A month ago, I found this lovely vintage camera at Value Village. It was clean and sturdy and I knew nothing about it. I was excited.
I tried to look up infomation about it online but couldn't find much.
The further I got into the film, the more difficult it got to crank the spool. Eventually the camera seemed to seize altogether. When I opened it in the dark, I discovered that the film had wrapped around the sprocket a second time and that it was stuck. I had to destroy the film in order to remove it from the camera. (lomo note: I realized I could have reloaded it into a different camera that loads its photos backwards, perhaps the Canon EOS500 but I realized that too late to make it useful. I know for next time.)
So I started over again. I loaded a new roll of Kodak Gold 200, but the photos started to slip again. I reopened the camera and used electrical tape to make sure the film stuck to the spool.
I started shooting here and there and it seemed like it was going smoother. It still felt like it was slipping now and then, but overall it seemed to be working fine. By the time I got to photo 28 on a 24 exposure roll, however, I knew something was wrong.
I took it into London Drugs and got it developed. When I got it back, the camera had only made exposures up to the 20 exposure point. They were all overlapped and weird and ineffective, particularly at the end of the roll that looked like a five-inch panorama of chaos.
But some of them were kind-of successful kitsch photos, like this selfie:
And this photo I took in Ikea in Coquitlam is really nice, even with the faint double-exposure of a Sports Illustrated swimsuit calendar.
So I don't know what to do now. What type of film do I put in a camera I can't trust? And when's the most appropriate time to use it? I have no idea right now. The rangefinder itself is broken and it doesn't spool its film appropriately, but when it works it seems to be pretty classy.
Here are a few more from the roll.
UPDATE FROM LATER THAT EVENING, FEBRUARY 20 2018: I loaded it with some more Kodak Gold, hoping that third-time-around I'll be able to sense if it's winding all weird in there. Fingers crossed.
I've been having a lot of trouble thinking about things I could write about. It seems like things are going crazy in politics, in society, in various social movements, but I have nothing to add to the conversation, nothing that somebody else can't say more effectively.
How did I once have so many things to write about?
So here are some pictures I've taken recently.
At Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, August 2017.
At Pride in Vancouver, August 2017
At the Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge a couple nights ago
I wonder how long it will take before I have something to say again?
I have jumped on the opportunity to do some housesitting for some friends in New Westminster. I am teaching, if it can be called that, a group of Chinese 11-13 year old students in Coquitlam, so it's good to be able to live closer to that job for time and money's sake, even if it's only or a week.
I don't know if I'm a good city-liver. I may have spent too many years out in the country to handle the traffic, but I genuinely enjoy using the SkyTrain to meander around the city. Tomorrow morning I will take the SkyTrain to work for the first time ever, and I might be practically excited about it.
I'm a transit dork. But transit gives me a chance to read, to think, to not stress about traffic, and a good excuse to walk from one place to another.
A few photos I took today:
The mosquitoes have been brutal up in Agassiz, so I've been doing my runs closer to YVR when I have the chance. I've found running a useful way to explore the cities so I can get to know them better. I've discovered a little foot bridge in Coquitlam, run back and forth over the Pitt River Bridge, and explored a series of parks in New West, all with running. I kind-of hope that this housesitting venture will give me my first chance to run the seawall in Stanley Park, although I expect I will be passed by numerous chiseled, svelte native Vancouverites.
And tomorrow I will return to my sparse classroom in Coquitlam to try to get these campers to speak and listen to some English.
On March 27, 2016, I walked around Victoria with a camera full of Lomography100ISO film, Here are some of the photos I took that day:
I've been enjoying my clip on lenses a little too much.
Here's a selection of my comparative macro fun.
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