Tag: dirklancer

  • My Original Diana

    written by dirklancer on 2010-11-28 #gear
    My Original Diana

    I'm a sucker for toy camera deals. I go weak in the knees when I find a decent camera selection in an antique market. But I'm a certifiable lunatic for affordable working vintage toy cameras, and it's discoveries like this Original Diana that motivate me to keep searching and collecting.

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  • One Tree, One Camera, One Year

    written by dirklancer on 2010-02-20 #news
    One Tree, One Camera, One Year

    At the end of 2008, I decided to embark on a year long project. I picked up a Rollei Retro 400 disposable camera for a good price at a local shop and chose a simple scene near my office that I would shoot every 15 days for a full year.

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  • Shoot From the Kid - Hand over your camera!

    written by dirklancer on 2010-06-22
    Shoot From the Kid - Hand over your camera!

    There's this old adage that children see things unlike adults do, that they view the world on a completely different level. Lomographer and proud father dirklancer decides to take on an experiment and gather empirical evidence that proves this theory once and for all.

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  • Recipe for a Moderately Successful Series of Personal Grooming Photos in a Confined Public Space

    written by dirklancer on 2011-09-01
    Recipe for a Moderately Successful Series of Personal Grooming Photos in a Confined Public Space

    Some people eat breakfast on the train. Some people put on make up in the car. Some people read in the toilet. They might call it multitasking and pat themselves on the back; I call it uncreative, boring, practical, and shave in the photobooth. As they say in France, "To each his own (only they say it in French)."

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  • Photobooth Impulses: Sometimes You Just Need a Good Fix(er)

    written by dirklancer on 2011-08-26
    Photobooth Impulses: Sometimes You Just Need a Good Fix(er)

    I usually get my fix in the traditional analogue way. I snap pictures, drive to the lab, wait, drive back to the lab, scan, and enjoy. You may have heard of 35mm referred to as a "gateway drug;" of this, I am living proof. Sometimes, late at night, I find I just can't wait. That's when I turn to something a little more hardcore: old school photobooths.

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  • Behind the Scenes: Happy Birthday Dirklancer!

    written by lucasjakobsson on 2009-03-31 #news

    Today is no ordinary day for one of our most active community members, Dirklancer!

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  • Central Camera Company, Chicago

    written by dirklancer on 2010-05-29 #places
    Central Camera Company, Chicago

    In the shadow of the L train on South Wabash Avenue in the famous "Loop" stands an old school camera shop that has been there since 1899.

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  • Impossible Project NYC

    written by dirklancer on 2010-06-04 #places
    Impossible Project NYC

    I was only in New York for less than two days; I knew it was going to be impossible to see everything that I wanted to see. You could say that figuring out what to see in what order was a kind of impossible project.

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  • Canon Photura - an interesting blip in 35mm evolution

    written by dirklancer on 2011-05-16 #people #gear
    Canon Photura - an interesting blip in 35mm evolution

    In the early 90s, Canon thought it would be a good idea to try something different. It turns out it wasn't such a good idea.

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  • 10 Things You Should Take in a Photobooth

    written by dirklancer on 2011-09-02
    10 Things You Should Take in a Photobooth

    Everyone likes a list. Seriously, so much crap gets forwarded and passed around the internet just because someone put it in a list. Smart people should realize this and make all the important content into a list, just so everyone will look at it. I took my lead from the 10 Commandments and the 10 Rules of Lomography.

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  • North America Team 1 - dirklancer's Share of the Fun

    written by dirklancer on 2009-09-25 #news
    North America Team 1 - dirklancer's Share of the Fun

    The LCA Race rages on, and even though North America Team 1's package may be a little behind the 8-ball, I didn't want to refrain from trying to get a little attention...that's just how I like to play ;)

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  • My Lomo Story

    written by dirklancer on 2009-03-15 #news
    My Lomo Story

    It was the fall of 2003 when I saw a shopping guide in the National Post (a Canadian newspaper) – it was the typical pre-Christmas list of cool things to buy for the person who has everything.

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  • Pinholaroid Colorpack II: When Life Gives You Lemons

    written by dirklancer on 2011-06-23
    Pinholaroid Colorpack II: When Life Gives You Lemons

    Is your glass half full or half empty? I carry too many cameras at one time. I don't say this because of some generally accepted number that is "too many". Like anyone can even know that. I say that I carry too many cameras because of the physical limitations of having only 2 arms and 1 back. This situation occasionally leads to an awkward moment, the worst of these being the "drop". That's right, the hair on the back of your neck just stood up...rightly so. No camera-loving fool wants to drop his or her camera. No matter how many he or she has.

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  • High School Musical Toy Camera

    written by dirklancer on 2011-03-29 #gear
    High School Musical Toy Camera

    Well, this is going to be a little embarrassing...writing this post requires me to admit that I own a toy camera with a picture of the Wildcats from High School Musical on the front of it.

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  • Ansco Shur-Flash Medium Format Box Camera

    written by dirklancer on 2011-01-28 #gear
    Ansco Shur-Flash Medium Format Box Camera

    Sometimes, that lovely old box camera on the shelf in the used bookstore/coffee shop works better than you think. This vintage Ansco was surprising, and I mean that in a good way.

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  • The Art of Waiting's Old School Analogue Wet Chemistry Dip 'n' Dunk Photobooth Contest

    written by dirklancer on 2010-08-05 #news
    The Art of Waiting's Old School Analogue Wet Chemistry Dip 'n' Dunk Photobooth Contest

    Do you love some good ol' fashioned nearly instant analogue vintage photography? Do you love a chance to make something creative and maybe even win something for your effort? Who doesn't? Check out the Art of Waiting's summer photobooth contest...

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  • Top of the Rock

    written by dirklancer on 2010-06-10 #places
    Top of the Rock

    There are taller buildings in New York City, but the view from here is not to be missed. Besides, you can't see the Empire State Building from the top of the Empire State Building. If you want to see all of New York at once, go to 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

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  • Family of Man Sculpture

    written by dirklancer on 2011-02-18 #places
    Family of Man Sculpture

    Big naked people. Need I say more? Nearly a dozen giant naked people greeted me on the grounds of the Calgary Education Centre. Their indistinct genitals notwithstanding, the 21-foot humans - men, women, and children - represent a family of sorts.

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  • Chicago vs. Lake Michigan

    written by dirklancer on 2010-08-24 #places
    Chicago vs. Lake Michigan

    It seemed like a good morning for a walk on the long uninterrupted waterfront here in windy Chicago. The cold spray was unanticipated, but the feeling that we came away with after sharing the moving, wet expanse was definitely worth it.

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  • The Photobooth Snaps: Do You Snap Back?

    written by dirklancer on 2011-08-31
    The Photobooth Snaps: Do You Snap Back?

    A photobooth is designed to do the same thing over and over again. It reliably snaps your photos, day in and day out. Same depth of focus, same format, same repetition. But some of us want to snap back, and you may wonder which approach, and which camera you should use to really capture your photobooth in action?

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  • THE VIVITAR IC101 - Widening Your Vision

    written by dirklancer on 2009-08-28 #gear
    THE VIVITAR IC101 - Widening Your Vision

    One believes he has a terrible, terrible sense of fashion, the other one believes him. One lives in Canada one lives in England, though they have many differences they share 3 things in common; the same Monarch, a love of Lomography, and the Vivitar IC101 Panoramic. This is their story.

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  • Photobooth: Don't Knock It Till You've Tried It

    written by dirklancer on 2011-09-26
    Photobooth: Don't Knock It Till You've Tried It

    Sometimes, all it takes is a single sense to remind you of something substantial. In this case, an orange photobooth curtain reminded me of some fresh fruit and a corny joke.

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  • Peters' Drive-In: the Drive In You Can't Drive By

    written by dirklancer on 2011-02-27 #places
    Peters' Drive-In: the Drive In You Can't Drive By

    The TransCanada Highway runs from coast to coast of one of the largest countries in the world. It crosses vast barren landscapes, it climbs rugged mountain passes, it bisects small towns, and it navigates large cities. In Calgary, Alberta, for almost 50 years it has conveyed traffic that slows to a crawl to pass Peters' Drive-In, "The Drive-In You Can't Drive By".

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  • Capital Ex

    written by dirklancer on 2010-12-11 #places
    Capital Ex

    Winter is a great time to remember summer, is it not? What is it about this annual exhibition that inspires my love/hate relationship with crowds and cotton candy? If you're a bit confused on what I'm talking about, here's a look at Capital Ex - an annual festival that we get to enjoy - or not, every July.

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  • Hoodoos?

    written by dirklancer on 2010-11-21 #places
    Hoodoos?

    Unusual rock formations are always appealing to me and my camera arsenal. Join me as I check out the Hoodoos! They rise out of the canyon walls all around the Drumheller valley; giant mushroom pillars of rock clinging to the flaky clay slopes. They are a magnet for tourists with expensive cameras and spoiled children.

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  • We All Have Our Dragons

    written by dirklancer on 2011-06-03
    We All Have Our Dragons

    He knew this one was there, unseen, in the hazy heat of the day. It hovered over the parched lawn, waiting to destroy the expired and carelessly stored Polaroid 664. The packfilm was no match for time and low humidity.

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  • The View from the Pool at the Hyatt Regency Calgary

    written by dirklancer on 2010-11-02 #places
    The View from the Pool at the Hyatt Regency Calgary

    the 18th floor of the Hyatt Regency Calgary has two things that I found appealing. A pool, and a great view of downtown Calgary.

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  • The View from The Staten Island Ferry, NYC

    written by dirklancer on 2010-07-08 #places
    The View from The Staten Island Ferry, NYC

    Our 48 hour tour of New York City demanded a view of the Statue of Liberty, even if we didn't have the time to get to see that famous little island up close. When I heard that the Staten Island Ferry was a free 40 minute round trip, I knew we couldn't miss it.

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  • The Bridges to Wayne, Alberta

    written by dirklancer on 2010-10-03 #places
    The Bridges to Wayne, Alberta

    This is a story of crossing eleven bridges in 6 kilometres and discovering the hamlet of Wayne - population 27. Wayne is a hamlet in the Canadian province of Alberta. Once home to thousands of coal miners and residents who worked in support of this industry, now home to 27, according to the changeable sign near the saloon.

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  • BDI - Summer Road Trip 2009 - Lomostop #22

    written by dirklancer on 2009-12-08 #places
    BDI - Summer Road Trip 2009 - Lomostop #22

    By now you know my story: July 2009, 8000 km road trip, 3 generations, 1 van. Crazy? Yes. Lomographically limited? In no way whatsoever! I took along 10 cameras and 40 rolls of film. We passed through 10 American states and 3 Canadian provinces, and we stopped for ice cream as often as we could...

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