• Ocean City, MA: A Good Place to Jump Out of a Plane

    written by strangelilgirl on 2011-11-04 #places
    Ocean City, MA: A Good Place to Jump Out of a Plane

    Last summer, my boyfriend (artvandelay) and I went on a week-long east coast adventure to celebrate the birthday of one of my closest friends, Violeta. We kicked off the week on the actual day of Violeta’s birthday by doing exactly what she wanted: skydiving.

  • Diana F+ Tori Amos Edition

    written by strangelilgirl on 2011-10-13 #gear
    Diana F+ Tori Amos Edition

    The Diana F+ Tori Amos edition was released shortly before Christmas of 2010. Sold exclusively on Tori’s own site, you could only purchase this camera in a beautifully boxed set. At $180 (now down to $150), it is definitely an investment, but well worth it!

  • Kya-ri-ko (Calico) Cat Cafe in Kichijoji, Tokyo, Japan

    written by strangelilgirl on 2011-06-17 #places
    Kya-ri-ko (Calico) Cat Cafe in Kichijoji, Tokyo, Japan

    One of those things I had aaaaalllways heard about but never truly believed to exist, is the Calico Cat Cafe, which was a very welcomed stop during our 2-week sojourn in Japan. Right when I was missing my own cats so dearly (I just had to include a photo of each of them in this gallery!).

  • Yokohama, Japan

    written by strangelilgirl on 2011-06-11 #places
    Yokohama, Japan

    This is the 3rd Lomolocation in my series documenting last December's trip to Japan, and it is one of my top favorite areas that we visited. Yokohama, which includes the famous Ferris Wheel once "destroyed by Godzilla," and the Ramen Museum in the Shin-Yokohama district.

  • Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

    written by strangelilgirl on 2011-05-03 #places
    Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

    Last December, I finally made a dream come true by getting to spend two weeks in Tokyo, Japan. Most of our day trips remained in that huge city, and this is the 2nd Lomo location in a series of me documenting every place I visited.

  • Asakusabashi, Tokyo, Japan

    written by strangelilgirl on 2011-04-28 #places
    Asakusabashi, Tokyo, Japan

    Up until last winter, I was an international travel virgin. I had spent 23 years dreaming about the world outside the U.S., with Japan being the epitome of all the places I could possibly wish to go to. After some thoughtful planning, money-saving, and passionate dreaming, I made it happen!

  • The 2010 AWP in Denver, Colorado

    written by strangelilgirl on 2010-05-06 #places
    The 2010 AWP in Denver, Colorado

    The AWP (or Association of Writers and Writing Programs) is a weekend conference held in a different city each year. Due to landing an upcoming editing job through my university (SOU), I was lucky enough to receive student funding to attend this years conference, held in the convention center in Denver.

  • Polaroid One Step: Don't Mind if I Do

    written by strangelilgirl on 2010-04-24 #gear
    Polaroid One Step: Don't Mind if I Do

    The Polaroid One Step close-up camera takes 600 film, has a built in flash (which you have the option of not using), 2 distance settings (2 - 4 feet or 4 feet - infinity), and an optional darken/lighten setting. I was given this camera as a hand-me-down gift from my boyfriend's mom who--sadly, like so many folks these days--has gone digital. But one person's trash is often another person's analogue treasure!

  • Kumoricon 2009 at the Hilton Hotel in Portland

    written by strangelilgirl on 2010-04-04 #places
    Kumoricon 2009 at the Hilton Hotel in Portland

    2010 will see Kumoricon's 8th year of existence in downtown Portland. Usually taking place over Labor Day weekend, K-Con (as people call it) is a 3 day Japanese culture/anime festival known for the elaborate and often home-made costumes that attendees almost exclusively wear.

  • Zen Zen Sushi & Teriyaki

    written by strangelilgirl on 2010-03-02 #places
    Zen Zen Sushi & Teriyaki

    Central Point: a city not traveled to by anyone other than those needing to fill up the gas tank and grab a bite to eat; a place to stop when you've spotted the "no rest area for 38 miles" sign and you've absolutely gotta use the bathroom. Drive down it's lowly streets, it's abandoned and gloomy atmosphere, and it's 1 road "downtown" area and you most likely will pass by my place of employment without even noticing it, a little gem and one of Central Point's newest restaurants that you'll surely regret not spotting!

  • Ween, Live at Lithia Motors Amphitheater in Bend, OR

    written by strangelilgirl on 2010-02-04 #places
    Ween, Live at Lithia Motors Amphitheater in Bend, OR

    I'm lucky enough to have my list of favorite artists that I want to see live almost completely crossed off: Tori Amos, Radiohead and Silverchair, just to name a few. Last Summer, I added a band that I've been listening to since my Freshman Year in high school: Ween!

  • The Old Photo Booth at The Ace Hotel

    written by strangelilgirl on 2009-08-24 #places
    The Old Photo Booth at The Ace Hotel

    A photographer’s paradise! For all us old school, black & white lovers, this photo booth is NOT for the faint of heart. This is NOT one of those cheesy sticker photo booths that you’ll find in the mall, nor is it the rip off sitting in your local movie theater lobby; this is the real deal!

  • Hotel Fifty

    written by strangelilgirl on 2009-08-23 #places
    Hotel Fifty

    For my boyfriend’s 21st birthday on July 30th, I told him I booked us a room at a Best Western for our overnight stay in Portland, when in actuality I had booked it with Hotel Fifty. Surprise!

  • Wildlife Safari

    written by strangelilgirl on 2009-08-21 #places
    Wildlife Safari

    Wildlife Safari is a place everyone must visit at least once in their life! Sure, all big cities have zoos, but this “drive thru” zoo gives animals great amounts of land to roam through, while you remain in your car traveling through the different areas and witnessing creatures including bears, lions, zebras and many more. One might say, the tables are turned as to who is caged up in this animal experience!

  • Trees & Tattoos in Ashland

    written by strangelilgirl on 2009-08-20 #places
    Trees & Tattoos in Ashland

    Ashland is a hippie college town about 20 minutes south of where I live. It is home to my future school beginning in September 2009, Southern Oregon University.

  • Shenanigan's Irish Pub

    written by strangelilgirl on 2009-08-18 #places
    Shenanigan's Irish Pub

    Though my bar experience has only recently begun to grow, I know enough of common sense and social interaction to know that Shenanigans is a great place to chill!

  • The Jackson County Fair

    written by strangelilgirl on 2009-08-17 #places
    The Jackson County Fair

    The Jackson County Fair occurs during one week every summer, taking place at the Expo in Central Point. No matter how old or young you are, there is always something to keep you busy and fill your time with fun!

  • Bear Creek Park

    written by strangelilgirl on 2009-08-17 #places
    Bear Creek Park

    I am lucky enough to live right across the street from Bear Creek Park. When I was little, my parents and I used to take the bike path from Central Point and go there, but the path goes all the way to Ashland if you’re up for an extended ride!

  • Bar Hopping in Downtown Portland

    written by strangelilgirl on 2009-08-16 #places
    Bar Hopping in Downtown Portland

    For my boyfriend’s 21st birthday, we wanted our first bar experience to be in one of our favorite places: downtown Portland! I’m 22, but have been anxiously waiting for the chance to go out with him, so we celebrated the night as if we were both turning 21!

  • Doubles with You - Takuji & Strangelilgirl

    written by strangelilgirl on 2009-07-05 #news
    Doubles with You - Takuji & Strangelilgirl

    My boyfriend and I plan on going to Japan in the next year or so, and we thought it would be fun to do doubles with someone who lives there as a way to mix both locations together and get even more excited about going. We were fans of Takuji's work and luckily he was just as excited about the idea as we were.

  • Table Rock (Central Point, Oregon)

    written by strangelilgirl on 2009-06-06 #places
    Table Rock (Central Point, Oregon)

    I have been making the hike up Table Rock since my elementary school field trip days. It has been everything from a fun activity with friends to a place to spend quality time with my Mom, from a spur of the moment way to kill boredom to a place to get away from the stresses of the everyday electronic (digital!) world. Currently, my boyfriend and I make the trip there whenever we both have a day off and aren't too busy with life's chores, which ends up being once every week or so.

  • Agfa APX (35mm, 400 iso) User-Review

    written by strangelilgirl on 2009-05-26 #gear
    Agfa APX (35mm, 400 iso) User-Review

    I've always preferred color over black & white, being particularly fond of the xpro extremes found in slide film. Occasionally I'll pick up some B&W in an effort to become more familiar with it, but I always end up going back to color. During my latest experience, however, part of me has turned: the film was Agfa APX, 400 speed, 35mm, and the results were a rainbow of grays, classic and impressive all at once.

  • Konica APS - A Slightly Different Disposable

    written by strangelilgirl on 2009-05-22 #gear
    Konica APS - A Slightly Different Disposable

    The Konica APS Disposable camera is a cute little expired one time use camera that is loaded with Advanced Photo System film, also referred to as Advantix.

  • Fuji Velvia (35mm, 100 iso) user-review

    written by strangelilgirl on 2009-05-08 #gear
    Fuji Velvia (35mm, 100 iso) user-review

    "... But he's been pretty much yellow / And I've been kinda blue / But all I can see is Red, red, red, red, red now / What am I gonna do ..." I don't know what Fiona Apple's plan of action is, but I'm off to buy some more Fuji Velvia 35mm slide film!

  • Kodak Ektar (35mm, 100 iso) user-review

    written by strangelilgirl on 2009-03-13 #gear
    Kodak Ektar (35mm, 100 iso) user-review

    Ektar film seems to be all the rage these days. Every time I hear someone mention the name (or see it typed) I automatically think it's a misspelling or mispronunciation of inspirational teacher Eckhart Tolle. Then I realize they are talking about Kodak's new 35mm color negative film, the film claiming to be so fine grain and producing such vivid colors that you've gotta see it yourself. Once and for all, I decided I wanted to stop confusing this film with my favorite self-help guru and gain some personal experience with it. I ordered 3 rolls online.

  • LCA+ - A Dream Come True

    written by strangelilgirl on 2009-01-15 #gear
    LCA+ - A Dream Come True

    I wanted an LCA from the first moment I discovered its existence. I'd see these motion-filled photos, full of color and life, usually of some exotic place, some fascinating building, or a scene with people who looked like they were having the time of their life...I wanted to be one of those people! I wanted to be documenting life with a camera that would take pictures such as those!

  • Lomolitos on New Year's Eve!

    written by strangelilgirl on 2009-01-14 #gear
    Lomolitos on New Year's Eve!

    With New Year's Eve fast approaching and a date with my boyfriend and his little sister in sight, I knew I was gonna need to capture all the different feelings of that night: closeness with family, excitement for the new year, reflection of the past, and a whole lotta chaos; I had to decide what camera(s) to have on me that would be versatile enough to handle the night. I then looked under our tree (it's fake...we tend to put off taking it down) and saw one of my favorite Christmas presents: a four pack of Lomolitos! I knew this would be the lucky night to break them in.

  • Ma's Restaurant

    written by strangelilgirl on 2009-01-11 #places
    Ma's Restaurant

    Hear the name "Ma's" and you might conjure up the image of an old, large, greasy woman flipping pancakes and grumpily asking what you'd like to order, according to my boss; apparently the name didn't entice many customers in the early years. But prejudices finally subsided and people were pleased to discover that Ma's was actually a locally owned Chinese/Thai restaurant found right in the heart of downtown Central Point, and has now not only been thriving for the past 10+ years, but has been my place of employment for the last 3 of them.

  • Kodak High Definition (35mm, 400 iso) user-review

    written by strangelilgirl on 2008-12-25 #gear
    Kodak High Definition (35mm, 400 iso)  user-review

    Cross processing has fast become an addiction of mine, but once in a while I think it’s good to step back and make sure I don’t underestimate nature’s ordinary colors by using some good ole’ color print film.

  • Split-Cam

    written by strangelilgirl on 2008-12-12 #gear

    When they call this image fusion, they aren't joking! The first thing I noticed upon developing a roll of film through the Split-Cam was that some of the "tricks" or images we were trying to create didn't quite line up how we thought they would. The second thing I noticed was that it didn't seem to matter; this camera is capable of funny, unique, and sometimes intense photo combinations even if things don't come out quite like you thought they would (don't forget about the 8th and 9th rules of Lomography!)

  • Fuji Sensia 200 (35mm, 200 iso) user-review

    written by strangelilgirl on 2008-11-30 #gear
    Fuji Sensia 200 (35mm, 200 iso) user-review

    Another side of the rainbow: As a fan of Fuji Provia when it comes to cross-processing, I decided I wanted to try another variety of Fuji film and see just how similar or different my xpro results could be. Upon finding a roll of 200 speed Sensia that was a year expired, I decided that this discounted slide film would be a good one to try out. Although I was testing two variables at once here (a different kind of film as well as being expired) and therefore cannot say which results came from which factor, I can at least say that whatever the influence, the results were drastically different than what I’m used to!

  • Fuji Provia (35mm, 400 iso) user-review

    written by strangelilgirl on 2008-11-19 #gear
    Fuji Provia (35mm, 400 iso) user-review

    X-pro Perfection: Fuji Provia is a beautiful film to shoot cross-processed photos with. Capable of a wide range of blues and greens, depending on what lighting you are shooting in, you will easily fulfill your satisfaction for impressive color shifts and intense contrasts when using this film.

  • Vivitar UWS: Livin La Vivi Loca

    written by strangelilgirl on 2008-11-10 #gear
    Vivitar UWS: Livin La Vivi Loca

    I’ve gotten a lot of experience with the Fisheye 2 and the Actionsampler, but I’ve been in want of something more, let’s say, traditional. Vignettes in the corners! Saturated colors! One lens producing a good-old rectangular photo! But funds are short and something like the LCA has to wait for Christmas, so what do I do to quench my thirst in the meantime? I’d heard about this “Vivi” and seen sample photos that, whether due to my inexperience with the LCA or the expertise of the photographers posting them, looked very reminiscent of that famous Minitar lens. Mix in some Diana softness and vignettes, add a splash of Fisheye-suggestive wide angles, and you’ve got some pretty impressive photos.

  • Tis the Season for Jacksonville, OR

    written by strangelilgirl on 2008-11-10 #places
    Tis the Season for Jacksonville, OR

    Jacksonville, Oregon is a historic town found right in the center of Oregon’s wine country. It’s about a 20 minute drive to get there from my apartment in Central Point. It has always been a favorite stop for my Mom and I when looking for something fun to do on a Saturday afternoon, or when we’d have family visiting from far away, anxious to go sight-seeing.

  • Downtown Seattle

    written by strangelilgirl on 2008-10-29 #places
    Downtown Seattle

    Grunge music, perpetual rain, the foundation of today’s most popular coffee…step foot in downtown Seattle and you’ll find it all, whether it’s coming from the music of street performers, the freshly brewed aromas at Pike Place Market, or the feel of your sweatshirt hood pulled against your face. These are things commonly associated with Seattle, even for people who’ve never been there before. But what I got from visiting this city was more than what could be contained in any amount of cliches combined.

  • The Haunted Brick Building (Central Point US)

    written by strangelilgirl on 2008-10-18 #places
    The Haunted Brick Building (Central Point US)

    This brick building, located in Central Point and built in 1908, was recently placed on the National Historical Society list as a building that cannot be torn down. But there is another side to this building that is just as interesting as it's looks and age...

  • Actionsampler - A Diary For The Eyes

    written by strangelilgirl on 2008-10-08 #gear
    Actionsampler - A Diary For The Eyes

    The ActionSampler: the classy, Andy Warhol-type feel of the Pop 9, but subtract a few frames and add movement. The synchronization of the lenses not only creates motion, but adds more layers to the entire photo as a whole, allowing for more room to learn from and dissect your shots. You not only have one photo to look at and analyze/admire/abhor/etc., but you've got 4 sub-photos, too; you basically have 5 different views in one simple "click.”

  • Lakeview

    written by strangelilgirl on 2008-10-02 #places

    I recently went camping with my boyfriend and his grandparents to a place just outside of the desolate town of Lakeview, Oregon. I'd heard about the town from some acquaintances that's grown up in Lakeview, and they'd told me all about what you could find there: nothing.

  • Fisheye No. 2 - What I've Learned

    written by strangelilgirl on 2008-09-25 #gear
    Fisheye No. 2 - What I've Learned

    Surely we all know about the Fisheye 2 camera and its features by now - 170 degree perspective, double exposure "mx" button, "b" setting to allow endless opening of the shutter, and ability to distort objects. But during the past year or so, I've been documenting everything from road trips to everyday life with my Fisheye 2, and I've learned a few things through my experience.

  • Central Point

    written by strangelilgirl on 2008-09-22 #places
    Central Point

    The city of Central Point, located in Southern Oregon about 40 minutes from California, is home to just over 17,000 people. My parents moved us here when I was 3 years old in order to raise me in a clean environment, free of smog, with low crime rates and a good school system.

  • Outdoors in Portland, Oregon

    written by strangelilgirl on 2008-09-10 #places
    Outdoors in Portland, Oregon

    Every time I go to Portland I discover new things and find new favorite places while I'm there. My absolute favorite spot is Pioneer Square. Smack in the middle of downtown, this “outdoor living room" as it’s called can sometimes host flower festivals, be dressed up around the holidays, or simply provide a relaxed place to chill on some stairs or play hacky-sack with friends (it doesn't hurt that there's a Starbucks located at the square, too).

  • Experiencing Chicago through Lollapalooza

    written by strangelilgirl on 2008-09-10 #places
    Experiencing Chicago through Lollapalooza

    For the past two years my boyfriend and I have flown from Central Point, Oregon to Chicago, Illinois in order to attend the 3-day long festival known as Lollapalooza. Besides getting to see many of our favorite bands (NIN, Radiohead, & Pearl Jam to name a few) we were able to experience the very exciting and very green city of Chicago.