It has been lost, it has been found, and now finally it has been scanned: my first film, shot on the Lomography Fisheye! The fisheye effect is cute, but unfortunately both the camera and the film leaves some to be desired, not least because many of the shots came out quite dark.
Alors, my very first film:
I like all the photos here, and think that the fisheye effect has worked pretty well for these scenarios: close-up faces and wide areas — but notice the silly built-in flash on Guinness Envy, covering only half of the frame..
On the second film I’m most in favour of Summer Time! for the same reasons as above, and Green Bike for it’s distorted lines (colour tweaked digitally):
Both films are the Lomography Color Negative 400. And while I wouldn’t say that it’s a particular good film given the others I’ve tried at this point, it’s probably not supposed to be and in fact it fits nicely with the silly camera.
I try to keep my Flickr photostream and this blog somewhat synchronised such that most photos on the former are given a context here on the latter. However, I realised the other day that a bunch of recent black & white photos have leaked onto the photostream without a proper presentation.
The first is a roll shot on the Fisheye primarily back in Aarhus, at a point where I didn’t have the time to develop it:
The next is from around the same period and the first roll shot on my Olympus OM-1 nicknamed Kurt — notice how many of the shots are from my former university office; didn’t get much out at the time:
Moving on, the next two are from the period around handing in my thesis, and contain a mix from my hometown Esbjerg, my grandparents diamond wedding, and going to Paris:
Finally, the last roll is also from Paris but this time on the latest OM-1 nicknamed Jane Graham:
So there it is, order has been restored!
For a long time I’ve been searching for a fish-eye lens for my camera. I rarely see them used for anything serious but they are amazingly fun :)
Initially I imagined getting a new lens for my old Nikon camera but I haven’t been able to find one at a good value, especially when it’s just for shits and giggles. Today however, I came across what I suspect could be a near-perfect solution: a Lomo Fisheye 2. I’ve rejected the Lomo cameras before because I can’t really identify with the whole Lomo movement, but for a fish-eye it makes perfect sense. The lens is silly, the camera is silly, the photos are silly. And version 2 of this camera has some added features which I hope will make it a bit more than just a toy.
This means the first analogue camera for me, and I’m actually a bit excited about the prospects of being forced to work closer to the physics of photography than what has been the case so far on the Nikon D60.
It’s a very simple camera: one exposure setting with an aperture of f/8 and shutter speed of 1/100. Combined with it being a fish-eye lens with fixed focal length this gives some interesting aspects. After having played with it for a day two things come off as the most challenging compared to shooting on my digital camera: how to compose and how to ensure enough light. And in trying to answer either one of them I again and again look for the missing playback button.
The challenge of composition arises from the fixed focal length meaning that you physically have to move back and forth to fit objects in the frame. This becomes more challenging since it’s amazingly tricky with the fish-eye to see how some scene is going to look; you basically find yourself holding the viewfinder to your eye all the time :). The challenge of ensuring enough light comes from the lack of a light meter. I suspect it’s just a matter of experience and have dedicated the first few rolls to research.
There’s a few minor habits as well, like remembering to scroll before the next photo and taking the cap off before shooting (the viewfinder is separate from the lens so it’s easy to waste photos in this way). You also have to keep in mind that there’s only 36 shots on a roll, each of which comes with a price tag. Luckily, the Fisheye 2 uses standard 35mm film, but still.
I bought the camera in the Lomography store close to my studio on Rue La Fayette. They have one of the better selections of this stuff that I’ve seen in Paris.
More to come.