Sunday, 23 June 2013
The Olympus Trip 35 is an incredible camera - by that I mean I cannot believe how simple and smart it is. The selenium photocell sets the exposure for you, the lens sharpens from an aperture of f2.8 to f22 under sufficient light, and when it isn't bright enough, the shutter is blocked and a red flag raised. For the average traveller, all you need to know is the approximate distance between you and your subject. Turn the focus ring, and shoot away.
With two fixed speeds and a minimum focus distance of 1 metre, the Trip 35 is not the camera you go to for fancy long exposure effects or micro close-ups. What it does incredibly well is what it says in the name: it's for the trip of your life. To capture things you see in a distance, on the go, moments: the vast expanse of nature, intricate architecture, the crevices, the leaves above you, sunlight. To stop obsessing over 1/1000 of a second and feel the weight of metal in your hand.
(I used Kodak Ektar 100 for this first trial, and you can see the texture, the colour quality is superb. I'm in love. Despite the vivid contrast (especially ones under sun), the skin tone in portraits looks fairly natural.)
I've only put a selection of photos here - do check out the rest on Flickr!
Friday, 7 June 2013
|Uniqlo Sweater, SoulCal shirt from Republic, H&M shorts, Maud Frizon flats, and a bag from.. no idea.|
Very simply: here's what I wore today.
(I don't have a tripod, sunshine or the guts to do a self-portrait yet...)
Some things to share:
1. I got a Olympus Trip 35!! See how handsome it is on my Instagram photo teehee. It's a film rangefinder with auto exposure, and it operates on solar power - no battery required. How cool is that. I'm on my first roll of film now - fingers crossed for good results.
2. I watched "Merchant of Venice" acted out on a lake. When they call out to the water "Rialto!" it felt legitimate. Aside from the novelty of the venue, it was a great student production, done with great care. Oxford student play? Check.
3. Last Saturday was the Chime for Change concert at Twickenham - concert at London with girlfriends? Chhheck. There were lots of artists performing and we were at the pitch, so it had quite a festival-like atmosphere. You know what's the best part? We get to donate the price of our tickets to projects supporting women worldwide. I might do a full-on post on that later!
It's summer - what have you been up to?