Archive for July, 2009

second roll

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

garden in the city

Garden in the city

In May of last year I came back from a long trip through India, China, Mongolia and Russia. I haven’t been out of the country since. That means I have been on this same little patch of earth for more than a year. I’m surprised I haven’t grown roots and got stuck!

However, tomorrow I’m leaving again. But not for serious travels, just a holiday into France and probably Spain too. I had to do sooooo much before I could even think of leaving, but I managed to to get my second film processed too, shot full with fisheye pictures. And I cut W’s hair, got a car radio installed, gathered all types of utensils and accessoires that no camper can live without, and other stuff. The past days have seemed hours shorter than usual.

Anyway, here are some more pictures. I used the same film as last time, the Agfapro 200 (I bought 5 rolls at once, and nothing else up until today, when I bought some Kodak Ektachrome 400 slidefilm to give cross processing a shot. Damn those rolls are expensive!!), but I remembered that it really needs loads and loads of light. It worked! No failed frames, only keepers.

UP DOWN

Up <-> Down
Where you goin'?
Graffiti with fisheyes!

I’m off now, you’ll have to wait for the rest of the roll til I get back. With loads and loads more pictures…

Byieeee.

This waiting thing

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

As long as nobody tells me to get back to knitting, I will just continue to do other things. You’ll all stay interested right? You’re not knitting monomanics… right??

Live in the box

Birdhouse in my mom’s garden

I got this Fisheye camera, an analog so-called ‘toy camera‘ made to reproduce the effects that Russian cameras like the LOMO LC-A+ and Holga (wait, is Holga really Russian? The Russian language doesn’t even have an H-sound… Ahem, it’s actually Chinese) were famous for. Lo-fi images with high contrast and very saturated colours. While doing the usual unstructured snowball internet search for finding out all about an unknown phenomenon (I also do a lot of that for my work as a translator) I came across so many beautiful pictures I couldn’t resist getting one of those cheap little buggers myself.

hillegom is history

The house I was raised in. It’s for sale now.

So nice having to actually load your camera with brightly coloured rolls of film with cryptic codings written on them, like ‘Agfa pro 200 24/3 27 35mm’. And even nicer that you just have to wait and see what your cheeky camera will make of those vistas you carefully composed and pointed your shiny toy at. I always hear I have no patience, I have even said so here myself (and this had to do with a camera as well), but if my optimism about this camera tells you anything about me, it’s that I like this waiting thing quite a lot!

Stone clouds are pondering

Multiple exposure of a wall and a tree with sky and clouds

I have just shot my first roll and had it processed, explicitly telling the store clerk that I want all frames printed because I was experimenting and I want to know what all those functions do. It meant that I had to pay a lot extra, because standard processing means that a friggin robot decides which frames get printed and which ones are crap and don’t deserve the light of day. Only when you opt for 1-hour processing do you get the verdict of an actual human being, a verdict that can be manipulated by explaining your interest for prehistoric photography techniques like moving your camera around while keeping the shutter open.

I’m very happy with my new toy, and hope to write many more posts about the adventures we’re surely going to have together. This first roll had about 6 shitty and 21 beautiful shots on there, so that means a success rate of 78%. If I could keep that up, and improve my skills a little, I think you are in for a tornado of my cool fisheye pics here on this blog.