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land camera photos!

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Last month I made a whole bunch of goals relating to my family and making memories before my brother and his family move to Germany for three years, one of which was to take get reacquainted with my land camera and take lots of photos. I think I can cross that goal off because not only did I take a bunch of pictures - I'm back to being obsessed with this camera!
Here are some of the photos I took last month. First - color pictures...
I have two problems with this camera, both of which are miniscule and really mostly my fault. One - the pictures take a little while to dry which leads to me being like "okay, what the heck do I do with this now?!" and a few times I've put away a picture I thought was dry that really wasn't. The image above, of my brother and my grandpa, is one that I accidentally put away prematurely. You can see where some paper residue is stuck on it (on my grandpa's arm, my brother's leg and beside his arm). It's a bummer, but I suppose it could have stuck in a worse place, like across their faces. Lesson learned, I will be waiting until I know 120% that a photo is dry before putting it away. I normally store them in the case of the camera, underneath the camera's directions, until I get home.

My second issue is actually completely my problem, not that camera's,  I absolutely stink at estimating distance in my head which inevitably leads to out of focus photos. I suppose it's just something that will come with lots of practice. All in all, the positives certainly outweigh the negatives. It's my favorite camera, no doubt!

And now for my favorites - black and white. I know I've expressed before that I'm not a real big fan of black and white (I'm a colorful person, obviously) but there is just something about this camera and black and white film that is SO beautiful. Next time I stock up on film for it I'll certainly be buying more black and white than color.
The last one is probably my absolute favorite, it's such a sweet photo. Photos like that make it totally feel worth it that I lug this big beastly camera around all day.

You can find the film here: black and white or color. If you're interested in buying a land camera check out your local thrift store, but if you're in a hurry there are always some floating around on ebay. I bought mine from Film Photography Project on ebay a year or so ago when they were having a sale. They do currently have a few in their webstore. They're slightly pricey compared to what you'd find at a thrift store or estate sale but they have been tested and come with batteries. Plus they have really great service that I can attest to! When I first got the camera I had no idea what to do with but it actually came with an instructional DVD and that's pretty stinken awesome if you ask me.

Hope you're having a fabulous day!
xoxo

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  1. This last father and daughter photo is so sweet, I have such a photo with daddy too. The only difference can be found in our black and curly hair :)


     In Whirl of Inspiration

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  2. Your link to your goal post is definitely linking to a beautiful picture of you!

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    1. Eeep! Thanks for letting me know! I have no idea how I accidentally did that!

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  3. I have a land camera too, and I have found the tips on this "field experience" blog post really helpful. I have been using a bento box to store my photos with success. His whole blog is a great Polaroid resource.

    http://moominsean.blogspot.com/2012/05/polaroids-pack-film-field-experience.html

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    1. Oh wow! Super interesting! Thanks so much for the link. I never even thought about storing them in something and not peeling until later.

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    2. This is one of the things that makes the Fuji peel apart easier to use than old Polaroid dead stock since the Polaroid shots won't stop developing you have to peel them at the right time. If you are out shooting you can just toss the Fuji shots in your coat and peel them all when you get home (this is especially helpful in the dead of winter). That being said the transfers you can make from the Polaroid shots are really fun (and messy). http://www.flickr.com/photos/seventwentysk/sets/72157629179355822/

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  4. Beautiful pictures! I especially like the first black and white photo (:

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  5. Oh I love these, gosh you make me wanna dig out my film cameras so much. Before I do that, I better get previous rolls developed though!

    Those black and whites are so bright and dreamy, I love that! Gives them a really intimate charm I think :)
    xomando

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  6. these photos are truly awesome! I'm a huge camera nerd and my bag is bursting with too many to actually use. None are as cool as yours though! ps. the black and white photos are my favourite here :)

    www.caraclaudia.blogspot.com

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  7. These are beautiful. I'm usually a fan of colour pictures, but sometimes black and white is so much more evocative.

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  8. Waw, those pictures are all so lovely. I actually kind of like the one with the paper residue on it, the photo looks a bit 'older' and the mood of the picture stands out even more. (I'm not a native so I'm sorry if you don't understand what I'm saying right now, haha)

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  9. Gorgeous pictures, and yes, the black and white ones are magical!

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  10. Thanks for the link to the store! Just picked up my own land camera from them. Excited!

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  11. The pictures are so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your resources as well. How nice that the cameras come with a DVD- I'm always worried if I buy a vintage camera that I won't *really* know how to use it.

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  12. LOVE your pictures!!!❤ (sniff sniff)

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  13. I've got the 340 which is great because of the rangefinder and viewfinder system. You might consider looking into one of those if you find the focusing to be limiting. You're getting excellent results with yours, though.

    ALSO, i don't know if you know you can save the negatives, clean them off, and scan them. You get quite different colours in some instances, and its cool to have a digital backup other than a scan of the print.

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  14. What gorgeous pictures! I find myself torn between colour and black&white. You can miss all those vibrant tones and shades in b&w but it does have an oldy-worldy charm that I find hard to resist! Jen x

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  15. agreed. the black and white are absolutely WONDERFUL. i love them :)

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  16. Wow those are really amazing photos! I found a land camera about five years ago and it did not take pictures like those.

    www.brooklyn-wolf.blogspot.com

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  17. I love polaroid land cameras! I have a 250, it's a lot of fun. Just a FYI- the b&w fuji film is a bit cheaper through B&H - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/843361-REG/Fujifilm_15200772_Instant_Black_White.html . I just bought 5 packs of color and 5 of b&w, really need to go take some pictures soon!

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  18. I have a land camera and film that I bought at a garage sale (Still new in the box!). But I do not know how to use it and I am afraid to waste the expensive film. Can you do a tutorial on loading,using, and unloading this camera? That would be so awesome! I find your tutorials more helpful than any around the internet.

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  19. Lovely pictures! For some reason they remind me of my childhood... Don't know... the colors, the B&W (I have a bunch of B&W as a child), the place that looks a lot like some pictures I have from my grandparents' place... Loved the post!

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  20. I have been too scared to try out m land polaroid.Your photos are amazing. Maybe it's time i gave mine a go.

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  21. Your photos are lovely. I like the last one the best, too. Totally evokes lazy summer days with the fam.

    This is going to sound silly, but this is how school photographers used to get in-focus pictures with film cameras. They would have a string/wire attached to the camera or tripod, and it would have a piece of tape denoting whatever measurement they were ment to take the photo at. When it came time to take a pic, they'd have their subject sit down, position their camera where they thought was the correct spot, then grab the string and pull it to their subject's chin. If the tape touched their chin then they were ready to photograph the kid.

    Maybe you could find a way to use this technique until you get used to judging distance. Just an idea, if you wanted to use it. Have a lovely day, chris!

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    1. That's a great idea! Thank you so much!!

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  22. wow! I'm surprised the photos are so clear! I bought a 250 land camera from ebay years ago, and then made the mistake of giving it to my dad to "look at" to see if it works. I haven't seen it since. he still has it, but hasn't looked at it at all, lol. thinking I should just take it to a camera store.

    where did you get yours and how did you find out if it still worked? also, where do you buy your film? pretty sure the film I bought with the camera is old now.

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    1. I already answered all those questions in the post itself. ;)

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    2. lol, ohhh, I guess I didn't read the very last ¶ :\

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  23. Woah, those photos are so neat! And so is that Polaroid! So fun!

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  24. You changed your little 'hello!' bubble! It's funny because as soon as I saw that photo I said to myself that you should put it there, you look lovely!

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  25. Oh girl! You are really selling me on the Land Camera! A friend of mine has a stockpile of them back at her parents' house. It might be time for me to call in favor.

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  26. Thanks so much for posting where to buy film! I was given one of these cameras from my grandpa's collection and have been wanting to give it a try!

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  27. I had no idea film was still around for land cameras! I've wanted one for years but I am a terrible hoarder so I try not to buy things I can't use but now I know I can buy film I am definitely going to keep my eye out for them!! :D

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  28. This post made me so excited because after reading it I wanted to buy one to use and add to my collection. But before I did I checked my current collection and realized I HAVE one! I had no idea it worked! I can't wait to get film and play around with the camera. :)

    Thanks for sharing!!

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  29. Saw issue one and thought I'd quickly comment:
    You can put your photos into a waterbath and the paper will come off. If you have a chamoi you can wipe watermarks off with that before drying, but either way you shouldn't get a whole lot of watermarks :)

    Man, that gel stinks, don't it?

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  30. Oooh...these are so gorgeous!! :) I've been dying for a camera like this, but I didn't even think about the drying issue! I have an instax mini and I just shove them away before they're done developing because they are kind of awkward to hang onto, especially in the wind or something...and I have a hell of a time estimating distance with my Diana Mini (seriously, metres would be pretty easy you'd think? But not for me...lol), so I'm so happy you shared your troubles! :)

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  31. On the third to last picture, the little boy looks like he has a mark in the shape of a face on his knee. Am I weird for noticing that?

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  32. I have the same camera but i have a problem with my images coming out to light,or to dark. i tried adjusting the knob but still no luck. do you have any tips. thanks

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