Funny things happen when you start to clean up your office, like finding rolls of film that you thought had been developed. Remember that cool FlashFun camera my friend Pam gave me?
I can finally share with you the first roll of film I ran through it. It was taken in the summertime on a hazy day at the beach. One of my best friends and her husband were visiting for the weekend. Brad is probably going to kill me for posting these pictures, but he’ll have to drive two hours to do it first!
This is Brad. My BFF Loretta just doesn’t trust him to put on his own sunblock. He burns in 5 seconds outside and she didn’t want to take any chances
Elias getting buried in the sand by Emme, one of Loretta and Brad’s daughters
Four of the kids tentatively going in the ocean. It was a little chilly that day.
Ruby, one of my favorite little people and the second of Loretta and Brad’s daughters
Random shot that I forgot I took with the camera. We were in Gettysburg for a soccer tourney.
Overall, I’m totally digging this camera. The light leaks are very cool and so is the overall exposure level. I wasn’t sure those beach shots would turn out, since the light was so grayish, but they look rather nice. My roll of 127 film should have yielded eight exposures but I only got five. That very well could’ve been my fault, but I can’t be sure until I run another roll of film through. If it is indeed a flaw of the camera, I’m going to have to try some microclick-type action with it.
Speaking of which, I also got a roll back from my Art of Waiting project from September. I ran some Fuji Velvia through my Holga (minus the 12 or 16 mask that usually fits in the back) got some wicked-cool melded-together pictures, but you’ll have to wait until next week for that
I live at the beach but am travelling to Gettysburg, PA for Memorial Day weekend. WTF is wrong with this picture? My daughter is on the travel soccer team so we must make the drive. It’s OK, though. Gettysburg is a really cool place and I have a new camera to try out this weekend, compliments of my friend Pam.
I never know what I’m going to get when someone says “Hey, I’ve got an old camera at home that you’d like”. I’ve gotten bizarre things, but not this time!
I love the Brownie Hawkeye line of cameras so I was THRILLED when Pam gave me this beauty.
The Flash Fun (even the name is goofy!!) takes 127 film and, according to the Brownie Camera Page, was made from 1961 to 1967. There’s no long-exposure option on it, so I’ll have to use it outside. I can’t wait to try it out.
My Holga is also coming along. I’m hoping to take a ghost tour and come back with some eerie long-exposure ghost-like pictures. We’ll see!
Also, found a VERY informative link this week called The Hipstamatic Combination Chart compiled by photographer Mark Bruce. He dedicated an entire day earlier this month to shooting every possible combo of Hipsta lenses, films and flashes. What a brilliant idea! His site states he started around 9 in the morning and didn’t get finished until after 6 in the evening.
For Hipsta-addicts everywhere, I say muchas gracias!! Check out his fine work. It’s amazing.
Here’s some news and upcoming projects I’m working on
My internet-photo friend Nic Nichols from The Four Corners Store will be taking over toycamera.com. Go, Nic! Can’t wait to see what he does with the site.
Just visited a few local breweries today and shot a roll of B&W film using my Brownie Hawkeye. Should be fun. In the meantime, here are some Hipstamatic shots from the day:
We visited Evolution Brewery in Delmar, DE and Dogfish Head in Milton, DE, two of our favorite local craft beer purveyors. We had some tasty samples of old favorites and yummy seasonal brews, and chatted with other beer lovers. I struck up a conversation with two fellows at Dogfish Head when they saw my Brownie. One of those guys had a very fancy, pro-model Nikon D300 with 28-200mm lens. It was quite a sight to see the Bakelight Brownie beside the high-tech Nikon. Both guys were surprised you could still get 120mm film and equally impressed the I develop my own B&W in my garage.
My 36 frames in 12 hours roll came our incredibly underexposed, but I’m going to scan them this week and my fine photo friend Ndroo, who’s coordinating the world-wide project, will be compiling the images on his website Fuzzyeyeballs.
FlickrFitzy from the UK is starting up a new iPhoneography website, in which I will be an occasional contributor. The site is still in the Beta testing mode but as soon as it goes live, I’ll let you know. In the meantime, check out her flickr stream. She’s creating some beautiful iPhone images.
Until next week…..