Fuji Neopan (1 of 3)

I shot a lot of black and white towards the end of my “shooting season”–I don’t like to shoot during summer, I’m not a native southerner and I simply can’t withstand the heat and humidity. I had 3 rolls of Neopan (all shot in the Wide & Slim) that I sent to Dwayne’s  at once; I’m ready to move on from Neopan but the rolls I have are all expired and I want to finish them first. I have Tri-X, Ilford, and Lomography Earl Gray in the fridge and I’m eager to make some comparisons.

Harlem Plantation in Plaquemines Parish:

Harlem Plantation

Harlem Plantation

Harlem Plantation

Holy Rosary Cemetery in St. Charles Parish (look for the chemical plants in the background):

Holy Rosary Cemetery

Holy Rosary Cemetery

A fragment of the de la Ronde Ruins in St. Bernard Parish:

de la Ronde Ruins

A cane field… somewhere. I think it was Iberville Parish:

Cane field

In other photography news, I’ll have a new camera whenever I’m ready to go back out. A pen friend of mine said he wanted to send me his wife’s old camera and I said sure, I’ll give it a good home. It turned out to be a Minox 35, arguably the smallest full-frame 35mm camera ever made. It’s an EL, the very first model; production started on that model the year before I was born. I just have to find a replacement battery for it, it takes a 5.6v and those fractional volts can be hard to find.

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Edgard, LA : Pink Slim Dress

This is a roll shot in Edgard that I brought in to be developed at the same time as the “lost” film rolls from last spring, but they neglected to include a photo CD even though I asked for one (and more importantly, PAID for one). So I brought the negatives in when I brought in the 35mm that I shot in New Orleans last weekend and asked them to please remember to put them on CD this time.

The Pink Slim Dress, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned, is the Superheadz knock-off the Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim, an amazing wide-angle plastic camera from the 1980s/1990s with a 22mm lens that has the unfortunate tendency to break if you so much as breathe on it too hard. The Slim line (it comes in a variety of colors) has preserved the wide-angle plastic lens and the fixed everything—aperture f/11, shutter speed 1/125th second, focus about 1 foot to infinity—while giving the user a body that isn’t so fragile. I don’t use it as often as I do some of my other 35mm cameras, but I’m always pleased with the results when I do.

House on Caire Court

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and Cemetery

Slave cabins at Evergreen

Slave cabin at Evergreen


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Pink Slim Dress: LeBeau Plantation, after the fire

The Pink Slim Dress has a dumb name but is an awesome camera. It’s the SuperHeadz knock-off of the Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim, which it re-created faithfully except for the Viv’s annoying habit of breaking if you breathe on it too hard. It’s great for photographing large buildings, like LeBeau was before a bunch of gas-huffing chucklefucks burned it to the ground–I used it last spring, when Trish and I photographed the house in slightly better days.

LeBeau Plantation, after the fire

LeBeau Plantation, after the fire

LeBeau Plantation, after the fire

LeBeau Plantation, after the fire

LeBeau Plantation, after the fire

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Pink Slim Dress: LeBeau Plantation, Arabi, LA

(The Pink Slim Dress is the SuperHeadz knock-off of the Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim; it has the camera’s exact body and 22mm lens, but not its annoying habit of an extremely easily broken film advance. It comes in a variety of colors.)

I take my color 35mm to… Walgreen’s. I know, I know. Their ignorance of photography actually works to the Lomographer’s advantage, because they don’t try to “correct” screwy film. They just develop it and slap it on a CD. But lately I’ve been having trouble with them. One roll came back with the colors all muddy, which almost certainly means they were using old chemicals. And 2 of them had weird spots, like water spots, all over the prints. They tried to tell me the film was damaged. 2 rolls seems doubtful, but they were from the same package, so… not impossible?

I decided the problem wasn’t so much with “Walgreen’s” as it was with “the Abbeville Walgreen’s”. This isn’t a very big town, and there isn’t a deep talent pool to draw from, which is probably why our local Chili’s can’t get a simple hamburger right. (Seriously, every 6 months there’s an “under new management” banner out front, every time my parents try it out, and every time they come home and are like “Yeah, no, it’s still terrible”.) I mean, the woman whose name tag says she is the “photography dept manager” once told me they couldn’t cross-process my slide film (which I had had done there like, 20 times at that point) because their machines couldn’t handle E-6 “size” film, only C-41. I patiently explained to her that E-6 and C-41 aren’t sizes, they’re chemical processes. The size of both films is 35mm.

So I took this roll (and the roll I shot in the Smena 8M) to the Walgreen’s in Lafayette. And even though this roll was from the same batch of film as the 2 that had spots on them, it’s spotless. So I think I’m going to take it there from now on.

487650-R1-24-1, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

487650-R1-18-7, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

487650-R1-19-6, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

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487650-R1-13-12, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

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Pink Slim Dress: expired Lomography 100 35mm color negative

I got a couple of free rolls of this film when I bought my Lomo LC-A+, I used one of them right away but sort of forgot about the other one. Probably because I prefer 400 speed film; if I use 100 it’s usually because I want to specifically shoot Kodak Ektar, which doesn’t come in higher speeds (fine grain is one their touted characteristics). A few weeks ago I kind of shrugged and decided to use it. The color is more off than I would have thought for film that’s only about a year past the sell-by date, but that’s not a complaint. I like it.

688893-R1-28-9, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

688893-R1-19-18, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

688893-R1-04-33, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

688893-R1-06-31, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

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688893-R1-16-21, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

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Pink Slim Dress: Cypress Grove & Greenwood cemeteries, NOLA

I thought this wide-angle camera worked especially well to convey the impressive scope of Greenwood in particular. Some of the photos focused on a particular tomb, but in the background you could still see the rest of the cemetery stretching waaay the hell out.

684396-R1-16-9, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

I don’t know whose tomb this is, but clearly they were fucking bad-ass. Not only is the tomb recessed in a hill, like a Hobbit house, but there is a GIANT METAL BUCK perched atop it. New Orleanians do death in STYLE, man.

684396-R1-03-22, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.


684396-R1-25-0, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

684396-R1-19-6, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

These are the aforementioned Slark family tombs. They look all medieval and shit.

684396-R1-12-13, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

You can not escape the Mardi Gras beads anywhere in this city.

684396-R1-10-15, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Pink Slim Dress: Napoleonville, LA

February’s meetup was actually yesterday. We met in Napoleonville, the seat of Assumption parish. It’s a cute little town of less than 700, and apparently so boring that teenagers can’t think of anything better to do on their weekends than wander around town beating stop signs with sticks.


676315-R1-01-31A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.


676315-R1-25-7A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

This little Episcopal church was built in the 1850s, and Union soldiers stabled their horses in it during the Civil War.


676315-R1-24-8A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

There’s always a cemetery on the agenda.


676315-R1-23-9A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

The doors were tiny. They just barely cleared my head, and I’m only 5’4″.


676315-R1-13-19A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

We found this ornamental concrete place that was like someone on a giant meth bender with an unlimited supply of concrete made an acre of statues and fountains all at once.


676315-R1-30-2A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

This was where we were going to eat lunch, but it turned out to be closed on Sundays, so we found the local Dairy Queen rip-off.

The last weekend of this month is our first annual road trip, to Mississippi. I’m very excited!

Lomographers of Acadiana: Harvest Festival in New Roads, LA (Pink Slim Dress)

This was pretty standard for a festival in south Louisiana: Cajun food and daiquiris, craft booths, rides for kids. But New Roads is a real pretty old town (founded 1720, one of the oldest towns in the Mississippi Valley), and it’s right on False River. That’s an oxbow lake that was cut off from the main channel of the Mississippi River by seasonal flooding in 1722. From the bank, it really does look like a river. There was a “duck tour” that went through the town and then out onto the water. It’s some kind of military surplus amphibious vehicle.

Anyway the festival was good for 4 rolls of film: 2 in the Yashica MG-1, and 1 each in the Lomo LC-A+ and Pink Slim Dress.


671269-R1-32-5A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

St. Mary Catholic church


671269-R1-25-12A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Looking out on the river. Lake. Whatever.


671269-R1-16-21A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.


671269-R1-11-26A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.


671269-R1-02-35A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.


671269-R1-07-30A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

pink slim dress: rosedale, louisiana

some shots of san francisco plantation with the pink slim dress

I just really like cisterns.

I like the way the sun shines through the trees and casts a looong shadow.

San Francisco was a Creole plantation, which are always more colorful and unique than the gleaming-white Greek revival ones. (That was an American thing.)

Here I mostly just like the old, mossy tree. I love the huge old trees you see in the south. I mean, I grew up in a neighborhood that was still being built around us when we moved in. Most of the trees on my block were smaller than I was.

This one I like for the way the branch, path, and railing make borders; and for how the road looks like it’s glowing.

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