Are you searching for a different camera to document your outdoor life in the sunny days of spring or in the incoming summer season? Well, the funny Sprocket Rocket is a great camera - it's simple to use and capable of interesting results. Read more after the jump!
As you can see in many of my articles, I love to take photos outdoors, especially of people – documenting their activity during free time or in public events. This time I’ll show you some interesting results obtained in Cervia (a seaside town in the Italian region of Emilia Romagna) last summer. These photos were developed and digitalized by the excellent LomoLab service in Wien.
I used this camera in strong sun conditions, and I enjoy the vivid colors obtained together with the pretty sprockets on the film border! If you’re just using this camera for the first time, you’re in for a great surprise.
The Sprocket Rocket has one shutter time (plus the B pose) and two apertures. In this case, I used the sunny position. Remember that in case of doubt, it is better to overexpose respect to underexpose (the amateur color film allows an overexposure of 2 or 3 stops without problems.) With this camera I normally use a 200 ISO film in the sunny days and a 400 ISO film with a cloudy sky. It is a zone focusing camera, and thanks to its wide-angle lens, the depth of field is always sufficient to avoid errors.
The images are sharp in the center and blurred on the left and right sides of the frame (like in a Diana or Holga camera). This might be utilized to focusing the attention at the center of the image, so it is always better to avoid to place the main subject near the borders.
Try to avoid placing straight lines near the right or left side: there is an evident barrel distortion.
The vertical mode is always a great alternative, even with this panoramic camera!
I like to crop my photos to try different compositions and formats: with a very large frame this is always possible.
Try this camera: it is fun fun fun! Lomo on!
The Sprocket Rocket is the first wide-angle camera dedicated entirely to sprockets. And with dual winding knobs for easy multiple exposures, there is no limit to your analogue creativity with this panoramic wonder. See the Sprocket Rocket in our Shop!