Monthly Archives: August 2010

Polaroid finally in colour

Polaroid finally in colour

Taken with SX-70 SLR Alpha

Just tried out the new PX 70 Color Shade on my SX-70 Polaroid camera from the "Impossible Project". While the color shade is rather pale as compared to the original polaroid color film, it does act a certain character to the photo. Will try to play around a little more with the contrast generic for valtrex side effects dial on the camera to see if I can get it a little bit more vibrant. 

For the fact that the film is no longer that sensitive to temperature is definitely a plus, now I should be able to get it outdoor for some shots.

PX 70 Color Shade / First Flush PX 70 Color Shade / First Flush

It worked!

It worked!

Voigtlander Vitomatic @ East Coast

Took the Voigtlander Vitomatic Ia out to East Coast on a roll of Lomography Redscale Negative 100 over the National Day weekend. It was great sunny day, I was really praying hard that at least something will work and not having to waste an entire roll of film. Had no idea if there is any light leak on the camera, if the mechanical parts were going to work, furthermore the thought of shooting generic valtrex cost without a rangefinder convinced me that I'm will probably have less than 20% chance of success. 

Surprise, surprise! Went by the photo development shop today, the first thing I asked the lady shopkeeper was "?????"

“??????????????” 

Not only that all 36 shots worked, with the exception of a handful, most of them came out pretty much in focused … woohoo! Love the whole vintage feel brought out by the Lomography film. Super!

Voigtlander Vitomatic @ East CoastVoigtlander Vitomatic @ East CoastVoigtlander Vitomatic @ East Coast

Voigtländer Cameras

Voigtländer Cameras

Voigtlander Vitomatic

The Voigtlander Vitomatic cameras are really heavyweight 35mm rangefinders, you can no longer find such solid constructions in modern cameras anymore. I took a measure of the Vitomatic Ia, and it came in at almost 800g! It's exactly this same reason why 50 years later, finding a working piece in the market is really not that difficult, these machines are built to last. 

I have a Vitomatic Ia and a Vitomatic II. The Ia, manufactured in 1960-1963, comes with a view finder while the II, manufactured in 1958-1959, has rangefinders built in. The "a" and "b' models means having the meter instrument mirrored into the finder. The design and engineering of these cameras are simply amazing. Especially when you consider that these were made back in 1950s with limited technology, yet they came up with such sophisticated equipments that doesn't even need battery to operate. 

The 1a I'm having is in mint buy valtrex condition, both function and cosmetic. I intend to run a roll of film through it to see if I can get anything interesting. It's definitely not easy to use, as least for someone like me who's been on digital all this while. Found a good site with downloadable user manuals for most of the Voigtlander models. Meanwhile, I'm also gonna try to get a piece of rangefinder to go with it. 

specifications … 

Voigtländer Vitomatic Ia (1960 – 1963) Viewfinder
Format:  24 x 36 on 35 mm film (135)
Optics: Color-Skopar 1:2,8  50mm
Shutter:  Prontor 500 SLK-V  B + 1 sec.. => 1/500 sec. 
Misc.: Rapid wind lever, coupled lightmeter, twin match needle type

Voigtländer Vitomatic II (1958 – 1959) Rangefinder
Format:  24 x 36 on 35 mm film (135)
Optics: Color-Skopar 1:2,8  50mm
Shutter:  Prontor SLK-V  B + 1 sec.. => 1/300 sec. 
Misc.: Rapid wind lever, coupled rangefinder + lightmeter, match needle type w. external read-out

 
Reference

The Impossible Film – Possible

The Impossible Film – Possible

Finally tried out the PX100 film from the "Impossible Project" on the SX-70 Polaroid. I was so excited that the SX-70 actually worked! Love the sound of the film getting ejected from the camera, that's something modern cameras can never reproduce. 

According to Mijonju, the PX100 film is extremely sensitive to heat. This film is supposed to be work best at temperature below 20ºC and first 10 seconds of taking the picture is most crucial as the film is still sensitive to light. So for my little experiment, I had the aircon blasting at 20ºC and pointing straight at my table. Once the film is ejected out, I immediately turned it over and left it on the table under the aircon to let it develop. It was fun (to the point of being hilarious), and I do wonder valtrex online uk does that mean that I can never get outdoor with this film? Let's see how it goes. 

At US$22/- a pack for 8 pictures, that works out to about SGD$3.80 per picture, this is certainly not cheap. Hope the price will get a little more affordable if this gets more mainstream.   

The Impossible Project has just released a new colour version of the film, PX70 FF Color Shade. Apparently this new film no longer have the problem of being too sensitive to heat. I'm gonna give it a try soon.  The 2+1 triple pack is now going for US$44/-. 

Dream

Dream

Since young, I have always had interesting encounters with dreams, but because recent years I don't get much dreams anymore, I have almost forgotten about it. It's only after watching Inception, I realised maybe I am not "unique",  the guy who came up with the idea for the movie must have had similar experiences as well.

While I'm dreaming in my sleep, I was often aware that I'm dreaming and I always took the opportunity to "test" things out since I knew there is no consequences. I knew I can simply get out of the dream if it became too unbearable, I just need a "kick" to wake up. So I usually try doing things (mostly naughty ones) that I will never dare of doing in real life. This often involved scolding, killing, hurting people … which often ended up as me being chased by someone :). As for the "kick", that's this strange fast ticklish feeling running up my spine when I lie face down, that's always what gets me out of my dream state suddenly. 

As I'm writing this, I just remembered another part of my strange dreaming habits … Déjà vu. Often in real valtrex online buy life, I have scenes in my dreams being replayed. It's a totally weird experience where in a conversation or event, I will suddenly realised that I have dreamt of the exact scene or conversation before. At that moment, I will then intentionally say exactly what I said in my dream or does the specific action I did in my dream, and everything will unfold accordingly. 

So how's this related to the first part of being "aware" of my dreaming state? Because of the déjà vu experience, I'm convinced that dreams are real, perhaps our life has been planned all along, we are merely going by the timeline and "play" our life. Perhaps my déjà vu experience was caused by a "bug" in the system which unintentionally allowed me to preview some part of my future. Therefore, often at the point when I'm aware that I'm actually dreaming, I will try to see if I can uncover anything significant about future. I can't say I have much success with that yet, but perhaps I already knew the future, but I just need that déjà vu moment to remember it. *complicated* lol