trains, flags, & dogs

Another roll from the SuperSampler. I love this camera. I  don’t know if this film roll was damaged or expired or what, but these photos all have a weird glow-y quality to them that I quite like.




supersampler in louisiana

As promised! So far I’ve only shot with Fuji 400 in these cameras, but I think I’m going to experiment with some funkier film, probably some expired film. I mean they look weird anyway, because the cameras are basically toys, so why not go all out?



This would have been a lot neater if the sun hadn’t been glaring directly into the lens, but I still like it. I did what I could to cut back on the glare and fiddled with the exposure and color saturation.


You can see my entire set of SuperSampler shots, including some more from Louisiana, here.

first roll from the supersampler

I think the free roll of film that came with the camera was defective or partially exposed or something. The first dozen photos I took are missing. Oh well, they probably sucked anyway.


This is across the street from the school. I took it while I was on my bicycle.


This would have been better if I was standing closer. Years of shooting exclusively with digital requires a lot of re-training. There’s no zoom on these cameras! And you can’t crop the images, either.


Again, this would have been a lot better if I’d been closer and holding the camera higher.

stitching, arctic rainstorms, and photography lessons



This is done, except I forgot to put in the French knots for his eyes, so it’s a little creepy.

The weather is cold and rainy, we’re in the middle of a rainstorm that’s swooped down from Alaska (there’s even snow in the higher elevations), so I hardly left the house all weekend. I did get the first rolls developed from my SuperSampler and Pop9. Some of them didn’t come out: The Pop9’s lenses don’t protrude; in fact they’re a little recessed, so it’s easy to get your finger over one of the lenses. Eep. So I have to train myself to handle it only by the edges.

The SuperSampler worked better than I thought, considering there’s no viewfinder and I was guessing. It needs to be held just a little higher.

But it was a learning experience, and there were a few good ones on each roll. I got them put on CD, so I’ll have them up later.


I was drinking a glass of dry sherry yesterday, when I glanced at it on the nightstand and saw this interesting effect.

stitching, extremely lazy weekends, and yet another camera

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This is almost done, just need to fill in the vine detail in the lower right-hand corner.

I did nothing with my weekend. I didn’t even leave the house. I’m still congested and coughing and exhausted; if there was anything particularly pressing that needed to be done I would have dragged my corpse up out of the house and done it, but there wasn’t, so except for my usual cleaning and cooking, I stayed in bed — or at most, sitting on the floor next to my bed.

Yesterday was my birthday, so fuck it, I guess I was entitled to do nothing if that’s what I wanted. I bought myself another camera. I KNOW, I said I wasn’t going to buy any more cameras until after Christmas. But then Mom told me that we aren’t doing presents this year. They have to save money because they’re probably going to have to buy another house before they get the buy-out money from FEMA for their old one; Rian’s sublet is up and he had to move again; Uncle Larry just quite his job (he was a drug counselor and just burned out, they all do eventually); blah blah blah. Shit, I’ll have to buy season 2 of Dexter myself.

supersampler1So anyway, new camera. I bought a SuperSampler, which I am totally excited about. It has 4 lenses on the front, and it takes 4 different exposures over a period of either (it has 2 settings) 2 seconds or .02 seconds and puts all 4 exposures side-by-side on the same negative. It’s meant to take photos of moving objects; or you can take photos of stationary objects and move the camera yourself. There’s no flash, because you can’t light 4 different shots with one flash of light, so it’s best for bright daylight or well-lit interiors with really high-speed film. And there isn’t any focus, because you couldn’t keep adjusting for a moving object, so it’s got a fixed focus of .03 meters – ∞.


I hope I get it this week, I can’t wait to play with it. It shoots 35mm film, so it won’t be as big a pain to get developed and printed as my Diana — although I’ve found a mail-order color lab that I think I’m going to use from now on instead of Ritz. It’s cheaper and more convenient, and they’ll scan my photos so I can share them online.