Tuesday, 21 January 2014
My black and white film, shot with the Trip 35, came out: from Chicago, on the road, New Orleans, and St. Louis. It's not as sharp as I hoped it to be, but there is something very ... tender about the image quality. The texture matches snowfall well, and the mood matches how December felt to me. I don't watch to touch it. (Well, I don't even want to watermark film photos.)
I love the silence in black and white pictures.
The title is misleading, I know - it's 2014, it's January. According to what weatherman says, it feels like -20C outside right now. It's been so cold, I don't even try to look nice half the time. I'd stick to my trusty ski-jacket for life.
In other news, I have recently nicked a DSLR camera from a friend, hence I may take digital pictures with a viewfinder again, yay! Photos from sunshine and beach coming next. Not to mention, photos from Scotland, from Italy, from Greece... My debt will accumulate; thank you for waiting.
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!