Fiery Temple (Gakkenflex)


Yeah, I used this photo in my Gakkenflex review, but I love it so much that I think it deserves its own post. Once again, this was the result of not fully winding the photos, but it made for a great result. I’m pretty sure the bottom part of the photo is due to extreme light leaking because I didn’t wind the film far enough when I loaded it, before taking this photo. And the top part is the next photo overlapping onto this one.

All in all, it makes it look like we all live in the sky, above a temple… which is on fire!

Temples 2-in-1 (Gakkenflex)

This photo was taken when I decided to experiment a bit with multiple exposures on my Gakkenflex. For a long time, I had just been taking multiple exposures in the same orientation. But in this one, I’d taken a photo of this temple in portrait and then a second shot landscape. I actually think this was entirely accidental on my part, but it just goes to show that accidents in photography can sometimes turn out pretty cool

Almost there (Gakkenflex)

I’m posting this as a bit of a “what not to do”. I called this one “almost there”, because that’s how I feel about the photo as a whole. I like the depth of the shot, and the blurred edges, highlighted by overhanging trees. Those edges, however, are the problem. Because of the naturally blurred edges on the Gakkenflex, your eyes are naturally drawn to the clear, focussed centre of the photo, and there’s…. nothing there. I feel like this photo is lacking that focus in the centre.

So, when you take photos with the Gakkenflex, keep in mind that it will look best if there is a subject in the centre.  Have a look at my Hikone Castle photo as an example.

Gakkenflex Camera Review (Otona no Kagaku Volume 25)

Gakkenflex

Otona no Kagaku (大人の科学) is a great little magazine series in Japan, literally translating into “Adult’s Science” or “Science for Adults”, and is released irregularly, roughly every few months.  Each volume contains a DIY kit of the product of that issue, as well as a magazine which contains any necessary assembly instructions and, usually, a brief history of the item.  Volume 25, released in 2009, was a nice 35mm Twin Lens Reflex camera, known as the Gakkenflex.  Since then, the Gakkenflex has gained a cult following (see http://www.flickr.com/groups/gakkenflex/), due to its unique-looking photos. Continue reading

Candid girl (Gakkenflex)

This was taken when I was at uni, before a round of tennis with my lovely girlfriend, which you see here.

Since the Gakkenflex is a TLR, you can shoot from the hip, as long as you have the focus right. That’s how I managed to capture one of my favourite candid photos (maybe I’m a little bias, considering who the subject is!)

Red Flowers Macro (Gakkenflex)

As you can see, the Gakkenflex can get actually get quite close to objects while still taking clear shots.  It’s not the same sort of extreme macro you get from something like the Harinezumi 2++, but it’s still nice.  The manual focus on this camera means that you have to spend some time fiddling with it to get the right focus.  Also, when you take photos really close with the Gakkenflex, you start to see some vignette action going on.

Harinezumi 2++ “Color Hack” Trick – Method 1: Colourbalance

Red-tinted and blue-tinted photos

Okay, so the original Digital Harinezumi, ones with firmware V1.1 had this thing which has become known as the “colour hack”.  Basically, if you held the OK button and shutter down when you turned the unit on, you got access to a debug menu.  In this menu, among other things, you could mess with the red/green/blue colour settings, so that you could mess with the colour balance whenever you wanted.  Check out Mijonju’s blog for more details (plus, it’s also just generally a good read)

The Harinezumi cameras released after that, however, don’t have access to the colour hack.  Reports say that trying that combination of buttons on later models causes it to freeze.  Keeping this in mind, I’ve come up with some methods to get similar types of effects with my Digital Harinezumi 2++ Continue reading