Golden retriever falling asleep (Harinezumi 2++)

Heh, there really is nothing cuter than a Golden Retriever (Phillip!!) struggling to hold open his heavy eyelids. He’s so lazy that he just doesn’t react, even if you get right in his face with a camera… Hit the jump for a bonus Phillip photo! Continue reading

Heart in the sky

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Gakkenflex English Instruction Manual (Otona no Kagaku Magazine Volume 25)

Gakkenflex Closeup

Okay everyone, as I promised in my Gakkenflex review, here is an english version of the Gakkenflex instruction manual!  I’d just like to preface this by saying that these are not direct Japanese-English translations.  My amazing, awesome girlfriend did rough translations of the part names (thank you!!!) and I filled in the rest with my own instructions, based on my experiences.  I gave some of the parts my own names, because we had no idea how to translate them, but you should still know what I mean

I know that there are some Gakkenflex clones out there, but the one I got was the offical Otona no Kagaku Magazine, volume 25, which I bought when I was in Japan.  The images here are scanned from the magazine that came with it.  I hope this is useful!

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It’s all in the perspective

Recently, I was reading this post on photographyfree4all’s blog, and it really got me thinking.  What is a photographer?  What makes a good photo?

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Ghostly beach (Gakkenflex)

I know this photo in itself is nothing special – it’s really just a simple matter of taking a double exposure. Despite this, though, images like this are actually what initially inspired me to pick up film cameras.  Being someone who has predominantly used point-and-click digital cameras, I had no idea about multiple exposures, and these images totally blew my mind.

It made me happy that this shot turned out well , actually. If you try to do something like this, you’ll have to try and keep the camera in the exact same position for the two shots, or else it will turn into a big massive blur.  I wasn’t sure if I managed to achieve that, but it seems to look okay.

Red Rocketshop (Harinezumi 2++)

This was taken on a recent trip to the Fortitude Valley, near where I live. I was using the Highlighter mod I mentioned in an earlier post, so that I could get some softer colours. I think that the mod sometimes works in conjunction with the natural vividness of the Harinezumi 2++ and you get photos like this one: soft and dreamy, but with some vivid reds.

Harinezumi 2++ Highlighter Mod: Take soft, dreamy-looking photos

Left: Scene with soft-colour mod. Right: Normal photo without mod

While I really, really love the Digital Harinezumi 2++, one of my issues with it is that the photos tend to turn out super-saturated and very contrasty.  Now, this isn’t usually a huge issue, but sometimes I just want to take photos with softer colours, which would give them more of a dreamy feel.  From the photos I’ve seen, the first Harinezumi does seem to take softer colours, but nonetheless I am determined to get that sort of effect with my trusty Zumi 2++

I’ve been experimenting with lots of ways to achieve this and I’ve finally found a cheap and easy way to take dreamy photos with softer colours.  As a proof-of-concept, the image above gives you an idea of what to expect.

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