These are the scans of photo’s I took in Colombia in various cities. I used my silver Olympus Mju 2 which I have sadly lost along with some Lomo Xpro 100 film. I scanned the negatives myself with an Epson V500 and left the borders on since I felt it gave the images more of an analogue feeling.
Above is street parade/party in Bogota. This is a weekly occurrence where they close of the streets for some music and fun.
A hill overlooking the city of Popayán. The city has their own versions of empanadas and they are really awesome.
A small cemetery we came across in Barichara.
My Sprocket Rocket came along my South American trip and made to sure to shoot holes all over the Colombian landscape. These were taken all over Colombia. It’s always nice to shoot with a toy camera so you can put your technical photography mind on zero and just click. The joy of anticipation is also there since it took about 9 months before I got a look at the picture I had taken during the trip. This actually allows you to forget some moments and have these photos to let you relive the experiences.
If you are ever in Medellin, this place deserves a daytrip. Some claim it is the biggest rock in the world. And it is pretty huge.
Really amazing church near the border with Ecuador. We had left our luggage near the border, jumped in a shared taxi and had a look at this place. The priest was cool and talkative. And the road towards the church is filled with plaques and signs of the miracles that came true due to praying at this church.
A film review of Ferrania Solaris 400. Very little noise for a 400 negative film. Colors are well-represented and I can’t say much more than that. This only the second time I’ve shot a roll of Solaris ( the first one came packaged with my (Golden Half). This was all with my Olympus Mju2.
Kodak Ultramax 400 color film. Taken with my Canon SLR on a trip to Beijing. Very nice colors, not as much grain as other 400 color films. Maybe my favorite color 400 film along side AgfaVista 400.
Beijing is a wonderful place for photography, highly recommended. It is also a huge place, so much walking to be done. Or you could always get a bicycle.
I don’t like the name Ultramax 400 though, seems like a rookie marketing department thinking of something exxxxtreme.
I shot a roll of lomo 100 X-pro in my holga to review that type of film and this new wide lens adapter. I ran out of my usual electrical tape that I use to keep my holga lightleak tight and in one piece. I picked up a new roll of regular black tape and obviously it did a very bad job, in fact it did such a horrible job I wonder if it sneaked in its photon buddies and let them go to town on my film resulting in horrendous orange light leaks all over my pictures.
I could make up a story that this was my artistic intention in order to portray the fragility of perfection and the honesty of failure but that would be a big bowl of shit. So lets get to the review.
The top part is the regular Holga Lens and the bottom image is with the converter. I picked up this converter for $13 on Ebay because I was interested in buying the latest lomo camera: the sprocket rocket.
The main advantage the sprocket rocket has over shooting 35mm in a Holga is its wide angle lens and the ease of forwarding the film without having to deal with counting clicks. I was wondering if this converter would be wide enough to dissuade me from buying the sprocket rocket and stay loyal to my 5 year old Holga. After looking at the results I can honestly say “I don’t know”
It does create a wider image, that is the positive. The bad side is that the normally blurry edges of my Holga images are now even more distorted and vague.
But it is hard to judge this lens just one roll of film which was badly abused by lightleaks. I will have to give this lens another chance before I pass my judgment upon it and then decide if I want to add the sprocket rocket to my collection of cameras.
This was a gift from my girlfriend. ( seriously, if you need to buy a gift for somebody who is into film photograhpy just buy him/her a bunch of different types of film, its fun to experiment). So the camera/marketing company brought out their own types of branded film and this is the 400 color negative version.
I took this film and my Canon SLR 500 along to London. It was winter (its fun when the pilot announces that the airport at your destination is closed due to snow and having to take a 4 hour cramped bus ride after 25 hrs of traveling). Now where was I? Oh yeah, London.
Colorwise I thought this film was fine, it was just much noisier then expected. I don’t know if it was this particular roll or the scanning method, but having shot 400 color film before I didnt expect the amount of grain.
This is relatively new type of film. Kodak introduced Ektar in September 2008. After many favorable reviews I tried this film. It is more expensive than other negative film I found, but the results were very nice. Very rich colors and I definetly plan to pick more of this film.
These were shot with a Holga and scanned to show the sprockets.
One of my favorite places to shoot is Coney Island in New York and even though I didn’t grow up there is gives me a very nostalgic feeling. Lots of colorful buildings and people. Highly recommended. Easy to reach with 1 subway straight from Manhattan.
Fuji Superia 200 is my number one choice when shooting for sprockets. I love the colorful lines along the sprocket that only Superia brings. The great thing is that film is very common. I know I can go to places where film isn’t common anymore and still pick up some rolls of Superia. These were shot with my Canon SLR and 50mm lens.
These was an abanded playground I found in the west of Singapore now almost taken over by the jungle.
Showing a slide of life of Singapore many years ago. In the background is Malaysia.