Sylvia

As I was taking a look at the site and looking at what the next incarnation of this site will be, I realized that there’s a shoot I did back in February that I never posted here.  And while I haven’t been the best at updating this site lately, I feel I should share it.   Here’s a few shots I did with Sylvia back in February, 2015.  and stay tuned for more news soon!

Sylvia

Sylvia 2

Sylvia 3

Sylvia 4

New pinhole camera

I finally purchased a large format pinhole camera.  The camera is made by Ondu and it’s the 4″x5″ version.  the negatives are quite stunning and the images are impressive when you get it right.  A few pictures now but there will be a larger post about the camera and the things I’m learning…

Konstrucktor pics

I got the chance this weekend to spend some time shooting with my new camera… and the chance to get the film developed as well.  I’m sorry to say it wasn’t a nude shoot but it was still pretty fun.  I took the Konstrucktor camera over to the Ulupo Heiau in Kailua.  It’s very close to my house and I usually catch a glimpse of it as I drive to work each day.  I’ve always wondered what it was that I saw through the trees as I drove each day.  So I finally got a chance to see it.  It was quite impressive to see it.  But then again I’m always impressed by heiau.  Perhaps I’ll visit more of them and take more pictures of them.

And now the review…. I like this camera.  But… the viewfinder was difficult to see in sunny conditions.   For most of the shots I had to put my hand up to the viewfinder to block the glare from the sun.  The top of the ground glass is shiny so it produces some glare.  I’m thinking about taking the viewfinder apart and putting tape on it like i did with the DIY TLR camera.  It might help to take the gloss on the glass down a little.  I’ll think about that more before I actually do it.

One problem I had using the camera still kinda has me baffled.   Every time I’d turn the lens to focus my shot it would just pop off the camera.  This got pretty annoying while I was shooting. So when I got home I took the lens apart and put it back together again.  and it seemed fine after that.  I’m not sure what I did wrong in the initial assembly of the camera but it seems fine now.  the next time I take it out I’ll take note of the lens and what it does.

Other than that it felt great, shot great and even some of the  pictures came out.  Actually all the pictures were good exposures, but not all were composed well.  Next time I’ll make sure to pay attention to composition more.  Here are a few shots from my day at Ulupo Heiau.

Ulupo Heiau - 07/27/13

Ulupo Heiau - 07/27/13

Foot bridge

Foot bridge at Ulupo Heiau. There were several small waterway leading water around to various taro patches around the Heiau. These are still being maintained and producing taro

Young Taro

A close up of one of the many taro plants around the Heiau.

Cool looking tree

I just loved the way this tree looked. I will most likely come back to this place and shoot it in black and white

Kawainui Marsh

A view of Kawainui Marsh from a short walk past Ulupo Heiau. such a great view... I could've stayed here all day!

New camera…

Konstrucktor by Lomography

Konstrucktor by Lomography

I’ve become a film junkie… what can I say!  At the beginning of this month I ordered the Konstrukctor from Lomography. The idea of a DIY camera was kinda interesting.  It was only after I realized that the camera was going to be late that I ordered the TLR from Amazon.  So in all fairness the Konstrucktor from Lomography was the first one I ordered.  and the first time I ordered anything direct from Lomography.  Suffice to say, I will not be ordering from them again.  Thy make good stuff, but they are not a shipping company.  I’ll order from B&H from now on, they know shipping.

So about the camera… I got it yesterday in the mail along with a free roll of expired AGFA 100 black and white film.  I’ll try the film a little later.  When I got home last night, the first thing I did was get myself situated and began putting the camera together.  Following the instructions was actually quite smooth.  a few times I knocked things over and dropped a few screws. but I was able to get it all back together again.  a few of the screws stripped whenI put them in so there are parts of the camera that I can’t take apart now.  but the camera is so cheap I could probably afford to throw this one away if it didn’t work and buy a new one.  Overall though I will say that the build process for this camera was a lot easier than the Recesky TLR camera.  But that has mostly to do with the shutter and mirror assembly comes pre-assembled.  I would say the hardest thing about putting the camera together is the film winding apparatus.  It wasn’t clear how it all went together so I had to take it apart a few times to figure out which gear was on top and all that.  But I finished the camera in about 50 minutes or so.  I opted not to decorate it with the stickers provided. I thought that was kinda cheesy.

Right now it’s sitting on my desk with a roll of Fuji Superia 400 in it… I’ll be shooting that today and see what it looks like in a few days.

ruh roh!

I was just about to write a post about the new camera I got yesterday when I realized that I hadn’t posted any pics from the latest shoot!  sorry about that….  I’ll post about the new camera tomorrow…

These were from a shoot I did with a wonderful model whom I’m going to have to work with a lot.  She was fantastic to work with and totally loves nature! I shot mostly film but I happened to get some digital shots in as well.  Here are a few of the film shots we got from our last shoot.

DIY TLR Developed!

Here is the first roll of film shot with the Recesky DIY TLR.  I had a few rolls of Fuji Superia 400 color film laying around so I figured I’d use it as the first roll.  I like the results I got with this camera, but it has some problems that I’m hoping to fix.  I’ve already made a few adjustments and the camera now has a second roll in it.  We’ll see if I’ve fixed the problems once I get the next roll developed.  The main problem was a sticky shutter which I hope I’ve fixed. but will have to shoot more and see.  So far so good though.  The other problem is a light leak that developed later in the first roll.  I know that was due to the sides of the camera being a little loose.  I tightened those screws and hopefully the leak is gone.  I’ll see when I get the second roll developed.  The other thing I had to fix was the viewfinder.  They sent me the wrong viewfinder piece so instead of a foggy screen is was perfectly clear.  So I had to put some scotch tape on it and now it works beautifully.  I can see what I shooting and even focus quite well.  Below are the first shots with this very interesting camera.  enjoy!

Rcesky DIY TLR - 001

Recesky DIY TLR…

Recesky DIY TLR Kit

Recesky DIY TLR Kit

Last night I got home kinda late after shopping for a new printer.  I killed mine the other day when in the middle of a print job it started printing photos with a red cast.  and that was with new ink!  Anyways… I got a new printer and began setting it up when my housemate told me about the package I got in the mail.  I was puzzled at first because the only packages I had coming were supposed to be delivered to my office not my home.  So I opened it up and as soon as I saw the white box I knew it was the DIY TLR from Recesky I ordered on Amazon last week.  Of course the tracking info said it would arrive mid August so I was kinda puzzled.

Immediately, the printer was setup, tested and then I set about putting together the camera.  Screw the printer, I wanted the camera!  It was about 11pm and I knew it would take an hour or more to assemble but I figured I’d go for it.  So I sat down and looked at the parts and the instructions and then methodically put it together.  The instructions weren’t much help really.  The translations were too difficult to figure out but the pictures were nice and it was easier to see in the pictures what was going on.  The shutter gave me some problems and I still might take it apart to re-do the shutter again… we’ll see.

Recesky DIY TLR - FInished and on my desk!

Recesky DIY TLR - FInished and on my desk!

The camera itself is a Twin Lens Reflex camera meaning that it has two lenses.  One for the viewfinder and one for picture taking.  The lenses are coupled with a gear to ensure focus occurs for both lenses at the same time. The viewfinder is a look-down viewfinder which may take some time getting used to.  It uses 35mm film and shoots in the portrait orientation.  I can see that shooting in landscape with this camera might prove tricky.

The one problem I did see in the kit was that the viewfinder came with a clear plastic piece to view through.  This was weird and I couldn’t really see how I was supposed to focus with that system.  I went to sleep and said I ‘ll figure it out in the morning.  When I had the chance I looked online.  Sure enough people were saying that some kits shipped with a clear plastic piece and some with a frosted piece.  Many said it was supposed to be frosted so I put a piece of scotch tape on it and now it perfect!  well almost.  I’ll buy some frost spray or maybe just sandpaper the clear piece.  But for now it works!

Overall it was a fun build and it looks like it’ll make a good toy camera. I loaded it with a roll of Fuji Color 400 just cause I had it on hand.  Later I’ll do some balck and white and see how it compares.  I’ll post again with pictures when I get the film developed!

First attempt at pinhole photography

I had a chance the other day to play around with my Diana F+ in pinhole mode.  My first idea was to shoot at a stream location that I love going to.  It’s in the woods so the light  there is nice and diffused.  And I was thinking the long exposures would do cool things with the moving water.  But there were some guys hanging around and breaking into cars.  My car got broken into there once so I decided not to risk it.  Instead I went to Lanikai beach to try taking pictures of the Mokulua Islands.

I ended up having to wait a little bit so that the exposure times would be around 2 seconds.  I ended up meeting a lovely lady who was interested in the Diana camera and we had a great time talking about it and film photography in general.  I took 12 pictures on medium format and went home to develop the film.  I have to say it was kinda fun shooting the pictures but they really didn’t turn out they way I thought they would.  The Diana in pinhole mode has  avery wide field of view so perhaps it would’ve been better with a  closer subject than a couple of islands off-shore.  I’d still like to try the stream in the woods.   Maybe on a day when there are more people around to ward off the criminals.

First attempt at pinhole photography with the Diana F+

First attempt at pinhole photography with the Diana F+

Looking north at Lanikai Beach - Pinhole photography

Looking north at Lanikai Beach - Pinhole photography

dreamy camera…

For the past few days I’ve been looking at a 4×5 Pinhole camera made by Ilford.  The images I’ve seen from people using it are quite dreamy looking and totally make me want to buy one right now!  I’ll have to save up for it though.   Entry price is around $225 and you need film holders and I’ll also have to buy a developing reel for that size film.    So it’ll probably be around $400 for me before all is said and done.  Still it looks like  a great camera and a hell of a lot of fun as well.  Examples of what others are doing with it can be seen here on Flickr.  I totally want one!

HARMAN-TiTAN-Pinhole-Camera

HARMAN-TiTAN-Pinhole-Camera

A couple of rolls from the Diana F+…

On July 4th I had the day off so I decided to drive north from Kailua to the north shore of Oahu.  The plan was to just go for a drive and shoot using mostly my Diana F+ and Diana Mini. Although I blew that plan once I saw a big group of hot rods and muscle cars in hau’ula.  I grabbed my Canon AE-1 and started shooting the classic cars with that camera…  I haven’t developed that film yet.  But last night I did get the chance to develop two rolls of film from the Diana F+ one roll was from July 4th that I shot in Laie and the other I shot yesterday afternoon at Ala Moana beach park.

Enjoy!

At Laie Rock - 7/4/13

At Laie Rock - 7/4/13

View of Laie looking south - 7/4/13

View of Laie looking south - 7/4/13

View of Laie rock - 7/4/13

View of Laie rock - 7/4/13

Boat at Ala Moana Harbor - 7/8/13

Boat at Ala Moana Harbor - 7/8/13

Canoe Practice at Ala Moana Harbor - 7/8/13

Canoe Practice at Ala Moana Harbor - 7/8/13

Canoe Practice at Ala Moana Harbor - 7/8/13

Canoe Practice at Ala Moana Harbor - 7/8/13