Dememod

Dememod

Just a quickie.

I’ve said before that, when using the Demekin, you have to be careful of your horizons. This being a fisheye camera that’s really tiny, it’s easy to get your horizons off.  To mitigate this, I bought an el cheapo level and doubletaped it to the top of the camera with the viewfinder as an added anchor point.

Easiest mod in the world. Total cost, 50 cents.

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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.

On my recent trip to Hong Kong, I was faced with a difficult purchasing choice: to get a Superheadz Demekin (see previous entry) or a Superheadz Golden Half.  The Golden Half is an interesting little thing, so named because it shoots 35mm film but at half frame, meaning for a 36 shot roll you get 72. It’s got two aperture settings, f/8 and f/11 as well as a hotshoe for fun strobist action.  While I may have bought the Demekin, the Golden Half remains on my must-have camera list. 

 This means that my favorite pop culture girl has one up on me.  Genie Ranada is no stranger to gadgets. She is the lifestyle editor for the tech magazine T3 and is one of the few people I know who’ve been featured on Boingboing.net (no I am not saying why or what for).  She has BOTH a Demekin and a Golden Half. She takes great pictures, to boot! Here are some of her Golden Half shots, all taken during the Dec 08 holidays in Laoag, Ilocos Norte in the Philippines. Fuji Provia 100F slide film was used and cross-processed. Enjoy!

 

angelchurch

angelchurch

 

bluebeetle

bluebeetle

 

cemeteryblues

cemeteryblues

 

cloud9

cloud9

 

cross+cherubs

cross+cherubs

 

texicano

texicano

 

If you want to see more of Genie’s Golden Half photographs, do visit her multiply site

 

Oh, and this is what the Superheadz Golden Half looks like. If you want one of your own, Oh Shoot! sells them, too. 

Superheadz Golden Half
Superheadz Golden Half

Say hello to my brand spanking new Demekin camera from those Japanese folks over at Superheadz.  Found this baby in my recent trip to Hong Kong, at a small boutique-slash-gallery along Gough Street called Gallery de Vie.

One of the more exotic toy cameras around, the Demekin is the first ever fisheye camera that uses the 110 format, a film standard popular in the seventies and early eighties and is quite hard to find today.  It has a plastic fisheye lens that gives you 146 degrees of coverage, an aperture of f/8.9, and a shutter speed of 1/100sec.

I managed to buy ten rolls of 110 film from my new favorite camera store Oh Shoot! (see previous post)  at 80 pesos a pop (that’s about a dollar seventy in US$) .  Since the film format is hard to come by, I plan on using this camera sparingly. With its diminutive size and light weight, the Demekin is the perfect camera for a pet project that’s long been gestating in my head. Will post sample shots soon.

 

Superheadz Demekin Finds a Home

Superheadz Demekin Finds a Home