Monday, June 11, 2012
Why is film so romantic?
The romantic side of film photography begins with knowing that one's documentation of the physical world is created with a physical change, a chemical reaction triggered by light. When one falls in love, chemical reactions take place producing a feeling of bliss and excitement. Very often these two experiences collide as one finally sees the image created from the simple click of the shutter. Lomography appropriately calls it "analogue love." And now with the adorable La Sardina film camera series from Lomography, it will be hard not to fall in love with film.
For a chance to win a La Sardina of your own, simply "Like" Lomography on Facebook if you're not a fan already and make a comment on this post stating what you love about the camera along with your email address. One winner will be randomly selected by next Monday, June 18, 2012 at 10:00 pm Central Time. The winner will have the choice of the La Sardina Domino or Mobius design. The camera includes a nice accordian photo album and handy book with everything you need to know to use the camera and be inspired. Good luck.
Congrats to comment #9 - Amanda Raney. I'll email you to get more info. / Number was randomly selected using Random.org. See the screen shot below.
First, have a look at the La Sardina Domino camera I got to test along with some of my favorite shots I've taken the past few weeks with my La Sardina categorized by film type and some useful information about the camera.
The camera is named after its sardine can shape, a shape that is shared by its ancestor, a vintage and rare 1930's camera by the Irwin Corporation. Lomography brought back this simple design giving it flare with bold patterns and bright colors. Read more of the history and photos of the 1930's camera here.
Film Type: Standard 35mm (135) roll film
Exposure area: 36 x 24mm
Lens focal length: 22 mm
Aperture: 1:8 Angle of view: 88 degrees
Focusing range: 0.6m - infinity
Shutter speed: N (1/100), B (bulb)
Multiple exposure: independent MX switch
Flash contact: Unique Sardina flash contact
Flash Sync: first curtain X-type synchronization
Tripod socket thread: Standard ¼” tripod socket
Cable release: Universal cable release socket
First Test Roll - Lomography Color Negative 100
Second Test Roll - Lomography Black and White Lady Grey 400
Third and Fourth Test Rolls - Lomography Color X-Pro Chrome 100
Since Lomography has compiled an excellent guide to the camera with tips and tricks here, I'll only share a few I had to make note of frequently.
-Make sure the lens is pulled out to read the words "Only Shoot If You Can Read Me". The word "You" should be in the very top/middle when you look down at the camera. I kept the lens extended here.
-For the night shots using the bulb settings, I held the shutter down for around 3-4 seconds. The camera was always on a tripod.
-Always silly for me to forget this but important nonetheless - remember to take off the lens cap. -Multiple exposures take a lot of practice and mostly luck. Just keep trying and experimenting.
Now go and discover your joy.
Thanks to Dirk Olsen for the portraits of me and my Sardina. Special Thanks to Cameron at Lomography for helping coordinate the camera giveaway. And a big thank you to Lomography!