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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!


How To Blur Photo Rules With A Sardine Can

17th June 2012

I’ve owned far too many Lomo cameras, through out the years. I like the idea that each toy camera can give a photo a completely different look. The control freak in me doesn’t really care for how completely unfocused that look usually ends up despite my efforts to create the stillest environment for a shot.

My friend Derek is absolutely amazing with the Lomo Sprocket Rocket and when we got to talking about how blurry all the rest of their cameras are, the La Sardina came up. It was a brand new addition to Lomo, at the time. Its an easy to use 35mm camera that was modeled to look like a sardine can. Apparently, the focal point can be pretty sharp, and it has a wide angle that isn’t so intense that it leaves your photo with black corners and everything else in a bubble, like their fisheye does.

Ever since then, I’ve been lurking around on blogs and Flickr accounts of La Sardina owners. Day dreaming. Last week, a friend of mine who works with Lomo said he had one that wasn’t getting much use and allowed me to test it out indefinitely. It was a very happy day in Brooklyn.

He packed it with a roll of 800 speed film, that rad looking fog horn of a flash, and a couple of flash filters.  I spent the next day walking around the city flipping its switches and knobs, recklessly. Maybe, due to my excitement, I did it a bit too recklessly. I got my film back and felt like I was looking into fogged glass after drinking a bottle of cheap vodka. Most of them were unrecognizably blurry.

I told Alex how discouraged I was with the results, and he gave me some great obvious insight. First he asked “Did you use the flash on them?” I responded after a long pause. A pause that I used to figure out if he had somehow magically seen my photos before me, all the way over in California and was being a smart ass (turns out he was just being smart) ”Only for one…the only one that came out clear…”

the settings I used for said photo.

Then he brought up another good point. He reminded me that not all photos have to be in focus to be an interesting photo.

He’s right. Its something that I’ve let myself forget through out the years of shooting and trying to always improve myself. I’ve grown so accustom to my digital SLR where I have control over everything in order to make the photo look exactly how I want to. I then remembered that I wanted this camera to learn with. To take something that I could only choose between two focal points (far away and close up) and challenge myself to make that photo recognizable as my own despite the natural way the camera functions.

At that point, I went back over the photos I took and realized that I do like some of them, quite a bit! So myy new little La Sardina is already restocked with some of my favorite color saturated film (Kodak Portra 400), the flash is stuffed with a brand new battery, and I’m ready to continue to let go of control and have fun with my new fun toy!

Heres some of my favorite photos from my first attempt with the La Sardina:




Oh Joy!

17th November 2011

Photo by Derek Woods

I’m such a happy lady, lately! I don’t even know where to begin on explaining how I’ve achieved this ultimate joy, since its always the little things that do it, so I’ll start with a true story of one of those said things:

I was in Los Angeles a few weeks ago which involves a lot of highway driving. I don’t mind the driving/ traffic involved in these drives. Its more the highway scenery in LA that bothers me. Its so drab.

On one occasion, a friend and I were getting ready to exit the highway when we hit some unexpected traffic. As we drove closer we noticed a bunch of cars slowing down and swerving out of the way for what, at a distance, appeared to be a ton of tiny animals hopping along the highway.

As we became close enough to be the car that needed to dodging the moving objects, it became apparent that these moving objects were an assortment of different bouncing balls!! I kid you not! Footballs, basketballs, dodge balls, tiny hot pink bouncy balls, those translucent colored balls that are usually in Target and are too light to really throw. SO MANY COLORFUL BOUNCY BALLS ON THE 405!!

We both looked at each other and just started laughing at how surreal the situation was.

Now whenever it gets quiet for too long I like to break the silence by saying to him

“Dude! Remember that time we played dodgeball in traffic?!?

Heres some other things that I love about life:

Camouflaging my jewelry with my phone

Knowing that someone’s there to catch you, if you fall

Fish eyes that cover fake eyes that cover real eyes

When hidden cameras capture amazing moments

When people aren’t afraid to speak up and spell things out for you

Memorable talks during long car rides

Pizza parties!

Going to Grand Central Station at the rare time when it is almost completely silent

The smell of melting crayons

Pretending to be scary

Challenging someone who is holding back a smile

Huge clusters of objects

When my friends get random and ridiculous to get a rise out of me

Turning things into monsters

The artificial color of blue that radiates from swimming pools

Eating food so good that your stomach becomes bigger than anything on your body and you nearly explode!

Christmas lights that don’t get used around Christmas

Pretending to be an animal.

Especially if being that animal involves jumping!

Being able to act as a helpful assistant

Unnecessary illustrations

Freshly painted nails

Going to old diners with retro architecture (this one was Googie!)

Seeing something worth taking a second look at

The feeling of honestly not caring what anyone thinks of you

Books with lots of old images

Being destructive without causing harm

The Hollywood Reservoir

Hanging out in the shade in the middle of a sunny day

Doing the Bernie (photo also by Derek Woods)

Honerable Mentions:

  • Matte gray nail polish
  • Ceremonys show on a bridge in Austin
  • The feeling from sucessfully swatting a fly
  • Mini brownies from Le Pain Quotidien
  • Alex‘s Gummeow cat stickers!
  • Singing along to the ultimate 90′s songs
  • Finding something you almost paid full price for, in the clearance section
  • The Pomplamoose song about a monster mask
  • Being the very first people in the line at a theme park
  • Leaving dinosaur noises for people as their voicemail
  • Creating milkshake (Nutella, malt powder, and mini marshmallows is the best one yet)
  • Creating meals (Roscoes chicken, mac & cheese, and a touch of maple syrup placed between two waffles is crazy good)
  • Going to the beach at night
  • Having serious talks on swingsets
  • Being complimented on a mix you’ve made
  • Staying up until late because I’m taking jokes too far and loosing track of time
  • Disneys Haunted Mansion around Halloween
  • The narcoleptic robot that you pass in line on Star Tours at Disney
  • Churros (tastes like Cinnamon Toast Crunch on a stick)
  • The Family Circus with blank pannels
  • People watching at costume parties
  • Halloween, because its when guys need help with their makeup and I find that so silly
  • Staying in theme parks until they close
  • Laughing before getting out of bed
  • Making functional robots
  • ICP documentaries
  • Being the only person left in an airport
  • Really blue cleaning solutions
  • Voice memo texts
  • Stonys pizza truck in Austin, TX
  • Writing the letter “f” in cursive
  • Frigid Shortcomings by Ink & Dagger
  • Realizing you’ve broken in something made of leather
  • Special choose your own adventure comics


Oh Joy!

22nd September 2011


Going on photo adventures

Finding photo booths, in the process

Animal kisses

Fat suspenders

my office space

Everything that the word MAC is abbreviated for

Learning more about toy cameras (thanks to Derek Woods)

Making the people I love smile

My grandmothers always well manicured hands

Polka dots; writing on steam; parallel parking challenges

Smuggling vitamins around like drugs

Driving alone though the country side and stopping to hang out in random places that I never could in the city. Like cow pastures!

Doing cartwheels down rows that appear endless.

Seafoam green and bright red

Chucking flowers at people in the park

Drawing Freddy Catguer where ever markers and paper are available

freckled faces

Charlies response to people that talk to her like a baby.