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Post 7: And then there was Fisheye colour

To shoot in black and white, or to shoot in colour? It may seem like a simple question but depending on which film you choose you can create an entirely photo.

Following on from my last post I thought I’d share some of my other Fisheye photos but this time these are in colour. I’d shot a couple of black and white rolls so thought I’d have a change and give colour film a go. I’m still undecided as to which I prefer. The quality of these images are by no means perfect. Photographing colour seems to highlight the lack of sharpness, and some are off-centered. But then again I wasn’t expecting quality photos considering the camera I was using. Despite this, there’s still something about them which I like. The colours are striking and I think colour photography especially suits summer shots as it captures vibrancy. What do you think?

Treetop

Treetop

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Post 6: Through a Fisheye

I’m sure most of you will have heard of Lomography (if not, there when have you been?!)  – a company which reintroduced analogue cameras which have become so popular there is now a global Lomography movement and community. One of their best sellers has been the Fisheye camera. But what makes this chunky, cheap and plastic camera so much fun? 

Fisheyes are great experimental cameras for those who don’t want to take photography too seriously. They’re simple point and shoot cameras, taking 35mm film which can easily be picked up in most places.  Images are framed in a bulbous shot giving the effect, as you may have already guessed, of looking through a fish’s eye or of being in a fish bowl. Photographers can also play around with the multiple exposure settings and coloured filters to create artistic photos.  If you’re thinking of picking one up yourself, a top recommendation would be to buy one with a fisheye viewfinder. This is a little mount which sits on top of the camera and gives you a sense of what the image will look like.

My first camera was a Holga Fisheye K200 NM and I’ve had great fun with it. It’s not technical in any way, shape or form and that’s probably why I like it so much. What might have been a straight forward photo has become more interesting because of its spherical effect, distorting images in a humorous way, or just bringing a different perspective to the photo. Here are an assortment of some of the shots I’ve taken with this camera. Try and spot the ones of Cardiff!

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Profile 2: Street photography with Mike Crippen

The most interesting kinds of photos are often those that look simple. They’re photos with a pure, straight forward vision but which you know, in fact, took time and expertise to capture. These images are ordinary yet most striking at one and the same.

Street photography falls under this calibre. It simply captures public places and snapshots of people within those spaces. These may be every-day locations, perhaps streets you even walk daily, yet these images can show places in a different light in one single photo. In a way, they sort of make you open your eyes and actually see the city around you.

I chatted to Cardiff street photographer Mike Crippen, 37, who met me after a long day at work and kindly took the time to tell me what it’s all about and fill me in on his own experience of working with film.

Walking past a billboard

Walking past a billboard

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Feature Post: Beginners Guide to purchasing a film camera in Cardiff

So you may have read up on the pros of film photography and you’re getting to grips with the jargon. But you’re still missing the most important piece of kit you’ll need as a film photographer– the camera itself.

Now, Christmas is quickly creeping up on us all and what better way to spend your kindly received dosh. Yet as a newbie to film photography you’re confronted by two issues; where can you buy a film camera in Cardiff city-centre, and what features do you need to look out  for?

I was surprised to find that there are very few film camera shops in Cardiff centre. Those that do exist are also hugely varied in price range and sell very different camera types. In this current economic climate most of us are constrained by cash, especially after the Christmas squeeze, so you’ll want to know what type of camera you can get for your money. I sent out a Twtpoll to figure out how much people are prepared to spend on a film camera. From 32 votes the results are as follows:

How much would you spend on purchasing a film camera?

How much would you spend on purchasing a film camera?

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