I took these shots in a temporary fun fare that is set up every year at Dam square in amsterdam. i must say the fact that the fare is mobile freaks the crap out of me. u know that if shit goes down, and a ride seriously injures someone, those dudes will just wrap up and move to the next city! some of the rides look so old and dodgy it seams all odds are against you. but what's the big deal, it's just your kids your gambling with anyways...
all these shots are taken with an expired 120mm KODAK E200 color positive film. I really love the results, and after this, it will be a looong time till I shoot 35mm again!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
in Amsterdam, a city with over 700 000 bicycles, and where over 50% of all traffic is by bike, the new fad is fixies, or fixed-gear bikes. the bikes are urban versions of those used in the velodrome, with minimalistic design and superthin wheels. another, and more characteristic, feature with these badboys is that they have no breaks! they are so-called fixed-gear bikes, which means that whenever the bike is in motion, the pedals will go around. so the only way to slow the bike down is to try to slow down the pedals.
because of the kinda obvious dangers with breakless biking in the traffic, Dutch police has suggested to forbid the bikes. the riders themselves, on the other side, are opposing the ban, and as I read on some websites “brakes are not needed for safety, if you know how to control your bike, slow and stop” and “your legs are your breaks”. good luck with that.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
he is the unofficial, uncredited, unknown, and uncrowned king of blog electro, and he is now the new dedicated dj of lomophobic. instead of putting up a song in every post, darkjar's 5 last loved tracks on hypemachine will be displayed in the right menu. the list wil be continuously updated as mr. jar is crawling the music blogs for new songs to share! to listen to the tunes, just click the links, and you'll be taken to hypemachine. to download, click "Read full post" in hypemachine, and then find the link in the original blog. enjoy!
as a last in-post track, this RAC Mix of Penguin Prison's Worse it Gets is darkjar's prediction as one of the big tunes this spring/summer.
Penguin Prison - Worse it Gets (RAC Mix) (mp3)
it has nothing to do with lomography, but since we're already talking music, I want to share this video from M.I.A's new tune Born Free. it is pretty shocking, to put it mildly. however, it is amazingly filmed and produced, and the whole thing comes out at pretty provoking. my bet is that this one will never be aired on MTV (like they ever show music videos anymore anyways).
Monday, April 26, 2010
I just booked my tickets to new york. I'm going to visit my sister there, and i'll spend 10 days there in june. of course i'll bring my lomo, and hopefully i'll get the chance to get some great shots of the city that never sleeps. anyways, i'm sure it'll be different than the urban shots i get to take here in amsterdam, like the supercool lego-looking building on this picture!
Crystal Castles - Lovers Who Uncover (mp3)
Sunday, April 25, 2010
took this double-exposure portrait of my best friend and his girlfriend. it is shot with iso 400 35mm film, and the diana f+ flash, using two different color-gel-thingies for the flash.
after finishing 4 rolls of 35mm, i think i've come to the conclusion that it doesn't make the pictures "lomographic enough", so i have switched back to 120mm. i'm waiting for three 120 rolls to come back from development, so hopefully the results will be good!
Mew - Beach (Trentemøller Remix) (mp3)
Saturday, April 24, 2010
here are two shots from a 35mm fujifilm 400 film. one was an attempt on a panoramic shot of Dam square, but because I didn't turn the knob enough, it became several layers on top of each other. the other picture is from the baarsjes area in amsterdam, where it is not allowed to smoke joints in the street ;)
today I received 5 rolls of expired 120mm film that I ordered from ebay. it was a variety of types, ranging from color 100 and 400 film to bw 200. looking forward to shooting with them and seeing the results.
Crystal Castles - Celestica (mp3)
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
this tattoo belongs to Cameron, who goes under the flickr-username Lomo-Cam. he is (obviously) a lomography-enthusiast, and his flickr album consists of way over 1000 amazing lomographs! as Lomo-Cam wrote to me in a message
"I've only been using the Lomo cameras for about a year and a half. I have fallen in love with them. I have a favorite, obviously."
he owns almost every lomo-camera there is, but as he says, his obvious favourite is the LC-A+RL. as he writes on his own blog, which is also called Lomo-Cam (link):
"I am a lomographer. I might shoot on some non-lomo cameras but I follow a lot of the 10 Rules of Lomography. the only rule I break is #7. Instead of "don't think just shoot", I never think twice about a shot. I am an amateur. I don't use photoshop. I love multiple exposures."
this is just a small bunch of Lomo-Cam's amazing lomographs. the rest of his photostream can be found HERE
Adam Kesher - Hour Of The Wolf (mp3)
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
here's a collection of shots I've done of street art in Amsterdam with the Lomo Diana F+. these lomographs are taken with 35mm FujiFilm 400 color negative film, and scanned with epson perfection 3170.
Cypress Hill ft. Young De - It Ain't Nothin' (mp3)
Monday, April 19, 2010
after much searching I finally got a hold on an Epson Perfection 3170 scanner today, bought secondhand for the very reasonable sum of 40 Euro. the scanner can handle negatives up to 120mm, therefore seams perfect for lomography.
after MUCH clumsing around with the installment of the scanner, I finally got it working, and started scanning my 35mm negatives. the best thing about using a medium-format sized scanner is that it also scans the exposed sprocket holes in the film, so it is great with the 35mm Diana F+ camera back.
when I had finally figured out how to scan, the results blew me away! the imagine quality is amazing, and considering the low development costs (only 2.95 per roll compared to around 10 with prints), I am very satisfied with this scanner.
when I received the prints from my first two 120mm b/w rolls a couple of weeks ago, I was pretty disappointed with the contrast and levels in the photos. however, after scanning the negatives now, I realize it was the prints, and not the Diana that ruined the quality. therefore, I have decided to post a couple of shots from the first b/w rolls, even though some may be re-submissions. it is totally justified by the increased quality!
Flight of the Conchords - The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room) (mp3)
Sunday, April 18, 2010
after shooting 3 full rolls of 35mm film, I decided to do another 120mm b/w film. but after loading the film, I had problems winding it. I gave it a little force, but suddenly all the resistance in the turning-wheel was gone. I carefully opened the back of the camera, and saw that the film was ripped. I then took was left of the roll and loaded it again. but again, the same thing happened. what have I done wrong?? if anyone has any clue, please leave a comment. I'll add two pictures of the diana to show where the film is getting ripped.
Friday, April 16, 2010
got this great collection of lomographs from deviantart. they're done by a user named oriontrail, who is a 25 year old from Croatia. the collection is a great set of b/w shots of mostly architecture and nature, and it makes for a great inspiration source for urban shoots.
Pony Pony Run Run - Walking On A Line (Lifelike Radio Mix) (mp3)
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Here's a couple more photos that are weirdly cropped and chopped up. They are part of the same roll as the previous two photos, so the reason they have the overlapping frames is that they are shot without a mask in the Diana, and the camera set on 16 shots. So, either use a mask, or shoot 12!
I have found a well-priced secondhand Epson 3170 scanner that I hopefully will receive next week. Then I will be able to scan negatives up to medium format (120mm), and I can import all the color shots I've done with 35mm film.
Ellie Goulding - Under The Sheets (Baby Monster Remix) (mp3)
Saturday, April 10, 2010
By the central station in amsterdam, they actually have a parkinghouse for bikes. pretty sick. as you can see, both pictures have an overlap with the next frame on the roll. I figured out I have been shooting with the Lomo set on 16 photos, without having the 16-pics mask in the camera, so when I've been rolling the film, the numbers showed on the back has not been the correct ones. And from the vespa-picture, what I should have known by now, the viewfinder does not work!!
One eskimO - Givin up (Don Diablo Remix) (mp3)
Thursday, April 8, 2010
(by Simen P)
After looking everywhere for it, I finally found an exposure chart for diana lomo f+. The chart has exposure times for all aperture sizes for any conditions, from "Night, Star Light, No Other Light", to "10 Minutes After Sunset", and for ISO speeds from 50 to 800.
The full chart can be downloaded for free in pdf mode from INDIAN HILL imageworks.
Two Door Cinema Club - Something Good Can Work (mp3)
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Here are two shots from my second 120mm B/W roll. When boats go down the biggest canals of Amsterdam, the bridges raise to let them through, and bikes, cars, trams, and buses have to wait. For some reason, almost all the shots turned out like these ones, with overlapping parts from other pictures on the sides. I'm not sure if it's me, my camera, or the shop that does it.
Booka Shade - Regenerate (mp3)