This waiting thing

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.

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