Camera Creative

I was browsing the photography section at a local bookstore this afternoon when I stumbled upon a freshly stocked book titled Camera Creative. Written by Chris Gatcum, a former editor at What Digital Camera?, the book is a compilation of all the quaint tricks and techniques I’ve been dabbling in for the past few years – false tilt shift photography, light painting, lomography, plastic lenses, digital cross processing and then some.

Over four chapters, Gatcum describes 52 techniques/projects covering creative shooting, lens and accessory tricks, DIY lighting gear and the dark arts of digital post processing. Included are features on toy cameras and Holga hacks as well as el cheapo stereo photography, yay!

In the eight hours that I’ve owned this book I’ve only been able to read a few pages, but from what I’ve seen so far, Camera Creative is a great jump-off point for folks who like going against the grain. This isn’t a book for everyone, but the stuff in here will most definitely add a new unexpected dimension to your photography, if you apply the lessons well.  There’s a lot of cool things to try out.

As for me, I can’t wait to have a go at TTV photography. TTV stands for Through The Viewfinder, where you mate your digital camera to a TLR and shoot the image that appears on the TLR’s viewfinder. Such a cool hack, methinks. Will definitely post results once I build my “contraption” (it seems this is what the TTV community calls the DIY interface) and shoot. Meanwhile, here’s a TTV flickr group to keep you occupied.

If you’ve got a bookstore near you, give it a look. Otherwise, there’s always Amazon.com.

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Barrel Meet Tire
 Originally uploaded by vasypher

Alex Vazquez is a freelance photographer who lives in LA. He shoots with a Nikon D300, a Holga, a Mamiya and a Seagull. His black and whites are amazing and this photo of a barrel and a tire somewhere out in the desert is one of my favorite Holga shots ever. He’s also apparently an avowed strobist, creatively wielding his flash to produce distinct results.

Alex says he first creates concepts in his head, then goes out and shoots them. A simple philosophy that works.

Check out his flickr gallery here. It’s a bit sparse, but well worth a look. (The gunslinger shots may have been shot on digital, but they’re really nice work) We hope to see more of his work online.

If you want to book his services, just drop him a message on flickr.

For those of us who have been wondering whether the Holga Filter Set being sold by LSI is worth purchasing, Nic Nichols has the answer in his most excellent blog Four Corners Dark. He tries out all eleven of them, ceteris paribus, using a Holga 135 and shooting a single subject with identical camera settings.

 

Red Diffusion Filter on Holga 135

Red Diffusion Filter on Holga 135

For the other filter test results, head on over to Four Corners Dark now.

When work becomes dreary and you find yourself befuddled and bored behind your desk, it’s time to take a break. Late last year, my wife and I took time off from the daily grind to recharge our creative energies at the beach. The resort we picked was La Luz, located in San Juan, Batangas, on the southwest tip of Luzon. While the beach itself doesn’t come close to the powdery goodness in Palawan or Boracay, the resort is charming and inexpensive, provides cabana masseuses and offers a relaxing atmosphere that’s hard to beat.  

As with any trip, I came packing, with a Canon AE-1 and 350D, an LSI Actionsampler, a vintage Yashica Rookie, and a Holga CFN. Here are some of the shots from the Holga and Yashica.

Duo in Yellow

Duo in Yellow @Holga CFN

Dusky

Dusky @Holga CFN

Vintage Beach @Yashica Rookie

Vintage Beach @Yashica Rookie

Curtains @Yashica Rookie

Curtains @Yashica Rookie

Recline @Yashica Rookie

Recline @Yashica Rookie

Here’s something you don’t see everyday: a HOLGA 120WPC. The WPC stands for Wide Pinhole Camera.  Like the regular Holga, this uses 120 film, but exposes a greater length of the film per shot. Hence the panoramic results. 

 

Holga 120WPC Wide Pinhole Camera

Holga 120WPC Wide Pinhole Camera

Here is a sample shot:

 

Sample Shot

Sample Shot

Online seller “Lomoshop” is selling this here, for PhP3500 (about US$ 75).  Do check it out if interested. 

Spec-heads, here’s some info on the camera:

Pinhole Camera Holga 120 WPC Holga 120 WPC Specifications:
Film Used: 120 format color or B/W films
Frame Size: 6x12cm & 6x9cm
Diameter Pin Hole: 0.3mm
Distance from Pinhole to film surface: 40mm
View Angle: 120 deg
Aperture: F133

 

When you find yourself alone in a foreign land, working overseas for better pay, it’s often a good time to start a hobby, just to keep the blues away.  That’s exactly what reader Fejie F. aka MillionMonks did when he moved to Singapore. He got himself a nice new Holga CFN and joined the local Lomo group www.lomotionsg.com. Here are some of his shots.

 

This photo "was taken on the Hippo Tour, an open double decker bus that goes around the city carrying tourist. Straight ahead is the Singapore Flyer, the biggest observation wheel in the world. Bigger than the London Eye."

This photo "was taken on the Hippo Tour, an open double decker bus that goes around the city carrying tourist. Straight ahead is the Singapore Flyer, the biggest observation wheel in the world. Bigger than the London Eye."

 

"This is just a bougainvilla  in the middle of the Fountain of Weath, at Suntec City. The four towers in the background are part of a 5-building complex that is designed to look like fingers of a left hand jutting out to the sky. At the palm (middle) is the Fountain of Weath."

"This is just a bougainvilla in the middle of the Fountain of Wealth, at Suntec City. The four towers in the background are part of a 5-building complex that is designed to look like fingers of a left hand jutting out to the sky. At the palm (middle) is the Fountain of Wealth."

 

"This shot is an experimental Bulb setting inside a bus traveling at Orchard road."

"This shot is an experimental Bulb setting inside a bus traveling at Orchard road."

Any more Singapore Lomographers out there? Do drop me a message and I can post your best Lomo shots.

More photos from another trip to Candaba Swamp, shot on a Holga CFN. Lots of weird, unexpected effects and light leaks from a crack on the camera and the deliberate mishandling of the film. The crack on the Holga is care of our cat Boris who can be a real pesky critter.

Li'l Kane

Li'l Kane


Main Path

Main Path


Kane Sitting Around

Kane Sitting Around


Hammock Lala

Hammock Lala


Kung Fu Kane

Kung Fu Kane


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Kicking Kane

Oh, and here’s something not travel related but was included in this roll.

Waya and the Gang

Waya and the Gang