We hit up the Goodwill today before dinner, just for something to do, and I came away with three cameras:
- Kalimar 3D 35mm camera, with box and manual… and unused envelope for getting 3D prints with your developing.
- Ultronic panoramic 35mm focus free with a half-exposed roll of found film. (I might have passed on this one if not for the found film.)
- Canon Sure Shot 80 tele. I don’t usually go for point-and-shoot zooms, but I follow a couple of film photography bloggers who have an affinity for some of these, so I figured I’d take a chance on romance. If nothing else, I donate it back and recoup my $3 on my taxes.
I was proud of myself for leaving a broken rangefinder at the thrift for someone else. I have enough broken rangefinders at home already.
As soon as I got home, I loaded two AA batteries and a roll of ISO 400 into the 3D camera. Can’t wait to see what comes out of that!
Connor only agreed to take a nature walk with me today if we could take turns photographing nature with the film camera I brought along.
My son will sometimes pretend he’s The Flash, or Sonic the Hedgehog. He loves to run.
So, when I learned that our school district was hosting an Elementary Cross-Country Series, I knew I had to sign him up.
Unfortunately, we had to miss the first meet of the three-meet series because that was the day Connor had his annual checkup and flu shot — firstly, I couldn’t justify both coming in late to work for his appointment and leaving early for his cross-country meet; and secondly, he was hobbling around all day on his flu shot leg, so having his first-ever race on a bum leg would not have been a good experience.
I brought my “good” camera with me to capture Connor’s first-ever actual race, the second meet of the series.
[Taken 16 September 2017]
We took Connor to the thrift store for the first time to get a Halloween costume. While we were there, we let him choose a toy, and he chose this Millennium Falcon.
I purchased the Brownie Twin 20 at Savers (a thrift store) for $4 two years ago, and discovered an ancient roll of Ansco black-and-white still loaded with only four or five exposures used. Unsurprisingly, the found photos didn’t come out, and neither did the photos I attempted to take on the remainder of the roll.
Finally, a year and a half later, I did a real test of the Twin 20! Back in February, I loaded it up with Ektar 100 speed, spooled onto a 620 spool.
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]
[Taken 21 January 2017]