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OTM – Police man – May 6, 2013

Police man, originally uploaded by spakulsk.

A classic Fisher Price little people piece… the police man shot with a Polaroid Macro 5 SLR and expired Polaroid Spectra instant film

OTM – NeinGrenze 5000T in Rio – March 11, 2013

So I took my NeinGrenze 5000T point and shoot tilt shift camera to Brazil. This is a fun little camera! I love the tilt shift effect of it. If you are new to tilt shift photography, it makes things llook miniature and toy like. Most images by the way…
The little NeinGrenze camera. It’s a fixed tilt shift lens but that is okay. The shots look amazing! Such fun in Rio de Jerneiro, Brazil! Plus, as an added bonus, it was my first birthday in 41 years in which I was able to wear shorts!
NeinGrenze 5000T, originally uploaded by spakulsk.

2013 Week 6/52: Workers

Workers, originally uploaded by spakulsk.

I think I am coming fairly close on using the Polaroid Macro 5 SLR. Here is a shot of construction workers with the instant camera…

OTM – Pocket Camera – November 12, 2012

Okay, a new edition to the fatcatimages family of cameras! It is a Fisher Price Pocket Camera from 1974! The box is a little beaten up but the camera itself has not been opened! Wow! It kind of looks like one of those cheap 110 cameras of the 1970’s. If I shoot 110 format, I would rather use my Rollei A110! Plus, being a photographer, I just had to get one of these! And yes, it does have 27 slides of zoo images!

Speaking of the zoo, we ventured out to the Toledo Zoo yesterday. Why yes! A 70 degree day in November is a perfect day for a zoo trip. Here is an image of Josie enjoying the zoo visit…

Film vs Digital – Case Study; Tawas Point Lighthouse

Hello Gang! Well, I just received my film scans from the Lomolab at Lomography and an interesting thing has happened. I shot the Tawas Point Lighthouse back on August 18, 2012 (East Tawas, Michigan)  both using my Olympus Pen E-PL1 digital camera and my Hasselblad 500C medium format film camera.  Now, I will go on record as a big fan of the Olympus Pen E-PL1. I love that little camera. Well, I love my Hassy too! But, here is a case for why I still shoot film. I had color slide film in the Hasselblad and had it cross processed at Lomography. Most notably, I must have had my E-6 film processed in C-41 chemicals. But you be the judge. Which shot do you prefer? The first shot is with the Olympus Pen E-PL1 digital camera.

Tawas Point Lighthouse shot with Olympus Pen E-PL1

Okay. Now here is the shocker. (Nice job on the cross processing Lomography) Okay, another point to make – am I really sending my shots from the Hasselblad 500C to Lomography for processing? Hee… This is the shot from the Hasselblad 500C medium format FILM camera…

Tawas Point Lighthouse shot with Hasselblad 500C medium format film camera and cross processed E-6 slide film

You have two shots side by side. I like both. I really do. But, somehow, I like the Hassy’s shot a little more. What do you think? This is why ladies and gentlemen  that we still shoot film! Yes, film is not dead! Here is proof the exceptional pictures can come from both digital and film cameras (even in 2012)! The same subject, the same lighting can produce two vastly different results! One of which was a pleasant surprise when I received the email with my films scans from Lomography earlier today. Woo-hoo!

OTM – Geek Cavey and Hasselblad – July 30, 2012

Geek Cavey and Hasselblad, originally uploaded by spakulsk.

I caught Geek Cavey using my Hasselblad 500 C. Not a bad camera for the little guy…

A love for 110

Okay. I am really happy that Lomography has brought 110 format film back. My trusty Rollei A110 has been in use ever since my shipments of the little cartridges came in. So, I thought up to rehash a guest post I did for Erin on Charlie Foxtrot. But first here is an image of the new 110 film!

110 is back!


A love affair with tiny! 

Originally posted April 11, 2012 on Charlie Foxtrot

Tiny – extremely small; minute. That’s what 110 format film is. Tiny. It’s about a little less than a quarter of a 35mm negative. But, that challenge is what I find so fascinating about this discontinued film format. How can I get BIG images of a something so tiny? I carry my Rollei A110 around with me. It’s my favorite of the 110 cameras in the fatcatimages collection. It is the Cadillac of 110 cameras and a piece of German engineering excellence! That camera is tiny as well. And so very solid, you hold it a marvel at its sturdiness and build. So small in fact, I took it to a customer meeting without question. See, I always want a camera on me. Taking the DSLR to a customer meeting is a no-no. But a pocket 110 camera? Hey, it hides in my pocket! So customer meeting in France – of course I would want a camera with me…

The Rollei A110, stealth masterpiece

So, when it’s the only camera you have. Or you simply like have sub-miniature photography fun, this is the camera I take with me. It’s been to Paris and Budapest. It’s been taken into places where photography is not permitted. It’s so small. It’s so tiny! And that is part of its charm. And these BIG images were from this little gem. I love trying to get BIG images out of something so small, so… well… TINY!

Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris, April 2011 – shot on 110 film with Rollei A110

Wedding in Budapest, August 2011 – shot on 110 with Rollei A110

Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts, January 2012 – shot on 110 film with Rollei A110

The image at the Detroit Institute of Arts has actually been featured on in the Lomograpy Magazine!

Ship on Siene River in Poissy, France; April, 2011 – shot on 110 film with Rollei A110

So who knew when I made my guest post back in April that just a month later 110 would make a timely comeback! Was I the harbinger of all good things 110 to come? Maybe…

Oh… by the way… this was where I had the customer meeting…

OTM – Rolleicord V – July 9, 2012

One of the favorite cameras in the fatcatimages collection. The Rolleicord V TLR. It is a gem of a camera to use and the shot was taken at this night’s Ann Arbor Area Crappy Camera Club meeting…

OTM – Polaroid SX-70 – May 7, 2012

SX-70, originally uploaded by spakulsk.

Okay. A different kind of toy for this week. I am a photographer and I consider my cameras toys too! Yes, I have fun with them… Here we have a Polaroid SX-70 instant camera. One of the gems in the fatcatimages collection. Fitting that Edwin Land was born on May 7th…

Notice the Impossible flash on the camera? Well, I’ve been experimenting with Impossible film in this camera for Polaroid does not make SX-70 film anymore. Why did they exit the instant film market? And I don’t count their ZINK as real instant film. I do shoot ZINK cameras but instant film is film. ZINK is just paper without the film.

But my problem is with the Impossible film itself. You can see from the images below, something is wrong. The shots were with PX 100 Silver Shade. The flash fired. But there is nothing…

Impossible… what am I doing wrong here?

Here is another image shot tonight on the PX 100 Silver Shade. This time the flash did not fire and the shutter was open for an extended time. You see light is getting to the film…

Here was a shot I has taken last summer. Again, Impossible film but this time it was PX 70 Color Shade. It was my first shot from my SX-70 and have NEVER been able to replicate. I’d be happy with these results but can not come close today? Impossible, please tell me what is wrong!

My sister-in-law Andrea shot with PX 70 Color Shade. First ever shot! Have not been able to replicate.

The latest addition to the fatcatimages family

A Graflex Century Graphic. The other camera company from Rochester, NY. With the Kodak bankruptcy notice today, this Rochester, NY prize is a fitting example that film is not dead.I will enjoy shooting with this gem…