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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!


Lomography Orca film!

Okay… I’ve been shooting with the Lomography 110 format films for a while now. Both the color Tiger and black and white Orca films. Well, I just had my first batch of the Lomography Orca developed. 110 black and white? Why yes! It’s a lot of fun. All these shots were taken with my little Rollei A110


Railroad tracks in Dexter for the August Ann Arbor Area Crappy Camera Club meeting with sunburst. I love shooting into the sun! Taken with Rollei A110

The Detroit Institute of Arts’ Rivera Court

A barn in Saline, Michigan

Abandoned hotel in Saline, Michigan with hole in the roof…

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…

Too much film?

Okay. Through Lomography, I’ve ordered a bunch of film. Yikes! Yes, I am a 110 junkie so I had to order 10 rolls of the Lomography Orca Black and White 110. I mean, 110 was discontinued in 2009. I was super excited that somebody brought the 110 format back! I have been stocking up on 110 film since it’s demise in 2009. But then they released the Color Tiger 110 film too. So, I ordered five cartridges of that as well. Ouch.

And today, they send me an email about their film subscription service. Man, am I a sucker. I signed up for this too…

Wintertime in Paris

Paris_Lille_B&W_Lomography-5, originally uploaded by spakulsk.

Another image of the Eiffel Tower but this time shot with a Diana Mini and Ilford HP5 Plus, Black and White Print Film.

Paris, France – January 2011

Another Double Exposure

Paris_Lille_B&W_Lomography-3, originally uploaded by spakulsk.

I really like this shot. It may be my favorite from the Diana Mini. Shot with Ilford HP5 Plus black and white film in Paris, France. Rue Lincoln to be specific…

Tour Eiffel

Paris_Lille_B&W_Lomography-17, originally uploaded by spakulsk.

Paris’ Eiffel Tower shot with the Diana Mini camera on Ilford HP5 Plus black and white film. I like the grain in this image makes it look a lot older than 2011…

Self Portriat

Paris_Lille_B&W_Lomography-7, originally uploaded by spakulsk.

Okay, here is a self portriat using Ilford HP5 Plus black and white film with the Diana Mini. I guess the flash gave enough light for this exposure…

This was shot in Lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France.


Paris_Lomography-3, originally uploaded by spakulsk.

A Parisian Metro sign shot during dusk with the Diana Mini. This camera requires A Lot of light and hence why only the light above the sign is clearly visible. But this image still is interesting nonetheless. I like the so called “lens flare” around the lamp…

Double Exposure

Paris_Lomography-2, originally uploaded by spakulsk.

One of the fun things about the Diana Mini is that it is a completely manual plastic camera. That means you have to remember to advance the film manually after every time you take a shot. Or else you will get multiple exposures on a frame. I don’t know if the double exposure was accidental or deliberate. Ether way, I like the outcome…