Way back in the late 1980s, I received a special gift from Colonel Sanders. It was a 110 film camera that came with my Kids Meal. Just about the size of a keychain, it rested snugly in the palm of my hands. I remember taking a few photos with the toy camera but didn’t get it developed somehow. Years passed and I still wonder what the outcome was if I had the rolls developed. When Lomography launched their latest product – the Fisheye Baby 110, I knew I had to try again for nostalgia’s sake.
An offspring of the best-selling Fisheye No.2, the Fisheye Baby is a present-day revival of the discontinued 110 format cameras with basically the same functions as its predecessor. There’s a notable difference though; it’s small on size and big on fun! Yes that’s right you can call it a mini analogue camera. Forget those pocket-sized digital cameras claiming to be “lomo”, this is the real deal.
As mentioned, the basic features of the Fisheye No. 2 are also available with the Fisheye Baby. There’s the full-circle viewfinder, a switch to change from normal to bulb mode and you can even do multiple exposures. This new bundle of joy from Lomography comes with two models; the basic Fisheye Baby 110 or the advanced metal version featuring a PC flash adaptor if you need extra light. Also, the Fisheye Baby goes hand in hand with Lomography’s very own Orca Black & White 110 film which produces extraordinarily low-fi photos. I recommend taking pictures in broad daylight to make the most out of these two product combinations.
In my opinion, the Fisheye Baby is a suitable choice for street photographers looking for subtlety or for the fashion-inclined as it doubles as a stylish accessory. Plus, it’s lightweight enough to carry around for quick snaps here and there. A perfect camera for people who go by the first Golden Rule: “Take your camera everywhere you go.”
My list of resolutions for 2015 consists of 12 projects, one for every month. March was for caffenol. You have probably heard of the amazing fact that you can develop black and white photos with coffee, sodium, and vitamin C. I had tried this before but with less than stellar results. Somehow, there's always something going wrong. Time to devote a few rolls to caffenol to finally get the hang of it.
In my early adolescence, I liked to play table football. For my 12th birthday, my parents gifted me with a wonderful Subbuteo table soccer game set that I had wished for many months! This was my favorite toy until I discovered other interesting hobbies, like ham radio and electronics. So after some years, I gave away this game to other kids. I always remembered this game with pleasure and a hint of nostalgia.
In April of this year I had the chance to test the Petzval Lens and to write a review on it for the German photography forum Kwerfeldein. The lens excited me from the very beginning, at the time it was introduced on Kickstarter. I was afraid that once I had tested the lens, I would want to have one of my own! Well, that’s what happened; a year later, I finally bought my very own Petzval lens.
You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!
Exactly seven years ago, I bought this camera from Indonesia's local Lomography community. I remember having some savings in my bank account and just spending it all on this camera. At that time, I browsed the microsite for the Lomography Fisheye No.2 and immediately fell in love with it! Coincidentally, my friend who introduced me to Lomography just bought this same camera for his birthday. My life has changed ever since I had the Fisheye, my first lomographic camera.
The story between the Spinner 360 and I goes way back to the year 2010, when Lomography decided to send me a beta model of the Spinner 360 to test. It was a complete surprise! I thought, "What the hell is that?" as I first took this camera out of the package. Then, when my little brother grabbed it from me and pulled the cord, it buzzed and turned 360°! We all had the same expression: "Whoa..."
It was the Amazon which I had longed for my whole life. And when it was finally a set deal that I will travel to Brazil with two of my best friends for the Copa do Mundo (World Cup), we really had to start our adventure in the Amazon. I had known about this magical place deep in the rainforest. There was a lodge run by local people of indigenous background, with wooden houses that float on the water and a limited number of visitors. It was eco-tourism as how it should be. To preserve and to celebrate one of the most impressive locations I have seen so far.
Singapore, like Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong, is a likely stopover when you fly far. The city is a tiny urbanized hub but it's very favorable if you know some high-spirited locals. I was lucky to hook up with king kimbo (@hakimbo), who showed me around. He took my lame limbs to the Gardens by the Bay, an amazing place which was visually striking. I was hugging some artificial trees there when I found a baby—a very big baby.
The founder of The Pop-Up Pinhole Co., Kelly Angood, has been handcrafting pinhole cameras from scratch since 2010. After developing a huge online following from one of her early pinhole designs, she embarked on a mission to design an affordable, functional pinhole camera that could be constructed all in the comfort of your own home — and it had to look great too! Following an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign, her mission was realized. Read on to see how it happened and what's next for Kelly and The Pop-Up Pinhole Company!
My friends and I teamed up with Photo Art Pro to spread analog love to the Zaporozhye community. Last month, we hosted a Yeti Scavenger Hunt and had a LomoKino camera as prize. We challenged participants to shoot a roll of film based on a checklist. It was tremendous fun!