LC-A+: stranded boat


stranded boat 1, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

We had a cold front come in right after Lee. Now, a cold front in September, in south Louisiana, doesn’t actually make anything cold. It just makes it not so unbearably hot. Saturday was only about 80, so I got in the car and went looking for something interesting to photograph. I found this old boat in Coteau Holmes, a CDP in St. Martin parish. There’s something deeply unsettling about boats out of water.


stranded boat 9, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.


stranded boat 11, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.


stranded boat 16, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.


drawbridge light 4, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

TIME magazine promo camera

My mother went on a closet-cleaning bender a couple weeks ago, and she unearthed an old fixed-focus 35mm camera that someone apparently got as a free gift for subscribing to TIME back when Reagan was prez. Doubtful it was ever used. So of course she gave it to me, but I didn’t get around to using it until this past Labor Day weekend, in which I almost never left the house because there was a tropical storm. (We’re fine, by the way. It was very mild and we never even lost power.)


Tropical Storm Lee 4, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

I got the photos back today and was like hmmm, what happened here? Damaged lens? (Note: This is never said in anger. The more flaws a camera has, the more I like it.)


But this photo I took of Hank begging in the kitchen looks fairly normal, albeit with a faded quality reminiscent of photos from the ’60s and ’70s. (The camera has a hot shoe and I used my Diana flash indoors.)

Then I realized that the lens just got fogged up outside. Gee, who knew that shooting outside during a tropical storm would be humid??

Anyway, this is a good illustration of why, when I first shoot with a new (old) camera, I always do it around the house or at fixed local locations, and I always use film I can buy in a drug store. You don’t want to put rare film in it or take it to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when you have no idea what it’s going to do.

LC-A+: grand isle, LA

Sunday the ‘rents and I drove to Grand Isle. It’s like Amity Island on the gulf, although presumably without all the great white shark attacks. I probably would have heard about that. By which I mean the population like, quintuples in the summer. Like most such beach towns, it’s kind of a honky-tonk and I think I would like it more in the off-season. There’s just something squalid about beaches when they’re packed with sunburned tourists eating junk food and toddlers with saggy diapers.

But if you’re ever there in the summer, get a dreamiscle flavor sno-ball (that’s what we call sno-cones in Louisiana, although it’s closer in texture to Hawaiian shave ice) at Megan’s Sno-Balls. TRUST ME.


Grand Isle 3, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Dudes be fishin’. This guy was from Guatemala and lives in Baton Rouge. (Mom started talking to him, so he was of course forced to tell his life story.)


Grand Isle 10, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.


Grand Isle 6, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.


Grand Isle 7, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.


Grand Isle 8, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

I also shot a roll of slide, but I had to send that out to be developed at Dwayne’s.

LC-A+: people

A few weeks ago I went with the ‘rents and their friend Mark (he’s an RN who works at the VA with Phil and a really cool guy) to the Daylily Festival. It’s always grotesquely humid that weekend, but there are always air plant vendors, so I go anyway.

Anyway, I had my LC-A+ and I experimented with photographing people. I like photographing people, but I don’t do it very often, because people tend to get angry or pose if they see a camera. So I pretend to be taking a picture of something else, then at the last minute… click gotcha!

So a lot of these aren’t perfectly framed or composed–there’s a lot of stuff in the background that ideally wouldn’t be there, but I don’t like cropping film photos (I have no problem when it’s digital, though)–but they have a spontaneity to them that I like.


Daylily Festival 3, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.


Daylily Festival 4, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.


Daylily Festival 12, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.


Daylily Festival 11, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.


Daylily Festival 9, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

another roll from the LC-A+, mostly just stuff from around the house

These look a little bit more “Lomo-ish”. I think proximity and lighting has a lot to do with it.

Phil flippin’ burgers on Memorial Day.

This is out of focus, I was probably closer than the 3 foot range. But I like it anyway. I always imagine that elves or something come out when no one’s looking. It’s in the base of the chimney, I guess to make it easier to clean.

Fish mobile thingies made of driftwood and cypress scraps.

I like all the texture and shades of green in this.

I didn’t even realize when I was taking this photo how vaginal it is. SUP GEORGIA O’KEEFE

so um, i bought an LC-A+. i probably should have mentioned that.

It’s a camera I’ve wanted for a long time, sort of the Holy Grail of Lomography. A $250 Holy Grail. Lomography released the LC-A+ wide angle a couple weeks ago, and although my reaction was “meh”, the LC-A+ itch flared up again. I went a-hunting on eBay and found someone selling one in the original packaging, with all the extras (hardcover book, shutter release cable, even the 2 rolls of Lomography 100 color negative in the cute metal cans) for $150. Which frankly is still more than the camera is worth; but like my $60 mint green Savoy, it’s an overpriced I can rationalize and live with.

Here’s the thing: I was under the impression that this camera produced your typical “lomographs”. You know, optical distortions and light leaks. Instead I got back photos that are technically pretty awesome.

These have not been edited at all, not so much a click of the ol’ auto-correct. These are exactly as they came out of the camera:

The Delcambre cemetery.

Our Lady of the Lake church in Delcambre. No flash, 400 ASA with the film speed dial “cheated” to 100.

Okay, there is a bit of a light leak in this one.

So all those famously weird-looking LC-A+ shots? I’m thinking they were shot by people who knew fuck-all about photography. (Also in low-light environments without a flash.) The literature always talks about “color saturation”, but I find that has more to do with the film than the camera. (I am curious to see how this camera shoots slide. I have a roll of Fuji Velvia that I think I’ll use at the next meetup.) These are all Fuji Superia 400, which is my workhorse 35mm. You can buy it at any drugstore in North America for about $3 a roll, and it’s absolutely never let me down.

None of this is to express disappointment. I have roughly eleventy-hundred cameras that take heavily-vignetted, fuzzily-focused, distorted photos. This camera takes crisp, gorgeous photos. And it’s small enough to carry at all times. (I was surprised at the size actually, although the “C” does stand for “Kompakt”.)

I especially like the film speed setting dial, because it lets you “cheat” exposure. I tend to use 400 most of the time, but on a bright sunny day it can make your photos a little washed-out. By setting the dial to 800, you trick the camera into thinking the film is more sensitive than it is, so it lets in less light and underexposes your shot–which in this case would mean it comes out perfectly exposed. Conversely, if you’re shooting 400 indoors and don’t want to use a flash (or forgot one), you can set the dial to 100 or 200, which tricks the camera into thinking your film is less sensitive, thus letting in more light and giving you a less underexposed image.

So, to sum up: not at all what I was expecting, but I am pleasantly surprised.

i managed to shoot a roll in the pink slim dress last weekend without dying of heatstroke

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