Before you go on: note that we only recommend that you do this with specific pieces of film that you don’t care about.
If you’ve got rolls of film scanned already, found a bit of it at a thrift/vintage store, or just have a bit of it that you don’t particularly care for anymore, then why not recycle it? Besides using them for possible window decorations, another option for you would be to cut up a strip of it and make it into bookmark. Simply take the film, surround the edges and back in paper, and then give it a bit of clear tape.
Just like that, you’ve got a brand new bookmark for your weekend reading material.
One of our most popular posts is our best budget lens guide. And it’s received not only an overhaul but updates. Additionally, we’ve added Fujifilm into the mix besides also including Canon, Nikon, Micro Four Thirds, Pentax and Sony.
Usually, folks love creating shapes when light painting. But photographer Jason D Page decided to do something totally different. In his photo series, “Icons” Jason created faces of famous folks through light painting. More amazingly is the fact that the images are straight out of the camera without any post-production at all–sans cropping and removing a couple of dead pixels.
Jason told us a bit more about the images:
“The faces in my “Icons” series are individuals that I feel have made significant cultural impact and inspire countless people around the world. This is the kind of impact I hope my light painting work will have in the world of art and photography. I hope my light painting work inspires people to see a camera as more than a tool to document but also as an artistic instrument used to capture light.
My “Icons” series are created by first physically deconstructing an iconic image several times over. Those deconstructed pieces are then turned into many different plates made from various translucent materials. Once the plates are created the light print process can begin. My Light Print making process is similar to traditional print making with the exception of my medium being light instead of ink. Creating the plates and working out all the variables to create an image usually takes me about a week. It is a very laborious process, but for me its well worth the effort.”
Bellamy Hunt over at Japan Camera Hunter usually finds some extremely sweet treasures. But this recent find of his will blow your mind. Today, JCH posted a photo set of the De Ould Delft 50mm f0.75 lens, which is perhaps one of the fastest aperture optics ever made and so is also not for sale. The lens is mounted on a Leica M3 and was engineered to do so–meaning that this version is an M mount lens.
It was made for x-ray machines originally which explains why the aperture is a fixed f0.75 and its fixed focusing out to two meters. But it still takes some very beautiful images. As you can see in Bellamy’s photos, there is no aperture ring on the lens or focusing ring. Because of the lens’s older design, we’re not quite sure that it might be best for digital users and instead may be best paired with some sort of low contrast film like Portra 400. Coupled with the fact that you have a super duper wide aperture, you’re bound to have lots of fun in super low lighting.
To use it, you’ll probably need to whip out the measuring tape. Since this is an M mount lens and it doesn’t focus, the focusing doesn’t correspond with a rangefinder’s focusing mechanism. So you’ll only be able to use the viewfinder for composing if anything.
When you’re starting out as as a strobist, you’ll immediately see just how much better your images can potentially become. But in order to make them even better, you’ll need to learn a couple of techniques that can help you get a creative vision across.