frozen lake erie // land camera photos - The Dainty Squid

frozen lake erie // land camera photos

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A few weeks back my mom and I headed to the beach to check it out since the weather had been super cold (-10F) for a few days in a row prior. I wanted to see how much of the lake had frozen since the last time I was there. Just as I suspected, it was GORGEOUS. Lake Erie, at least the part near my house, is incredible in the winter. It turns into this completely unrecognizable place. I shot with my land camera and I am so pleased with the results. I feel like they capture the otherworldly beauty of the place perfectly.
The photos all have a quite a few imperfections that I think make them even more special. A few are overexposed around the edges, some have lines where I didn't pull them through the rollers in one clean swipe, and some even have frost on them!

I had been keeping my land camera in my car so it'd always be there in case I stumbled upon the perfect photo opportunity and when I finally used it the first few shots had these beautiful frost formations on them. The photo below was the first one shot at the beach, and the last photo was taken third from the pack. At first I was a bit disappointed, especially because it's hard to see what the photo is even of but it's like the frost helps the photo tell a story it couldn't otherwise.

You can find land camera 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 two years ago or so 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.

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18 thoughts

  1. I said it on twitter, but I'll say it here: I'm completely in love with the way these feel. gorgeous!

  2. These are wonderful!! They look like they're from a distant land. Great captures

  3. the imperfections make them even more perfect! such a beautiful pictures

  4. Very special shots with a mystique atmosphere. Cool!

  5. How lovely! I was near Lake Michigan for Christmas and it looked just like this--like glaciers! I saw some people from out of town try to walk on it and one lady even fell in!

  6. Wow. So ethereal. What an amazing effect.

  7. Beautiful!! I still need to figure out what's wrong with my camera. May just be that it's dead (I've replaced the battery and cleaned it etc.) But these are incredible! Did I hear that fuji is discontinuing the B&W packfilm?

    (Also, thank you for the postcard you sent me a few weeks back!)♥

    1. Is it your film? I mean, are you using new film or trying to use the older stuff. What's happening with it that's not right?

      And yes, sadly, they've discontinued it.

  8. Stunning photos Kaylah :) I love all the imperfections. It makes them so interesting. x

  9. These look like lost photos from the Ice Age! I've never heard of a land camera until now, but the effect is has is beautiful, and I love the imperfections. Lake Erie looks like an amazing place to be, frozen or not!

  10. What a neat place, I can't imagine how fun it would be to explore. And those photos are amazing! I am totally considering buying a land camera.

  11. Oh my gosh. I love these. I really do need to find a good land camera. The holgaroid just isn't as good.

  12. These pictures are so beautiful. Really. Here where I live in Australia I can only dream of seeing such incredible things as this. Seeing these just makes me dream even more of one day traveling and seeing all these fantastic things that always seemed so unreal to me whilst growing up. And I agree - the imperfections make them even more special and tell a story. Beautiful.

  13. Beautiful photography!
    Looks like a winter wonderland in Ohio.
    Here in Michigan too.
    Guess that's what we get for being around the Great Lakes. c;



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