Connor and I used the first half of our respective camera rolls on a late autumn day with leaves blowing and green grass aplenty. The next weekend, we finished up our rolls on a snowy winter morning.
In an age of smartphones and selfie sticks, I’m doing my best to raise a budding young photographer.
One brisk morning last November, Connor and I went out to photograph in our yard — he with his little blue camera, and me with my long-neglected ActionSampler.
I love seeing his perspective on me…
…versus my perspective on him.
My five-year-old son’s film camera is a no-name focus-free 35mm camera that my husband got for free years ago. At first it was a toy… but, as it turns out, this little camera takes contrasty, vignetted photos that I really love. So, I’m never hesitant to load up his camera when he asks, because I know he’ll get bored with photographing at some point, and I’ll get to shoot the rest of the roll.
I took the generic blue 35mm on a photo walk downtown back in December. These were the results.
I learned about the Fujica Half while researching sub-miniature and half-frame cameras online. I don’t recall exactly where I learned about this camera, but I decided I had to have one. After watching eBay for a while, I got one for $46.75 shipped this past January.
It arrived in the mail on a Saturday afternoon. I opened the package like it was Christmastime (except more carefully), and was immediately pleased with the size and heft of the camera. It didn’t look like the built-in selenium light meter was responsive, though, which was a bummer. No worries — I’d just forked over some money-well-spent for a battery adapter for cameras and accessories that were build to use mercury batteries, so my Kalimar accessory shoe light meter would serve me well. I was so excited, I loaded up the camera and took it to dinner to try it out.
In the car en route to our favorite Vietnamese joint, I realized that the needle in the viewfinder was moving, and the on-board meter was functional. I compared the readings between all three meters — the Light Meter app on my iPhone, the Kalimar, and the selenium cell meter — and they all read 1/30 sec at f/2.8 indoors. (Which is admittedly on the low end of not needing a tripod, but I was anxious to start shooting with this little camera, so I took a chance.)
[Taken 21 January 2017]
Part of N. St. Clair St. was closed today while workers poured concrete in the mid-to-upper floors of the Tower on the Maumee (formerly Fiberglas Tower) in downtown Toledo.
We rearranged Connor’s bedroom on Monday, moving the head of his bed against the wall and putting his dresser in the corner beside it as a nightstand. He LOVES the change… but still isn’t getting to sleep any earlier for it.
This bush blooms in both pink and blue. My soil’s pH must be totally whack.
I brought my Sears 35 RF to Levis Square today, to finish off the roll of slide film I’d started this past weekend at the park with Connor. I only had six shots left, so once the roll was done, I took a few more with my iPhone.
I also enjoyed a $5 lunch from Nacho Daddy’s: two pork tamales and one barbacoa taco with everything. The taco was worth what I paid for it, but nothing special; the tamales, on the other hand, were much more moist and flavorful than most I’ve tried.
I’ve really enjoyed wandering amongst the Lunch at Levis Square crowd these past couple of weeks. The food trucks and concerts are scheduled weekly through the end of September, and I think I’m going to plan to photograph at every one, so maybe I’ll eventually be That Redheaded Lady With The Camera to all the downtown folks.
While taking a walk at the park, Connor spotted this giant stump and asked if he could climb up on it and I could take his picture. This was how he posed.