Finding Buried Treasure at Goodwill

So it’s been a couple of days and after finally completing my documentary project, I figured it was time to slow down, relax and look around for a bit. This included checking out a few stores nearby, which lead me to check out the nearest Goodwill thrift store.

As for me doing a bit of clothes shopping at Goodwill, that’s designated for an entirely different post. But I happened to be browsing when something caught my eye in one of the small bins near the kitchen appliances. I dug out the item and it turned out to be a plastic camera!

Not just any plastic camera. This happened to be the Vivitar IC 1200, a 35mm plastic camera!

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The best part? It was only $1.05! I happily paid for it and after bragging about it to my professors at my university, I’m ready to pop in a roll of 35mm film and begin shooting!

This camera is pretty basic. It has a fixed focus, a flash and there’s not much controls you can use. You just simply point and shoot away (pun intended). There is a slot for one AA battery so you can use the flash and when you’re done, you press the small button down at the top and you simply roll up your film before popping out the film’s container for developing.

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I might shoot some 35mm color film on it, but for now I’ll use black-and-white 35mm film. I do want to relax for a while and use up the last roll of 120mm film in my Holga 120N before starting with this little gem though. When that’s done, I can’t wait to start shooting with this camera!

Found Another (Possible) Plastic Camera!

My camera hunt continues and my interest in the Olympus Trip 35 has not disappeared. But I’ve been also checking out plastic cameras and toy cameras since that’s where my niche lies.

After roaming through Ebay, Amazon and Google, I stumbled upon another plastic camera that piped my interest! What’s this camera, you ask?

The Imperial Savoy!

Credit to camera-wiki.org

Credit to camera-wiki.org

This little green treasure shoots 620mm film and it’s a basic as it gets! There are no adjustments for exposure and the lens has a fixed focus. This means that anything goes when you take photos with this, unlike the Holga where you can make light adjustments to the camera before firing.

I really like this camera because I don’t really like to focus on getting the settings correct and prefer to focus on composing what I want in my shots for artistic value (well, this could actually apply to why I love shooting with plastic cameras and toy cameras in general). This camera might be added to my collection, but I’m really torn between this and the Olympus Trip 35…

Oh well. I guess that’s what happens when you’re a photographer and analog camera fanatic!

Update | Trying 35mm Film Again?

Hello guys; I’m back! I’m SO sorry about not posting as often on this blog since life tends to get in the way of my hobbies. I’ve been focusing on trying to hurry up and graduate since I’m a college senior now and I had to move from the previous apartment since I couldn’t afford the rent anymore. It’s just been really rough for me and that’s why I’ve been missing from here.

But I’m back and I have some news for you! You guys already know that I LOVE my two plastic cameras: the Holga 120N and the Kodak Brownie Flashmite 20. But I haven’t been able to purchase any 120mm or 620mm film for a long time due to financial problems and it’s been driving me crazy not being able to shoot film to pass the time.

Plus, I’ve been bitten by the 35mm film bug again and I found myself looking at 35mm film cameras to see which one I would like to try out so I can get back into shooting 35mm film again.

Well, after searching on Google, Ebay and watching several YouTube videos (including the one about the Canon 5D Mark IV being released), I’ve settled on wanting a particular camera for getting back into 35mm film! What’s the camera, you ask?

A beloved treasure called the Olympus Trip 35!!

Credit by lewiscollard.com

Credit by lewiscollard.com

According to its origin, several copies were made in Japan and this camera was aimed at consumers as a light camera to take for traveling or everyday shooting. Plus, it’s solar-powered by a solar battery attached to the front of the lens! How awesome is that?

I’ll be putting this camera down on the Photography List of Wants, but for now I have to focus on starting a documentary project for one of my classes. I really want to use my Holga for this project, but I need a lot of film rolls first. Oh well; I’ll figure out something and if I don’t I can always turn to my trusty Nikon D3200 for backup.

What other 35mm film cameras do you recommend I try? Let me know in the Comments below!

Visiting An Artist/Photographer’s Studio

Hello guys! On November 3rd, my professor decided to do class a little differently than the usual routine. He wanted each of us to head out to the downtown area of Jacksonville to visit the studio of a famous artist and photographer.

I was already excited about the whole trip and I managed to get a ride from two classmates to the area where the studio was located. Upon entering through the door, I was immediately reverted back to a little kid going on a field trip to a wondrous place.

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The studio was amazing! It was stocked with not just photos done by the photographer, but huge pieces of art and some paperwork. Not to mention, there were tons and tons of photo paper, matting boards and props!

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But the best part about the whole visit? I got to see the photographer himself: Doug Eng!!!!!

I wasn’t able to get a photo of him unfortunately, but I took photos of his huge studio and he took time out of his schedule to speak with myself and the class about how we can get a jump start in becoming photographers, whether it be publishing work in books and magazines or selling our work in galleries and museums.

All in all, it was a great experience and I would love to visit him again someday. For now, I simply check out his website and other places his work has been featured in. I highly recommend checking his work out yourself!

What about you? Have you ever been to a famous artist or photographer’s studio for the first time?

Doug Eng Website: http://dougengart.com/

More Film Rolls for Analog Photography

Hello and a warm Happy October to you! A while ago, I went on my favorite website to order some more rolls of film for my semester project. . .well, what USED to be my semester project idea. I eventually decided to discard the idea since it would be too much work to complete in a short period of time. Regardless, I still purchased two rolls of film.

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These two rolls were 620mm, so they were meant to be used for my Kodak Brownie Flashmite 20. I plan on making some more overlapping landscapes as well as another project involving streets and people’s lives intertwined within the streets? I’m not sure exactly, but I’ll figure it out eventually.

Oh, as a quick note, the name of the comlany that I order my film from is called Film Photography Project! It’s great and they have several types of film you can try! If you’re interested or you’re an avid analog photographer, the website is below:

http://filmphotographyproject.com/

Until next post and keep shooting!

Testing a New Plastic Camera

Hello, everyone! I’m just starting my two classes in the Fall Term and one of them involves me using plastic cameras and toy cameras to shoot photo projects. I’m particularly sure that I will love this class because I love shooting with these kinds of cameras!

You may have remembered from my my previous posts that I have two plastic cameras in my possession: the Holga 120N and the Kodak Brownie Flashmite 20. As a class assignment, each student had to pick a camera from the bundle of cameras on a table and shoot several rools of film on it to discover how the chosen camera works and if you like it enough to use it in the future.

After scanning each camera carefully, I decided to pick one that I could use at the time since I only had enough money for one roll of film for the camera I chose.

What was the camera? The one and only: Holga 135 Panoramic!

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Holga 135 Panoramic Camera

As of now, I have already used it once and plan on using it for future shoots. Until I develop the film roll that I shot with, I can’t really show you the pictures. But this thing has its quirks and gimmicks and when used correctly, you can make some awesome panoramic images worthy of being sold for offices, homes, restaurants and more!

I’ll test the camera some more before I give my own personal thoughts about it. Until then, I will try to post my results from it on here! Stay tuned and keep shooting!

Film Shooting Update!

Hello everyone! I recently got done shooting four rolls of film from my three film cameras: the Vivitar V3800n, the Holga 120N and the Kodak Brownie Flashmite 20!

It wasn’t easy and I made sure to use my tripod in case my handheld photo techniques were not as good as I wanted them to be. Oh well, there’s no shame in requiring a little assistance in the equipment that you have. It’s what makes the effort worthwhile!

Anyway, out of the four rolls of film I shot, two are black-and-white film rolls. This means that I can develop them at the Photo Lab at my university campus and see how I did. The other two are color film rolls, so I have to wait until I get a little more money to send them to a professional darkroom to have them developed using the C-41 process.

Here are my rolls of film, waiting to be developed!

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Once my rolls are developed, I promise to scan the negatives into the computer and reveal them to you in this blog! Until then, keep reading, keep practicing and keep shooting, my beloved readers and photographers!