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How To Navigate The Lomo La Sardina Flash. Laid Out in Black & White

18th August 2012

I’m a couple of rolls into using my Lomo La Sardina camera and am loving it more and more! Of all the rolls I’ve shot, I think my last roll of black and white film, may be my favorite of all the results.

I usually don’t care much for using the flash but unless you’re subject is burning alive in direct sunlight, I’m starting to realize the flash is pretty necessary for a distinguishable shot with the La Sardina. Thats fine by me, because I love the harsh look of flash on a black and white photo!  So I loaded up my toy camera with Kodak T-MAX  100 film. To be honest, I went in looking for 400, but I couldn’t seem to find it anywhere I looked. (The diminishment of film accessibility has become so sad.) But I was really happy with the fuzzy, contrasted, and pretty erie looking results I got.

Shooting black and white was a good way to distinguish the differences in flash ranges, since it’s easier to focus in on just light without being distracted by if the color is being washed out. I tried all the settings and heres some examples of how they turned out, as displayed through my favorite male model!

Flash setting: 1/1

Flash setting: 1/2

Flash setting: 1/8

Flash setting: well, there was no flash on this one. I shot it right around sunset and had forgotten to turn it onto 1/8, which I’m glad I did because I like how evenly the light was laid out.

Heres what happened when I tried the photo again with the setting I thought I wanted. Not only did I not like the result, but I also had to treat Alex like he was on a reality show when I said “Hey, can you please act like you’re still looking in the window?”

Modeling our Chloe Rice & Alex Pardee shirt, as the sun photo bombed the shot..The sun also did a lovely job at photo bombing this photo from the Redwoods. I loved the warped bubble and the light leak in the bottom corner.

Why, yes! That is a 727 in the middle of a forest!


Scribbled Eggs

17th August 2012

As of today, I have a new life goal. A reason to scavenge through used book stores and butcher the French vocabulary when I ask the store clerk for the cutest cookbook I’ve ever seen!

I feel like I MUST own La cuisine est un jeu d’enfants! It’s is a illustrated French cookbook by Michel Oliver, targeted toward kids in the 60′s. The book is written in French, includes English translations, and is full of universally adorable instructional food scribbles!!!

If any of the other recipes in the book look half as good as their recipe for something called an egg nest (baked eggs with gruyere cheese) then I plan on only cooking French foods as soon as I get ahold of this book.

Dela-ware I Shot The Flaming Lips

12th August 2012

Ever since I worked inside of Milk Studios over the last New York Fashion Week, I’ve been incited by their lifestyle based blog, Milk Made. So when I was asked to go take photos around the first official Firefly Festival, in Delaware, I was excited to work with them again and maybe be able to document people having fun in a state that I had only previously associated with Waynes World.

The festival was great! Hot air balloons filled the skies and I periodically got to fly up in them to see confetti spewing from the stage and onto the crowd. The fair grounds had delicious unique food vendors, 4 main stages, and a cozy little forest that divided all of them. The forest was like a magical nap area for those who didn’t care to hear whatever music was going on at the time. They had used the trees to built a bunch of wooden swings and an anchor for several hammocks.

Firefly Fest was 3 days long and although it was great to see the bands, find grass wedged into my camera bag for the weeks that followed, and see the sights of Delaware, my favorite parts were making paper crafts, seeing old friends, and witnessing the Flaming Lips live. It was the most colorful, exciting live show I’ve ever seen! Heres some photos from my weekend in Delaware.

While I was there, I made the largest functioning paper airplane I’ve ever made!

I met tons of girls that looked like the came out of The Wizard Of Oz

A lot of the musicians yelled and threw things and although I loved that…some of my friends did not.One of the food vendors sold a delicious combo of chicken and waffles and nobody got fat afterwards…because of all the arm raising exercises that were involved in the festivities!

The festival was full of wild animals and rare flowersand rare cases of missing pants!Wayne must have been warned of there scary rarities ahead of time, because he kept his personal bubble with him through out the entire festival.

The Sea Wood Is The Worst Wood You Can Call Someone.

8th August 2012

I recently said that I was planning on shooting only film on my entire drive up from Oakland to Portland. Alex and I gave ourselves an entire extra day to plan out a drive up the coast, and through the Redwoods. Going through that area of a forest is way too vast and incredible to capture in a photo. Knowing this ahead of time, I challenged myself to leave my digital SLR so I wouldn’t be distracted by twiddling with settings in the middle of the most massive trees on earth!

Instead, I carried only a point and shoot with color film, and my La Sardina stocked with black and white film. I:

  • saw the biggest trees
  • felt the biggest gust of wind when I stuck my head out the sunroof to take photos on the road
  • got kissed by the biggest mosquitoes
  • gave the biggest hugs to the cutest seal
  • met the biggest baby black bear that crossed our path while we were trying to find the Rockerfeller Loop in the forest.

When we left the woods, we decided to take advantage of the last hour or so of daylight and perfect weather, by finding a beach to doodle at, during sunset. Growing up around Atlantic coast beaches, the idea of going to the beach was only half as exciting as the thought of just stretching my legs and scribbling out silly characters with Alex, but once we  parked along the blurred ground that divided rich dirt and pebbled sand, somewhere around Orick, CA, I was completely transfixed with my surroundings.

The only thing dividing a huge forest of trees and a fresh lakes of water, from an uninhabited beach of tiny peppery grain, little sand crickets, and crashing waves, was a thin mist of fog. We sat on the only piece of driftwood around, and helped incubate the turtle eggs that were nested underneath us. I don’t know how to avoid sounding like a hippy when I say that I will never underestimate the beauty of nature and an unknown beach again.

My San Diego Comic Conclusion

24th July 2012

iPhone home photo by Alex

I got to spend some time down at San Diego Comic Con, this year and had the best time people watching, visiting my friends from far away lands in their booths, doodling in corners, and collecting toys, flyers, and candy in my purse.

Comic Converse!

I’ve been to several comic conventions, but this was only my second one to the San Diego. The last time I went equipped with a borrowed Canon 7D and used it to make this fun little video.

SDCC is nuts. There’s people lined up outside of convention halls for days to get a glimpse of the cast of the Big Bang Theory. People camp out for hours before the show opens, in hopes of getting a ticket, to be able to stand in line, for a toy that they will only make 100 of. There was even a Comic Con casualty outside the center, and almost one at the Zerofriends booth.

As much as I appreciated all the chaos, I mainly enjoyed getting to walk around and do some people watching, and grabbing lunch with my fellow photo taking friends. Heres some shots from my trip!

Alex and I discovered the best way to eat the worst foods is by masking them with nacho cheese. It was regretful yet delicious.Sash got to meet up with Audrey Kawasaki and talk about tattoos.I got to meet up with Jim and talk about our splintered phones.

I gave out poem treats to those who had been walking the floor until their feet were about to bleed, like me. Sam and I got to pet the cutest pups when we all showed up too early to a party, where this meal happened!

Yes. I ate the most incredible 6 course meal prepared by the amazing chef Wolvesmouth. I now have dreams that involve cheese fritters all the time, and I wake up drooling far more that ever.

the convention center was swarming with these adorable fluffy llamas. I have no idea why, but it made the entire trip just a little bit cuter.

Zoetica has a glowing unique style, that I made sure that her camera did too, by turning it into a face!

The convention center was typically full of very small people, and not so typically stocked with one abnormally large little person.

I got to see Dethklok play before their tour beings, on a battle ship, during a brilliantly planned party thrown by Adult Swim.

there were a ton of different forms of documenting Comic Con, and I’ve loved seeing everyone elses photos popping up online.

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