first roll from the blackbird fly

This camera was a challenge, and at first I was disatisfied with it, but it started to grow on me halfway through the roll. For one thing, I have always been notoriously bad at calculating distance, especially when you have to mentally convert feet to meters on top of it! The cameras I all use now either focus automatically (digital, instant), have fixed focus (Golden Half, Pink Dress, etc.), or only have 2 or 3 settings (Diana F+, Holga, etc.). I also have a tendency to hold it crookedly (although I learned to correct it), which is not as noticable when you’re looking through a viewfinder at waist level instead of holding it up to your eyes. So a couple of the early prints look like they were shot at sea or something.

But I started to get the hang of it, and I really like the results. It’s not as obviously wonky as, say, a Holga. But because of the relatively narrow window of focus, you’ll wind up with one small point in perfect focus, and everything else just a little off. I like it a lot.

I wanted to get a photo of my grandmother smiling spontaneously, so I focused it, set it on the table pointed at her, and kept one finger on the shutter button, while trying not to be obvious about it.

I love everything about this photo. I love the graininess and the analog feel — it’s like a photo that could have been taken with the cameras of my childhood. I love the colors, the way her clothes echo the bricks behind her and the blue glass picks up the blue of the stained glass piece. I even like the curve of her walker in the foreground, the way it sort of draws your eye in.

This was unintentional, I think I was trying to take a photo of the front entrance of this casino we went to for lunch one day. Happy accident!

Backwards! Look at the sign.

One thing I love about this camera is that even though it’s 35mm, even though you’re using a mask and not the whole surface of the negative, you still frequently get vignetting.

The mudbugs were angry that day my friend!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Victoria Evans
    May 13, 2010 @ 17:41:42

    Agree!! the one of your gran is super – I particularly like the blue glass she’s holding and how the colour is echoed in the painting/picture thingo on the wall. Looks like a lovely lady with tons of personality and character.
    I’m liking the Blackbird Fly too – I suspect the purchase of 2 more cameras is coming up 🙂

  2. cha0tic
    May 16, 2010 @ 05:09:13

    The picture of your Gran’ is brilliant. She looks like she’s having a proper laugh. Candid pictures of people are always the best and even from this distance it gives an impression of her character. An excellent Photo.

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