July 2, 2010

On the (Mostly Delightful) Vagaries of Shooting Film with a Low End Camera

Enjoy | Delight in Life

Connecticut River Sunburst
My plastic point and shoot panoramic film camera continues to surprise and delight me.  Look at this flare!  Above and below are the full frame 35mm scans.

Along with these unplanned gifts, I am divining how inaccurate the viewfinder is:

Sliver of the Future Now

I meant to include more of the solar panels lining this Cambridge, MA shopping center roof.   Yet  I find this result better than my intention.  I  later cropped off some of the sky. (Click image to enlarge).

"You Can Do It"
I had the camera in my pocket as I sat on stage with other faculty members during graduation at Hallmark Institute of Photography.  While I love the grainy, funky, unpredictable results when making art, documenting 75 year old photographic legend Douglas Kirkland in harsh lighting conditions fell short of the quality I wanted.

"A series of small steps," is how Mr. Kirkland explained his successful career trajectory.
Tech Tips: Ansco Pix Panorama camera, Kodak UltraMax 800 film, no settings to set, film processed and scanned at Walgreens.


Matt Haines said...

The other day in a thrift shop I came across a panoramic camera that is probably similar. Trims the 35 neg down, rather than exposing on a bigger section of film. I toyed with the idea of picking it up, but even at a couple of dollars I decided I'd never use it. But that sun-flare thing - I might have to go back and see if it's still there, just to give that a whirl! Very cool!

John Nordell said...

Go get it! Sounds very similar, mine a thrift store special, too. I just checked your blog - love the dreamy flip lens work. Thanks.