Saturday, March 8, 2014

My Newest Camera + Broken Polaroid Camera Tip

Barbie Polaroid 600 / Impossible Color 600 Gold Frame

My newest camera (well technically, second newest: I got the Instax 210 the same day) + A test photo (a boring photo taken in the rain, but I was desperate to make sure the camera worked!)

Long story short (just kidding, it’s still going to be long.), I’d been wanting this camera forever but online, the Barbie Polaroid Camera was $50+ - that’s way too much to spend on a camera that I already had at least two of, that does the exact same things this one does. (That $50 would feed those 2 cameras and develop a roll of film.)

My lovely step-mama and I were checking out some antique stores when I came across it and made a sound she described as if I had seen a demon. I ended up not leaving the store with it.
By the time I got to her house, I’d regretted my decision. I thought about  it all week, and by the following Saturday, I went into the store, all the way up to the third floor, and there it was, right where I had left it.

It was in near perfect condition - the previous owner had stuck the flower stickers that came with it all over the camera (these have sense been removed), but the camera itself was clean, the rollers looked good, hell, the plastic sticker things that everyone loves peeling off their new electronics were still over the face and the Barbie logo. It had to work. So I bought it.

I got home. It was time to test it. I grabbed my used, but still working Impossible 600 cartridge, loaded it up with some shots and the black card, and put it in the camera, sure that it would spit out the card, and all 8 shots, one at a time as I pressed the shutter.

Nothing. No whiirrrrr, no black card spitting out, no little green light flashing, indicating that the flash was charged and ready to shoot. I literally almost cried.

I tried to find anything online that would help and everything basically said “Blah blah you’re battery pack is dead” or “blah blah, it’s your pickarm”. This was definitely not the case for me - my cartridge worked in my other 600 cameras, and my pick arm looked just the same as them too. But then I noticed the difference -

I looked inside my camera. There’s two battery contacts that should be parallel to each other, completely straight side my side. My left contact was shifted inward at an angle to the other. I took a pencil and gently pushed it back in place. I popped the cartridge in.


I got that stupid Barbie Polaroid camera to work.

There are two morals to this unnecessarily long story:

1. If your Polaroid 600 isn’t working, and you’ve tried everything, it could be something as simple as the battery contact was a tiny bit out of whack.

2. If you see something you want that makes you squeal like you just saw some kind of terrible demon, you should probably buy it.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Holy Frickin'Holga 135 and X-PRO'D Velvia, Bat Man!

So, once upon a time (last summer) I shot a roll of Velvia in my Holga 135. I took it to Walgreens to get developed and they said, 'No way, Jose.' I was bummed. I tried convincing them by letting them know that, no, the pictures would not come out "clear" as they so put it, but that they would simply have more contrast and have color shifts. No, it won't hurt your chemicals, I also said. But they refused, and so I set in my 'to be developed box' for six months.

Well, I moved in with my boyfriend since then, and thus I moved to a different county, and now I go to a different Walgreens. At this Walgreens they said "Sure, no problem." And finally I got to x-pro my first roll. Results first, then thoughts.

Holga 135 / Fuji Velvia 100RVP

First off, I'd like to say this: Note that that’s a Holga 135, NOT a Holga 135bc. I’ve read that the regular 135 doesn’t vignette, and if you want vignettes, you HAVE to get the bc. Granted, I’ve only run two rolls through mine, but I think it vignettes just fine, and it’s way cheaper than the bc version. Not EVERY picture has that oh-so-sought-after black frame with the 135, but I've read that the bc doesn't produce it every single frame either. I guess my point is, I'd bet it's worth it to save that extra money you'd spend on the bc and put it toward film. Here's a few of my examples with the 135 from my first roll, if anyone who comes by is interested. Just my proverbial two cents.

Annnnyway, so my first roll of cross processed film (if you have no idea what the hell that is, in a nutshell, processing slide film in color negative chemicals or vice versa. Typically the former). I'm fairly pleased and surprised. I expected more greens/blues than reds, but after doing some reading apparently fuji slide films when x-pro'd shift toward red. Typically, I'd kind of hate this but I like it in this case. I don't think I'd want to do it all the time, or even half the time, but it's definitely something I plan to experiment with in the future.

I've still got a few rolls to develop from this summer (some 120 shot in my Diana, some black and white in my Pentax K1000 and a disposable underwater camera) that I keep putting off but need to get around to...I was surprised by almost all of the pictures on this roll, because I couldn't remember what I'd shot!

Well this is getting not only picture heavy, but a bit long winded, so I'm gonna wrap it up. Have you ever tried cross processing your film? If you have, leave a link in the comments, I want to see!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Polaroid Land Camera 210 / FP3000B

I'm putting off getting ready for work, and what better way to stall than to blog a little. 

The first day of the year, I went to one of my favorite places and shot two rolls of film (one in a La Sardina, that I'm sure I absolutely fried, and the other in a Vivitar pn2011). I also allowed myself a few shots with the now discontinued FP-3000B. Now I'm down to two and a half packs. Of course, I've only realized how much I love the film now that it's going to be pretty much impossible to get more. 

Here's the prints, followed by their scanned negatives.


 I really like the different effect scanning the negatives gives, sometimes more than the original print! I've written a tutorial on how to do it, maybe I'll post it here soon.

I also decided to start a 365 project on the 1st, using digital, film, and instant film (depends on my mood that day). We'll see how that goes. By day 2, I'd forgotten to take my picture until right before I went to bed, which made an unflattering self portrait be my photo for the day. Hopefully it's just a matter of getting into the habit of it, and by week two I get something I like more often.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Adventures in Film - Instax Mini 7S Photo Dump

"Photo Dump" sounds gross. But that's what this is. I just got done scanning about 30 instant pictures ranging from my Instax Mini 7s, to my Polaroid Land Cameras, to my Polaroid Sun 660, and even my Diana Instant Back. Moving got me way behind on doing this, but I got it done pretty quickly. So I thought I'd post a few of my favorites from my Instax here.

My shelf back in January. Before I moved, and when my camera collection only consisted of four cameras. (It's grown to 20+!)

See a 3D version here!

Someone had strong feelings about Gary.

At this angle, my head looks hilariously small in comparison to the rest of my body!

So my scanner does weird stuff to my Instax photos whilst scanning makes them look, kind of...pixely? I don't know if that's the right word, but they look a bit off from what the prints actually look like. Oh well. Do you have an Instax? If yes, link me if you have some pictures posted! If not, why the heck not?! They are wonderful. I'm thinking about adding the Instax Wide to my collection as well.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Adventures in Film - Pentax K1000

Sunday Matt and I went to one of my very favorite places and I brought along my Pentax K1000, Polaroid Land Camera 104 and Holga 120 3D. This is the third roll I've shot through my Pentax, but only the second I've developed. (I haven't had time to make it out to the professional camera shop downtown to get the black and white roll developed :[ ). I used Kodak Ektar 100, and I am in love with this film! I'll definitely be ordering more soon. 

We hadn't been there since late July. The weather has just been so hot and sticky and that along with ticks and mosquitoes and lugging around all the cameras I take (a minimum of three and they get heavy!) makes it a little rough. But Sunday the weather was perfect so we spent a few hours there.

The amount of photos I have of Matt holding things could fill a book. Honestly, I kind of intend on making one haha.

I could definitely see and feel Fall slowly starting to creep in. Normally it's something I kind of dread (I love Fall, but here it is so short! It seems like one day it's 90 degrees and humid and the next it 30 degrees and I'm freezing to death. I swear with Tennessee there's hardly any in-between.) 

An unfortunate moth.

 This guy was a lot luckier.

 There were caterpillars absolutely everywhere, but unfortunately, all the guys that look like this one came out super overexposed!

Although there were tons of the yellow caterpillars around, this was the only one of these kind that I saw. Research says that this is a Milkweed Tiger Moth, or Milkweed Tussock. 

I have a bunch of things to do today, but its so pretty outside I'm kind of considering going back...