AKIRA 2000N LURKING IN THE SHADOWS

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.

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AKIRA 2000N 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.

ASAHI PENTAX K1000 PAINTING WITH BLUE AND GREEN LIGHT

Posted in 35MM CAMERAS, SLR by Nicole Gelinas on March 16, 2012

Painting with light is a really fun project to do when you have a dark room and some lights handy! All you need to do is set your camera to a very slow shutter speed or even on the B setting. Focus your camera while the lights are still on. It is helpful to have your camera on a tripod and use a cable release if you are alone. Once you have your focus set, turn the lights out and release the shutter while you move your light source in front of the camera. If you have a friend to help you, they can move the lights in front of the camera while you take the photo without a tripod! I shot these photos with 35mm color slide film so I could get really nice colors!

For this project I used the Asahi Pentax K1000. This camera is completely manual allowing you to set your aperture and shutter speeds to fit your creative needs. It is an SLR, so what you see in the viewfinder window is what you get. The Pentax k1000 also has a light meter built in which is very helpful. This camera is the first film camera I ever owned and I got it back in high school for a photography class. It takes wonderful pictures and is very reliable. A great camera to start with if you have never shot film before! It shoots 35mm film and has a shutter speed range from 1-1000, also including a B (bulb) setting.