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.
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
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.
Taken during my trip around the West Coast of America for two weeks by bus in 2009, these 3 holga shots were taken in Los Angeles and Portland. The beach shots are Venice Beach, and I wish I had taken more film on my trip because these turned out wonderfully. I love the combination of miles of sky with miles of sand especially from a city that is overcrowded and it feels like you cannot escape people or traffic. The Portland photo is a perfect summary of what Portland is about, I spent a lot of my time there relaxing in the various parks around the hostel, and there is no shortage of nature which I love. I hope you like these!
There are a few ways to convert a 127 camera to take 35mm film. The easiest is if you own a 127 camera that is wide enough to allow for the 35mm cartridge to sit inside of it or if you don’t have a camera that is able to do that (like me) you will have to respool 35mm film onto a 127 roll.
My first try at the Diana F+ cameras after years of being a Holga girl! I developed these myself as well, first time doing 120 mm film (I did one roll before this one, so technically it was number 2). So many things went wrong with this film I’m having trouble deciding if I like them or not. The guy who I bought the camera from put black tape on the inside of the camera where the film counter is and I didn’t figure it out until I had loaded the film and kept on winding and never seeing the film counter advance. So I had advance the film all the way to the end and then reload it. And last week when I was developing it I made a mistake on my calculations for the fixer and added extra water diluting it incorrect. Plus I’ve never used Kodak 120mm film before, I’m so use to Lomography’s re-branded film and the contrast you achieve with that. So lets just say I cannot tell if this is what end results normally look like. My first impressions are though that I love my Holga and I love the results I get with it (I haven’t developed my own Holga film yet) and I’m on the fence with Diana F. So we’ll see, definitely it deserve another roll of film to try, and hopefully things will go smoother. lol.
These photos are from 2009 taken with my Holga using 120 film. Most of them are from a walk downtown with my friend, Ana and some taken at my work place in New Westminster. I really love Holga square photos, the colors are so vibrant and as you can tell I love anything double exposed. I really want to take more with my Holga here in Montreal. It nice capturing random moments and the results are always rewarding for me. Lomography Wednesday is my favourite day of the week on my blog :)
The Diana F+ “Hudson Bay Company” Addition.
the limited addition Diana is so colorful and fun, it takes 120mm film and detachable flash and lens. Allows for pinhole shooting and multiple exposures. Bought used for $35
Disderi 3 Lens Robot Camera
this quircky robot camera has 3 lens that takes 3 shots in a row on 35mm film and blends the images together unlike tradition multi-lens toy cameras that create lines between shots. bought on ebay for $10
Disderi 4–Lens Sampler
The big brother of the robot version, is the 4-lens shooter. Although it simply takes 4 shots in a row with its lens its really fun for experimenting and for $10, how could I resist?
Last but not least is the wonderful Supersampler that takes 4 vertically on 35mm film. Unlike other multi-shot cameras this one uses a ripcord and you can decide how quick it goes either 4 shots in 2 seconds or 0.2. I got it used for $25.
I cannot wait to show you the results from these cameras, I’ve already ordered more film and am ready to snap away.