One Year / Twelve Cameras – Canon Rebel K2 (September)

For September, I was away for the majority of it in Bulgaria. This effected my choice of camera quite a bit, since I didn’t want to take something that was too bulky or that wouldn’t offer the quality of photos I’d want from travelling.

So, I pretty much took the film version of my 5D: the Canon Rebel K2. It was a pretty safe bet and I kind of don’t regret that. It was really nice to have to feel of film for that month, analogue felt appropriate for a former Soviet bloc country. Continue reading “One Year / Twelve Cameras – Canon Rebel K2 (September)”

One Year, Twelve Cameras / Seagull TLR

Medium format film is heaven when it’s paired with a decent lens.

While my Seagull TLR isn’t exactly the finest quality camera I’ve worked with before (you should see it try to take a timer shot – it’s like one of those trick birthday candles!), I do love the things its lens does.

The only real photo outing I took was courtesy of my photo-buddy, Steve. Initially, we were planning on visiting a small-town Albertan museum, but we found out it was open by appointment only. Continue reading “One Year, Twelve Cameras / Seagull TLR”

One Year. Twelve Cameras. / Fujifilm Instax Wide

It’s been a month of instant film. It’s like digital photography, only more wholesome, because it’s film.

Of course, I did end up taking a lot of digital photos last month, too. It was hard to give up my iPhone’s camera once I realized all the awesome stuff it could do. And then there was no way I was leaving photographs of the Calgary Comic Expo up to chance. I mean, how heart-broken would I have been had I not gotten decent photographs of Jonathan Frakes?

Extremely heartbroken. I’m not going to lie. Continue reading “One Year. Twelve Cameras. / Fujifilm Instax Wide”

One Year. Twelve Cameras. / iPhone 4

What I loved most about this month was the fact that for 31 days, I didn’t have to carry around a bulky camera. After hauling my camera with me everywhere last year and again this year each time I left the house, I’m tired.

Of course, so far this year, the cameras have mostly been plastic ones, but they still take up space. How nice was it to just drop my phone and a small wallet in my pockets and leave the house? Very nice, letmetellyou. Continue reading “One Year. Twelve Cameras. / iPhone 4”

One Year. Twelve Cameras. / Holga

A month with crummy old plastic. Love it.

Aside from the day I opened my bag to find my Holga had shed her back plate and was eagerly soaking up the sunlight (we need to have a discussion on decency, apparently), it was a fun month.

I’m not terribly impressed with the film I used (it was my first time using this brand), but with a little tweaking in Photoshop, the contrast was fixable. A little too much grain for my liking, though. But in the end, I do like most of the photos I shot. Continue reading “One Year. Twelve Cameras. / Holga”

One Year. Twelve Cameras. / Kodak Instamatic 30 Final Photos

The tricky thing about dealing with film cameras for a whole year is waiting for the film to be processed.

I spent February being very careful about which shots to take with the Kodak Instamatic 30 because I only had one roll of film for it and couldn’t find somewhere that was still selling 110 film at a reasonable price. Continue reading “One Year. Twelve Cameras. / Kodak Instamatic 30 Final Photos”

One Year. Twelve Cameras – Zenit 122k Final Photos

My first month of shooting with random cameras was a bit of a success. I don’t think I churned out any ground-breaking photographs, but the feeling of film alone was just amazing for me at this point. I shot almost exclusively with digital last year, so it’s a completely different world out there this year.

The Zenit 122k is an amazing little camera. It’s plastic and has been all over the place with me. But despite the fact that it’s got more than a few scratches on its body and its lens isn’t made out of L-series glass, it always manages to produce quality.

I chose to cross-process one of my rolls, which was in part because I’m too lazy to send my roll away for E6 processing (or maybe that I’m just too excited to see the results to wait) and because I like surprises.

Here are the month’s best images:

I will be announcing February’s camera shortly. I’ve hit a couple of snags with the one I’ve chosen (namely, the sudden lack of film for this type of camera, though I did have one roll in my fridge). Stay tuned!

One Year. Twelve Cameras. / Zenit 122k.

It’s been nice to kick back and relax though, without the obligation of taking a photo every day, but at the same time, it had become such routine that I really didn’t anticipate how much free time I’d suddenly have and how much of a void it would leave behind when it was done.

Several days after the end of the year, I knew I had to come up with a new project. I ran through about a thousand different ideas for creative projects until I decided on one:

One Year. Twelve Cameras.

The basic idea is that each month, I’ll select a camera from my massive collection of odd film cameras and shoot exclusively with that. At the end of this month, once I have all the film developed and scanned, I’ll post my favourite shots. Continue reading “One Year. Twelve Cameras. / Zenit 122k.”