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

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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.

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.

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