forgot all the polaroids in Zara’s car. We don’t see each other much so let’s just say it was probably 4 months before I saw them again. Lol. Much to my dismay since these are probably the best instant shots I’ve taken in the last year. I’ve had them for a while but it felt weird sharing photos of sunny skies when it was -30 outside and snowing. A little late is always better than never (that’s my photography slogan by now I think). All of these were taken on a sunny late October day that looked like it would rain at any moment. We walked through a wonderful apple orchard in D’Oka picking apples and eatting them too (until we felt sick). It was a lot of fun and we ended up with a haul of apples and even pumpkins in the end. We also got to pet goats they had there too, that was probably my favourite part! I share some none instant photos of this day back in November so check them out here is you want to more.
Today I wanted to share part of my growing collection of vintage slides because not only are slides really neat but who ever took these shots was very talented. It feels like an honor to have a part of a photographer’s hard work, almost like owning an original from a painter. There is just something so much more tangible about slides than with digital photography or even negatives to me. Plus I love holding then up to the light one by one to see the image – it’s like opening a present! I don’t have any information on these slides since I bought them on Etsy for various shops but I do know they are from America and taken in the 1960s to 1970s. Currently I own over 200 and since they are going to end up being used in future DIY projects I wanted to scan each one and save the photography forever. I thought today I’d share flowers since its Spring.
Zara in Wonderland is back, this time with some oldies from our New York trip taken in 2010 using the Oktomat. It’s strange looking back because for me it doesn’t seem that long ago at all. I guess I am getting old when the years just start to blend together. It was a fun trip and I love these sequences shots. It would be so much better if the Oktomat was actually capable of doing proper sequence shots, I would still be using this camera if it functioned properly. For now though it’s one of my permanent on the shelf cameras that I get nostalgic about but not enough to actually deal with its bullshit. I haven’t done a photo shoot with Zara in forever, she’s always fun to shoot with because she is always so willing to poise for me and do weird things. We tend to butt heads a lot though when we are on vacation together. Not pictured is us having hissy fits at each other because we refuse to listen to each other and are both very stubborn. Perhaps I shall see if she’s done for another photo shoot soon. Lol.
Ps. If you want to see why I don’t use this camera anymore check out my review.
On Saturday I tagged along with Starchild Stela (check out her blog) as she worked on a Jem and the Holograms piece. I brought with me my Polaroid Super Shooter Plus to capture some instant shots since I haven’t had a proper chance to test it out since picking it up last month . I’ve been so bored of the snow and there wasn’t much happening in March to get excited about and document. I am beyond in love with my new camera though. It’s pretty much identical to my Colorpack IV except it doesn’t have the distance dial (which I do actually miss quite a bit as my sense of distant is abysmal) and it comes with rollers. I love the rollers instead of however you explained the Colorpack’s way of spitting out film. So much smoother – no jams at all in the 2 packs of film I shot on Saturday. The rollers are so much more satisfying when pulling on the film as well.I dare say it’ll be my go to instant camera from now on. I’ll hold off on the full review until I’ve had a chance to use it a whole bunch though. Excited for when shooting will not be so tricky, since it is still cold here I had to walk around with the cold clip under my armpit every time I took a shot to keep it warm. I also had a plastic bag on the ground with all the film scattered on it trying to dry – looked quiet the sight to say the least. I brought with me my Nikon as well so there will be more shots over the next few weeks in various posts of Saturday but I just had to share the Polaroids right away.
A few double exposure using instant film taken with my Polaroid Colorpack back in February. Ever since I discovered my Polaroid was able to do multiple exposures without any modification I’ve been playing with it ever since. Most of these were taken while randomly walking around Montreal (above) and Toronto (below) to test it out. I’m still trying to see what combinations work really well and right now am waiting for the winter to be over because I am so bored of the snow. My head is filled with so many ideas; instant film is so gratifying like that. I need more practice though since most of these are misses (fun misses but misses none the less). Taking double exposures with instant film is different than what I am use to with a digital camera so I don’t except to really taking anything amazing for the start but I think it’ll be really neat to figure out (too bad the film is very expensive or I’d be practicing every day). If you know anyone who takes double exposures with Polaroid, let me know as I’m fascinated by them!
My Toronto trip was too short, I already miss it. I never seem to be there long enough to get tired of it. I brought with me 3 packs of Fujifilm instant color film to take shots with my Polaroid Colorpack III and managed to use them all despite being there for only 3 days. I’ve been feeling lately that I really need to branch out and start spending more time with my other non-Polaroid cameras. I have been posting almost non-stop Polaroid content for Vintage Tuesday for the last 3 months, I even bought a new Polaroid camera last month that I am just dying to use (a Polaroid Super Shooter Plus). I think my wallet will thank me if I ease up on the instant photography. It’s just so fun though and instant photography is so tricky so experimenting is a must. I’ve even been thinking about getting a newer instant camera from the Fujifilm Instax Mini series but the one I want that allows for the most manual functions is just shy of $200 and I don’t really have that type of money to invest in another camera where the film is pricey. Regardless though I need to start spending more time with my other cameras. I do have a few shots taken using the viewfinder of the Kodak Duaflex coming up in 2 week and then it will temporarily back to Polaroid as I will be reviewing Flashcubes for Polaroid cameras at the end of March but I promise more diversity in the spring! I’m taking a lot of photos with 620 film cameras but I need some time to develop it at home so hopefully I get to my mountain of film to develop in March. For now some polaroids taken during my trip to Toronto…
Igloofest is officially over in Montreal and now I have to wait another year to go dancing in freezing temperatures. We only managed to go once which was too bad but I wasn’t able to convince Victor to go out again. The DJs change every year so some years there just isn’t a reason to go that often. I have some crazy memories of Igloofest, so I decided to look back at photos I’ve taken there and found ones from 2012 that I took with my Holga Tim. They are pretty bad, I think this was the first time I ever used the Holga Tim with the flash. I like the abstract ones with the distorted lights. I defiantly need more practice using my Holga Tim with flash, I am usually not a big fan of using flash but it’d be good to learn because it’s nice bring toy cameras to events like these where I’m worried about damaging my Nikon camera these were taken the same month on my trip to Toronto in 2012 so I thought I’d share them as well
How To: Battery Conversion for Polaroids
I am very excited about today’s Vintage Tuesday post as it’s my “How To” for converting Polaroid cameras to take AA or AAA batteries instead of the original camera battery. I’ve been waiting a long time to do this modification to my Polaroid Land Camera 210 and as soon as my battery holder arrived in the mail I pounced! Most older Polaroid Land Cameras use a custom 3V or 4V battery type that is hard to find (not impossible mind you if you look online) and relatively expensive. So it’s ideal to do this simple and cheap conversion and that way you can spend more money on film! Speaking of film, I heard right after doing this mod to my camera about the discontinuations of FP-3000B Fujifilm Black and White instant film. Let’s just say I am very sadden by this news and have signed this petition to have Fujifilm reconsider – highly suggest you sign if you use instant film because this the last and only black and white instant film on the market anymore. Anyways sad news aside below is simple steps for the conversion, it took me no time at all and the only thing I bought was the battery holder for $2. Make sure to click on the photos for the better view of the steps.
- A Polaroid camera
- Electrical tape
- Electronic pliers
- Battery case holder
*for AA or AAA batteries (3V bought here)
*to figure out what voltage you need for each type of Polaroid camera this guide is great!
- Using pliers snip off the old battery ends as we will not be using them.
- Using the pliers stripe the plastic coating so you have exposed wiring for both black and white.
*I did go back and restrip so I had more exposed wiring as this amount was not long enough
- The battery holder I am using comes with wiring already and had the ends striped. However you can trim down the length.
*it’s been awhile since I’ve done any wiring so I left mine intact in case I made any mistakes.
- Now twist the wires, black to black and red to white.
*I had to do this a few times as my wires were not that long and the older Polaroid wiring was frayed badly.
- Before doing anything else put batteries in the holder and test to make sure the connections are being properly made. There is two ways to see if the shutter is working. First: open up the back of the camera where the film goes and try taking a photo, you should be able to see the light from the open shutter. Second: Fire off the shutter once when there is no batteries in the holder and again when there is and listen for the difference. If the batteries are connected correctly there should be a 2nd distinct click sound when you let go of the shutter that wasn’t there before.
- Take electrical tape and wrap the exposed wires.
- Take pliers (or anything that will work for you) and snap off all the old battery holder plastic to make room for the new case. This step should be #1 but I wasn’t very confident and well I am one of those people who hates doing permanent modes to cameras.
*this was actually the hardest part and took me an hour, keep in mind I had to be careful about the wiring so I think it’d be much easier if done as the first step. I also gave up towards the end so my holder just barely fits.
- Insert the battery holder with the batteries and close the case.
*you can add foam to secure the case so it doesn’t move around however since I didn’t gut the insides out completely it’s tight enough that it doesn’t move.
*as you can see my wires are very long – would reccomend trimming them however not a big issue.
- Take photos!
In January I started exploring doing double exposures with my Polaroid Colorpack and took a few shots from the area around my work in downtown. I love the juxtaposition of the trees with the statues and buildings of the downtown core and the subtle hints of color in the otherwise white color scheme. I’m excited about the exploration of double exposures within instant photography and cannot wait for more opportunism to try it out with different subject matter. It’s thrilling being able to try new things. It makes it just that much harder the idea that Fujifilm will probably soon stop making pack film completely. With the black and white FP-3000B discontinued I don’t have much hope in Fujifilm continuing making the colored version much longer. Film photography is really important to me and it’d be shame to have Polaroid cameras become just relics. Below is my first double exposure I took with the Colorpack, it is just my balcony but I hope it’s the start of something.
Pick of the Week: The Polaroid Book
The Polaroid Book is a hardcover 352 paged book about Polaroid photography dating back from its inception to the 1990’s. The photography within the book is a selection taken from The Polaroid Collection of Photography that was started by the company’s founder Edwin Land and landscape photographer Ansel Adams. The book starts off with a wonderful description about how the Polaroid Collection started and about how these two great men meet. It adds insight to the curating of this collection that is valuable from a historic point of view as well as being very interesting. There is also an incomplete guide to Polaroid cameras which is very silly since it only covers the years from 1954 to 1978. As well there is a great list at the end that gives as many details as possible about each photo like location, date it was taken, title, artist, and the film used. Oddly enough each written part is translated into French and German on top of the English, which explains why this book is over 300 pages long. There are around 250 Polaroid photos contained in the book that cover the gamut and cover pretty much all facets of instant photography. The photography represents use many various film types, sizes, artist techniques, after effects, subject matter, time periods and so much more. There is no rock left unturned with work from great photographers of that time, well known artists, and even amateurs. Edwin Land’s desire to collect Polaroid photography was very fruitful and end up with a magnificent collection of both color photographs and black and white. I can only imagine what viewing the whole collection would be like. This is very much the definitive addition of Polaroid photography and within it you can find a wonderment of photography from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. This book is very much a treasure and is beyond engrossing. It must be said though that this book is not appropriate for all audiences due to its large amount of nudity (not a fan myself of the amount of nudity featured in the book). Regardless the stunning photography contained in this book mixed with the historical journey of Polaroid is worth picking up this book.
a look of some of the pages below:
Last year in March there was one last snow storm that covered everything in snow before spring officially started. Snow storms happen to be my favourite weather. There is nothing like being cozy at home and watching the world get covered in whiteness. It creates a bit of silent and stillness that you just don’t have living in the city any other time. These were taken the day during the big snow fall from my window that faced the street and from the sidewalk in front of my house. I stood outside holding a towel over top of the camera and the tripod the whole time I was taking photos to protect them from getting wet. I probably look quiet the sight to the lady walking down the street. I love black and white film photography when it’s snowy because the contrast works perfectly. I am hoping when I run out of 120 film to pick up a different brand as I notice the film is very grainy and I don’t think it’s my home developing techniques but perhaps. This is the last black and white film I had the chance of developing since I ran out of chemicals. I did buy some over the Christmas period and I actually just went recently on a bit of walk with the Ising Pucky so I should have shots from this year to share next month! This weekend I will have more about my Ising Pucky camera so look out!
This month’s DIY project is a little niche and silly but I think it’s adorable. I love chalkboards and nowadays you can make anything a chalkboard. I had painted a wall in my old apartment into a chalkboard a few years ago and have been missing it a lot (although FYI chalkboard walls are so messy and not ideal if you are a clean freak). One chalkboard I had never seen though is instant film chalkboard which is strange because instant film is a paintable surface and already has a cute frame built in which makes it ideal. I’ve also been wanting to find a project for instant film because my vintage Polaroid camera is a monster and jams at least once per roll so I end up with tons of over exposured or unexposed film. Now if you don’t have access to instant film, this is pretty much exactly what you’d do with any other surface anyways so it’ll still make a good reference.
- chalkboard paint
*comes as either paint or spraypaint
- chalkboard chalk
- blank Fuji instant film
*I am using over exposured Fujifilm FP-110C Continue reading %s
Every year I tend to pick up a few toy cameras to add to my collection. Last year seemed to be the year of vintage and toy cameras, and my collection is almost doubled in size. I’ve spent a lot of time finding used toy cameras that were half priced or less and in perfect condition which was amazing. Searching online classifieds is something I highly suggest if you live in a city because sooooo many people get a toy camera and a few months later realize they will never use it or it’s an expensive hobby and sell their mint condition camera for far less than it would cost you buy it brand new plus it’s local so no shipping or tax. I think I may want to only get one or two new cameras this year because I haven’t used all of the cameras in my collection or had time to really experiment with the ones I’ve tried a few times. I really pride myself on actually having a collection that is used and not just collecting dust or for looks…but regardless that doesn’t mean I don’t want other cameras any less. Lol. So here is a look as a few toy cameras on my wish list!
I tried to get Victor to buy me one any of these cameras for Christmas and he just refused because he says I have a camera that does the same thing already (not true). I think the Fuji camera is my most wanted but it’s brand new and unworthy of it’s asking price however I may buy the lower price model Mini 50 Piano Black at some point perhaps. Of course at the end of next year I suspect I will probably have only bought 1 or 2 of these cameras but a girl can dream. How about you, any toy cameras you have your eye on?
My new addition to my vintage camera collection, this is the Kodak Jiffy Six 20 Series II folding camera from the Eastman Kodak Co. made in 1937 to 1948. She’s super pretty, although the first series of the Jiffy had a really cool art deco pattern on the front but I just love her. Old school metal and leatherette cameras are just impossible to say no to and I got her and the original case for $25 which to me is impossible to say no to. She’s the third folding camera I have now in my collection and uses 620 film which is easy to convert from 120 film so I should be out and shooting with her by next weekend. The prints are 6x9cm which is a monster. I really want to do some landscapes which is hard when I live in a city but I think that’d be the best use of that large print just panoramic style shoots. I have been really dry with showing you guy’s vintage photography for the last few months. I’ve just been obsessed with my Polaroid Colorpack this summer and fall and still haven’t bought any new chemicals for developing black and white film. Winter I feel is a perfect time to break out the vintage camera and just head off into the snow to find an adventure…and with a camera named Jiffy you’re likely to find one.
It is starting to snow here so I thought I’d share some Holga photographs I toke back in 2011 of me and Victor walking around our old neighborhood to visit our friends in the Basement. The ones of the masks were taken on our old apartment’s back porch that went down onto an open rooftop. I miss that house and being able to walk a few blocks to visit friends, it feels like such a long time ago. I look so grumpy in the one Victor toke of me, lol. I have lots of photos to share with you guys coming up in the new year taken by this guy, it’s been really nice starting to use my CFN version more and getting back into the feel of it. My profile of me with it went up last week if you haven’t check that out, here.
Today’s Vintage Tuesday is Polaroid shots taken in November from a walk to Parc La Fontaine and in our back balcony. I love the first shot of the man-made lake, it’s so calm and the smearing of the ink on the side make it almost looks like a water color. I haven’t shot any film with my Colorpack in almost a month now, I’ve been trying to get my other land camera polaroid to work instead so I’ve been holding onto my film. I am actually going to do a How To for my land camera because I need to convert it from a speciality battery to AAs. However ever place I ask about buying a converter to install I just get blank faces but I haven’t resorted to buying it online yet so it’ll take some time to track it down locally. I did watch a few videos last week about making double exposures with Polaroid film. I am very curious to test it out so maybe I’ll load my Colorpack up again soon and see if I can. It’s freezing here so not the best time of the year for taking instant photos. Let me know if you’ve tried taking double exposures with Polaroid cameras and if you had any luck!
I wanted to show you guys this super fun way of making film notes to send to friends. I first discovered this cute and easy method for sending notes when my friend PawPaw sent me one from Mexico. It’s such a great idea and if you have film canisters laying around it’s a great way to recycle them. When I develop film I never know what to do with the leftovers so I’ve been keeping them for little notes to include with various friend’s Christmas presents, it’s kind of like a message in a bottle. Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried this!
- Empty 35mm film canister
*if you are having trouble finding ask a local photography lab or just buy a cheap roll and remove film
- Tape or glue
- Pen / Ruler
- Measure the height of the film (35mm) on 1 or 2 pieces of paper along both sides.
*Any type of paper will work
- Then cut the paper into stripes with scissors or an exacto knife.
- Take your stripes and tape/glue together until you have a long line of paper. I used 5 stripes.
- Open canister and then take out film spool. Tape paper to spool.
- Re-spool paper like film.
- Put spool back in canister leaving a lead of paper.
- Start writing your message
*You can do it in sections or write the message all the way down the paper.
- Respool and leave a lead again.
*Extra: pop into film container and send it on it’s way.
The Disderi Robot 3 Lens Camera is an all plastic toy camera with a fixed focus, shutter, and aperture (f8) that uses 35mm film. It has 3 lens and roughly cost $10 depending on what store you pick it up from (mine was 10$ with free shipping). There are other robot cameras with 2 or 4 lenses as well but the Robot 3 is the one being reviewed today. There is not much more information about this camera or the company Disderi but it’s a relatively basic operational camera. Lets get into some example shots and then I’ll give my thoughts on the Disderi Robot 3 camera.
Well that’s all of the various situations I could think of for the Disderi Robot Camera in action. I hope that gives a good idea of what the camera is capable of and different ways it can be utilized
So let’s get into why I love this camera so much. If you are familiar with my blog this will hardly come as a surprise to you since I’ve been posting photos all the time taken with this camera. The Robot 3 for $10 you get a super light easy to use grab and go camera that takes wonderful photos. I’ve used it with 100 and 400 ISO film and had good results with both, as well it adapts well to various lighting scenarios (worst being when it’s sunny and subject is in shade). My biggest complaint about the Oktomat and other multi-lens cameras are they always looks so muddy and there is little wiggle room between getting a photo that turns out either too dark or over exposed. I don’t have this issue however with the Robot 3. It adjusts well to lightening which is surprising considering it has no settings in which to change and I don’t get random light flares in my photos like the Oktomat which is positive. With that said the biggest strength about the Robot 3 is the way the 3 lens meld into each other creating this top full width shot with the two smaller ones below overlapping each other with an almost oval shape. Most multiple lens camera separate the shots on the film with black bars and this creates a disjoint between the shots so I find this blended way so much more appealing and you can create some really neat shots that way. The shots do look a bit funny when taken vertically instead of horizontal but that’s typical to most multi-lens cameras. The camera is also pretty darn cute, I got the white base with the green robot face and highlights but there is a lot of different options out there just in case you were a fan of this particular color scheme (I love it). The quality of the resulting images is also surprisingly good, I found the fixed focus works well and it can be used in many different situations and give good results. Moving the camera or subject does work depending on the speed but I find when it does blur it is usually a nice effect. There no flash or ability to add a flash so this is limited to being a camera that you can only use during the day and outside. As well the viewfinder is useless. So useless that using it will likely cause your photos to be completely the opposite of what you wanted instead of better. As well the obvious is that there is nothing you can manually set on this camera as every setting is fixed. That is the only negatives I can think of and for a lot of toy camera those are almost standard negatives. Also worth noting is the Robot 3 is not capable of doing double exposures out of the box (perhaps a way to change way I haven’t really looked into that). I love this camera, it’s been my go to camera all summer, it is just so easy to drop into your bag and click away (the sound the shutter makes btw is so satisfying) and you will not be disappointment when the film gets developed. I suggest getting it for taking fun casual photos of life and friends, I really enjoy it and love the results.
My Top 10 Disderi Robot Camera Photos:
For today’s Vintage Tuesday I thought I’d share the amazing vintage finds I picked up over the weekend at the Old Wig event that happened it Montreal. Me and Victor went to a concert the night before (my favourite band, We Are Wolves) and I was a little hung over and tired from dancing so we were hoping to have a nice relaxing Saturday inside the house until Victor found out about the event Old Wig (the name is nonsense) on Facebook so we decided to bundle up in our winter gear and adventure outside. It’s was a 3 day event and we arrived on the last day about 2 hours before closing and didn’t have any idea of what it’d be like when we arrived or if there would be anything good left over. We entered the converted bath house building after a short metro ride and we were instantly greeted with the sight of hipsters as far the eye could see. I think me and Victor stuck out like a sore thumbs but he didn’t think so because I have and I quote ‘weird hair’. lol. Most of the building’s area was dedicated to clothing which we weren’t interested in but there was a smaller room in the basement that was filled with vintage store owners selling house hold goods, jewelry and other bits and bobs. We had a lot of fun just walking around and I really really wanted to buy a lot of things from glass ware to salt and pepper shakers and there was so many vintages cameras too. Since it was just a last minute random adventure and I was tired I didn’t bring my camera which is too bad and I regretted as soon as we got there but below I wanted to share the amazing things we ended up buying.
A cat tea pot that I bought for $20. It was the first item that caught my eye that I knew I just had to have. I ran into these tea pots one night while searching “vintage cat” in Etsy just for fun and found them to be really charming and had them on my list for a future purchase so it was wonderful to find in person instead.
A vintage label maker that embosses plastic tape for $12. This is acutally Victor’s 4th year anniversary present, a little early but the perfect gift for him. He has wanted one of these for over a year. One day he just randomly told me he wanted an embosser and I had no idea what he was talking about, he didn’t know the name in English so I searched online using keywords he gave him and finally found out that it’s called an embosser or label gun and showed him and he confirmed that was it (alhtough in Chile he had a metal one). I never bought him one because he couldn’t decide whether he wanted a vintage one or a newer one so running into this one was just perfect. He has already label everything in his room with it and I’m buying him some tape for Christmas so he can label some more….it weird, hahaha.
A Kodak Tourist II camera for $40. This is probably my only semi-regret purchase. I really should have done a quick search in Etsy before buying. This camera usually goes for around that price or cheaper (but Etsy there would be shipping) so it’s not a bad deal but it’s an easy camera to find and this one isn’t in remarkable condition and didn’t come with a case or a box or instructions so I could have easy picked this one up anywhere at a later time. It was also the only camera there that I didn’t already own a version of so that’s why I liked it, plus I only have two other folding cameras. There was to my suprise a lot of cameras however most were Polaroids (and I have two that I love already).
A Polaroid Colorpack Photo Album for $12. This was an amazing find by Victor, in fact I had completely passed by a whole bunch of albums to look at a few mod style purses and didn’t even realize it. It’s actually for my exact style of Polaroids and in almost brand new condition. It hold 100 instant photos and is this nice dark red leather. I was a bit hesitant to buy because I hang all my Polaroids on my living room wall but I did need a place to store inbetween taking them and scanning them and if I even change my mind about having them on the wall I have the perfect album for them.
A stack of 120 vintage photographs from the 1940’s in black and white taken in Montreal for $80. This item was really the one I had to think about for a long time, espically considering the price tag was for as much as all the other items I had already bought. I am so glad I made the decision to buy these though because I think I would have regretted it (my poor bank account though). When the guy quoted me the price he said he normally charges $3 for 1 and then he counted very slowly each one to see how many they were and when he said there was a 100 I thought for sure he’d quote me a price over $150 so it was a really good deal. I even bargined with him to throw in the ones he had on display on the table so I got an extra 20. I am thinking about making these into postcards after scanning them, or another project but you will definetly see more of these beautiful photographs on Vintage Tuesday in the new year.
A fake gold egg purse form the 80’s for $35, this is my anniversary present from Victor. When we went to pay for the last few items I noticed at of the corner of my eye an egg shape, but I told myself to go pay and ignore it until afterwards so I wouldn’t buy it. My grandmother collected eggs and celebrated Easter in the most amazing way so I always have to look at anything that’s an egg no matter what. So after buying the last item I could afford I went to find it and discovered the most amazing egg purse. It really random but I love it and it’s lined in velvet and seems like the most perfect fancy diner purse (which I don’t any of those) so I asked Victor to buy me for our anniversary and he agreed. I cannot wait to use it, I hope we go on a date soon.
Free items! The lady who sold us the label maker said I could pick out a necklace because it was the last day and the event was almost over so I picked up this super fake looking necklace that literally goes past my waist. I don’t even know why but I like it. The pin I found in an old luggage case with all these other pins from the 80s that were so bad they were funny. I wanted to buy one for Ana so I picked out this guy and asked for the price and the owner in a snottiest voice told me “well the minimum price I can sell anything is $10 and if that’s all you want to buy I cannot sell it to you so I guess it’s a gift”…well thanks mate.
Next time there is an event like this I will be sure to bring my camera so I can share with you all the amazing items that I find and the really fun atmosphere. It was great seeing all these vintage stores in one place and having conversations with them, me and Victor had a great time. I spent far too much money but the prices were far less than you’d normally see inside a vintage store so it felt like a good time to splurge. We are hoping to pick up maybe some cups next time or an old gaming system for Victor. Found any good vintage items lately?
I keep finding photographs around my house that I forgot I had, this is what happens when you don’t unpack everything after a move. Lol. This week I am showing some classic Polaroid shots that I’ve collected over the last few years. I have never owned a classic Polaroid camera before and until I picked up my vintage Polaroid I wasn’t really into instant photography that much. Although now I am kinda getting obsessed with it and wish they still made this classic film. However I have friends with Polaroid’s cameras and ended up getting a few over the years that I treasure…
The first two were taken by me with my friend’s Ali’s camera at a New Year’s Party at her cousin’s house. It’s her and my other friend Mark with his amazing Mohawk. That night is probably one of my best memories of my early 20’s and I kind of treasure those two shots so much.
This was taken at the beach for a friend’s birthday party (or going away party) of me and my best friend Ana. I look totally crazy but hilarious none the less, I think I drank too much because I don’t even know who toke this photo but I remember begging to keep it.
My old roommate Sarah had a camera with expired film in it still from after they stopped making it and she let me take a photo of her with it. Even though it looks like just blurs and nothing I can totally see her and really treasure it. So much love for this girl.
Hahahah this was taken I think at a grocery store and it’s me! I know hard to tell, I look like a little boy. I have no idea how it’s a triple exposured but it’s one of most treasured childhood photos. I look amazing in my dinosaur sweater.
That’s all of them, I know it’s such a small collection but I think it’s pretty good for someone who’s never owned a Polaroid camera before. I really wish Polaroid still made film because the Impossible Project film just doesn’t seem to be worth it but instant film is so much fun. I am dying to pick up a Fuji instant camera, perhaps for Christmas I will treat myself.
I know I’ve had a long week of being sick when I completely forget about today’s post. lol. Sorry for those of you that had an unedited version earlier today (it’s fixed now). I love this photo of Butter with the Halloween pumpkins. She still runs to the back door anytime I have to slip outside to the shed or she thinks I might open the window. It was -10 here a few days back, so no more outside for her for a long time. I am hoping to buy her this hilarious window bed for Christmas so she can still look outside without having to sit in the window sill but until then she’ll have to pine away.
This week not much has been going on with me, I’ve been ill since Sunday morning. Still haven’t fully recovered but I think most of my strength has returned (just to stop getting headaches – that would be nice). I am working on a whole bunch of postcards that I will unveil at the start of December. Excited and nervous…and nervous again. Beside an art show I did a few years ago I never really show my work to people or sell my photography, it’s kind of my own private thing. This blog has been a really big step for me and still I am racked with nerves about the blog too don’t get me wrong but my blog is passive. You know what I mean? Like I pretend nobody reads it (and maybe not many people do) and that’s totally cool. It’s just a place to put my ideas and more casual photos sprinkled with my more artistic ones somewhere while I work on my craft and other projects. But having a shop and selling things, is different and I am not 100% sure I want to do it or confident I will sell anything but the idea of people having my postcards makes me happy, and having my photograph on postcards again – happy. So I hope it turns out, I’ve been deciding on what themes and sets to make for the last two days – hard work for me but I have to finish by Sunday so that’s my big goal. Beside that I am back at work now after being sick a few days so blah weekend work in the call center is never fun. I am looking forward to next weekend though and just got paid so I bought a new dress online so that will motivate me through this one. Hope you’ve had any amazing week in my place and if you any plans this weekend I hope they are awesome! :)
When I first started getting into film photography one of the hardest things was finding the film I needed. More and more these days stores that would normally carry film no longer have any stock, let alone carry specialized film like 120 or instant. A lot of camera stores as well have been losing business over the last decade so they tend to mark up film that is already expensive to begin with. It’s a really big hump that can prevent people from getting into film photography or giving up due to the cost. So I thought I’d share where I get mine and why I think it’s a great place as I was in this position about 2 years ago myself and was getting super frustrated with finding affordable film. This guide is for people in Canada and United States as I currently live in Canada and I am only aware of North American stores. However the online stores I reference are based out of New York City and do offer international shipping. Continue reading %s
Can you see I am continuing my summer obsession with Polaroids? I cannot help it – the randomness of them and the saturation of the Fuji FP-100c is just too good to pass up. Although to be honest I’ve actually had to restock on chemicals for developing at home and all the film I use in vintage cameras is home developed by me so I haven’t been able to do any developing of film since August. I cannot wait to show you coming in some other film from some of my other vintages cameras. I am also hoping to do the battery conversion for my other Polaroid land camera so I can use that guy too (trying to find the double A battery box is turning out harder to find that I suspected). For right now, more shots taken with my Polaroid Colorpack camera with Fuji instant film for Vintage Tuesday. These were taken when I went apple picking with Victor and my friend Tammy and Dustin lat year. It was a lot of fun and seeing how the shots turned out is really the best part. I took a whole bunch from my last trip picking apples at the same orchard but I left in my friend Zara’s car so those will have to wait another day until I can get those back.
Pick of the Week: HolgaHojan
HolgaHojan is my pick of the week this week because it’s a great Etsy store to find vintage cameras at reasonable prices. I’ve bought 4 cameras from them over the years and will likely buy more from them in the future. They have great stock and every month get different cameras to add to their store. The one thing that really stands out about their store is they clearly know about the cameras they are selling and write very detailed information about the specific camera as well as its current conditioned. All the cameras I have received have been exactly what I was excepting and they do clean all the cameras they sell. Once more they usually sell the cameras with the original manual and sometimes accessories like flashes, bags, and film. The more popular cameras do usually run at a higher price but most are very reasonable priced especially if they are more common. Above are the cameras I bought with them, both Polaroid’s were higher priced but came with flashcubes, original manual and the Colorpack II came with a leather camera case as well. The Brownie Fiesta came with the original box which was such a treat as it was less than $30. I really recommend HolgaHojan as I have never been disappointed and vintage cameras are all they do so you will always find a big selection and for us people who just cannot find cameras at garage sales or thrift stores they are great for adding the odd camera to the collection.
For this week’s Lomography Wednesday we take a look back at my summer adventure to Prince Edward Island with the help of the Disderi Robot Camera. These were taken over the course of the 3 day trip out and about the island. I loved that we kept seeing tractors going down the highway on our way to places so you’ll notice a few tractors in the shots. There is also a few taken in the capital of PEI, Charlottetown at the harbor and some of the graveyard that we passed by a few times on our way back to the campsite. The last few were taken in New Brunswick on our first day driving for 14 hours. A nice mental break for Autumn as currently it’s starting to switch to winter and it’s not at all nice outside anymore. It was a really fun trip. I am hoping to get a review up of the Robot camera soon as I have plenty of shots and really think it’s one of my best toy cameras, so look out for that in November.
A few weeks ago I shared with you some photos taken with the toy camera that I had as a kid from McDonald’s. It’s really trippy seeing photos that are 20 years old, especially considering I am still a photographer today. I remember being obsessed with those cameras though. I mean any kid from the 80’s and something neon pink – we are just made for each other. Lol. I tried to find more information about the camera but I cannot for the life of me get a picture of original camera. I am so curious if there is one of the cameras sitting somewhere in a box in either of my parent’s house. I did find the 110 camera that was probably rebranded for McDonalds thought, its the Concord Neon Lites. I really want one! If you’re curious about 110 cameras they just started making 110 films again at Lomography. You can pick up black & white and color. I picked up a mini Holga that takes 110 films for $5 on EBay a few months ago and even have some film for it in the fridge but haven’t tried it out yet (maybe something I need to do this month). However for today’s post is I found more photos, these ones were 100% taken by me, it’s kind of a mini tour of the first house I lived in Nanaimo when I was 8 years old. There is my swing set, tricycle and parts of the yard…I think I’ve come a long way when it comes to composition, haha.
When you start getting into film cameras and lomography one of things you don’t take into account is how much negatives you are going to end up with. They just start to pile up after a while and that’s when you realize you are going to need a way to store them and make sure they are preserved for future printing. This doesn’t matter if you have a few rolls or a filled box – it’s great to have them stored properally. Now that I spend so much of time with film cameras I’ve realized how important this is. I thought I’d create a little tutorial on what I do with my negatives for those of you who have started to get into film photography or even if you want to help a family member sort theirs (keep in mind before the mid-2000s everyone had film cameras).
- Permanent Marker
- Dust cloth
- 3 hole punched binder
*I recommend a binder that has a cloth cover that zips up as it helps with keeping out dust and light.
- Archival Sheets
- Stapler/ paperclips, Scissors, Clothespins
Information about archival sheets:
You can get many different kinds of archival sheets for all types of film. I use 120 and 35 film so I have archival sheets for both. Most sheets are a standard sizes and will fit in a 3 holed binder, the most difference you’ll find is some have top loading or areas to add notes. So have a look around until you find what you want. A great thing is that it’s easy to find packages for the right amount for what you need, whether it’s 20 sheets or 100. (I buy my sheets here, my exact sheets 120 and 35). I also started making negatives with my Fuji instant film and the archival sheets for medium format cameras works great for those negatives or even just Polaroid photos you want to protect. Continue reading %s
I thought we needed more Ising Pucky I photos for Vintage Tuesday. These were shot in Vancouver this summer at the school yard between where I use to live and my best friends house. We’ve spent many a sober and drunk evenings and dawn in this school yard collection ourselves and sorting through parts of our 20’s. It feels surreal anytime I am there in the daylight. This is part of a long running project I have using mask of people’s faces to convey the need to unmask ourselves to each other.
The lyrics btw that were used in this post are from this amazing song, I am addicted too.
The first memory I have as being a photographer was when I was roughly 8 years old. McDonalds had these amazing neon 110 film cameras that came with the Happy Meals at the time. Me and my brothers had all the colors, green, pink, orange, you name it. For a few years we use to take photos of everything, and take them with us around with us on our summer trips between our divorced parents. Our parents even after the free roll that came inside the camera was done would buy more film for us to continue to use them. I had really no idea that my mom had bothered to get the film developed but the memory of these cameras had always stuck out in my mind. I remember when I found these though, I was so happy. I was looking through old photo that my mom kept in boxes in our basement when we lived in Calgary during the end of my high school and I came upon unopened developers enevlopes and out came these wonderful 110 prints. I had compeletly forgot myself that I had actually liberated these from her basement so many years ago until two weeks ago when I was looking for photos for my “The first time I took your photo…” meme. Thought I’d share a little slice of my childhood memories of photography. This is a collerbaration effort between myself and my brothers Corbin and Tyler (the ones of all of us as kids were taken by my grandmother) though becuase it’s almost impossible to remember who took what.
a) My grade 4th class room
b) Me and Corbin sticking out our tongues c) Hiding in the leaves with my brothers with some Halloween staffs
d) Flying from Edmonton to Naniamo between our parent’s houses e) Travelling in the car
f) Snow up to a roof g) More snow in Edmonton
h) The Rocky Mountains i) A portrait that eneded up justing being leaves
j) More Rocky Mountains k) The sky from the back seat of the car
l) Chipmunk trying to eat our food camping m) My baby axe beside the big axe camping
n) Me with my dog Scruffy in our baby blue car o) Me and Scruffy on our old front lawn in Naniamo
My Polaroid Colorpack is turning into my go-to camera now a days, it is just so gratifying when you get the distance accurately and the shot comes out perfect and crisp. The colors it comes up with are really wonderful too. Even the shots that don’t quiet turn out and a little fuzzy and out of focus still make me smile. I am really excited to convert my other land camera soon so I can try it out and compare. It’s so nice having an instant camera I am finding, I actually ran out of all my film on this trip and cannot wait to get some more. Last moments of Prince Edward Island from swimming in the ocean with Victor to checking out Charlottetown, finding a lighthouse and hanging out at the campsite. Enjoy.
I was lying in bed on Sunday trying to go to bed and thinking about how funny it is that I seem to have documented sections of my friend’s lives by virtue of the fact that I take so many photos. Some people joke that the reason their Facebook photo count is so high is my fault (you don’t want to know how many FB photos I have – it’s in the thousands let’s just say that). Then the oddest questions popped into my head – what is the first photo I have even taken of my friends? My brain scrambled trying to remember the day I meet certain friends, and then trying to think of the first time I would have had a chance to snap a photo of them. The next day when I was on my computer I thought hey why not try and find out. For people who love trying to remember the first time they met people or the first time this or that happens, this is a great scavenger hunt. I thought I’d share what I found but beware these are really bad photos as a lot of these are taken on shitty cameras or when I may have been drunk and apologize to my friend who squirm when they see old photos of themselves. I did use some liberty with the ‘first photo’ as without a digital counter telling me the exact date I am at the whim of my memory and sometimes the first photo was just really awful so I picked one from the same day instead. If you want to do this meme, make sure you comment below your results or email me because I’d love to see yours!
The first time I took your photo…
It was 1998 and you were picking pumpkins with me at a farm.
You were jumping over a sprinkler at my 15th birthday party in 1999.
Was during my going away party when I moved from Vancouver in 1999. Continue reading %s
This summer Victor and me spent a lot of time exploring our neighborhood around our new house and that meant going for walks around the Jacques Cartier bridge. I have a pile of photos from my toy cameras Holga Tim and Disderi Robot on our bridge walks so I thought hey what better way to spend Lomography Wednesday that show you those as it was one of the best parts of summer for me. I cannot believe it’s the last week of September already. It’s great to still be getting photos from the summer developed and getting reminded of those great moments of summer. I am excited for the leaves to start to change and fall. Haven’t decided which toy camera to start focusing on next but I think I’ll be trying out my Diana F+ and Diana Mini. So look out for those in October!
*for more shots taken on the bridge I have some neat ones with my vintage Kodak Brownie camera: here
In Montreal for about 3 years, my life was all about the ‘Basement’. The “Basement’ was a clever name for a basement suite that many of my friends lived in and had come and gone from – the place to be – the place to party. That place had so many memories – we and Victor lived within a blocks walk from it for 2 years. Eventually things change though, it’s crazy looking at these photos now and realizing that half of these people have left Montreal now (mostly not by choice thanks to the government). I had this roll of film in my Holga Tim for over 1 year, just collecting random moments and it was really cool to find these shots of the last party that ever happened in the basement last week when I picked up my film from the developers. This party was probably just around a year ago. My favourites are the shots of Arturo, it’s too bad the shot of me and him my face is completely cut off (or maybe for the better – lol). Hope you like and RIP Basement.
The last set of Polaroids from my amazing trip to Vancouver. These were taken on my second to last day there when I met up with a few friends (and meet some new friends too) to have a piknic at Trout Lake. Trout Lake is such a lovely park right in the middle of Vancouver – I highly suggest going there if you are ever in Vancouver it’s just very relaxing. It was a great time, we had an assortment of snacks thanks to my friend Pang and everyone seemed to have just randomly brought with them goodies for everyone to enjoy. I got to hang out with my brother for the second time that trip. He lives in Calgary and was travelling for the summer and decided to come to Vancouver to see me which was so amazing of him because we don’t see each other enough. We all just sat on the grass and watched all the dogs go by and enjoy each other company and chatted. It really made me miss Vancouver….honestly in that moment I realized how much I missed being around people I love. I tend to forgot how nice it is to be lost in conversation with people… My Polaroid Colorpack wasn’t agree with me much that day and ate a few shots but I love the ones I managed to get and wished I had brought more film. Enjoy!
Ana was so nice to take a photo with me and my cute friend Pang-Pang (who is so adorable).
I wish my trip to Vancouver was longer!
I found a whole bunch of film while organize my 120 film last month and discovered Holga photos that I have never printed off or scanned onto my computer. Most of them were very strange and I believe they come from a roll of film I had sitting around for 2 years before I had it developed. It was an interesting find and I wanted to show you guys some of the photos. I really need to spend more time working on my Holga skills as with practice it’s easier to get really amazing shots. The shots are from 2009 of two of my old roommates in Vancouver taken in the backyard of the house we shared. Most of the shots were experiments I was doing with multiple exposures and didn’t turn out very well but I don’t take my toy photography too seriously (bad for my health). If you don’t like experimental photos head over to here to check out my cleaner shots taken with Holga (here and here).
A sneak peak at some of the Ising Pucky 1 photos I from Vancouver. I’ve never used the Ising before on portrait shots and it appears the focus is just not ideal for portraits at all (lesson learned). There is two fixed focus distances for the camera and I used the lowest which I thought would be far enough for most portrait shots. I think I will try one more time with more range on the subject but I am happy just using this amazing camera for landscape if I have to. I think the next test to do with this camera is colored film. Despite the lack of focus on the subject’s faces I still cannot help but love these shots.
Thanks so much to my models: Lisa Michelle, Ana Droid and Jessica!
So after last week’s disaster at the photo developers I have add enough time to hand scan all of my Disderi robot camera photos from late July (still no news about the prints I had to send back). I am feeling much more Zen about the whole experience and am encouraged to start learning how to develop colored photos sooner so I can eliminate the middle man. Scanning photos is really the most time consuming part of film photography I find. It toke me about 2 hours to do them all but it is so satisfying once I am done. These are behind the scenes shots of photos shoots I did with my friend Lisa Michelle and Jessica in Vancouver. I love capturing fun little moments like this. The 3 shots blended into 1 really put a smile on my face. I used this camera all weekend when I was in PEI this past weekend – it is really exciting to see what you end up getting. There are so many more shots to show you from PEI and from Vancouver so expect more of this camera in next couple of weeks. I have started using my newest camera the Split-Cam as well last weekend so hopefully I will finish the roll soon and show you guys.
I am so disappointed today with my local print shop. Montreal has the worst print shops for photography – I honestly cannot find one that doesn’t make mistakes. So happy that I am able to develop my own black and white, I really wish I felt confident enough to try color. I think by Christmas I will have to try it at least once to see if I can do it because today I wanted to share with you these great shots from Vancouver with my robot camera that I’ve been obsessed with this summer and I can’t because the print shopped messed up. I usually scan the prints they give me even though they include them scanned on a CD because I scan with a higher resolution but I just got them back last night and didn’t have time. So I whipped out my CD and decided to pick a few and realized they hadn’t scanned any of them properly, I mean hair particles, finger prints, black lines, crooked photos…you name it my scans had it. And on another roll they didn’t even include the CD and scanned my Holga Tim half frame camera as 62 full framed shots, those I had to return because I wasn’t going to pay $30 for their mistakes. I honestly don’t even feel like using them again and they were the last shop I was willing to give my film too. I remember when I first started looking up about developing your own film and reading a site that said something along the lines of “even if you do an okay job you will put a lot more care and attention into your own negatives that any shop will and that will make your negatives better” It’s very true. So instead of staying up till 3am scanning photos, I’ve decided to wait until next week and instead share some Oktomat shots from the Just for Laughs Festival a few summers ago.
I just had to feature more of my Polaroid Colorpack instant shots from Vancouver today even though I did last week too (I spend a lot of time organizing and making sure I don’t repeat camera too much but I couldn’t resist). Seeing my best friend Ana was magical and it was so nice of her parents to let me stay at their place while I was in town. These were taken on my last day just hours before jumping on a plane. The one thing I love about the Colorpack is how simple it is to shoot with, although Ana and her mom were both terrified to take photos with it so what I did was setup the shots and frame it and then have either Ana (for photos of me) or her mom (photos of me and Ana together) click the button. It’s really becoming one of my favourite vintage cameras.
I am getting better at controlling the distance and judging for myself instead of relying on the metering tool on the camera. I feel like I am really improving, although I still tend to mess up at least 2 shots out of a roll of 10 which frustrates me but this guy tends to jams or I don’t double check settings. I cannot wait to pick up a modern Fuji instax camera and be able to have it on a tripod and with timer, it’ll make group photos so much easier. I love spending time with Ana and miss her already so much. I want her to visit Montreal so badly, it would be incredible. These photos just put a smile on my face.
I wanted to show some of my instant film that I shot with the Polaroid Colorpack II while in Vancouver. All of the shots were taken at Wreck Beach. If you aren’t from Vancouver, Wreck Beach is my favourite place to hang out while there. It’s a great beach and just happens to be a nude beach on top of that (nobody I knew got naked however but that’s why the beach is so cool, everyone is welcome) I had a blast, being able to swim in the ocean is always a good time. Not to mention we brought peach cider coolers to enjoy and I got pretty tipsy. We enjoyed food too and had a mini piknic with fresh fruits and sandwiches care of my brother Corbin. We watched the sunset and just really relaxed and enjoyed ourselves. It’s one of the few places I miss living in Montreal and being able to spend the day there with some friends made my trip. Hope you enjoy the silly shots that follow. The one of me in the ocean swimming and in front of the sunset were captured by my brother!
One of best places to be on the weekend in Montreal is the Piknic Electronik with a beer in hand and listening to amazing djs. This year the dj line-up hasn’t been as steller as in the past but the best weekend to be there is always the Mutek one. I toke my disderi robot camera with me and got some really fun shots of everyone dancing and enjoying the sun and music. San Proper’s live set was really good, and the rest of Mutek Piknic as well. I am in love with my disderi toy camera and will have a lot of photos to share in the next few months from the summer as it’s my go-to camera right now. Hope you enjoyed and if you are in Montreal or ever visit make sure to check out Piknic!
This beautiful guy is a Kodak Autographic Junior No 1A, made in 1914 by the Eastman Kodak Company in either New York or Toronto. Its a folding camera meaning that it has bowels that expand, and the autographic part of the name is because there is a place on the back of the camera that will open allowing you to use a stylus to write directly on the film. This fantastic camera I got off of Etsy has the stylus still and after purchasing it I was able to find the leather case for it as well. I am so charmed by this camera and it appears to be in working condition, which means hopefully I can convert film for it soon. It takes 116 film which is not made any more but I’ve been playing around with re-spooling 120 film for quiet a few other cameras and its very easy when you have the right spools. I wish to pick up another Autographic camera soon just for display, one I don’t mind getting a tad dusty on the bowels as its really just absolutely beautiful.I bought the leather case for it afterwards from a different shop, it has black velvet on the inside and this metal clasp that is engraved with company logo. It’s such a wonderful camera!
It`s been a long time since I’ve used my Holgaroid, the last time I posted about it was when I did my review (here if you haven`t read) and I finally thought about picking it up again. It`s quiet a frustrating camera but I had some Fuji black and white film laying around and am a bit bored of the Polaroid Colorpack so I thought it`d be nice to try my hand again… every time I use the Holgaroid I feel like I’m wasting film. I remember with the colored Fuji film that it always had to be very sunny and since it was a great day outside on Saturday I thought it’d take it with us on our walk around downtown. The first 6 photos were too over-exposed to even make out what was in them, even in the shade. I waited until it was getting darker and then the shots were underexposed. I’m sure it worked better using the original intended film for it by Polaroid (that isn’t made anymore) however I think this is my last time using the Holgaroid. From my previous negative experiences to my frustrating day today, I think this guy is going back on the shelf. But I thought I’d share the shots that kind of turned out.
I’ve been waiting for the summer to try out one of my newest toy cameras the Disderi Robot camera, and finally a few weeks ago I started taking it around with me and Victor on our weekend adventures and walks around Montreal. I just got back the film last week and am so pleased with the results. The photos for today are from June when me and Victor walked around downtown Montreal and went to Mural Festival. The shots are sooo cool, I love the 3 lens effect and how the top shot is full width. It takes really good photos, I’m suprised so many shots turned out well. I am in love, and have already put in another roll and started shooting. For my upcoming trip to Vancouver I am going to bring my robot camera with me and take so many photos with it. If you interested at all in multi-shot cameras, this guy is cute and only $8 with free shipping if you look on Ebay. Hope you enjoy the fun three-lens result.
These giant prints were taken with the Kodak Brownie Target Six-20 which is considered a type of box camera and has been kicking around my house for a little less than a year. I picked this guy up at an antique store in Quebec City while on vacation with Victor last summer. He actually bought it for me as a present and I am so happy to have it. It takes 620 film which means I had to convert 120 film to be able to use the camera. I followed a few different tutorials on how to make 120 film become as small as 620. It didn’t look that difficult but I found half way through my roll that my film got stuck and I had to start using pliers to move the frames…and then at some point the pliers stopped working and I had to open up the camera and expose half the roll and manually roll it up to save the film that was already exposed because the film advance would not work. So I learned my lesson to just re-roll 120 film onto a 620 spool and leave the converting behind me. lol (at least converting 120 rolls with nail clippers to be the size of 620 that is). All the shots I got are from a trip to Jacques Cartier Bridge which you may see a lot of this summer as we’ve went a few times already and it’s a really fun walk from our house. I hope to pick up another type of box camera soon as they are lovely and now that I know this guy is in working condition I’ll happy take him out again and this time get a few more shots then this!
Portraits taken with Tim are so much fun, there is so many ways to add cool elements to regular photos of friends. I haven’t used the camera that much recently and looking at these I am wondering why. I have a great opportunity though as I am going to visit friends in Vancouver in a few weeks and definitely Tim is coming with me. This week I thought I’d share a bit of my portrait collection, these shots are many from various parties at the Basement (which is the name of a house that was around for 2 years where a lot of friends lived). These are so silly and great. I really love half format cameras, and am hoping to get more in the future because I find them so much fun to play around with. I did a review of Holga Tim a few months ago as well that you can check out for more photos: here!
Today’s photos were taken with the Metro-Flex vintage camera from 1940’s. This is one of my new additions to my vintage camera collection and I love having the chance to try it out. I am using 35 film because 127 film is not made anymore except one company that only offers expensive color negative film (black and white was being offered by appears to be discontinued). If you want to know how I converted my 35 film to fit a 127 camera, check out my How To….! I was so excited to try it out that I just toke it with me when I went to the shops, so the subject matter is not very interesting but I wanted to see what kind of shots the camera could produce and try a few things to see what type of results I could get. This is a great thing to do with old cameras, especially if you note down the conditions for each photos like subject distance, light conditions, time of day/weather and compare with the results. The Metro-Flex has no settings so it really trial and error, especially since using my method of conversion I don’t have an indicator marks on the film to see when I’ve reached the correct spot when advancing the film. The shots are neat and I will show you more next time I take it out with me.
Butter of the Week today is in theme with Vintage Tuesday`s Polaroid portrait shots. I’ve only taken a few shots of my cat with the Polaroid Colorpack as I don`t use the flash with the camera and Butter is an inside cat. I always crank the light setting but there is still not enough light for a really good shot but I love them none the less. It doesn`t help that she moves way too much, her eyes are always ghosts like which is freaky. I hope to grab a good one of her in the summer when she goes outside a bit more. Hope you like these, have a great weekend!
I’ve never used my LomoKino camera before now even though I’ve had it for 6 months so this summer is the summer of mini-movies! It takes 35 film and makes roughly 90 second length of film. My first attempt was taken at the Mutek weekend of Piknic Electronic Festival of random scenes that I liked. For those of you not in Montreal, Piknic Electronic is an electronic music festival that takes place every Sunday all summer. San Proper was playing and I love his live set, it was a great day and I was really excited to try out LomoKino.
I’ve been taking a lot of black and white portraits with Polaroid in the last few months and thought I`d share a few with you. I love the Fuji black and white instant film, the contrast is really good. Most of these shots were taken in May at various times. I`m really loving my Polaroid Colorpack camera, I always get great results. I am hoping to figure out how to carry film after taking the shots since right now I leave them until I get home before taking the backing paper off. I do that so not to get any dust on the film and because I scan the opposite side of the peeled paper as well. Fuji film also takes forever to dry completely but waiting until I`m home means I cannot make any adjustments, and sometimes I notice chemicals pool up on the film like in the shot of my co-worker Jenny. I just wasted 5 shots of film two weeks ago because I hadn’t switched from the b&w setting to color and my color shots all turned out over exposed and was not happy, so if you use Fuji film please let me know how you transport it?