Extra Sprockets Please!

20 Jun

I ran a roll of film through my Sprocket Rocket, which is a camera that takes two-frame wide panoramic photos and exposes the 35mm film all the way to the sprockets! It’s a nifty little camera with a vintage appearance.

Here are some of the results:

Light Post


Juan Renteria

YoYoExpert Table




Around and Around We Go

5 May

Recently, I ran a roll of film through my Lomo Spinner 360. It’s quite the cool camera!

The Spinner 360 is a unique panoramic film camera. It doesn’t just take wide photos – it spins around on its handle to give you a 360 degree image! Pull the string, and the camera whirs around, exposing the film all the way to the sprockets. On the top of the Spinner is a bubble level, but who says you have to hold it straight? Holding it at a slight angle results with awesome wavy horizons, and you can even hold it sideways and get crazy tall photos!

I scanned these myself. It can be time consuming, but the result is totally worth it!

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Half is Twice as Much

27 Feb

I have a Golden Half by Superheadz, which is a toy half-frame camera.

Half-frame cameras take pictures that are half the size of regular photos, so you end up with two photos on a single full-sized frame! That means you get two times the number of pictures that you would normally on a roll, ie. 48 pictures on a 24 exposure roll, or 72 pictures on a 36 exposure roll. Wow, less really is more! (Picture quality is lower though, hahaha.)

Oh, it seems the pictures have finished uploading, no need to stall you any longer! These are a few of my favorites. Enjoy!

Develop, Stop, Fix, Hypo Clear, Wash, Photo-Flo, and Hang to Dry

20 Feb

No, these aren’t dance moves. These are the steps that I took to develop my own roll of film!

I enrolled in a photography class with the hopes to learn more about photographic theory and to acquire some darkroom experience. Last week I learned some of the basics on how to operate the enlargers at my school (we have nine old Beselers and nine new[er] Omegas) and made some photograms, which I will put up in another post…

A couple weeks ago, I ran a roll of Kodak Plus-X through my trusty Canon AE-1, and last week in class I developed it myself! It’s quite an amazing experience, and I feel so much closer to my photos. The most difficult part was definitely loading the film onto the developing reel and then into the developing tank in complete darkness (the tank is light tight, so you can turn the light on after.) In the coming weeks I will get to make some 8×10 prints, and I’m very excited for that!

Enough rambling, here are a few of the photos from my self-developed roll.


8 Jan

Sprockets are all those little holes on the edges of 35mm film. They look pretty neat right? What’s cool is that the emulsion actually reaches all the way to the edges of the film. Most 35mm cameras mask the sprockets off so that only the middle portion is exposed when you take a picture. However, if you load your 35mm film into a camera that doesn’t cover up the sprockets, such as a medium format camera, your pictures will reach all the way to the edges! This is what I did with my Holga 120N, which normally takes 120 film. I also have a Superheadz 35mm back for it, which makes it even easier to use 35mm film in the Holga 120N. The 35mm back is nifty, since it has a built in film advance indicator and a frame counter. No need to guess if you’ve advanced it enough! Here are some of my favorite shots.

Dreaming in Black and White

23 Dec

Did you know that only about 25% of people can recall their dreams in full or partial color? If you think you only dream in black and white, think again! You most likely dream in color, even though you can’t remember it. However, when you load your camera with black and white film, it’s definitely black and white.

I recently ran a roll of film through my father’s old Canon AE-1. It was an affordable camera at the time (and even more so now!), but was and still is capable of taking nice pictures. I shot these using a  Canon FD 50mm f/1.8 and a cheap Soligor Telephoto/Macro Zoom 70-160mm f/3.5.

A Fiddle with Redscale

25 Oct

Recently I ran a roll of redscale film through my trusty Holga 135BC. What is redscale film you ask? Why, it’s much like like ordinary 35mm film, but the film is loaded flipped into the canister. This results in the emulsion being on the back of the film, which forces light to go through the reddish film before imprinting an image onto the emulsion. This tends to give your final images beautiful hues that range from red to orange to yellow. I used ready-made redscale film, but you can make your own by winding film into a used canister.

Enough dilly-dallying, here are some of my favorite shots!