Laurel Valley Village, Thibodaux, LA: slightly expired Fuji Neopan in the Yashica MG-1

I’ve been here before a couple of years ago; I always wanted to go back and shoot some black and white, so I had one of the meetups there a couple of months ago.



Old tractor

Burned cabin


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Metairie Cemetery, NOLA : slightly expired Fuji Neopan in the Yashica MG-1

This weekend was rainy and thus no good for photography; I spent a good chunk of it uploading photos that were taken over a period stretching back to last September. These were taken a few days after last Christmas, when I took my sister to New Orleans. If you’re ever in the city and only have time to visit one cemetery, I recommend Metairie (which yes, is actually in NOLA and not Metairie). St. Louis No. 1 is more famous, but for sheer volume of weirdness, you can’t beat Metairie–it’s one of those enormous cemeteries that you can drive around in. And you don’t have to pay to get in there, unlike St. Louis.

Egyptian tomb


Angel in the trees

Grieving woman with wreath

Tomb of shipwreck victims

Tomb of Josie Arlington

I always found black and white film to be particularly well-suited for graveyard photography. The grain really goes with photographs of carved stone, and the subjects don’t have a lot of color anyway.

Neopan was my go-to 35mm B&W for years, and when Fuji announced they were discontinuing it, I panicked and bought a few dozen rolls. Which I then felt like I didn’t want to use, but of course film doesn’t have an infinite shelf life and now it’s all expired, although it’s been in the fridge since the day I bought it. Anyway, I need to just let it go and actually use it before it gets too much older.

When I went to that camera shop in Lynchburg last November, I was delighted to find that they carried Ilford, the film (and paper) that I cut my teeth on back in high school. I bought a few rolls, since I knew I’d need to find a new black and white film soon. I need to shoot a roll of that and see if it’s as good as I remember it.

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Fuji Neopan in the Yashica MG-1: Marksville, LA

Apparently that’s where I shot that mystery roll of black & white.




Fort de Russy Cemetery


Fort de Russy Cemetery

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Baton Rouge Capitol Building: Fuji Neopan in the Yashica MG-1

This was shot during the August meetup, but I procrastinated on getting the film developed.



I think we have one of the prettiest state capitol buildings, but I really like Art Deco architecture. It’s the tallest, too.




Huey Long’s memorial. He was assassinated inside the building and the bullet holes are still in the wall. Louisianans revere his memory, which I find hilarious because they’d never vote for him today. From his Wikipedia page:

Long is best known for his Share Our Wealth program, created in 1934 under the motto “Every Man a King.” It proposed new wealth redistribution measures in the form of a net asset tax on corporations and individuals to curb the poverty and homelessness endemic nationwide during the Great Depression. To stimulate the economy, Long advocated federal spending on public works, schools and colleges, and old age pensions.

He was also a corrupt son of a bitch, but because of him Louisiana was actually a lot better off during the Great Depression than many other parts of the country–hell, probably better off than we are now.

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Fuji Neopan 400: Fort Jackson, LA

I shot one of my precious rolls of Fuji Neopan 400 at Fort Jackson, I thought all that brick would make a good subject for B&W.



I like this photo because of how the little figures in the distance tricks your perspective into thinking that downed tree is huuuuuge–it was pretty big, but not THAT big!





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Kodak Ektachrome: Grand Chenier & NOLA incinerator

Shot in my Yashica MG-1.

Ektachrome (the non-professional version was sold under the name Elite Chrome) was Kodak’s last slide film, until they ceased production this year. It was close to Kodachrome in look, and was often used when that look was desired but higher shutter speeds were needed, or it had to be developed in the field where access to the specialized Kodachrome equipment and chemicals weren’t available. I had one roll that I decided I should use before it expired more than it already was. Some of the NOLA shots looks weirdly sketched-in; I think that’s because I was shooting in overcast conditions. I don’t know why it should have given them that look, but I like it.

016_16A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

014_14A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

006_6A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

022_22A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

028_28A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

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July Lomographers of Acadiana meet-up: Old State Capitol (cross-processed slide film in the Yashica MG-1)

This was where me met for July’s meetup.

Hope likes to joke of one of her cameras that has an especially loud auto-advance that it’s her “spy camera”; I have a similar joke where I refer to my Yashica MG-1 as my “action camera”, because like all range-finders, the focus needs a lot of fiddling to get just right. (It’s also heavy enough to beat off rabid wolves.) I really like this camera though, especially for non-standard films–slide that’s going to be cross-processed, red scale, black and white. And there’s something about pressing the shutter button and advancing the film (you do that with a lever, not a dial) that I just really, really like. Like, it’s physically a pleasant sensation; I enjoy the noise it makes, too. I dunno, it’s hard to explain but that little ping! zzzip! that I both feel and hear fills me with such visceral joy.

683775-R1-24-25, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

683775-R1-16-17, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

683775-R1-12-13, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

683775-R1-13-14, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

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my camera collection is now up to an even 20

I took last Friday off work to go to the bi-annual antique sale at the old schoolhouse in the town of Washington. They have it every April and October, and I haven’t missed one yet. They always have cool vintage cameras.


yashica mg1, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

This is a Yashica MG-1, a 35mm rangefinder from the mid-70s. It came with the flash, but the batteries had been left in it and the entire inside was corroded. But the camera itself works fine, and I can use my Diana F+ with it.

If I’d written Inferno, the innermost circle of hell would be reserved for jackasses who leave batteries in cameras.


polaroid land camera 100, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

I found this Polaroid Land Camera for just $25, and it came with a case and a lot of accessories. It even had the original manual. It’s a 100, a model that was made from 1963-1966.

There was also a battery inside this one, but it wasn’t actually hooked up, so the corrosion was just kind of loose inside the compartment instead of sticking to anything. Other than that, it was in great shape, and I figured $25 was an acceptable risk. I’ve been looking for a Land Camera for a long time.

So I took it home, cleaned it up with vinegar then scrubbed the battery contacts with baking soda paste, and ordered a new battery from Radio Shack. I got it today, and… it works!

I have no idea why the vendor was selling it for such a low price. I’m thinking maybe he thought that the kind of film it takes is no longer made (a lot of people don’t realize that Fuji still makes pack film), and the only reason anyone would buy it is for the novelty or as decoration.