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.
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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.

a few new orleans shots with the pink slim dress

I took both Superheadz cameras on the latest trip to New Orleans, the Pink Slim Dress (their Viv UWS knock-off–although “knock-off” is kind of a derisive term for a vastly improved product) and the Golden Half. I got them developed and put on CD early this week, I’ve just been lazy about uploading.

I’ve been sort of re-discovering my love of 35mm lately. Sure, it’s not as obviously fancy-shmancy as 120, but it’s a great workhorse of a film, and it can be distorted in some pretty interesting ways (ie. redscale etc.). And some of my favorite cameras shoot it.

This weekend I’m going to try to shoot some instant B&W. Winter is suited to the film, since everything’s so stark and colorless anyway, and I’m interested to see what the Fuji B&W type 100 looks like in the Holgaroid.

I love street photography, but you never know how people are going to react to having their photo taken. I tend to shoot them when they aren’t looking. I am the Robert Ford of street photographers.

I don’t think I’ve ever actually walked through Pirate’s Alley before, just glanced down it as I passed by. It’s very colorful.

I love the buildings in New Orleans. The city’s just so much older than anything in the Bay Area.

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

2nd roll from the pink slim dress

This was a 24-exposure roll, so it didn’t take as long to shoot. It’s Fuji Superia 400, which I think of as “drug store film”, because that’s usually where I buy it.

This is near the ‘rents old house.

This is either LA-690 (according to my GPS) or LA-1260 (according to road signs). It branches off LA-330, goes past that tiny private cemetery with all the cows, and dead ends at the Vermilion River. The whole thing is only a few miles long.

If you were standing in this spot, you’d see Bancker Cemetery, where my grandfather is buried, to your left. Bancker was an unincorporated area where 4 different sugar cane plantations converged. The cemetery is on Live Oak Road, and which leads to the only remaining plantation.

I like the way so many different points seem to radiate out from the center in this photo. Normally you don’t want anything smack in the center of your composition, but I think it works here.

If you go down Live Oak Road all the way it dead ends onto the last remaining sugar cane plantation, which is private property. Just before you get there you pass this spot, where peope like to fish.

I found yet another cemetery. There’s one right close to the house that I haven’t even been to yet.

Once I start work next week, I won’t have as much time for shooting. 😦 I’ll have to make the weekends count.

pink slim dress

I got my first roll from the Pink Slim Dress — the Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim clone from Superheadz — back, and… I LOVE THIS CAMERA.

What’s great about this clone is that, except for the color, it’s an exact copy of the Viv UWS. (Except where the Viv says “Ultra Wide Lens”, the Pink Dress says “Super Fat Lens”!) Look at them side-by-side. But Superheadz has eliminated the Viv UWS’s major drawback: a flimsy film advance cog that frequently gives way with a tiny ping! halfway through the roll. Once that happens, attempting to advance or rewind the film will result in nothing but plasticky clicks of death. It’s why Viv UWSs are so often found being sold in junk stores for $1.

I’ve touted my Golden Half’s sturdiness before, and Superheadz appears to have done the same exemplary construction with the Pink Dress. I shot a 36-exposure roll — something anyone who’s owned a Viv UWS would advise against — with no problems at all.

You can see the whole set here.

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