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The Union of Jack and Holga

The most exciting camera I got so far is the Holga 120 CFN Jack Limited Edition. It uses a medium format film that is a little more expensive than the regular 35mm, so I thought twice. I took it on my second take though, only because it is a limited edition Holga Jack as in Jack White of The White Stripes, how cool is  that?!

Can’t say? Here’s something to help you out.

Jack White. Photo by microsites.lomography.com

Jack White. Photo by microsites.lomography.com

The White Stripes is a band of two members, ex-husband and wife, Jack  and Meg who then became ex-bandmates too. It is notable that they are known for these colors: red, white and  black; and that peppermint logo on the film advance  thumbwheel. It is just so The White Stripes . Feeling ko ang cool ko. Lol. But nobody really recognizes it as The White Stripes camera, so I’m cool only to myself, which makes me even cooler.  Whut?! By the way, there’s also a Meg-inspired camera  and it’s a Diana+ click here.


More of Holga Jack vanity on film.

Shot with Diana Mini loaded with Fujichrome Velvia 100

Shot with Diana Mini loaded with Fujichrome Velvia 100

Shot with Yashica Electro 35 GSN with Fuji Neopan 400

Shot with Yashica Electro 35 GSN with Fuji Neopan 400

Shot with Holga 120CFN Jack Edition with Fuji Superia 400

Shot with Holga 120CFN Jack Edition with Fuji Superia 400

And that’s about it. I have just finished a useless blog entry. Below are links that might make sense to you. Yep, just right before you ask me.

What’s in the Holga Jack Limited Edition box? http://microsites.lomography.com/whitestripes/jack

Where do I find more about The White Stripes? http://google.com or http://www.whitestripes.com/

How to do Sprocket Hole Photography? http://www.squarefrog.co.uk/techniques/using-35mm-film.html

Freshening Up

This weekend, I will be moving out of our family home to my new apartment that I share with friends. I have never lived away from my family save for one when I was in 4th grade when I had to finish the school year in Pasig while the family left for our new home in Caloocan. Now that I’m almost back in Pasig where I always wanted a home, the daily sight of the people and the outskirts of my old humble abode will sorely be missed.

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Fotonotes: My latest photos of Caloocan City with Yashica Electro 35 GSN loaded with Fuji Neopan 400

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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Best Film for DIY Redscale

While there are quite a lot of color negative films available to redscale, not everything turns out as warm as how I want it. This entry aims to show the different effects when different kinds of films are redscaled.

Before I introduce you the list of films I’ve redscaled, let me show you photos using a non-DIY redscale film from lomography.com. They call it Lomography Redscale XR 50-200.

I am absolutely impressed by how warm the photos can get using this film. The only deal breaker though, like many films from lomography.com, is the price. I don’t think I am willing to spend Php 945/box of three rolls  only to get this kind of shade on my prints, so I resorted to DIY. With a little research in the internet, I was able to make a redscale film of my own! To help you save time from researching, here is my very own DIY Redscale Film tutorial, click here.

1. Fuji Superia 400 – I used a Diana Mini to shoot with a redscaled Superia. The photos turned out so red, far from what I expected. I personally won’t shoot using this film very often but will definitely try it again using a different camera.

2. Agfa Vista 200 – I used Yashica Electro 35 GSN with a DIY Agfa Vista, the photos turned out more orangey and it’s lost contrast because of the rangefinder camera settings. For me, this is better than the redscaled Superia.

3. Kodak Ultramax 400 – The photos were amazing! This is even better than the Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 film. With a redscaled Ultramax, the photos are warm but not too much to hurt the eye. I like the subtlety and the olden-day feel it brings on the photos. I used a Superheadz Super Fat lens on the shots below.

The photos are how exactly I want it using an Ultramax, more golds and less saturated than Lomography XR, so I decided to use it on a few other cameras like Diana Mini and Holga CFN.

An expired Kodak Ultramax 400 is around Php45-80 pesos in the market that makes this alternative a go-to redscale film for many lomographers. I strongly recommend that you try to make a redscale film of your own especially if you are starting lomographer. It makes you not fear the coming modifications and DIY you’ll soon come across with lomography. So gather some guts now and save hundreds of pesos with a Kodak Ultramax DIY redscale film.

DIY Redscale Film: Exposing the Wrong Side of the Film

If you have been researching on redscaling films, you might have come across “expose the wrong side of the film”, but what does that exactly mean? We will not go technical, cut me some slack, this is going to be long for sure. It only means that the matte side of the film should be facing you when you load the film  on your camera. Here’s how we will go about that. 

But before that, you might want to take note of the materials. You will need: (1) Scissors (2) Scotch tape (3) Empty film canister (4) Film for redscaling (5) Dark room or changing bag (6) Marker (7) A little imagination and patience

1. Pick an old canister with at least a centimeter of film left. It is recommended that you label it as the “Redscaled Film” early on so you can avoid confusing yourself. 

2. Pick the film you want to redscale. I chose Kodak Ultramax 400 for this tutorial because it has, by far, given the closest effect to the Lomography Redscale Negative 50-200 film sold overpriced in Lomographic Society outlets. I like the yellow to orange hue it makes and sometimes the sepia effect. 36-exp Ultramax sells at Php80 in Hidalgo. 

3. Cut the leader.

4. Place the film (Kodak Ultramax 400) under the tip of the old film canister.

Here’s another photo of how it should look like, Kodak Ultramax 400 on the left and the empty canister on the right. 

5. Make sure they are aligned and tape them nice and neat. Use a scotch tape, do not use thick tapes, you’ll regret it I swear. 

6. Warning! This step should be done in a darkroom or a changing bag. If you’re new on this, getting a dark room might scare you off, no pun intended. The point is that we are transferring the film to an old canister and we have to do it in complete darkness! As for me, I close the windows and switch off the lights in my room in the middle of the night and there you are, my very own version of a darkroom. What I do to guarantee myself a successful DIY rescaled film, I use a make-shift changing bag (a black shirt) while at it. Again, this step requires zero tolerance for light leaks. 

Start winding the old film canister so that Kodak Ultramax 400 is spooled inside it. Avoid touching the surface of the film. You can use anything to help you wind it except your fingers. Trust me. 

7. Once the film is transferred to the old canister, cut the film but remember to leave at least a centimeter on the Kodak Ultramax 400 canister, which is now the empty canister, for future redscaling. 

8. Cut a leader to your redscaled film to help you load it in your camera of choice. Some cameras have a slot for a leader, some don’t. 

The challenge in loading the redscaled film is that the film curls away from the camera. So the remedy I always do, I fold the tip of the leader so that I can hook the sprocket holes to the take-up spool of the camera. 

At this point you must be ready to shoot and “expose the wrong side of the film” which is, if you notice, the glossy side of it. Please also note that, you have to assume the ISO of the film you used to redscale one stop lower, that is ISO 200, if you redscaled a 400-ISO film. 

The results per kind of film you redscale varies. Here are some of them: http://angelisantina.tumblr.com/tagged/diy%20redscale# 

Turns out the wrong isn’t always bad after all. Happy shooting! 

@moonleafteashop #yashicaelectro

I don’t want to write much because this was from the Bookworm Brigade event held at Moonleaf Tea Shop Maginhawa branch two months ago!.I hope you don’t mind me posting more long overdue posts. My goodness, I didn’t notice there were a lot in my drafts. 

I’m not really into drinking coffee or tea. Honestly, I don’t like them at all because they’re both diuretic (makes me pee cats and dogs) and stains the teeth (I never cared until the Tooth Doctor told me). But if I were to choose, I’d pick tea because coffee gives more like the drugging effect minus the laughing and that’s pretty lame. So it’s Moonleaf over Starbucks.

What’s more is that Moonleaf’s menu board is green and the font, I can’t identify what but is nice, and those to me are enough as inviting. Yes, shallow like that. Besides, I’m already there and they have a comfort room should there be a need for No.1. 

I randomly picked Pudding Milk Tea for myself. I’m not sure if there is such a kind of milk tea, or if only Moonleaf has that, but I liked it. There’s some jelly thing settled on my cup which I assume is the pudding. It was a great relief that they have that because I don’t like pearls in my drink, I don’t like chewing something from my drink. So for me, the gelatin pudding is the best alternative to sago. I enjoyed it so much but I’m sure to try the other flavors too. Hakka sounds alien, I’ll get that next.  

Find the Moonleaf Tea Shop nearest to you here: https://moonleafteashop.com/main/store-locator/

Fotonotes: Yashica Electro 35 GSN loaded with Kodak Elitechrome E100

Quiapo | Cosplay | Yashica

I was the girl with those hip cameras. I was the girl with Yashica too. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind being identified as the girl with this or that camera. In fact, it may not be me if you see me without any. 

Yashica’s always getting plenty of attention from almost everywhere I carry it with me since day one and the camera slave is quite jealous already. I just thought that some of you might be interested in seeing the photos it makes too. So here are some from the Quiapo Goes Anime event, shot using none other, than the star amongst my collection, the attention-sucker, vintage rangefinder, Yashica Electro 35 GSN.

Click this link to see the digital photos I took from this event. 


Testing Aquapix Underwater Film Camera + FujiColor 100

Aquapix Underwater Film Camera Specifications:

  • Aperture: f9
  • Shutter Speed: 1/100s
  • Lens: 28mm
  • Focus: Focus free
  • Film Type: 35mm
Where else would I take the first few shots using a new camera but in Hidalgo. I got the camera for P600 (some online stores priced it at P400) while FujiColor 100 film is P60. The photos were sharp and clean for a toy cam and it’s pretty much how I expected the results with the specs above that makes a leeway for possible fuzzy underwater shots so to produce still acceptable blurs. Happy that this cheap combo appears to be a great deal for underwater lomography which I’ll be trying out soon.

Superheadz x Yashica Electro | Agfa Vista

Some photos might be familiar to you, these were from that eventful day of June 23rd! True, I haven’t gotten over it yet.

About the schizo photos:

  • These were shot using BOTH Superheadz Super Fat Lens and the super duper Yashica Electro 35 GSN.
  • BOTH—The film I used which is Agfa Vista 100 was exposed twice using the two superb cameras that resulted with the photos below.
  • The film was first exposed using the Superheadz where the film loader is upside-down, then with the Yashica where the loader is conventional.
  • The truth is (1) I forgot about the last bullet when I loaded the film in Yashica. (2) I forgot to bring extra rolls of film that day so I decided to reuse what I just unloaded from Superheadz. (3) I am forgetful.
  • One thing I knew is that I need to double expose the ASA 100 film I used on Superheadz because with an aperture of F11 and shutter speed of 1/125s, the photos will surely be underexposed especially now that sunlight is scarce.

New Old Cameras

I finally got these cameras both this week. The Aquapix Underwater Lomo Camera was delivered Wednesday just when I thought that CashCashPinoy was a scam as it was nearing the end delivery date and I haven’t got a single email reply at the time. But it turned out that they sent mine last because I live far north. Reasonable enough.

My Yashica Electro 35 GSN, I got it from Mang Dado in Hidalgo yesterday and I can’t stop shooting with it since then! I love that I can change the ISO and set the aperture to the largest at f/1.7. The shutter speed is fixed or I mean set by the camera, however, because it’s an aperture priority rangefinder. I’m yet to figure out if the light meter is accurate though it seems to be working fine and is even very sensitive as shown by the led light indicators. Thank you to Mang Dado for a great deal and to Aldrin for sharing his test measures in picking a Yashica.


Aldrin’s tumblr page: http://fotogizmo.tumblr.com/

Mang Dado and Aldrin in December 2011: http://angelisantina.tumblr.com/post/14510184552/test-shot-using-sunpak-sp140-flash-repaired-by

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