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  • Processing a Kodachrome 64 In B&W

    written by vicuna on 2013-10-02 in #gear #tipster
    Processing a Kodachrome 64 In B&W

    Processing a Kodachrome 64 film as we all know is a very unique process (K-14). The production of this film stopped in 2010 but why stop at color processing when we can do it in black and white?

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  • Belairgon 114mm Lens: Give Your Belair the Lens it Deserves

    written by vicuna on 2013-06-19 in #reviews
    Belairgon 114mm Lens: Give Your Belair the Lens it Deserves

    The Belair 6x12 camera is truly a surprising and beautiful camera. The 2 lenses that come with the camera are made out of plastic, and even if Lomographers are used to plastic lenses, I had the impression that something was missing for achieving great shots with the Belair 6x12. And then appeared the word "Belairgon": 2 brand new 90mm and 114mm glass lenses made specially for the Belair 6x12 camera. I knew that I found what I was looking for!

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  • Up in the Air: I believe I can fly!

    written by vicuna on 2012-12-04 in #lifestyle
    Up in the Air: I believe I can fly!

    Flying was always a dream for me since my childhood. I love taking planes, especially small ones where you can see everything the pilot is doing. Well, I waited a long time (until my 39th birthday) but now, the time has come to fulfill my dream: become a pilot of ultralight planes!

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  • Rapa Nui: How to Discover the Magical World of the Moais

    written by vicuna on 2012-06-18 in #world #locations
    Rapa Nui: How to Discover the Magical World of the Moais

    I had the chance to visit one the world's most famous places: Rapa Nui or better known as Easter Island. Discovering this amazing little island is one of the greatest travel adventures I've ever had, and thus, I want to share this unique experience with you...

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  • My 2011 in Analogue: An Eye's View

    written by vicuna on 2011-12-28 in #lifestyle
    My 2011 in Analogue: An Eye's View

    It's always an incredible sensation to come to the end of the year and realize that 12 months have passed so quickly. Time flies by, but we lomographers have a great chance: we shoot our lives at every moment, and have the possibility to look at the past year through our photos and travel in time. But this also needs to make a selection, of some moments and some pictures in a very subjective way (but memories are subjective anyways) and thus, my analogue year selection isn't detailed, neither per month nor of what I did during these 12 months, but just picked up some moments and pictures I liked of 2011.

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  • La Sardina Likes it Close-up

    written by vicuna on 2011-07-25 in #gear #tipster
    La Sardina Likes it Close-up

    We all know that the Sardina loves to come close to capture the lomographers desire. With it's 22mm wide angle lens, you can come as close as 0.6 m. But what if you wanna go closer??

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  • Raiatea Lodge Sunset Pier with La Sardina

    written by vicuna on 2011-07-18 in #world #locations
    Raiatea Lodge Sunset Pier with La Sardina

    Sunsets are always beautiful moments to shoot. During my Sardina test shotings, I went one late afternoon to the Raiatea Lodge Sunset Pier, a magical place!

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  • How's Life in Paradise?

    written by vicuna on 2011-07-04 in #lifestyle
    How's Life in Paradise?

    Since I arrived in French Polynesia in July 2009, perhaps it's the most frequent question I heard from my family, friends, and people I left in Europe. How do I answer this question precisely and honestly? I will try to do this now...

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  • Tower of London and Bridge

    written by vicuna on 2011-03-13 in #world #locations
    Tower of London and Bridge

    Tower Bridge is perhaps on of the world's most famous icons of London, but besides the bridge, you also have a beautiful old castle to visit and can learn a lot of things about English history.

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  • Science Museum of London

    written by vicuna on 2011-03-10 in #world #locations
    Science Museum of London

    In every big city I went, I always wanted to visit a science, technics and knowledge museum, were you can spend all day long discovering and exploring many different sections about things you don't know.... Well, in London you have the Science Museum!

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  • Wellington, Capital of New Zealand

    written by vicuna on 2011-01-23 in #world #locations
    Wellington, Capital of New Zealand

    Finally, here we are at Wellington! This was our last stop in New Zealand, and is the capital of this country. Even if it's not the biggest city of the country, it's the political capital and also known as the heart of the cultural and artistic life of New Zealand

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  • From South to North: the Cook Strait

    written by vicuna on 2011-01-21 in #world #locations
    From South to North: the Cook Strait

    Leaving New Zealand's south island, we went to Wellington by ferry. We thought at the beginning that this trip was going to be only for some hours on a boat to reach the north island, but in fact it was a beautiful cruise through the Queen Charlotte Sound and the Cook Strait!

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  • Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand

    written by vicuna on 2011-01-19 in #world #locations
    Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand

    Coming close to the end of our round trip of New Zealand's south island, the last part of our travel took place in the Marlborough Sounds, between the cities of Nelson and Picton. Another inspiring destination with picture-perfect views.

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  • Cape Farewell, New Zealand

    written by vicuna on 2011-01-18 in #world #locations
    Cape Farewell, New Zealand

    Cape Farewell is the most northern point of New Zealand's south island, located in the Golden Bay. It's one of the most romantic spots that I've seen in NZ, and you can walk around here for hours amidst a beautiful landscape made of wide sand beaches and mountains.

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  • Shantytown: Back in the Goldmining Past of New Zealand

    written by vicuna on 2011-01-14 in #world #locations
    Shantytown: Back in the Goldmining Past of New Zealand

    The Greymouth area on the west coast of New Zealand doesn't have a lot to offer but there's one spot that's worth a visit. It's called Shantytown, and is the reconstitution of a XIX century goldmining village. Come and have a little travel back in time!

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  • On the way to Wanaka

    written by vicuna on 2011-01-13 in #world #locations
    On the way to Wanaka

    After the magical time that we spent in Fjordland, it was time to go back on the road in reach of our next destination: Wanaka! Although before Wanaka, we first went to Queenstown where we got really disappointed.

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  • Magic Doubtful Sound: Is this Norway or New Zealand?

    written by vicuna on 2011-01-12 in #world #locations
    Magic Doubtful Sound: Is this Norway or New Zealand?

    Exploring the beauty of a Fjord...I thought that this was only possible in Norway but in fact, you can explore the surprising Fjordland in southwestern New Zealand! We went to the Doubtful Sound and despite it's name, there's no doubt that it's one of the most amazing places I've ever seen.

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  • Road 99: the Southern Scenic Road of New Zealand

    written by vicuna on 2011-01-09 in #world #locations
    Road 99: the Southern Scenic Road of New Zealand

    The Southern Scenic Road or Road 99 is the southernmost road you can take in New Zealand. The landscapes are absolutely stunning and you'll reach the most southern point of this country. In front of you is nothing more than the wide sea and far, far away is the south pole.

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  • The Beauty of Otago Peninsula, New Zealand

    written by vicuna on 2011-01-08 in #world #locations
    The Beauty of Otago Peninsula, New Zealand

    After Dunedin, the next stop in our New Zealand trip was the beautiful Otago Peninsula where we met some lazy sea lions and penguins sunbathing on the beach - something that we definitely cannot miss out on while we were there.

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  • Dunedin, the Most Scottish Town in New Zealand

    written by vicuna on 2011-01-07 in #world #locations
    Dunedin, the Most Scottish Town in New Zealand

    Dunedin is one of the biggest cities in the south island of New Zealand and has a very Scottish identity. Through words - and of course, lots of analogue photographs, let me show you some of the main points of interest in this city!

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  • Moeraki Boulders: Are These Alien Eggs?

    written by vicuna on 2011-01-06 in #world #locations
    Moeraki Boulders: Are These Alien Eggs?

    The Moeraki Boulders are one of the strangest geological stone formations I ever saw. It looks almost like some aliens landed on a beach and left behind some of their eggs to prepare for a future invasion of the earth. Is this the "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"???

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  • Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd

    written by vicuna on 2011-01-05 in #world #locations
    Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd

    After visiting Auckland and Banks Peninsula near Christchurch, the third stop of our big New Zealand trip was Lake Tekapo: it's one of the most magical mountain lakes in the New Zealand Alps. The place is also well known for its nice little chapel called the Church of the Good Shepherd.

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  • Banks Peninsula, New Zealand

    written by vicuna on 2011-01-04 in #world #locations
    Banks Peninsula, New Zealand

    Banks Peninsula is located near Christchurch in New Zealand's south island. The place is really breathtaking with amazing landscapes of mountains encountering the sea. It has a volcanic origin that's why the landscapes over there are so amazing.

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  • Mt. Eden Park, Auckland

    written by vicuna on 2010-12-19 in #world #locations
    Mt. Eden Park, Auckland

    Mt. Eden Park in Auckland is made from an impressive former volcano crater and offers a great view over the whole area. It's perfectly safe to visit as it's already a dormant volcano - you can either enjoy a nice walk uphill or take a car if you're being lazy but once you get to the top, you'll quickly realize that all the effort is well worth it.

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  • The Sky Tower of Auckland

    written by vicuna on 2010-12-15 in #world #locations
    The Sky Tower of Auckland

    One of the main attractions in Auckland (New Zealand's biggest city) is the Sky Tower. The Sky Tower allows you to have amazing panoramic views over the whole city and is as well a great photographic subject to shoot from outside.

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  • Bora Bora, the Pearl of the Pacific

    written by vicuna on 2010-12-02 in #world #locations
    Bora Bora, the Pearl of the Pacific

    Bora Bora...a name which evokes a place that is already close to being considered as "paradise". I actually had the chance to go there for a week; sailing in one of the world's most beautiful lagoons, enjoying the marvelous views, and of course, taking lots of pictures.

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  • Add some wide angle to your Diana Mini squares!

    written by vicuna on 2010-11-17 in #gear #tipster
    Add some wide angle to your Diana Mini squares!

    Ok, we know all that the lens of Diana Mini is already a very wide one with it's fantastic 24mm lens. But what if we try to have a much wider view on the Diana Mini square shots??

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  • Rollei Rolleimatic, a German Masterpiece

    written by vicuna on 2010-09-16 in #reviews
    Rollei Rolleimatic, a German Masterpiece

    The Rollei Rolleimatic is a very unique camera conceived by Heinz Waaske who already created the legendary Rollei 35. Let's have a look at the seducing design and functions of this unique camera that we easily can call a masterpiece.

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  • Holga 135 BC - TLR

    written by vicuna on 2010-08-17 in #reviews
    Holga 135 BC - TLR

    TLR: these 3 magic letters are immediately very seducing for every Lomographer. Lubitel, Rolleiflex, Voigtländer, Yashica... all these camera brands have produced among the best TLR cameras ever, but they can be kind of expensive sometimes.

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  • The Coral Garden of Taha'a

    written by vicuna on 2010-07-05 in #world #locations
    The Coral Garden of Taha'a

    Did you ever dream of these fascinating exotic aquariums where you can see the most colorful and beautiful fishes? Well, here in Polynesia you don't need any aquarium and you don't need to dream about it. because here you can see all this for real! You just have to go to the coral garden of Taha'a and feel yourself like a fish in one of the most amazing snorkeling spots.

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  • Moorea Island, Is this Paradise?

    written by vicuna on 2010-07-04 in #world #locations
    Moorea Island, Is this Paradise?

    Exploring the many islands of French Polynesia, I discovered again a place that you could easily call a paradise... It's the "sister island" from Tahiti, just a few miles in front of Papeete and is called Moorea.

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  • The 3 Waterfalls of Raiatea

    written by vicuna on 2010-07-03 in #world #locations
    The 3 Waterfalls of Raiatea

    Raiatea is a volcanic island and besides the beautiful lagoon there are also some impressing huge mountains in the center of it. And as it is raining a lot, there are also some beautiful waterfalls to discover in the mountains. The most famous walk to do inside the island is the one called "the 3 waterfalls".

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  • Diving Deep, Analogue Style

    written by vicuna on 2010-07-02 in #lifestyle
    Diving Deep, Analogue Style

    Since I arrived in French Polynesia, I discovered a new fantastic activity: diving. The clear and beautiful waters of Polynesia are of course a diver's paradise and taking pictures of this beauty with my analogue cameras is something I really love.

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  • The Spinner 360°: A Crazy Camera

    written by vicuna on 2010-06-21 in #reviews
    The Spinner 360°: A Crazy Camera

    Spinning - this word has now a new definition and sense in the Lomographic vocabulary! With the launch of the new Lomography Spinner 360° camera, you'll definitively need to consider the new way of seeing panoramic photography and for sure, you'll quickly be totally Lomo-crazy about it!

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  • The Raiatea Lomographic Schoolproject: an update

    written by vicuna on 2010-06-02 in #news
    The Raiatea Lomographic Schoolproject: an update

    We finally finished all the shooting sessions from the Raiatea Lomographic Schoolproject, and as promised in the previous post, here's an update of the lomographic production made by the first polynesian generation of lomographers!

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  • Discovering the Marquesas archipelago (part 4): Ua Huka

    written by vicuna on 2010-04-22 in #world #locations
    Discovering the Marquesas archipelago (part 4): Ua Huka

    After visiting Nuku Hiva and Hiva Oa, we finally landed on the last island of our Marquesas trip, Ua Huka. We decided to spend 3 days on this very small island as everybody told us that it was the most magic and wild one, absolutely different from all the other islands. And indeed, we really made a trip "into the wild".....

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  • Discovering the Marquesas archipelago (part 3): Hiva Oa

    written by vicuna on 2010-04-16 in #world #locations
    Discovering the Marquesas archipelago (part 3): Hiva Oa

    Hiva Oa is another stunning island of the Marquesas archipelago and has something very special: 2 worldwide known european artists decided to live their last years on this island and today they're buried side by side in the cemetary of Atuona. I'm talking about the famous painter Paul Gauguin and the fascinating poet and singer Jacques Brel...

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  • Discovering The Marquesas Archipelago (part 2): Nuku Hiva

    written by vicuna on 2010-04-11 in #world #locations
    Discovering The Marquesas Archipelago (part 2): Nuku Hiva

    After the short transit on Rangiroa (see previous location) we finally arrive on Nuku Hiva, the main island of the Marquesas archipelago. The exploration of this magic and beautiful part of the world called "Henua Enana" (that means "the land of men" in marquesian) can now begin!

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  • The Raiatea Lomographic Schoolproject

    written by vicuna on 2010-04-10 in #news
    The Raiatea Lomographic Schoolproject

    Armed with a bunch of Lomographic cameras, one of our busiest Lomographers - Vicuna - set out to initiate his very first Lomographic schoolproject in French Polynesia! He has been working as a History, Geography, and Civic Instruction in secondary school, and is now spreading the Lomo-love in "Lycée des îles sous le vent", in the city of Utoroa.

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  • Discovering the Marquesas Archipelago Part 1: Transit in Rangiroa

    written by vicuna on 2010-04-08 in #world #locations
    Discovering the Marquesas Archipelago Part 1: Transit in Rangiroa

    Last Christmas I made an fantastic travel to the Marquesas archipelago and I will share the whole trip with you. But first, before reaching the Marquesas, I made a short transit on Rangiroa atoll. And I promised to write a location about the winning shot of the hidden location rumble ("http://www.lomography.com/magazine/competitions/2010/03/25/the-hidden-lomolocation-rumble-winner-announcement":http://www.lomography.com/magazine/competitions/2010/03/25/the-hidden-lomolocation-rumble-winner-announcement), and here it is!

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  • Diving with Sharks at Miri-Miri

    written by vicuna on 2010-03-26 in #world #locations
    Diving with Sharks at Miri-Miri

    Diving in French Polynesia is really a fantastic activity as you have the possibility to see a lot of different fishes in amazing underwater diving spots. One of my favorite diving spot is the place called Miri-Miri, because there you have the chance to dive among a lot of sharks, and I really love this....

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  • Nightlife in Raiatea???

    written by vicuna on 2010-02-23 in #world #locations
    Nightlife in Raiatea???

    As for the LC-A race location at least one is needed to be about "Night and Music Delirium (bar, view, park)" I thought myself, wow, this one will be hard to find for my stage locations about Raiatea Island..... let's say it short: there is absolutely NO NIGHTLIFE on Raiatea.... :( But perhaps I could find a good place to shoot at night...?

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  • How I Survived the Hurricane called Oli

    written by vicuna on 2010-02-22 in #world #locations
    How I Survived the Hurricane called Oli

    For the very first time in my life I experienced a hurricane. It was Hurricane Oli that came over Raiatea island the 3rd of February 2010. And as it occurred exactly at the time of my stage of the LC-A race, I couldn't avoid to take some pictures and share this experience with you in a location, even if the hurricane in itself isn't a "real" location....

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  • Tevaitoa

    written by vicuna on 2010-02-21 in #world #locations
    Tevaitoa

    There's one very special place on Raiatea I'd like to show you: it's located in the village of Tevaitoa on the west coast. This village has a place that can perfectly symbolize 3 important moments of the history of Raiatea and Polynesia. On the same place you can find a marae, a protestant church and a battlefield of and ultimate fight against the french army in 1897...

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  • Marae of Taputapuatea

    written by vicuna on 2010-02-21 in #world #locations
    Marae of Taputapuatea

    When I arrived on Raiatea last summer and asked people what could be interesting to visit on this island, all told me "marae of Taputapuatea".... sorry, but "mara-what of Tapauatatu what????" Didn't absolutely understand what was the name of this place and what it could be.... Curious to know more about this strange place? Don't worry, I'll explain it to you :)

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  • The Sea Swimming Pool of Uturoa

    written by vicuna on 2010-02-20 in #world #locations
    The Sea Swimming Pool of Uturoa

    Going to the swimming pool is always cool, but I don't like it when the place is closed and smelling strong chemicals... open air pools are much better, but the chemicals in the water are still there... and what about an open air swimming pool that is open on the beautiful waters of a logoon? That's what I want to show you now, the open air sea-pool of Uturoa!

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  • Watching the Sunrise from Mount Tapioi

    written by vicuna on 2010-02-19 in #world #locations
    Watching the Sunrise from Mount Tapioi

    Who doesn't loves to see the sunrise? And what if you could admire this everyday magical moment from the top of a 300m high mountain and have a amazing view over Raiatea, Taha'a and even Bora-Bora and Huahine Islands? Would you like it? Well, come with me, I'll show you that! :)

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  • Huahine Island: A True Paradise

    written by vicuna on 2009-12-12 in #world #locations
    Huahine Island: A True Paradise

    During my last holidays, we decided to spend a few days on Huahine Island. For this 3 days trip, I grabbed my Diana Mini and my Nikonos V camera, as well as 9 rolls of film... Now I want to share with you the beauty of this little island that you can easily call a paradise...

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  • Ricoh KR 10 Super & Zenitar Fisheye Lens: A Perfect Couple!

    written by vicuna on 2009-11-28 in #reviews
    Ricoh KR 10 Super & Zenitar Fisheye Lens: A Perfect Couple!

    In fact this review is double review: about the Ricoh KR 10 Super camera and about the amazing Zenitar fisheye 16mm lens. This is truly a perfect couple and I have the chance to have this combo in my collection.

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  • The Square Diana Mini Splitzing Experience

    written by vicuna on 2009-11-25 in #gear #tipster
    The Square Diana Mini Splitzing Experience

    The Diana Mini camera is a stunning little toy by itself, but what if you want to make some square splitzer shots with it?

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