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Ba’t ako inlab sa lomography?

♥ kasi para sakin mas may dating ang hindi perpekto

♥ dahil nagiging freedom wall ako kung gusto ko 

♥ dahil naifeframe ko ang subject ko sa baduy na heart gamit lang ang karton

♥ dahil mukhang mas komplikado pa ang mag-post process gamit ang photoshop  kaysa sa photography mismo

♥ dahil mas tumitingkad ang ganda ng mga kalye sa Pilipinas gamit ang slide films

♥ kasi mas safe ilabas sa gabi ang toy camera

♥ dahil walang ibang sumosurpresa sakin kundi ang mga resulta ng paglo-lomowalk

♥ dahil natututo akong gumising ng maaga para lang sa sikat ng araw

♥ dahil naging ice breaker topic namin to ni Noel Cabangon at ng marami pang ibang stranger

♥ kasi retro

♥ dahil di bawal dalhin sa konserts ng mga paborito kong rockstars

♥ kasi ambigat ng DSLR 

♥ dahil sharpie lang ang katapat ng watermark

*I have used most of the photos here on some blog posts before. Please click on the picture to open the link in new tab. 🙂


Heart Masking B+H BF 35

Masking is pretty quick and easy to do, let me show you how I did it on my Bell and Howell BF 35 camera.

Materials: Click here.

Measure the original square or rectangular mask (it’s the part of the camera where you lay your film flat from the film canister to the spool) on the camera.

Note: Some cameras with detachable masks, especially with 120mm film cameras. My Bell + Howell’s mask is fixed on the camera.

Cut the cardboard exactly the same size as the mask.

Fold it in half crosswise and draw the half of your heart, or any shape you wish

and cut… take note that the edges of the heart mask is magnified on your photos, be extra careful in cutting, unless you like it edgy.

Color the mask with sharpie back to back. Make sure that the inside edges are blackened too. You can get a black cardboard to skip this step.

Tape it on the camera’s mask and make some adjustments if doesn’t fit.

IMPORTANT: Don’t forget to turn it upside down before you secure it on the original mask.

Nothing really important in this post except that. You must have known what needs to be done upon seeing the first photo but I still did this post nevertheless as a promise kept. 🙂

Also, I cannot show you the inside of the camera because it’s currently loaded with film.

That’s just basically it! You do not have to do the exact same thing cause it differs for every camera and with your resources. I suggest that you play with it and make your own designs. You can change the color of the mask or use a cutter and make asymmetrical shapes.

Remember:  The results are only limited to your imagination. It starts with what you want to see on your photos then secrete some creative juices.

Thank you and I hope that you ♥ it. 🙂

Related posts:

Heart masked photos from Bell + Howell BF 35 camera click here.

All Bell and Howell photos click here.


Watermarking in Lomo

Lately I’ve been fascinated with creative watermarks I find on tumblr, their  fonts and the  positioning can be by itself an art form too as photography. Someone said that I should put a watermark on my photos but I don’t feel like my photos deserve that. Not that I find my photos so ridiculous but just not too impressive to be stolen. I would only want to take care of my photos because my family and friends are on them. I also think that they are only for photographers. I don’t even call my work as photography nor call myself a photographer. I think those words are too grand for me and more applicable to those who are taking pictures for a living.

I did it however, not on my digital photos, but on my lomo photos instead and I say it’s a complete mess.  It’s so untidy and unpleasant to look at. It doesn’t look like a watermark but a label on the photo, and heck, it’s my name!

Sadly, I am halfway down my second roll in my watermarked Diana Mini so expect more of these *blush*


Past, Present and Future of a Second

I feel like I’ve been left behind, be it my love life or career.

Love: Men always come and go so quick. But that is not what the blabbing is about. The sentiment is, why do they come to bore me to death, if not, they come ill, sick in the head. Sure, there is no school to major in how to be interesting but how about speaking your mind out and involve yourself in the conversation. It insults me when I do monologues with just one audience member.

Career: Work to me now is purely, sincerely and only a source of income. It’s not very healthy or very likely to feel this way when you work for an established international IT company, I know. I feel so restless and burned-out. This is not coming from discontentment (with pay or job post etc.) but with doing the exact same thing every single day. Also, if I may highlight, the lack of proper recognition which is an understatement of office politics that is inevitable and rampant (here). Sadly, hard work is not all it takes to succeed in the real world and this, to me, is the greatest thing I’ve learned so far in my two years at work.

It pains me a lot when I lose all my writings because of incompetent browsers. I could have explained myself better with a lengthier text but I like how it turned out to be summarized when I rewrote it.

*Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 on Bell + Howell (Walang koneksyon ang pictures sa content, duh. Haha.)


30-second Photoshoot with Oliver alyas Bangkay

Here you go… I traveled solo, so who did this shot? 

(shot with Bell + Howell)

Tadah! It’s kuya Oliver, alyas Bangkay, the tricycle driver. He stopped over this spot and urged me to pose for him. What? “Bakit po?” It was as if a routine he does when driving his passengers back to the bus terminal, when he stepped off his tricycle with no hesitations, no questions and his spontaneity dragged me to pose.

Look, I got him photographed too.

(Shot with Diana Mini)

If you travel alone, you appreciate every gesture of people around you, whether good or bad. It’s with them, strangers, that your memories are built. I aim to appreciate strangers whether I need company or what. We are all human and are still under the same sky after all. Pahalagahan ng patas  kesyo pamilya, kaibigan, kalilala o di kilala, lahat sila parte, iba-iba lang ng laki.


Pinoy Lomo Tip: Where to scan films?

Hello Pinoy Lomographers! Here we are again for another Pinoy Lomo Tip, and issue’s topic is “Where do we have our films scanned?”

Most of us do not develop the films, for 1, it would cost you more and 2, it’s not very manageable to store piles of pictures. So I have my films scanned too, at DIGIPRINT.

Reasons why I choose Digiprint:

♥ It’s the cheapest I’ve found. It costs P135 for the first roll and P35 on the succeeding rolls, that’s for 35mm film. The minimum number of rolls per transaction is 5, so that makes P275 per 5 rolls.

♥ They burn the pictures on a CD. They can store up to 5 rolls of film per CD. I like it because it also serves as my backup, you know when it’s digital, it’s very convenient to organize, but when it’s deleted, it’s forever gone!

♥ Free shipping. After 3-5 days. you will get your scanned films at your doorstep by LBC. NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE! It will include the canisters if you request for it. You will also get your negatives back.

Any special handling /request are welcome. They can cross-process your slide films, scan in half-frame and square-frame format but I’m afraid you would have to note that on the receipt, just to make sure all is well when you get your scans.

♥ They  have a  lot of branches all over the metro. Their branch list is not updated though, so use it to contact them and get updated yourself. Note: Megamall branch closed.

And that’s about it. Spread the analogue love!


Pinoy Lomo Tip: Where to buy films?

To all Pinoy Lomo newbie (I am too, don’t worry) here’s what I can offer.

I buy my films online at Lomo Loco Shop. The owner is of course Pinoy, her name is Kara. Here’s why I like her shop:

♥ Cheapest film online store you can find locally. The price ranges from P60 to P215 for 35mm films.

♥ You can have your films delivered to you or meet up with her to get it. You will be shouldering the delivery charge but for meet ups, the minimum amount of purchase should be P1000. I only do meet ups, and so far she’s been so accommodating.

♥ Wide array of film variations. The store doesn’t have all kinds but I can say that the most common are there—35mm and 120mm, even slide films.

♥ Website is being updated periodically. You can even subscribe to get updates through email. It is the most updated local online lomo store.

♥ Films are expired. It has this “luma” effect.

* I will also be checking in Hidalgo, Quiapo the best store where we can buy films.

* Team Manila is also selling films, 3 rolls per, a bit pricey at around P600 to P1200.

* You can also share us where you buy your films in the Phils. by using the answer button below.


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.

*Click here to get to Bookay-ukay’s multiply site.


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