Archive for the ‘Analog Photography’ Category

Lomo Photography Trip to Bulgaria

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

I recently took my trusty Vivitar v3800n and my Lomography Fisheye2 with me to Bulgaria on a 10 day photography trip. Bulgaria was such an amazing place to take photos, with fantastic landscapes, wonderful villages high in the mountains and an amazing contrast of buildings in the cities.

I came back from the trip with about 200 photographs in total, a lot of which were holiday style snaps taken on my Fisheye2. The fisheye camera was great for capturing quick snapshots while exploring the cities and towns of Bulgaria. The Vivitar v3800n is only really a budget analogue SLR camera, but I have to say it was excellent for a short trip abroad. It was just the right size to carry about and the photographs it produced looked great!

Here is a collection of my favorite photographs from the trip! enjoy!

Lomography Fisheye Cat
I saw this cat while I was walking around a small village up in the Bulgarian mountains, I quickly lent down to snap a shot and I love the result I got!

Bulgarian Village
A small village in the Bulgarian mountains – taken on my Vivitar SLR

Bulgarian Village at Night
Rozovo by Night – photograph taken on my Vivitar SLR

Bulgaria Analogue Photograph
Old Town, Plovdiv – Just one of the many great buildings in Plovdiv

Bulgaria Analogue Photograph
The Barn, Rozovo – There are plenty of cattle barns like this dotted about in the small village of Rozovo, but the corner of this one looked particularly interesting… especially through my fisheye viewfinder!

Bulgaria Analogue Photography
The Wonderful Bridges – These amazing rock formations in the Rhodope Mountains were created when an earthquake destroyed a cave.

Bulgaria Night Photography
Houses in Rozovo – Another long exposure night shot taken in the small mountain village of Rozovo.

Analogue Lomo Photography
The Vacha Dam.

Analogue Photograph of Plovdiv Roman Theatre
Part of the Roman Theatre in Old Plovdiv.

Lomo Kitten Photo
Stray kitten on the walls of the Roman Theatre, this was taken on my Lomo Fisheye2 using an out of date film.

Analogue photo of Bulgarian mountains
Bulgarian Mountain View.

Analogue photo of Bulgarian mountains
Up in the mountains for sundown – taken with a wide angle lens fitted onto my Vivitar SLR

Analogue photo of Bulgarian wood stacks
Stacks of firewood – there are plenty of these dotted about in Bulgaria

Analogue Night Photography of Plovdiv
A night photography shot, taken on the way out of Plovdiv

Lomo roman theatre double exposure portrait
A double exposure portrait taken on the seats of the Roman Theatre in Plovdiv

Lomo Bulgarian fence
This is the corner of a garden fence, I love the way the fences and sheds are nailed together with whatever wood they can find.

Lomo double exposure
Double exposure up in the mountains at Melnik Monastery.

Lomo wide angle
Wide angle shot of one of the Melnik Monastery’s garden features.

Rozovo mountain side
Photograph of a typical house in the mountain side village of Rozovo.

Dusk lomo shot
A cart parked up for the night – Lomo style shot taken at dusk using an expired film and a warming filter.

Lomography Technique – Homemade Negative Scanner

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

If you only own a 35mm negative scanner, or if you don’t own one at all! Here is a quick technique for scanning negatives with a normal scanner. This technique works brilliantly with Black and White film and is ideal if you are wishing to scan negatives larger than 35mm.

I set this up because I wanted to scan some of my medium format negatives… and here is the first attempt!

Lomography Negative Scan
Lomography Technique – First attempt at using a homemade backlight with a regular scanner

All you need for this to work is a normal flatbed scanner, some plain white paper and a lamp (lamps with a dimmer switch or a low wattage bulb in will work best)

Lomography Negative Scan
I have used an old Canon CanoScan Scanner and a bedside lamp with a dimmer as my backlight

It’s really important to make sure your negatives and your scanner are both clean, as tiny hairs and dust will show up quite easily using this technique. Also be prepared to experiment with the amount of paper you use and the brightness of the lamp, as you may have to change these depending on the original exposure quality on your negative.

Step One
Place your nicely cleaned negative (face down) onto your nicely cleaned scanner.

Step Two
Place your paper on top of your negative, I suggest starting off with trying 5 sheets of paper and adjust the amount accordingly. Obviously less paper lets in more light (you may want to try going down to a minimum of 2 sheets of paper if you have a particularly dark negative to scan)

Step Three
Place your lamp onto or over the paper (make sure you don’t have your bulb touching the paper – You don’t want to start a fire!!!) I suggest the lamp is about 30 to 40cm away from the paper; you can obviously experiment with the distance to get the best results. I also had my lamp on the first (dimmest) dimmer setting.

Step Four
Scan your results in, changing the amount of paper or brightness of the bulb to get the best result.

Step Five
When you are happy with your results, I suggest scanning them in at the highest dpi setting your scanner will do! Enjoy!

Lomography Negative Scan

Lomography Negative Scan

Lomography Negative Scan

Lomography Negative Scan
I personally really like the effects you get when you make the lamp brighter and add more paper on top of the negative, it captures the grain of the paper in the scanned image to give your end result a real grainy and sometimes misty effect.

Night Photography

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Here is a collection of Long Exposure Night Photographs taken on a Vivitar v3800n. For these shots I used a tripod and a shutter release cable. I used the shutter release to keep the shutter open for long periods of time, which enabled me to capture as much natural light as possible. The exposure times in these photographs range from between 3 minutes to 30 minutes, depending on the light conditions at the time. The tripod is simply used to keep the camera steady (avoiding blurry images).

Analogue Night Photography

Analogue Night Photography

Analogue Night Photography

Analogue Night Photography

Analogue Night Photography

Analogue Night Photography

Analogue Night Photography

Analogue Night Photography

Analogue Night Photography

Analogue Night Photography

Analogue Night Photography

Analogue Night Photography

Fisheye Photography

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Fisheye photography captures an extremely wide hemispherical image, the lens usually used produces a wide-angle of up to 180 degrees.  The fisheye lens was originally created for use in meteorology and was originally named the “whole-sky lens”, but has since become a very popular tool for photographers for its abilities to create unique and sometimes very humourous effects.

Fisheye Lomo Photography
Picture taken on a Lomography Fisheye2 camera.

If you are at all interested in taking your own fisheye photos, then I strongly suggest you look into the Lomography Fisheye2 camera. It’s a really great compact 35mm camera, with a built in flash (which is great for night photography), a “bulb” setting for those long exposure shots and a multiple exposure button which allows you to layer 2 or more exposures to create a single photograph. The lens gives out a 170 degree field of vision and you can take photographs from as little as 3cm from your subject, out of all the cameras I own, this is definately my favourite!

When I first got this camera I used 2x 35mm films as an experiment – to see the results from those 2 films – Click here.

Long Exposure Photography

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Long exposure photography is simply the use of a long-duration shutter speed when taking a photograph. This technique is commonly used in poor light conditions or at night because more light can be absorbed by leaving the camera’s shutter open for a longer period of time.

The basic concept is that, the longer you leave the shutter open, the brighter the image will become. So this is a very useful technique when taking photographs in low light conditions.

One main point to note when taking a long exposure shot, is that anything that moves while the camera’s shutter is open will become blurred. For this reason, it is strongly suggested that you use a tripod when producing a long exposure photograph.

"Marazion Beach"

Analogue Photography

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

"Lights of Newlyn"

Analogue (or Analog) Photography is a term for photography which uses a chemical process to produce an image onto photographic film or plate. The chemical process used for photograhic film is called “gelatin-silver”.

Photographic film is coated with a photographic emulsion containing silver halides. When light falls upon these silver halides it produces a latent image upon the film.

When taking analogue photograghs, the camera’s shutter system opens to allow light to fall upon the film inside, which forms the latent image.