first experiment with slide

I’ve never really used slide as it’s supposed to be used before. I’ve shot it, but only to have it cross-processed for wacky color results. I started paying more attention to slide during the whole “death of Kodachrome” thing. I bought a couple rolls of Fuji Velvia, in which the colors are either “vibrant” or “bilious”, depending on whether you’re talking to someone who thinks it’s an improvement on reality, or someone who calls it “Fuji Velveeta”. I shot this in the LC-A+, partly at Grand Isle and partly at Palmetto Island State Park. Exposure and color saturation have not been altered; this is what the film looks like as shot.


LC-A+: Fuji Velvia 1, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.


LC-A+: Fuji Velvia 2, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.


LC-A+: Fuji Velvia 3, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.


LC-A+: Fuji Velvia 28, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.


LC-A+: Fuji Velvia 24, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.


LC-A+: Fuji Velvia 15, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.


LC-A+: Fuji Velvia 14, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

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.

lomographers of acadiana: chauvin, LA

We met a week early this month because Hope has something going on next week. We met at CoCo Marina, and I can personally vouch for their crawfish pies.

CoCo Marina 12, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

CoCo Marina 6, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

CoCo Marina 2, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

There was yet another cemetery on the itinerary–this one was a little different because it was built on an Indian burial mound. Which just seems like bad juju to me. Haven’t these Cajuns ever seen Poltergeist?

Elpege Picou Cemetery 1, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Elpege Picou Cemetery 2, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Elpege Picou Cemetery 7, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Elpege Picou Cemetery 4, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Elpege Picou Cemetery 2, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

But the highlight was the Kenny Hill Sculpture Garden. It’s a really fascinating piece of religious folk art that took a decade to construct and was abandoned by its maker. The Kohler Foundation rescued it–you know Kohler, they make kitchen and bathroom fixtures? One of the heirs of that fortune set up a foundation to rescue and restore folk art. They bought the property, cleaned up the statuary, then gave it to Nicholls State University.

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.

my name is sarah, and i’m a diana addict


I bought a couple accessories for my Diana F+ this week. I didn’t buy the flash when I bought the camera, because I don’t really like using the flash on my digital — even at night, I prefer ambient light, and if the subjects are blurry, well, who cares? Not everything has to be crisp and sharp to be interesting. But of course analogue film doesn’t absorb as much light as digital without really long exposures, so I decided to go ahead and get the flash. It’s the “F” in “F+”, after all.

It comes with a set of colored gel filters, so I think I’m going to cross Colorsplash off my list of must-have Lomo cameras. I think I’ll probably also eventually get a fisheye lens for it, and not bother getting the Fisheye 2 camera. I’d rather have a lot accessories for a few cameras than a lot of cameras that only do one thing. (Although I do still want a Holga and an LC-A. The Holga I will probably get soon, they  aren’t expensive — but the LC-A is, and will have to wait.)

I also bought a 35mm adaptor, something I’ve been thinking about for a while. 120 is gorgeous and I love the old-school feel of it, but there’s no denying it’s pricey to get developed. Although I’ve found a couple of mail order places, Dale Photo and Dwayne’s Photo, through flickr and my LJ Lomo community. The former is a little more expensive, but has a faster turnaround and provides postage-paid mailers; the latter is less expensive (so much so that, were they not vouched for, I would be suspicious of the quality), but has a longer turnaround, and you have to buy bubble pack mailers and pay the postage yourself.

It’s not just the cost, though: it’s the time. 35mm is fast; I like being able to drop it off at the closest drug store and have negatives, prints, and a CD in one hour. There’s something frustrating about shooting what you think may be a great roll of 120, but having to mail it off and not being able to know if it’s great or if it sucks, sometimes not for weeks. Plus 35mm film is cheaper and easier to obtain, so I’d feel more free to experiment with it. The Diana’s shutter release is not connected to the film advance, which makes double exposures a no-brainer, but I haven’t tried any yet because I’m leery of wasting 120 film.

The adaptor comes with 4 frames, 2 of which use the negative right up to the edge, so that the sprocket holes become part of the photo. I like that a lot. It’s not arriving until next week, I’ll be in a fury of impatience until then!

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