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No Nazareno for a Lazy Ass

Waking up today by a message from a friend if I was going to the Traslacion rattled me out of bed when I saw it’s 2 in the afternoon already.

By the way, if you are here to research/find news about the Black Nazarene, please skip this and save yourself a minute. Yes, it’s the biggest religious feast in the Philippines. If you’re not a local of this country, you sure are moved by the tremendous faith you’ve witnessed. Miracle stories here and there. But you have to be warned, pickpocket stories are as much as the former. And it’s such a shame.

I never was a devotee of anything Catholic, in fact I never was a devotee of categorically anything even to photography. That requires discipline rooted from belief and that’s the hardest to learn if you don’t have the heart for it.

I don’t have the heart for anything right now.

That was unnecessary. Hashtag “Just Saying”. Anyway, I had to work today and being up at 2PM is just right in time for me to be exactly late. So being the changed girl of 2013 that I am now, I ran straight to work and had not a glimpse of the Nazareno I was preparing the night before: The knee-high socks where I’ll be slipping my wallet and phone on (I used to do that before swimming into mosh pits); Boots, cause I once had a patay na kuko when my toe was run over a kariton (I don’t mind how gross it looks but it hurts like hell); And most importantly, my films and cameras (because that’s the reason I’m going in for). I was so prepared even to being raped. By the crowd.

My alarm clock betrayed me and that’s my story of the Feast of the Black Nazarene 2013, quite a deja vu from exactly one year ago.

Since I missed it and there’s so many wonderful shots from the feast streaming on my dashboard (Read: Inggitera), I dug photos of different Nazareno feasts in Caloocan and Manila I took from long ago with a Yashica and Bell + Howell.

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Bell + Howell BF 35 Specifications

This is my Bell + Howell Camera, I got it for Php200 only at Bookay-ukay. I have been researching about this camera weeks before I bought it, just so I know what to expect. No luck in getting some definite info about this cheap thrill so I thought of dedicating a post to this plastic toy camera.

 

Basic Specs:

1. Lens -f35mm /F7.7

♥ You cannot adjust your focus on this camera. So you adjust for it. Move at a distance of 4ft from the subject to be in good focus. There is also a lens cover that when closed, will automatically lock the shutter and will prevent you from taking pictures.

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2. Shooting range – 1.2m (or 4ft) -infiniti

♥ Of course, not all the time you can be 4ft away your subject, in those cases, the subject may be blurry. But don’t worry, you’ll eventually get the results you like. Some may be blurred, dark and grainy. Some are showing light leaks, glare, everything digital photography is trying to avoid. But that’s what makes lomographers enthused—the perfect imperfections of analogue photography.

3. Shutter speed – 1/100 sec.

♥ The shutter speed is fixed to 1/100 sec. Couple it with the fixed F7.7 aperture, you are most likely to get dark photos indoors. I would suggest to choose a film with higher ISO, say 200 or 400. You can use ISO 800 though, if you want to achieve that grainy effect.

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4. Dimensions: 41 x 74 x 116 mm

♥ It would also be nice to know the size of the camera. I imagined it to be as handy as Diana Mini but it wasn’t.

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5. Flash – hot shoe

♥ Look, I tried the Diana Flash on it! I tried shooting with it on and it seems to have worked fine. However, I’m a bit worried because this hot shoe doesn’t secure the flash tight. It wiggles the flash adapter but not to the point of sliding the flash off the camera.

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Here are some photos shot using Bell + Howell BF 35

*Sorry for the messy background. You are now getting to know me personally—messy.

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