Lomogoraphy Wednesday

I’ve really been missing my friends. In a month it will mark 4 years since I moved from Vancouver to Montreal and even though I don’t regret it and have meet the most amazing people here its really tough sometimes being on the other side of the country from my best friend (and all my other friends too). I’ve only had the change to visit once since moving out here 2 years ago and was looking through the photos of that trip and thought I’d just have to share. I had only brought with me my DSLR and my Oktomat camera. I was trying to find cools ways to take sequence shots so in my friend’s backyard after a party I held I lined up everybody and tried to basically go down the line as fast as I could.  Here are the results, they are really funny even if they aren’t the best photos ever (I actually stopped taking a lot of photos after this trip because I realized how poor the results were).

Oktomat (1) Oktomat (6)Oktomat (5) Oktomat (7) Oktomat (9) Oktomat (12)My friends are so funny. I can’t actually believe they actually manged to pose that many times for me. I actually toke photos of them flipping their hair up with my DSLR, and they are even more hilarious. Hope your having a great Wednesday. It’s really made me happy looking back at these.

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Vintage Tuesday

kodak dualflex (8) (1024x963)A look at my neighborhood in downtown Montreal through the eyes of the Kodak Dualflex. I love this vintage camera, its so fun taking it around and trying to find interesting shots through the viewfinder. Me and Victor really enjoy walking around during the weekends and this past Sunday the weather was so perfect, both of us didn’t even have to wear jackets. I’m getting so excited to take this guy around more. Hope you are having a great start to your week.

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Vintage Tuesday

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It’s starting to be a bit like Spring here in Montreal. Spent Sunday walking around with my Polaroid Colorpack in our neighborhood. It was really nice and we went to a mini-fundraiser as well as our old house to visit our roomie (cos I accidental shipped my new yoga mat there, oops). I’m getting more and more use to my land camera, its fun waiting to get home to see the results. Its always a surprise. The blurry photos of Butter are my favourite, she couldn’t stay still for anything. She’s getting really comfortable with the deck and even walked across what I like to call the pirate ship plank. The neighbor’s have an indoor cat and I think there is a little bit of a love connection happen. :) So excited to spend the summer taking photos and going for walks on the weekend. Hope you are having a great week!

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Lomography Wednesday

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These photos are from a 2010 trip to New York City using my Oktomat toy camera with my friend Zara (in Wonderland). It was amazing, we were there for 3 days and stayed at her uncle’s amazing apartment in Mahatten by Central Park and it was so great. I brought the Oktomat as I had just boughten it a few weeks before. I really love these photos and am so happy to share.

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  1. Zara running around Central Park
  2. MoMa sign.
  3. Zara on top of the Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park
  4. View of Manhattan from the bus.
  5. Zara posing by some street barricades.
  6. New York City taxi.
  7. The park facing the Liberty Statue
  8. Zara in Battery Park
  9. Checkerboards in Battery Park.
  10. Guy with dog in his bag in Manhattan
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Vintage Tuesday

browniesix20, Brownie Target Six-20, brownieThe Brownie Target Six-20 is a box type camera made of metal first made in 1946 and producted for over 8 years. It has the art deco detail on the front, and two seperate viewfiners. This guy uses 620 film, which as I’ve mentioned before is no longer available but the you can use altered 120 film with this him. He is a really cutie!

This is a really great video showing you all the features of this camera if you have one at home or find one and want to take photos with it: here

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Vintage Tuesday

View of Kodak Cine Automatic Turret Camera

The Kodak Cine Automatic Turret Camera is an 8mm film camera that makes silent movies. I cannot find any informaiton about this camera online so I’d image its 1940s to 1960’s. Mine has a bit of rust and one turret is missing a lens, so I may do a little repair or try to resale maybe in the future. Its really wonderful though, I love the turrets.
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Vintage Tuesday: Polaroid Colorpack Review

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The Polaroid Colorpack III is a rigid-bodied camera with a glass lens that came out in 1970 to 1971 and toke type 100 Polaroid instant film. The great thing about this camera is that it takes AA batteries and is compatible with Fuji FP-100C (color) and FP-3000B (black and white) which means it easy to find film and use it today without any issues. One of the only downsides is that it doesn’t have tripod mount so you cannot use it with a tripod (not a common features in instant cameras) and it uses flashcubes for a flash. Mine came with a pack of flashcubes and you can buy them readily online for a reasonable price so it is not impossible to use this camera with a flash but your limited because flashcubes do run out. It does come with a lot of cool features that I will explain more below, they are all a plus to me, even the ones I don’t use all the time and I love that its not an automatic instant camera. I found taking photos with this camera has really given me joy and it doesn’t frustrate me at all like the Holgaroid, when a photo doesn’t come out perfect its always due to human error not the cameras fault. And the best way to learn is just buy a few packs and play around, even the bad shots will feel rewarding. I really love my Colorpack and love taking photos with it, and its nice using the large Fuji film instead of the newer smaller instant film for modern Fuji Instanx series.

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Cool features of the Colorpack III: 

1) A darken and lighten dial to change the exposure for the film allowing you on bright days to make the film not become over exposed and the opposite effect in cloudy weather or indoors. Its fun to play with however I recommend to leave it on the default settings as it works best. On the lightest settings its easy to overexposed shots if your not shooting inside.
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(example of me accidently leaving it on the brightest setting outside, and what it looks like when you use it to capture indoor shots)
2&3) A timer for development so you can actually set the camera to ring to tell you when you should pull your film apart and cold clips so can put the clips in your pocket to warm up and then put the film against the warm clip so the photo will develop correctly on colder days. I don’t use this much because I wait until I am home to pull my film apart because you can scan the opposite side of the Fuji film as a negative and scan it as well. Its impossible to do this if you dont wait until you get home because the developer is so sticky so it will get ruined by being touched or get covered in dust.  The cold clips also keep the film straight.polaroid, citizen erased photography, citizen erased, polaroid land camera, polaroid colorpack(this is what the negative side looks like when you pull apart the fiilm)

4) A focus ring that allows you to change the focus from 3.5meters to 50+ (which is Polaroid’s version of infinite), this ring is manual so you do need to move it for each shot.  The closest is 3.5 meters which doesn’t work very well for self-portraits. I’ve tried a few times and the photos are always blurry no matter how far I stretched my arm out and since the release is manual there is no way around that.
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(examples of me trying to take the photo with my arm)

5) And the last thing is a viewfinder and a distant measure. The viewfinder works great at showing you what your taking a photo of and is fairly accurate unlike a lot of toy cameras, and when you look through there is a red line going across that helps you can measure the distant in combination with the measuring dial on the right side. I found that all these last two features work really great, and I love the measuring dial. It actually is so perfect for me because I am terrible at judging distant so it takes the guess work out of it. I wish more modern toy cameras had this simply tool in them, it blew my mind when I first found out what it did and it is very accurate. Of course you need to check this on every shoot, which I do forget to do sometimes but when I remember I am rewarded with focused shots.

My Top 10 Polaroid Colorpack Photos:

 

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Vintage Tuesday

kodak electric 8, citizen erasedI wanted to share one of my film cameras from my collection with you. The Kodak Electric 8 made in 1963 makes silent movies with Super8 film. The film is easy find online and is around $20 per roll, I even happen to have the film for it in my fridge.  Currently I am looking for the perfect opportunity to use it. I am so excited to test it out but its really hard to get Super 8 film developed. Researching all the photo labs in Montreal have come up with nothing, one just stopped 1 year ago which is just my luck, lol however sending away your film is possible. I love seeing this camera on my shelf and once I find that perfect moment to capture I’ll share my results.

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Vintage Tuesday: Review

This is my review for the camera: Sooter 35 F2

SOOTER

Sooter is a Japanese camera made in the 1970’s. It takes 35mm film and it is considered a toy camera for its minimalist options. This camera is nice to have for the shear fact it appears to be pretty rare (you will not find any information on google for this camera). However my honest opinion is this camera is not worth it. One roll of film in and the photos are okay but just not amazing. They are very dark for being taken in the middle of a bright summer day. There is light leaks and the film did get stuck a few times. I’ve included my first roll so you can have a look for yourself. If you find it for free or less then $5 buy the camera and try it out but it’s not worth much else. There are other vintage cameras or toy camera that will give you unique results, this is just a point and shoot camera 35mm film camera.

*click below to view all my photos taken with Sooter

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Lomography Wednesday: New Cameras!

lomography New additions to my toy camera collection!

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
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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
lomography Disderi 4Lens 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?
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Supersampler
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.  
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I cannot wait to show you the results from these cameras, I’ve already ordered more film and am ready to snap away.

Here is some outakes when Butter decided she had to check out the new cameras.
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