I Need Contax T2

Apparently when you use an old expired roll of Kodak Gold 200 ISO film, the results are nothing short of amazing. We go through life and experience some pretty amazing things, but we are so accustom to everyday life that we don’t realize just how special simple moments are. I feel like the Contax T2 does a pretty nice, even with very expired film, in capturing those seemingly average moments and making them special.

I don’t think analogue photography is an option, I think it’s pretty much the only true option if we want to preserve moments the way they were meant to be remembered.

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Low Light Fuji Natura Classica

Everyone is probably tired of hearing about how much I love my Fuji Natura Classica, but the proof is in the photos! This camera talks some pretty good talk about how swift it is in low light situations, but can it really live up to the hype that everyone gives it? Yes my friend, it can.

The camera not only feels good when you are holding it, but the flash pops right up with the slight press of a button. It’s a camera that knows what it’s doing. On a very recent trip that I took to a bed and breakfast, the Fuji Natura Classica proved very useful. As evening approached, the camera waited in silence for the perfect opportunities to snap photos.

Here’s the crazy part, I wasn’t really at those locations, not really. We were driving by and I was able to get shots of those things from the car (window rolled down). The cameras brilliantly made flash makes for the perfect shot almost every time! When I got back to the B&B, I wanted to get a few shots, but it was night time by then. So…I did it anyway.

I think a few of those were taken with the flash off, but the camera gives them a really nice soft look. I am pleased with the Natura Classica, very pleased! It’s a camera that earns the respect that it is given.

A Cup of Yashica T4 Zoom

For some people coffee is a horrible black liquid that they try and avoid, but for the rest of the world that actually makes sense, coffee is a brilliant part of the day. I cannot get through the day without at least one cup of coffee. My addiction started when I was pretty young, but as you can probably tell, it set down the roots for making coffee a staple in my everyday routine. Wake. Coffee. Everything else. That’s sort of how I normally view my day.

So, would it not make sense for a person who has a passion for coffee to take pictures of their coffee? You’re right…it doesn’t really make that much sense, but somehow it works. I love seeing photos of coffee taken by friends and family, in fact one of my friends owns a website dedicated to coffee (I’m not even joking about that). For your viewing pleasure, some recent photos of coffee that I got a little creative with.

For me, it’s about the simplicity of forgetting everything else and letting your cares and worries melt into a cup of coffee. Those photos were taken on a nifty little Yashica T4 Zoom camera, 35mm son! I needed to test the camera out to see what kind of photos it took, and somehow coffee shots made it onto the roll, imagine that! I don’t know about you, but all of this talk about coffee has made me thirsty (I sound like an addict), so I’m going to go have a cup! Go have a cup of coffee on me!

Stick Around For The Unknown

TODAY is the LAST day of the summer program that I have been working with. I can’t say that I have too many “brilliant” photos from this summer, but then again, that all depends on your definition of the word. I have my car loaded up and am ready to go tonight after the day’s events. There are a few people that I will miss from the program and the students that I got the opportunity to work with were great. Take a look at these photos and get a sense of the mood of the program for me, it was mostly relaxing and enjoyable, save a few of the employees creating drama. Most of these were taken with my little buddy, the Olympus XA, using Lomography Color Negative 400 ISO film.

Alas, I must bid you au revoir. I am excited to be going back home to spend the last few weeks of summer at my new job as the editor of my colleges newspaper. I don’t doubt that it will be lots of work, but what worth doing isn’t?

Goodbye summer program, hello to the unknown.

I Dreamed I Had Become A Ghost

I have been experimenting with lots of my cameras lately and loving the results. First off, life just simply looks better through an analogue lens, proven fact. Second, it’s more fun to shoot film. Third, fourth and fifth, it’s awesome. I know, I sound like a bit of a fan, but that may be because I am.

There is so much that you can do with film. So many cool results to get. My favorite camera thus far, out of the 15 analogue cameras that I own is my LOMO LC-A+, but the Olympus XA is a very close runner up!

I have been trying to take my cameras everywhere I go, some people love them and others are confused at the fact that I am shooting film. Not surprisingly, some people have never even seen a film camera in action.

It’s always fun to take a camera with me to go eat and get a whole new take on dinner. Nothing ever looks the same on film as it did through your eyes, not exactly anyway.

So to sum up, be cool and shoot film. Buy film, not megapixels. It’s a great way to view the world that you think you already know.

Life is beautiful, capture it in a way that is the essence of living in the moment. Don’t worry about editing your shots and correcting color, things like that deteriorate the original magic of a photo and capturing a moment in time, forever.

Fuji Natura Classica First Test

This was my first time using the Fuji Natura Classica. I have heard so much about it’s brilliant indoor photo qualities, but my worst shots were indoors. I used 1600 ISO Superia film. The outdoor shots were brilliant though.

I am pleased for the most part, I just wish that the indoor shots were a bit better since that was supposed to be a feature of this camera. Also I loaded some 800 ISO film into the camera today, and it did not recognize it and put it in NP mode, it’s supposed to put 800 ISO film and up in NP mode automatically.

Fly By Days

Can you feel it? The allergies setting up shop in your forehead, the clutter mashing up your sinuses and the pollen tainting your car door just enough to make your hands itch after they touch it? Spring is in the air…literally.

I decided that I would pay a quick visit to a brand new secondhand bookshop that just opened. It is called Dayfly Bookstore. The owners were super awesome and the books were old and cool. I try and find books that aren’t super old and full of allergies, and I found a brilliant copy of The Great Gatsby. Go ahead and congratulate me on that find!

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Don’t get too excited about that image with the Starbucks Coffee cup in it…the coffee wasn’t mine. I was testing out my neat little La Sardina and well, look at that beauty of a result! It takes great multiple exposure shots. When I sent the film off for development there was apparently a little splashing in the processing fluids that went on because of how this one image turned out…no complaints though, I like it.

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