When cameras go right and photographers go wrong

I got chatting to a lovely lady (who you can find over here) on Twitter today, and our conversation took me tripping down Memory Lane, to the time when I was predominantly analogue and to all the experiments with a million and one different old film cameras (more about which you can find over here – a blog set up by me and my husband to chart those very same trials, errors, dramas and successes).

And some of the photographs I found tickled me muchly. You know they talk about the cutting room floor, in film-making? Well these are (some of!) the pictures that never get shown off. I hope they amuse you almost as much as they did me.

Is the shutter working?

Is the shutter working?

This was the inadvertent selfie discovered when I processed a roll from my Halina Paulette which, it turned out, also had a rather shocking light-leak. It has to be kept in its case at all times…

127 to 35mm conversion. Note to self: the frame is smaller. MIND THE HEADS!

127 to 35mm conversion.
Note to self: the frame is smaller. MIND THE HEADS!

This was taken on a Comet Bencini iiS, on Fujicolor film, cross-processed at home. Neither love nor money will buy you 127 film just now but you can, with a little fiddling, load it with 35mm. It’s just that that makes the frames smaller. So… you know… don’t lose your head 😉

My two faces

My two faces

Here I am on the beach at Blackhall Rocks. This was taken my my Beloved: “Oh hell! Did I take the shot? Erm… I don’t think I did.” He did. So here you see me, one exposure smiling nicely for the camera, the other telling one of my darlings to stop climbing too high while his little brother is following. *snort*! This was taken on the Halina A1 TLR

Is the shutter working? #2

Is the shutter working? #2

Taken with the Ensign Ful-Vue (not to be confused with the Ensign Ful-Vue Super, which I love). Let’s pretend I wanted an arty shot of that fabulously blustery sky, shall we? But I think the line of the roof (is it?) at the bottom of the shot rather gives the lie to that assumption…

The last-minute protest

The last-minute protest

All happy and full of beaming smiles, you twiddle yer knobs, adjust yer settings… and the bottom falls out of his world, not to mention the focus. *sigh*… Canon AE-1, cross-processed Fujicolor

The Moon. It was never going to work.

The Moon. It was never going to work.

I mean, what was I thinking?! Over-enthusiasm, I guess. Live and learn. Lomo Lubitel II – one of my all-time favourite cameras.

There are so many more, but they’re sitting on a hard-drive in a broken laptop, so it’ll be a while before they’re recovered. One day, though, bloopers #2 🙂


Live and Learn

I was gutted about this shot. I think it would have been a corker.
It was dark in the cafe so the Lubitel was resting on a table. I’d set everything up, but released the shutter accidentally whilst trying to prime it.
I wasn’t sure if I had or not, so I risked it and took it again.
The moral of the story is, of course, that cafes don’t move, but people do…
So I have posted this as a Lomo lesson. If you think you’ve exposed it… you probably have! 🙂

Jem at Wicken Fen

Another shot duplicated from the Canon AT-1, but this one with the Lomo Lubitel 2.

I have to say, in spite of the apparent obsession with film cameras just now, if I had to have only 2, they’d be the Canon and the Lomo. Two incredibly different cameras and incredibly different styles. Perfect.

Double-Exposed Norwich


This is my very first double-exposure… which I guess is either an “Ooooh!” or a “Doh!”

It is a photograph of the interior of my favourite Norwich coffee house, the appropriately named “House”, which features fabulous 70s formica-topped tables, lovely comfy sofas, gorgeous lighting (which you can see through the shot) and home-made cakes (which you can’t).

Superimposed is Norwich’s version of the ‘Occupy’ movement – rather subtle and understated, but heart-felt and stoic nonetheless.

Me and my Lubitel

I don’t know if there’s a term for it, but I have long noticed the tendency to photograph oneself with one’s camera. Until I received my ancient Lomo in the post, I didn’t really get it.

I have since termed this tendency “Camera Porn” 😉

This is the third ever shot taken with my Lubitel 2. I’m still trying to work it out, which is plain to see I suspect.


Gates through a different lens

I took a shot of these with my Canon AT-1, which I have already posted, but here is the Lomo version. I have yet to master the slightly seasick feeling it gives me trying to use the waistlevel finder, which is why this is one of several shots that appear more than a little wonky 😉

Lomo Lubitel 2 on Ilford HP5

In other news, I have exposed 2 of the 8 shots on the 127 roll in the Baby Brownie Special. I really have no clue how they’ll turn out, if at all. Your subject needs to be 5 feet away (no focussing capability) and in bright sunlight (no shutter speed or aperture variations and an ISO of 80) – the original point-and-click!

And I am now the proud owner of a very old Box Brownie, and awaiting some 620 film for that.

Exciting times (for me, at least!) 🙂

Cathedral Cloisters

This one was technically a little trickier as it required a shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, which can result in shocking camera shake (especially if you really don’t – like me – have a steady hand!) So I rested the little Russian box on the cloister wall for it.

And there, in all their glory, are my five boys sitting on the wall of the cloisters in Norwich Cathedral.

Shot 2/12 of the first Lomo Lubitel 2 experiment. (The second film is underway, now that I know it works).