Posted in 35MM CAMERAS, TOY CAMERAS by Nicole Gelinas on April 23, 2012

I often find myself very attracted to shadows created by trees. The way that the light spots in the deep shade is just really beautiful to me. I also love when a shadow from a tree juts across the landscape and really creates interest and depth in the photo. I feel that these images really capture the spirit of the Northwest as you often find yourself enclosed in the shadows of the foliage.

For these shots I used the Akira 2000N loaded with Kodak Max, ISO400, Kodacolor print film (35mm) that expired on August of 2001. I was very delighted to see that there actually was quite a bit of detail in the shadow areas of the photos! To see a few more photos and learn more about the specs of this camera please visit my other post The Foliage by the Pond.



Posted in 35MM CAMERAS, TOY CAMERAS by Nicole Gelinas on April 18, 2012

These are a few of the photos taken with the Akira 2000N plastic camera. Using this camera is really easy because it is literally point and shoot once you choose the aperture you need according to the weather you are shooting in. There is no focusing on this camera and due to its plastic lens, the photos come out with a very soft focus. Very dreamy and creamy is the way I like to describe it where there are no harsh edges and everything sort of looks like a well rendered pastel drawing! This is an effect that a digital camera just cannot create! Most of these were shot at an f16 or f11. If you would like to learn more about shooting with the Akira 2000N, please visit my previous post for some more info and helpful hints.

For this shoot I used a roll of film that I found at a thrift store for $0.50. It was in its original box, but who knows what kind of life it had before I purchased it! It was a roll of Kodak Max, ISO400, Kodacolor print film (35mm) that expired on August of 2001. It produced really wonderful blue and green colors!

These photos were all taken at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, WA. It is really an amazing place to go and walk around and take some really great photos!

Something I noticed when shooting into the sunlight (see fourth image above) it that it creates a blue hazy/ghosting effect that you can see along the top of the tree where the sunlight was shining through. I don’t know for a fact that this was the cameras doing, but it could have also been an effect of using expired film.


Posted in 35MM CAMERAS, TOY CAMERAS by Nicole Gelinas on April 16, 2012

I received this camera from my mom who found it at a yard sale for something like $1. I tried to find some information about the Akira, but I was having a hard time even finding examples of photos that people had taken using the camera. Clearly the Akira 2000N camera is not too popular?!

The whole camera is made from plastic, body, lens and all and uses 35mm film! It is very lightweight and feels like you are holding nothing in yours hands, although it is quite a large camera for what it does! It does have a place to attach a flash, a tripod, and/or a cable release, which seems a little crazy to me! There are 4 apertures for this camera: F6.3, F8, F11, and F16. Each of these are also clearly marked with a little weather symbol so it helps you guess the exposure if you are just learning. For example the F6.3 has a little cloud icon which is what you would set it to for complete cloud cover situations, while the F16 has a sun icon and is for full sunlight. The shutter speed on this camera is preset and there is no way to change it. Since the Akira 2000N 50mm lens is plastic, the photos come out pretty soft looking, but give you that nice lomography look. The Akira 2000N would be a great alternative to a Diana or Holga camera!

This camera is definitally not an SLR camera! While I knew this going in, usually you only have to worry about parallax error, not necessarily the viewfinder completely lying to you! Hah! I shot a full roll of film and got it developed on the same day. When the images came back I was really surprised to see that the way I had composed my shots in the viewfinder is not how they turned out on the actual photo! Everything looked zoomed out, so the camera captured more of the surroundings than the viewfinder led me to believe! Here is an example below: the top image is what I saw through the viewfinder window and the bottom is what the camera actually captured. Pretty big difference right!

So just keep in mind when shooting with the Akira 2000N, that when looking through the viewfinder everything looks larger and is more zoomed in that what will actually appear on the photo. You will definitely be capturing a lot more of your surrounds than you are bargaining for! Other than that, the camera is pretty straightforward to use and is comparable to shooting with most toy cameras on the market for a much better price! I will be posting more shots from the Akira very soon, so stay tuned!


Posted in 35MM CAMERAS, SLR by Nicole Gelinas on April 10, 2012

These portraits were taken the same day that we found the pretty cat on the beach! It was very overcast that day, so there were no harsh shadows to worry about. That being said, the overcast day kind of made the photos lack contrast, or at least the amount of contrast that I really like in my photography. Anyway, after scanning, I did a small amount of levels work in photoshop (mostly on the top image), but I don’t see that harm in that because it is nothing that a little dodging and burning in the darkroom would not solve, but this way it is much faster to do it digitally!

Again, I shot with my Asahi Pentax K1000 using my 75-300mm Albinar-ADG telephoto lens loaded with Kodak BW400CN!


Posted in DARKROOM, INSPIRATION by Nicole Gelinas on April 9, 2012

I came across these images by Richard Nicholson while searching for some inspiration on how to set up a darkroom. Why was I looking for inspiration for a darkroom? Because I just bought a whole setup from my friend Keryn (who you may remember from last weeks post as a donator of a bunch of film!) It came with everything except chemicals and a darkroom safelight! I was curious to see what other darkrooms looked like, other than the ones I have used which were in high school and college. I have not had a chance to set it all up yet, but when I do I will definitely post some pics for you to see!

The photos below are from Richard Nicholson’s series is called: Analog – Last One Out, Please Turn On The Light, which is a survey of London’s remaining professional darkrooms from 2006-2010. To see more of his images please visit his website!