Thursday, 28 January 2010

Are You Getting Your Five-A-Day?!

Well, the weather has been very miserable since the the snow melted away; grey skies, rain and cold wind. Not having all-weather gear and having a toddler in tow is not at all conducive to landscape photography!

So; I've stayed indoors and done a lot of soul searching, as well as some still life photography. Two things that are definite are: A) I love still life and will always return to it and B) I don't eat enough fruit. Actually, I eat almost no fruit at all (unless the raisins in a Cadbury's Fruit & Nut bar counts? It doesn't? Oh...)

And now, ladies and gentlemen #clears throat# for the obligatory joke:

Here is the fruit of my most recent labour... and it looks like I've cracked up more than myself!
(Please don't feel you have to laugh. Oh, you didn't...)

Eat A Rainbow

Until next time!

Em ♥

Monday, 18 January 2010

The very 1st photos with my fabulous new Diana F+!!!

So, what do you think? Be honest - love 'em or hate 'em? I need to know! (Personally I adore them, but then I haven't been this excited about photography in a long time!)

St Peter's Parish Church


I know I'm biased; I love lomography and all that goes with it and so far the feedback has been very positive. But what do you think?!

Film info (for those who want to know!):
Shot on Ilford HP5 and Fujicolor Superia X-Tra 400 - both 120mm rollfilm.
Em ♥

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls - Please welcome... Diana!!!

I've got a new baby! No, Wiliam doesn't have a new sibling, but I am now the very proud owner of a Diana F+ 120 film camera!

Regular readers of this blog will know that over the past year I have developed (see what I did there?!) a passion for lomography-style photography. Well, now I can focus (I did it again!) on the real thing!

If you want to know more about lomography, you can find lots of very interesting and often entertaining info HERE!

The Diana is seriously old skool - around 99% plastic, it leaks light like a sieve, the colours are often very saturated and sometimes there's a shadow or blur on the photo. So why then, you may ask? Why on Earth would a professional photographer with a perfectly good collection of SLR and digital SLR cameras want one?

Well; my answer is simple: happy accidents!

I want to get right back to basics and rediscover the magic of capturing images on film. I also want to have some fun and stop worrying too much about all the rules and regs of photography. I want to enjoy and capture the looks on people's faces when I get Diana out and start taking photos!

Remember the first time you picked up a camera and took a photo? You didn't know if it would turn out alright but you assumed it would. Remember collecting the photos from the lab or chemist? Remember nearly getting knocked down by a car because you couldn't wait 'til you got home before looking at them?

I want that back! (Except for the getting knocked down bit, obviously...)

And just LOOK at her - she's beautiful! Pure Daily Planet retro class! That blue and black body is straight out of the swinging sixties! Her flash looks like something from thirties Hollywood! Pure class!

Can you tell I'm in love..?

Now... off to buy some film...

'Til next time,
Em ♥