My Gift had a story described in the Letter. Important details below:
So now where are we? The camera actually has a story the results of which can be viewed here:
Here is a summary from my introductory letter pictured below:
“….This camera has a bit of a history in that it’s spent the last few month travelling the length and breadth of of the United Kingdom (and even got to the south of France on one leg of it’s journey) as a part of a project on an online photography forum. The camera was loaded with a roll of film, the first person shot five frames, and then the camera was sent on to the next person. The process repeated (with a half-way set of photos when a second roll of film was loaded) until it eventually got back to me……….”
So I would like to sign up maybe 6+ people to help this Camera travel across North America….We’ll follow a similar format. I’ll load a roll of film, shoot 5 pictures, and mailed to the next person on the list. We can start a second roll if necessary. To protect everyone’s privacy, you return the camera to me and I send it to the next person. In the end I will post the images on a WordPress Project Page. So what do you think?
I’ve been an provisional participant in 2019; started in June. My Camera was a Goodwill purchased Canonet QL and the film was Kodak Color Plus 200. A fine film, but I found that I was tired of shooting color. Up to this point I’ve been primarily a B&W photographer. When I want color, I use my Portra 400. Also the camera has limitations (i.e. only one lens), so I felt constricted. Finally the light meter died and I needed to find a ‘new’ old camera.
By Project Definition I am supposed to use the cheapest camera and film. I did see that one of the 2019 participants was using Ilford HP5. It’s a film I have recently become ‘friends’ with. AND I can develop it myself, so that brings the price down considerably. And Currently it’s selling for $4.99 per roll. So we’ve solved the 2020 film problem: Ilford HP5.
A new change is that we can switch cameras on a quarterly basis. So of my options below the question is which do I start with? And am I going to change up cameras during the process?
Now, I have four inexpensive camera options. What could be cheaper than a camera (or in this case two) that were given to me by a neighbor. My freebie choices: the Fujica ST-705 with a normal and zoom lens; and the Yashica Electro 25 GSN, a rangefinder that has telephoto and wide angle lens add-ons (i.e. they screw on over the attached lens).
Both cameras work and are in good condition. Which would you choose? But hold on, another camera has entered the Mix. I was rearranging the storage of my 35mm cameras and found that my Minolta SRT-202 had a partially exposed roll. So I decided to finish that roll and add the SRT-202 into the Frugal Film Mix. Shown here with my Fisheye Lens. And that’s the factor weighing heavily in it’s favor. I would have the versatility of all my Minolta lens options. The actual value of the camera is borderline for the project. But we’ll see.
For October,and November I have posted examples from the Yashica and Minolta. I had decided to give the Fujica away, but my husband said that he would like to try it out. It’s a lovely camera camera, and seems like it’s going to stay in the Family. So it may make an appearance for one quarter of Frugal Film.
Now a forth option appeared when I made a film purchase from the Film Photography Project. There was a ‘new’ plastic camera, the Debonair, for $19.99. At that price I had to buy it:
I had thought to post a survey on Twitter in November for my followers to vote on which camera to use. But after signing on officially for 2020 and corresponding with the Frugal Film Founder Sherry, I learned that the rules will be changing slightly. So I would have more flexibility. I’ll post the new rules in January…….
On a recent road trip back from Phoenix we stopped by the Grand Staircase-Escalante and Capitol Reef National Parks. Both are currently under threat for oil, gas and mining exploration. So they would be greatly reduced in size or eliminated by the current Administration. So see it while you can…….
Here is a really spectacular triple Arch: The Grosvenor Arch:
Main view point from the parking lot only shows two of the Arches……
You have to drive further up the road and Look Back to see the last Arch:
Lomo Purple is definitely an interesting film. I had never tried a ‘special effects’ film before. And surprisingly, I like it. But there are some caveats that never seem to be mentioned in Lomo Purple posts and promotions,
So this is more of a user’s guide than a film review. I’ll let you try the film and decide if you like it. FIRST: the angle of the sun with respect to your image scene is the biggest factor for a successful image. I’ve discussed in a Lomo Purple is definitely an interesting film. I had never tried a ‘special effects’ film before. And surprisingly, I like it. But there are some caveats that never seem to be mentioned in Lomo Purple posts and promotions, I have touched upon this in previous post and hope to publish a full summary review of my experiences soon. But note that the ideal sun angle is 90 to 180 degrees from the image scene. In my most recent Lomo Purple roll shown here, I was careful with the sun angle.
I have one more roll of medium format Lomo Purple being developed now. I also plan on running an exposure time test for the RSS Pinhole. AND in a few weeks I expect an @35mmc summary article of My Lomo Purple experiences to be published.
I had been debating a camera change for my official membership in the 2020 Frugal Film Project. But as I worked my way through the August #camerachallenge, the light meter on the Canonet failed, and it’s not worth fixing. So in a future post I will be proposing three possible camera replacements for Frugal Film 2020, and I’ll have you vote for your favorite in November………
For now, here are six favorites from the #camerachallenge which I shot with the Canonet and planned to use for both projects this month:
The Argentine Giant: Echinopsis candicans. Very similar to the Face of a Flower ………That image, from Monterey, California.
My husband suggested a different crop for Arcosanti to eliminate a disracting sky:
And the Original below….Which do you Prefer?