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Sunday, May 7, 2006

More fun in the modern world

I took the Diana-F out for another spin two Fridays ago. I'm just starting to understand the camera, so what I get isn't always what I thought I was seeing. But it's interesting to play with. It would be fun at some point to have access to a darkroom and see what I could do. I don't think I'd ever be as good as this, but it could be fun trying.

I hit two locations. The first was Campbell's Junction, a small cluster of shops and businesses that served as a trolley station decades ago. The trolleys are long gone, but the function lives on as many buses stop there now.

butcher shop

The butcher shop wants you to know what they sell, so they put it on the roof.

Sorry pumps closed

Getty stations are disappearing around here, mostly being rebadged after their new corporate parent, the Russian giant Lukoil. This Getty, on the other hand, just shut down, and only in the past couple of months. The light leak is well placed in this shot, doing something interesting to the trees.

More photos from Campbell's Junction on my photos page.

After visiting The Junction, I decided to see if I could find anything to shoot in nearby Leonardo. I was looking for things with bright, saturated colors to see what would happen if I shot them with my color-shifting camera and Kodak Ultra Color film. Leonardo Beach provided what I was looking for.

Long shot of the beach entrance

The beach isn't particularly prepossessing or anything.

Beaches are without guards today

The sign says that there are no guards on the beach today, but it looks like that's the case pretty much every day.

Jungle Gym at the beach, close up

Lots of nice bright saturated colors.

More photos from Leonardo Beach on my photos page.

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wow, these are great... i am envious! i soooo want a Diana, and a Holga, and a Lomo! :)

Posted by deb at 4:36 AM, May 10, 2006 [Link]

Thanks, Deb. Not anything that will get my photos selected for a show, mind you :-), but maybe someday, once I get used to the camera. I'm starting to think about learning how to use a darkroom so that I can shoot black and white. I think the local photo shop develops black in white in the same C-41 color chemistry they use for everything else. I'm just grateful that they handle 120 film, as most dip and dunk places don't.

Holgas are cheap. I was looking last week, and they start at about US$20. There's bound to be a supplier somewhere in New Zealand who carries them; if not, I suppose you could double the price to cover shipping and it's still reasonable.

I'm pretty happy that I found my Diana for $1. Every time I see one listed for sale online, it's going for between $80 and $100. Pretty funny.

Posted by ralph at 4:49 AM, May 10, 2006 [Link]

How about a shot of the Quick Check where "Clerks" was filmed??

Posted by BarbraAnn at 7:45 AM, May 11, 2006 [Link]

It's actually a Quick Stop; a much less reputable name.

Posted by lilbro at 7:02 PM, May 11, 2006 [Link]

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