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  • Love at First Lomo: My Spinner 360

    written by nicx on 2012-03-21
    Love at First Lomo: My Spinner 360

    How it happened that I went from one film camera to over 14 in the last 2 years is a wonderful tale that all started with a rather unusual panoramic camera: the Spinner 360. Read about it after the jump!

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  • Climbing Lionshead

    written by nicx on 2012-01-31 #places
    Climbing Lionshead

    A climb a day keeps the doctor at bay - this mountain is run up by some people every morning before they go to work as it offers you views, scenery, and a vast amount of fresh air. I did this walk for the first time and need not ask why they chose this hike over a gym any day. It is truly spectacular!

  • A CanoScan Scanning Guide – Part 4: Monochrome Film

    written by nicx on 2012-01-23 #gear #tutorials
    A CanoScan Scanning Guide – Part 4: Monochrome Film

    This is a how to guide for anyone struggling with their CanoScans. This is the how to for Monochrome scanning.

  • A CanoScan Scanning Guide – Part 3: Cross Processed Slide Film

    written by nicx on 2012-01-20 #gear #tutorials
    A CanoScan Scanning Guide – Part 3: Cross Processed Slide Film

    This is a how to guide for anyone struggling with their CanoScans. This is for Cross Processed Slide Film and the third installment for my tipster. Read on!

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  • Chapmans Peak: A View to Stare At

    written by nicx on 2012-01-15 #places
    Chapmans Peak: A View to Stare At

    Up the winding roads and around the beautiful bays lie Chapmans Peak. Pack a bottle of wine, some snacks, and a couple of cameras. Stop often as there is a photo opportunity around every bend.

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  • A CanoScan Scanning Guide – Part 2: Colour Reversal Film

    written by nicx on 2012-01-09 #gear #tutorials
    A CanoScan Scanning Guide – Part 2: Colour Reversal Film

    This is a how to guide for anyone struggling with their CanoScans. This is for Colour Reversal scanning. Learn more tips after the break.

  • A CanoScan Scanning Guide – Part 1: Colour Negative

    written by nicx on 2012-01-02 #gear #tutorials
    A CanoScan Scanning Guide – Part 1: Colour Negative

    This is a how to guide for anyone struggling with their CanoScans. In this Series I will discuss the 4 ways to scan 4 different types of film: Colour Negative, Slide film Cross Processed, Colour Positive film and Monochrome film. Starting with Colour Negative Film.

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  • Simonstown: Where the Penguins Play

    written by nicx on 2011-12-21 #places
    Simonstown: Where the Penguins Play

    If you are wandering around the cape peninsula, make sure that you stop and take a look at our penguin Colony down at Boulders Beach. Many people don’t realise it but Capetown is home to the jackass penguin, at about 40cm high, these little guys are too cute to miss.

  • Orlando Towers, Soweto

    written by nicx on 2011-12-20 #places
    Orlando Towers, Soweto

    Looking for some art, culture, and adventure? You must be asking yourself “So where to”? SOWETO is where. The Orlando Towers have become part of Johannesburg's playground fpr extreme adventures.

  • Kruger Park: Numbi Gate to Phabeni

    written by nicx on 2011-12-14 #places
    Kruger Park: Numbi Gate to Phabeni

    A lomo safari to remember, with some Belgian tourist friends (in South Africa for a warm festive season) packed in the car, my sister and some snacks, we set out for a big five adventure!

  • North West Loop, Vietnam

    written by nicx on 2011-12-13 #places
    North West Loop, Vietnam

    For an off-the-tourist path experience of Vietnam, all you need is a motorbike, a Vietnamese phrase book, a strong bottom, a map, and a vague idea of how to ride a bike.

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  • Like a Movie Set: Milwaukee

    written by nicx on 2011-12-12 #places
    Like a Movie Set: Milwaukee

    A curious town that at the time of my exploration, felt like a movie set with barely any hustle and bustle. I felt like I was the star of the show just waiting for the extras to come out any minute. Hmmm… is this the Truman Show?

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  • Don’t be Blue Unless You’re a Roll of Velvia 50 120

    written by nicx on 2011-12-06 #gear
    Don’t be Blue Unless You’re a Roll of Velvia 50 120

    For clear, sharp contrasting colours and deep tones of blues, this is the film to find and use. Best for daylight shooting but don't be fooled this low iso can do some great things whilst the sun is setting.

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  • Ilford FP4 Plus 125 35mm: A True Black and White

    written by nicx on 2011-12-03 #gear
    Ilford FP4 Plus 125 35mm: A True Black and White

    Ilford FP4 Plus is said to be unrivaled for high quality black and white photography as it is a true black and white film. But what exactly is a "true black and white film?" Read on to find out.

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  • Thanksgiving in the Sun

    written by nicx on 2011-12-02
    Thanksgiving in the Sun

    In South Africa we don't really celebrate Thanksgiving, but this year my friends and I decided we would. So it was a bit untraditional but rather marvellous.

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  • Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

    written by nicx on 2011-11-21
    Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

    For anyone who knows Tim Burton, this stop animation musical is one of his greatest films and helped him become a household name. If you haven’t seen it – do yourself a favour and do!

  • Opi: A Photo Tribute

    written by nicx on 2011-11-18
    Opi: A Photo Tribute

    Hans Otte (August 23, 1928 -- April 24, 2007) was my grandfather on my father's side. Looking through some of my old family pictures, I came across a collection of images of his life, which I thought I would share.

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  • For the Love of Grain: Fuji Sensia 400

    written by nicx on 2011-11-16 #gear
    For the Love of Grain: Fuji Sensia 400

    If you are not afraid to have a little bit of grain in your photos, or even better, if you'd love to make your shots a bit grainy, Fuji Sensia 400 is the film to use.

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  • Corpse Bride – A Grave Misunderstanding

    written by nicx on 2011-11-14
    Corpse Bride – A Grave Misunderstanding

    A stop-motion, claymation film about death, betrayal, and mix ups; but most of all, love.

  • Inner City Jeppe

    written by nicx on 2011-11-07 #places
    Inner City Jeppe

    Jeppe is a bustling neighbourhood. The streets are filled with music, goods, and people from all walks of life and from all over Africa.

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  • Coraline – A Button Eyed Tale

    written by nicx on 2011-11-07
    Coraline – A Button Eyed Tale

    Be careful what you wish for! Neil Gaiman’s 2002 graphic novel by the same name was turned into a stop animation film in 2009 - Coraline

  • Ahoy, El Capitan: A La Sardina Legend

    written by nicx on 2011-10-31 #gear
    Ahoy, El Capitan: A La Sardina Legend

    My La Sardina – El Capitan arrived in early October and we have been inseparable ever since. Although it is a new relationship, I already know a lot about him. But, there is always more to learn and we have been out on the town a fair bit.

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  • Arts on Main Night Festivities

    written by nicx on 2011-10-20
    Arts on Main Night Festivities

    A rejuvenated area in Industrial East Johannesburg holds a hidden gem between Fox and Main Street called Main Street Life. Due to our lovely current weather, they decided to have a day into night market festival.

  • Creepy Film Photographs: Zombies

    written by nicx on 2011-10-19
    Creepy Film Photographs: Zombies

    Have you ever seen a real ZOMBIE? Well, if you were anywhere near Park Station in Johannesburg recently, you would have found about 80 undead looming around! Terrifying!!!

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  • Are you Lime Green with Envy? It's Fisheye No.2 Lime Punch!

    written by nicx on 2011-10-17 #gear
    Are you Lime Green with Envy? It's Fisheye No.2 Lime Punch!

    You will be soon, as you too will want to own a bright and punchy Fisheye No. 2 Lime Punch edition.

  • DIY Project: Film Canister as Flash Diffuser

    written by nicx on 2011-10-10 #gear #tutorials
    DIY Project: Film Canister as Flash Diffuser

    As most of us know, photography can be an expensive but a very rewarding endeavor. The economy today tells us that we have to do our part and learn the 3 R's. We all need to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Here is a simple DIY project using a film canister.

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  • DigitaLIZA 135 Film Scanning Mask: Digitalize This!

    written by nicx on 2011-10-03 #gear
    DigitaLIZA 135 Film Scanning Mask: Digitalize This!

    Do you know how to make a sandwich? If yes, then using the DigitaLIZA 135 Film Scanning Mask will be a piece of cake to use for scanning your sprocket holes and panoramic images or just your everyday images!

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  • Kodak Portra 400NC: A Great Color Negative Film

    written by nicx on 2011-09-19 #gear
    Kodak Portra 400NC: A Great Color Negative Film

    As a pure slide film addict, I was hesitant to buy and use ‘normal’ color negative film, that being said I was happily surprised at the results I got from this film, the Kodak Portra 400NC!

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  • Old School Photo Booths Become New School

    written by nicx on 2011-09-16
    Old School Photo Booths Become New School

    Photo booths may have been an old school way of keeping memories whilst being out and about without a camera on hand, but these days, they are being brought back in a pop up fashion at events, birthdays and clubs.

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  • Halong Bay

    written by nicx on 2011-09-16 #places
    Halong Bay

    Instead of throwing out your bits of junk, it is time to board one! These little boats will take you on a breathtaking ride into the Halong Bay region and let you sleep under the stars surrounded by the sea and ‘floating’ mountains.

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  • Jungle Beach

    written by nicx on 2011-09-15 #places
    Jungle Beach

    Vietnam cities are big, fast paced, and busy, but if you are looking for a peaceful hideaway from it all, there is a little place about an hour’s drive north of Nha Trang called Jungle Beach.

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  • Hoi An

    written by nicx on 2011-09-13 #places
    Hoi An

    A Vietnamese gem, this little town houses some of the country’s greatest cuisine, culture, beauty, tailors, shopping, sites, and coffee. There is so much to do in this little town and for almost no cost at all.

  • Film Archiving – Negative Sleeves

    written by nicx on 2011-08-25 #gear #tutorials
    Film Archiving – Negative Sleeves

    After developing my 20th roll or so I realised I would need to come up with some sort of system for having some kind of order to my negatives! After a bit of searching and asking around I found negative sleeves to solve my problem.

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  • Multiple Masking

    written by nicx on 2011-08-18 #gear #tutorials
    Multiple Masking

    If you know about masks and you know about multiple exposures, then why not try combining these two techniques to come up with a new and exciting type of image that will inspire you to try more new and exciting techniques and images.

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  • Angkor Wat, Angkor What?

    written by nicx on 2011-08-17 #places
    Angkor Wat, Angkor What?

    Cambodia is home to this World Heritage Site and is a must see for anyone in the area. What is it you ask? Well think Tomb Raider, think Indiana Jones, think mindblowing temples.

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  • The City with the Hardest Pavements in the World!

    written by nicx on 2011-08-10 #places
    The City with the Hardest Pavements in the World!

    New York, New York what a place. Home to the prettiest dogs, confusing subway, green spots within its streetscape and of course it's hard pavements.

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  • Waterval Boven

    written by nicx on 2011-06-25 #places
    Waterval Boven

    To escape the city, me and my family own a little house in a very little town called Waterval Boven, this is so we can get out of Johannesburg for a bit and recharge, this is indeed the quintessential one-horse town minus the horse.

  • Action Sampler

    written by nicx on 2011-05-20 #gear
    Action Sampler

    For those who like to move and experiment this little camera will keep you doing both of these. It’ll make you jump up high, pull faces and it will even come along for a slide across a gorge to catch the action.

  • Zeiss Ikon Ikonta C 521/2 - my golden oldie

    written by nicx on 2011-05-06 #gear
    Zeiss Ikon Ikonta C 521/2 - my golden oldie

    Note: add Zeiss Ikon Ikonta C 521/2 Tag If not to photograph with then just to display this beauty is worth it. This zeiss ikon ikonta c was released in 1947 and shoots 120 film and 6cm x 9cm frames. It has a simple view finder and stand to hold itself up aswell as a tripod mount.

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  • Sprockets to rocket you out of this world

    written by nicx on 2011-04-19 #gear
    Sprockets to rocket you out of this world

    If you have a love for sprockets and panorama’s this camera is for you. It was love at first sight for me and once you have picked up your photos from the lab well that love will just grow. Wherever you go even if its just around your pool make sure you keep it handy for those 'lomo' moments!

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  • An Architectonic City - Downtown Chicago

    written by nicx on 2011-04-09 #places
    An Architectonic City - Downtown Chicago

    Home of the skyscraper, ferris wheel and shredded wheat, this city has some of the most amazing, mouth dropping architecture in the world. It also has some of the most unpredictable weather to go with it.

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  • Shunting Yards

    written by nicx on 2011-04-05 #places
    Shunting Yards

    The trains run through the centre of Johannesburg like the Thames runs through London. Our shunting yards are so prominent yet so desolate that most miss them whilst driving over Nelson Mandela Bridge. Here is a look at what goes on in this undiscovered space under those highways and bridges.

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  • Voigtlander Vito C - My Little Buffalo

    written by nicx on 2011-04-04 #gear
    Voigtlander Vito C - My Little Buffalo

    This sturdy west German camera is a must have for anyone's vintage camera collection. Around 50 years old and still taking great photos! It shoots 35mm film with style.

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  • I Love You, Lomography X-pro 200!

    written by nicx on 2011-04-01 #gear
    I Love You, Lomography X-pro 200!

    This delightful film will give you great colors, contrasts and photos. You will never want to use other film once you start using Lomography X-Pro 200. It is beautiful to say the least!

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  • Lomography ColorSplash Flash

    written by nicx on 2011-03-31 #gear
    Lomography ColorSplash Flash

    I absolutely love my coloursplash and if you don’t have one you should get one! This is why! I got given the colour Splash Flash as a birthday gift. I was finally able to take my cameras out at night and so I did!

  • Heart Pounding Zimbabwe

    written by nicx on 2011-03-23 #places
    Heart Pounding Zimbabwe

    For those looking for adventure all you need do is enter no man’s land between the Zambian and Zimbabwean border posts. There lies a bridge with one of the most spectacular bungee jumps, swings, and zip lines.

  • (City Jewel Undiscovered Location) Jungle Junction

    written by nicx on 2011-03-22 #places
    (City Jewel Undiscovered Location) Jungle Junction

    Bovu Island is home to jungle junction, the perfect getaway for anyone looking to relax and submerge themselves into nature. You step out of the pick-up and you are already thrown in to island life. You pack all your bags, belongings, and yourselves onto a makoro (a thin canoe-like boat dug out of a tree) and head out for paradise.

  • Elephant Encounters - The Chobe Reserve!

    written by nicx on 2011-03-20 #places
    Elephant Encounters -  The Chobe Reserve!

    Home to one of the largest elephant populations, this reserve never has a dull moment. Safari here we come! Having never been on a real safari, it was decided that the Chobe Game Reserve would be an ideal park to have my first experience. Me and my boyfriend drove from Zambia to the Kazungula border post where we were taken across the river to Botswana.

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  • The Smoke that Thunders – Victoria Falls

    written by nicx on 2011-03-17 #places
    The Smoke that Thunders – Victoria Falls

    The Victoria Falls sits between two countries, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In high water season, it is one of the most spectacular sights you will ever see, it can spray so high that you’ll be in the most unpredictable ‘rain’ storm ever.

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  • Between Borders – Rafting and Cruising Down the Zambezi

    written by nicx on 2011-03-16 #places
    Between Borders – Rafting and Cruising Down the Zambezi

    Stairway to heaven, Devil's toilet bowl, The Terminator, these are just a few of the names of the mighty rapids on the Zambezi. The journey down this river is not for the fainthearted but it is any adrenaline junkie's dream.