Posted in 35MM CAMERAS, TOY CAMERAS by Nicole Gelinas on April 26, 2012

Okay, these are the last four images from my trip to the Bloedel Reserve! Spring has just begun and you can start to see all of the little blossoms on the trees and the grass getting greener and greener by the minute! Also there were a bunch of geese just hanging out below the trees on the fourth photo. I will definitely be returning to the reserve to take more photos during summer and will be taking a different camera to test out. There are so many different places to walk and see that I will have no problem finding something new to photograph.

For this shoot I used the Akira 2000N loaded with Kodak Max, ISO400, Kodacolor print film (35mm) that expired on August of 2001. I am really loving the washed out effect from the expired film on the top two images. It sort of gives them a milky appearance that is really unusual and helps to create a look of visual depth. I will admit that I had to crop the first two images because the viewfinder on this camera is whack. To see an example of the issues I had with the viewfinder on the Akira 2000N see this post. If you are interested in seeing more photos taken at the Bloedel Reserve using the Akira 2000N visit my two other posts Lurking in the Shadows and Foliage by the Pond.



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 March 8, 2012

These were taken on my first outing with my lomography Oktomat camera. This camera has eight separate lenses that fire in a set sequence using 35mm film. By having the eight lenses fire, you get eight little mini photos all in one frame! The camera itself is really simple to use, probably as easy as it gets. All you need to do is load the film and start shooting. There are no settings to worry about (although if you like settings, this camera shoots at a f/8 with a shutter speed of 1/100 sec). The viewfinder is a little flip-up window that really does not do much to help you see what the pictures will come out looking like. Once you get the roll developed, it is like what mamma said, “It’s like a box of chocolates, you never know what you gonna get.” Hah! Some of my images came out with quite a bit of red, but then other times everything was evenly exposed.


Posted in 35MM CAMERAS, TOY CAMERAS by Nicole Gelinas on February 9, 2012

Here are a few shots from my first roll of film taken with the Diana F+. I did not really know what to expect from this camera since it is made entirely of plastic, including the lens. I was pleasantly surprised at what I ended up with. As you can see everything is sort of naturally softened and not pin sharp. It creates sort of a dreamy effect that I quite like.

A really cool feature about this camera is you can shoot 35mm or 120mm if you have both of the interchangeable backs. Once you decide what size film you want to use, then you can use the frame masks to allow for panoramic photos, square photos, or landscape photos. I chose to go simple with my first roll and use 35mm color negative Klick film at 200iso with no frame mask installed in the camera.


I would often forget to switch the focusing ring on the front of the camera while I was taking photos. This camera is not an SLR. You cannot focus by looking through the viewfinder because you will see no change. Focusing must be done by turning the ring on the front of the camera that is set for certain distances. In this case my camera has 3 distances (1-2m, 2-4m, and 4m-ininity). It was also confusing (at least for me) because it is set up in meters and not feet, so next time I will have to make a note that those meter measurements convert to 3-6.5ft, 6.5-13ft, and 13ft-infinity. *The last two images are examples of when my focusing was off!