I am still shooting the two rolls of film through the old toy cameras I have been writing about. Nearly done both rolls but still taking my time with them. I don’t know why specifically but I just don’t feel like rushing them. I want to see what can come out of them and would rather use them for something I guess interesting rather than every day moments in life of whatever. Maybe I am missing something or maybe I am picky.
Never the less I have been shooting a few other things. Nothing big, nothing major and nothing worth gloating over. Just shooting to shoot and to enjoy myself and not to impress anyone. Nothing I feel to post as I really am not into posting everything let alone share everything of what I shoot. While I don’t mind those that shoot and share all they wish to share sometimes when you go through their galleries either on a hosted site like Flickr or they have their own domain, when they post “everything” it just gets to be too much. At least for me but it’s only my opinion and thus makes me neither right nor wrong, it’s all personal preference.
And of what I have shot my personal preference to display is this shot.
Previously I wrote about the Halina 35 and in a sample shot showed that I somehow got a double exposure. While I am shooting another roll through it along with the Beirette VSN I learned how to do a double exposure. I was sure I could make double exposures as with most of these toy cameras it’s an easy process but I was more curious how I got it when I never tried to make one. I guess I accidentally pressed the unlock button to allow the roll of film to be rewound while actually advancing it. Either way, that’s how you make a double exposure on the Halina 35, press the rewind release while advancing to the next frame. I’m fairly sure that’s how you do it on the Beirette VSN as well but have not tried. To be honest, I am not much of a person for double exposures. I think it’s an interesting technique and there are times it truly lends itself to something amazing but I wonder if it’s over used, especially in the toy camera/lomography movement. I don’t know but I took some shots doing as such with the Halina 35 and will try it out on the Beirette VSN as well but only because I am playing around with the cameras seeing what I can get out of them so that in the future if I decide to use it to really capture some life I’ll know what I can do with them. It has been a while since I said would put another roll of film through each but life has been busy and I am taking my time with them. When I will have the rolls shot and developed I don’t know but I am curious as to what I will get.
I developed my film and got some OK results. I am not posting much here because many are personal family photos as well as most just did not come out too well. The Beirette VSN did ok but its focusing is not quite on and I do not think the optics are too great either. Despite having to guess how far something was and then adjusting the focus based on that some shots I measures out and still the focus was pretty off. The best shots seemed to be of things further away to where the focus was set to infinity. I’m going to shoot another roll and see what I get.
Beirette VSN: Seems to do best when focused to infinity.
The Halina 35 on the other hand came out much better. Its fixed focus so it’s all about setting the aperture to the amount of light one has. Sunlight and all I shot everything in the flash mode which Looking at it more closely seems to have a more wide open aperture as compared to the two other settings. In all lighting conditions the photos came out not too bad. Again, these are toy cameras so one cannot expect much but compared to the Beirette VSN it sure seemed to outshine. I’m going to put another roll through it as well because it’s a fun little camera.
Halina 35: A meal of kale.
Halina 35: Somehow I got a double exposure.
The film and flash will be the same as it was for the first roll I put through these cameras. The flash is a Vivitar Auto 252 which for the Halina works out best as the flash is slender. It’s as if one took their flash and turned it sideways. Because of this the shutter is easily used where as a more normal flash blocked the shutter. [I know because I tried.] As for the film, it’s just cheap PhotoWorks film. I don’t think it’s made anymore and at one point some years back I read were the company seemed to be in a bit of a controversy. Never the less I got thirty rolls of it for next to nothing off eBay and use it for testing. While I have various speeds of it I find I like the 400ASA in my toy cameras and since in a few days I’ll be going away for a week it gives me some time to shoot some more with these two toy cameras and see what I get.
Also the old roll of Kodak film found? Yea, there was nothing on it at all.