patterns & repetition

I  just checked the status of my Diana F+ flash and 35mm converter. It has left the Sunnyvale UPS center and is on time for delivery today! I am excited. I have to use the rest of the instant film in my Diana today so I can start shooting 35mm IMMEDIATELY. I’m really excited about the flash, too. It comes with colored gel inserts! Did I already mention that?!

Meantime, here is another roll from my Pop 9.

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pop 9 in louisiana

I took these last Christmas while visiting my parents, but only got around to getting them developed last weekend. Most of them were taken in New Orleans. I also have a roll from my SuperSampler that I got developed, I’ll probably post some of those tomorrow.

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first roll from the pop 9

Okay, so I was basically just playing around with the camera on this roll, and none of these are like, great works of art or anything.

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stitching, arctic rainstorms, and photography lessons

 

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This is done, except I forgot to put in the French knots for his eyes, so it’s a little creepy.

The weather is cold and rainy, we’re in the middle of a rainstorm that’s swooped down from Alaska (there’s even snow in the higher elevations), so I hardly left the house all weekend. I did get the first rolls developed from my SuperSampler and Pop9. Some of them didn’t come out: The Pop9’s lenses don’t protrude; in fact they’re a little recessed, so it’s easy to get your finger over one of the lenses. Eep. So I have to train myself to handle it only by the edges.

The SuperSampler worked better than I thought, considering there’s no viewfinder and I was guessing. It needs to be held just a little higher.

But it was a learning experience, and there were a few good ones on each roll. I got them put on CD, so I’ll have them up later.

sherry-lotus

I was drinking a glass of dry sherry yesterday, when I glanced at it on the nightstand and saw this interesting effect.

did i say i wasn’t going to buy any more cameras until after christmas?

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When did photo frames get so expensive? I went to Bad, Bath & Beyond last weekend, thinking I might frame some of my photos I’ve been taking lately, and they were all like $15 at the cheapest. And a lot of them were ugly anyway. Sheesh.

So I solved it by buying 2 French memo boards, a narrow one for my Instaxes and a large square one for my other Lomo cameras.

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And I’m going to have a lot more photos soon, because *mumble* I bought another Lomo camera, a Pop 9. And my SuperSampler hasn’t even arrived yet (it should be there today). Hey, it’s cheap. And I got free shipping, And Mom is sending me some $$$ for my birthday. And it’s good for the economy!

Okay, that last one is the ultimate lame excuse.

pop-9The Pop 9 has 9 lenses that all fire at once, so you get a sort of Warhol-esque photo that’s 3 rows of 3 images. It has a flash but I don’t think a focus; the reviews I’ve read say you can get fairly close to your subject with it. It shoots 35mm.

I need to get some kind of display shelf just for my cameras, I don’t like to keep them shoved in a drawer. And although I’m going to try reeeally hard not to buy any more until January, I’m going to buy more eventually. There are least 3 that I want: a Fisheye 2, one of the first Lomo cameras that interested me; a Colorsplash, which comes with a selection of colored gels to put over the flash; and an Oktomat, which is sort of a combination of the SuperSampler and the Pop 9 — it has 8 lenses that fire consecutively over 2.5 seconds.

Lomography and obsessive-compulsiveness are a dangerous combo.

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