I come across so many great websites on the Internet that relate to film photography that I thought I would share them with you in a series I call Around the ‘Net. Let’s start with a good resource for film photographers. I find this website invaluable:
This is a fantastic website to find camera manuals for nearly every camera in existence—for free!
When you acquire a vintage camera, it rarely comes with the original manual. I’ve downloaded all of the missing manuals for my cameras from this site and it’s been extremely helpful in understanding how my cameras work. Even if you do have the manual, it’s handy to download a pdf version from this site. I keep pdf copies of all my camera manuals on my phone for reference. I never know when I may need it for something.
I also use this site when I’m researching a camera I’m thinking of buying. Checking the manual often gives me a good idea of the camera’s features and ease of use. It also often lists accessories I may want to track down and purchase as well. Along with reading reviews, watching YouTube demos and looking at Flickr photos taken with a camera, I find the manual a necessary part of the research process before deciding to buy a camera.
Mike Butkus spends a lot of his personal time and money to acquire camera manuals and post them on his website so that we can download them for free. And it’s greatly appreciated! If you can, please donate to help him keep this site going. I did. And I’m sure sure you’ll find this site as indispensable as I do.
I snapped a number of shots in the raptor enclosure on my Calgary Zoo photo walk. The owls were often hidden and therefore hard to photograph, but I managed to get a shot of a Great Grey Owl. Scattered all about the enclosure were dead chicks for the owls to eat. It may seem cruel at first, but you have to remember, owls don’t eat bird seed.
I managed to snap a few more photos of the Rocky Mountain Goats at the Calgary Zoo. This time I loaded my Olympus Trip 35 with Kodak ProFoto XL 100 and snapped away. These were developed at my local lab and then scanned by me using an Epson Perfection V600 Photo.
I signed up for a photo walk at the Calgary Zoo and brought along my Olympus Trip 35 and a few rolls of film. These are the first photos from that day.
These photos of the Famous Five at Olympic Plaza didn’t turn out the way I thought they would. I kept struggling with the zone focusing on my Olympus Trip 35 and sometimes forgot to set the focus altogether. I was still learning about composition so really these photos were just point and shoot with no forethought about composition at all. One day, I plan to go back and re-shoot this sculpture.
The statue of Irene Parlby is missing from my photos.
You may have been wondering why this film photography blog is titled Going Lomo. Lomo, short for Lomography, is a style of photography using vintage and toy cameras. Lomo photos are often characterized by saturated colours and vignetting around the corners. The ‘Lomo look’ can be achieved by cross-processing E-6 slide film in chemicals meant to develop C-41 colour negatives. This look is often replicated digitally using apps such as Instagram, but film is where it started. Lomography is what inspired me to pick up a film camera again. It’s fun to see what can be created by using old cameras and vintage film!
This is the first post in a new series I’m calling Around the ‘Net. The focus of this series is to share the many wonderful resources on film photography found around the Internet. Here’s a few to get you started. These three webpages are a good place to learn more about Lomography:
I took these shots of the Calgary Tower and the Epcor Centre from the Olympic Plaza in February 2014 using my Olympus Trip 35 loaded with a roll of Four Corner B&W 400 film. I’ve since decided that this film doesn’t give me the blacks that I want. I prefer darker blacks and greater contrast in my photos. These shots from my second roll are not as crisp as my first photos taken with Ilford Delta 100.
These are a few more photographs from my first roll of film. They were shot in downtown Calgary at the Olympic Plaza in February 2014.
Here are three more shots I took with my first roll of film out at the lake at Auburn Bay. These were shot in January 2014.
I never thought it would be like this.
For years I’ve wanted to learn photography. I always thought I’d buy a DSLR and maybe even take some classes. In fact, ten years ago I saved and spent a lot of money to buy my first digital camera: a Canon PowerShot S1 IS. I was very excited! With camera in hand, I proceeded to explore the world of photography!
Then, two years later when my Canon became old technology, I lost all my enthusiasm for photography. I just couldn’t afford to buy another expensive camera and have it become obsolete a few years later. So, broke and broken-hearted, I shelved my dream and moved on.
It wasn’t until I got my first iPhone that I rediscovered the joy of photography. Camera apps like Hipstamatic and Instagram made taking pictures fun again! I fell in love with retro filters and wanted more! At about the same time, I started to discover that those apps and their filters simply mimicked what had been done in camera for years with film. The more I played with filters, the more intrigued I became with film.
And then eighteen months ago, I bought a film camera. Largely on a whim, I bought an Olympus Trip 35 on Etsy. And that was the start of an obsession.
Since then, I’ve purchased a dozen more cameras & lenses, a film scanner and over a hundred rolls of 35mm & 120 film. Currently, my fridge has more film in it than food! I have Kodak, Fuji, Agfa, Ilford, Lomography, Lucky, Rollei, Adox, Foma, Svema, Tasma, Orwo, Arista, Cinestill, Tudor, Ferrania, Imation, Polaroid, Labeauratoire and FPP branded film sharing space with a carton of milk. (I fear this is just the beginning!)
And now, eighteen months and 75 rolls of film later, I am starting this photo blog as a way to record my obsession with film photography as much as to share it with you. A photograph may be worth a thousand words, but a photograph not shared, only speaks silence. Hopefully, my obsession helps ignite your own.