Abandoned Warehouse (Gakkenflex)

Warehouse GakkenGakkenflex camera, 135 film

So I was digging through some of my very old film photos that I scanned and realised that I have barely uploaded any of them.  Even though I’ve become more and more involved with my mirrorless camera and capturing with high quality optics, my blog started as a film-only endeavour, so I think it’ll be nice to post more of my old things up now.

I’ve been pretty captivated with photos that can capture a sense of abandonment, so I was pretty happy to find this old photo.  The Gakkenflex, which I used to take this photo, has naturally soft edges and I think that lends itself nicely to this style of photo.   This photo was taken in a part of town I don’t go to much, and I was honestly pretty surprised to find this building.  I think it looks great and really adds character to the area, so I hope it’s still there.  On the other hand, I have no idea if it’s in use anymore.

Hmmm, I really need to get back to film photography.  I have a half-used roll of black-and-white film in my Gakkenflex actually…. I think I put it in there about 4 years ago, so it’d be really interesting to see some of the photos I’ve taken on it already!

Digital? Film? Why Not Both?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf there are any readers out there who has been reading my (at times defunct) blog, you’ll know that I used to have a staunch opposition to digital cameras and particularly the use of post-processing.  I was firmly in the analogue camp and prided myself on only using film.

A few things have happened since than that have somewhat changed my mind.  Firstly, the price of getting film developed where I live has almost doubled in price, not to mention the cost of the film itself.  This alone has made it both a difficult and expensive hobby.  While a fancy mirrorless or DSLR can be expensive, the ongoing costs are obviously far less since you can selectively print the photos.  The other big thing that happened is that I had the good fortune of winning an Olympus E-P5 mirrorless micro 4/3 camera in a competition!  When I started using it, I found out that I could finally take the photos that I’ve always wanted to take but couldn’t, due to equipment limitations.  To clarify, I wasn’t limited by using film, but that I don’t own any functioning SLR film cameras.

At the same time, I realised that I was being too closed-minded about the use of digital cameras, purely out of pride.  This led me to the conclusion of: “why not use both?”.  I’ve since struck a fine balance – I use my E-P5 for times when I want to take proper, well-composed photos, and I bust out one of my film/toy cameras when I want to take fun photos.  It’s a system that’s been working fairly well and also keeps the costs of my photography hobby down a bit more.

In terms of my initial negativity against post-processing, I’ve had a little bit of a change of mind.  I’m still against the use of Photoshop to alter the contents of the image itself (eg. removing/adding objects) because I still feel like it’s kind of cheating.  However, I can understand that sometimes the exposures, white balance and colour balance need to be adjusted.  This is why I’ve started using Lightroom, which is also a fantastic way of organising all your photos.

Also, one of the main reasons for my long absence in blogging (other than a lack of time) was that it became too much of a hassle to scan all my developed photos into the computer.  With all this in mind, I will start posting some of my digital photos on here as well.  Hopefully the ease of being able to transfer from an SD card will encourage me to keep this blog more alive than I have in the past.

Burning sunset over the waters (Instax)

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I was really interested in how this one turned out.  As you can see, shooting into the sun can cause a new kind of image aberration when using the Instax.  It looks like it is just way too bright for the crystals in the film, leading to a burn-out dot.  I’ve reliably reproduced it in other photos since, so it’s not just a one off.

Smena Symbol vintage camera review

I know it’s been a long time coming, but here comes a new camera review!

My collection and types of cameras has vastly grown since my last review, partly because I keep buying new ones and partly because my friends have caught on to my photography fixation, and I’ve been getting obscure cameras for presents as well, which is neat.

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Tip: If Gakkenflex counter isn’t winding

First of all, yes I am still alive!  I just haven’t been able to find time to update my blog much these days.  Anyway, I thought I’d get back into things with this quick, but very useful tip.  As I alluded to in my Gakkenflex review, I had some issues with the film counter not really moving when I turned the winder knob.  If you have this issue, then this post is for you.  Apologies in advance for the grainy photos, my brother took my actual camera for his holiday in America. Continue reading

Brisbane Chinatown

Chinatown over here in Brisbane used to look really, really different.  Over the last couple of years, though, they took down the old pagodas (because of safety issues) and put up these… more modern versions. I’m still undecided as to whether I like the new look Chinatown, but I do quite like this photo. So I guess it all evens out?

PS: Thesis is submitted! Hooray! Though, admittedly… it does feel kind of weird not working on it…  On the plus side, hopefully that means I get more time to write up tips/tricks, as well as reviews for more cameras and accessories that I’ve gotten my hands on recently.

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