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.

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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!

Temperamental Things In The Dark

As I told you in my last blog post, I took my Fuji Natura Classica 35mm film camera with me on my date at the art house and got some interesting pictures while I was there. It’s not ever day that you get to see the world through an artist’s perspective…well, unless you’re an artist.

If you aren’t into art then you may not enjoy this post, then again, you may be in the wrong place because photography is an art form. I like to imagine that the above photo is the centurion who guards the entrance to the art house. There’s a neat hidden secret at the art house called the “jail cells”, not everyone knows that they are there and open year round, but I had a chat with the owner a few months ago and he told me all about them. So…here’s a peak at the dark mysteries hidden within the “jail cells” at the art house.

I realize that some of these things are a bit…odd and out of place any time of the year other than October, but it was July and I enjoyed it. My girlfriend found it interesting too. I know what you’re thinking, “Seriously, you went here on a date?!” Umm, yeah, we did. She had been wanting to go there for a while anyway. It was actually a super cool place.

Now, it was actually very dark when we were seeing all of these cool things, but I was able to get good visible shots of it all because of the flash on the Fuji Natura Classica. I honestly didn’t expect the photos to turn out so great because it was so dark. Hopefully you don’t have too many nightmares after seeing and reading this.

Black & White Beauty

I am not exaggerating when I say that I love black and white photography, in fact that’s probably an understatement. I don’t claim to be the best photographer in the world, but pretty much anyone can take a photo in black and white and it will turn out decent looking (for the most part). Luckily, I have my Minolta X-700 most of the time to depend on and thank for beautiful B&W shots, but my girlfriend takes a pretty brilliant shot using that camera, so she tends to use it some when I have it around. I don’t like to admit it, but her shots somehow always seem to turn out…how should I put this, clearer than mine. She knows how to focus the camera better, but if I have to blame something, let me blame the fact that I wear glasses that make it harder to see through the viewfinder! Anyway, here are some of the shots that we got on our last date with the trusty Minolta X-700.

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I am super proud of that shot (I took it!), not only is it a good clear shot, but it really captures something about her personality, it has to be one of my favorite shots of the night!

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Before you even ask, we went to an open mic night (nobody showed up, but that was cool because we got to basically take pictures of anything we wanted to), that is located at my favorite art house. It’s always a good time when the art house is involved!

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Don’t ask me what happened on those two shots above of me and her, that’s one of the cool things about film photography, you seriously never know about the film, the camera, or the developer, so the results are always exciting to see! I have a ton of other cool shots, but I took some with my Fuji Natura Classica and used color film, so I will save those for a future post. For now you will have to be satisfied with the beautiful black and white shots in this post.

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.