I was right.
He gave me two lomography cameras. Don't know about lomography? No biggie. Just read about it here. Now, you may ask yourself "WHY would anyone even bother?" and you would be correct in asking your question. I question it as well. However, it did not stop me from asking for one. I can do pretty much all the same effects that the lomography cameras make in Photoshop. Correction, I can do ALL the same effects in Photoshop. However, there is something oh so romantic at the idea of getting some film and putting it in a fully analog camera and winding the film in.
Yes, winding...does that spell WHINDING or WIND--ing? English is so confusing.
Camera #1--The Diana F+ (sounds like a grade I got in English (Well, spelling to be exact)
It has this cute little shutter release right on the side of the lens...
There is no way to focus this camera. You have adjust how far you are from something by turning the knob around the lens.
It has this handy dandy switch for you to move for either night or day (shutter speed)...sorta....
Now in the Land of Lori logic ( I know, you didn't know such a place existed), the N would be for night and the B would be for before night (meaning day) or better yet a D for daylight. However, they clearly did not check into the LLL and check with me. So, the N stands for daylight (or technically Normal) and the B stands for night.
Keep in mind there is no checking to see if the picture is correct or if you even got anything from the shot. I must have stopped a billion times to look at the back of the camera and then sheepishly look around to see if anybody noticed.
I know the suspense has just been about to kill you so..here. they. are. the lomo pics I took on Christmas day in downtown Nashville.
Before I move on to camera 2... I know, I hate to keep you wondering...BUT when we took these to get developed we went to Wal-Mart. My hubs went to take the film back to processing and I went to look at stuff I didn't need. Well, when I got there he was finishing up and he had this look on his face like he was really trying not to laugh. He still had the film in his hand and I asked what was going on. He said, "she said that they don't make negatives anymore"...seriously...she SAID THEY DON'T MAKE NEGATIVES ANYMORE. We just looked at each other and busted out laughing. So, what was that in his hands? Keep in mind you can send your film for processing but this poor lady has no clue that that film makes a negative that makes the photo possible. Reason #409138980493280948 to NOT take film to Wal-Mart. I only did because I just wanted to see how they turned out I really wasn't all that concerned with the quality since these were lomo.
So on to Camera #2--The Spinner 360°
I knew that my husband had ordered one for our daughter but I was very surprised to have gotten one as well. I was downright giddy. This is a fun camera.
How often can you say you have to pull a grenade cord to get your camera to work?
Yes, it's big. It's clunky. People look at you funny while you are using it.
And then there's that whole dolphin jumping over the sun thing going on on the top. It's a level..which I think is even funnier because when you use it you can't see that anyway. Level schmesel ....it's lomo..why would you want it to be level anyway?
Now, for the real comedy of errors. So remember way back about 30 seconds ago (yes, I know..seems like a week) when I told you about the Wal-Mart fiasco? WELLLLLL...it gets better. Hubs says we will just take the film to Durys downtown to get developed. Which we did. They developed the 120 from the Diana just fine and gave us the prints. HOWEVER, with the 360 camera we didn't want prints. We just needed the film developed and made sure to tell them to NOT cut the negatives. Hubs said we had a negative thingy to use on our scanner at home (that I had forgotten about) and that we would just scan them ourselves.
We get home..he looks in the drawer and gets the negative thingy out and then stops. I said what's wrong. He's looking and then says....."did we get a new scanner?" huh? Wha? well, I think maybe we did. Then he starts laughing and says...."We can't scan these in now. This doesn't work with this scanner".
So, I have been sitting here ever since trying to figure out how I can process these negatives so I can actually SEE the picture. I did some googleing and found some homemade scanner things you can do that will never work if I try it.
As I thought about it I thought there HAS to be a way to make it work with Photoshop. There just HAS to be..it's Photoshop afterall..makes all things perfect. Well, I kinda figured it out. The only thing is the pics are not in color anymore. They have to be black and white. Now, keep in mind this is my first EVER roll through this camera so it's a total trial and error thing going on. Nevertheless, I think they sorta, kinda, turned out pretty neat.
I took this in the middle of the road on Christmas day in front of our new Music City Center (a gorgeous building by the way..don't let this pic ruin it for ya).
I stood in the middle of the road with the camera on top of my head, pulled the cord and let it spin...and this is what I got.
Notice the spots? Well, those aren't part of the camera. Alas, it's part of our scanner. I use the scanner to scan in my homemade textures that sometimes get stuck on the glass. I thought I had cleaned it but apparently not. The Diana pics above I removed all the specks. I just decided to leave them on this one.
The spinner camera has no mechanism for focusing either. So it really is hit or miss but a lot of fun. We are going to try and send this film off and get developed someplace. I'm not sure if Durys can do it or not. Will be checking on that tomorrow.
If any of this has peaked our interest please check out the following links. Photography is so much fun and it's fun to go back to what I started with and see how far we have come.
Well, that's it. Hope everyone has a fabulous 2014!