Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Hyper Japan 2011

If you have a free day between Friday 22nd July to Sunday 24th July, you should consider going down to Olympia Two at Kensington for Hyper Japan.  

As the name shows, this is all about Japan including cuisine and culture.  Along with this there are many other special events as well such as the UK Cosplay Award 2011 and Sushi Awards 2011.  

Cosplay is big in Japan, no one gives funny looks when someone goes past in Japan cosplaying.  Hyper Japan is the same, this is the opportunity to dress up and allow people to admire you.  If you go dressed up, chances are people will be queueing up to take your picture.

Japan is about cute and cool as well, so you are bound to see a lot of this around, whether its toys or posters or other things.

With so much on show and with it being bigger than last year, it is definitely worth a visit.

So check out Hyper Japan at http://www.hyperjapan.co.uk/ and start booking those tickets!


Monday, 30 May 2011

The Fun of Instaxs

My Diana F+ got it's back changed recently.  It went from taking 35mm films to Instax minis.  Instax Minis are polaroids but are a mini version of 62mm x 46mm as opposed to the originals at 60mm x 99mm.

With the back changed, who best than to try it on a bunch of colleagues!  Look at how much fun we had, who would have ever imagined?


Monday, 23 May 2011

What Car...Audi you say???

Saw this in the Metro last week and had to do a post on this.

So forget about that flashy BMW or Merc, here comes the Audi.  Did I ever tell you I drove an Audi? ;-)


Sunday, 22 May 2011

A Published Article from moi!

Yes I know, I am not really a writer but being a member of the Lomography website I decided to start writing.

On the Lomography site, you get to earn points, called Piggies...don't ask me why they are called them, not sure if the owner of the site had a liking to Pigs, but anyway, one way of earning them is to write articles for their magazine, whether its reviews, lifestyle or in my case I chose to write about a location.  As Sin is a lover of Food, I've chosen to start writing reviews on places to eat.  The first one being Bi Bim Bap Soho.

Check out the site http://www.lomography.com/magazine/locations/2011/05/21/bi-bim-bap-soho

Visit when you get the chance


Thursday, 19 May 2011

A New Toy! LC-Wide

There I was thinking I had myself a new toy and all I needed to get next was the spinner and that would be it.  Guess what I was wrong.  Hello LC-Wide!

This is brilliant!

It's been 27 years since the Lomo LC-A entered our analogue life and took our hearts by storm with its shadowy framing, super saturated colours, sharp contrast and multiple exposures. To cherish this little camera in the past we even plated it with gold but never before expanded its lens. Now the day has come and we are welcoming the new offspring of the Lomo LC-A Legacy: The Lomo LC-Wide, that will challenge your Lomographic perception. It is a passionate celebration of the ultra-wide-angle: Still celebrating the classical features of the Lomo LC-A+, the Lomo LC-Wide adds a new dimension of format frenzy to its specially developed ultra-wide-angle 17 mm Minigon glass lens. Switch from half-frame, to square to full format and enjoy a new quality of wide-angle Lomography!

Go close, even closer than your perception of closeness tells you to and watch your favourite caterpillar being sucked into the vortex of this 17 mm glass genius. Go wild, even wilder than your mother ever allowed you to and dive into Ultra-Wide-Angle- Lomography! To up the ante a little bit we equipped the Lomo LC-Wide with three formats to choose from: full-, square- or half- format. If you don't want to think too much while you are shooting, switch to half-frame-format and fit an amazing amount of 72 shots onto one roll of 36 shots film. Fans of retro will stick to the classic square format while panoramic shots are most effective on the full format.

No matter if you are hooked on breathtaking panoramic shots or if you are more the-closer-the-better-type, we designed the Lomo LC-Wide to satisfy lovers of all extremes. Its delicate 17 mm Minigon glass lens combines the classical features of the Lomo LC-A with an ultra-wide-angle that will open your eyes to an unknown extent. Follow your curiosity and let the Lomo LC-Wide take you into the wide! With all this options, the Lomo LC-Wide catapults you in a format frenzy that triggers unbeliev- able creativity and proves itself to be a trusty offspring of the Lomo LC-A Legacy.

Exposure area: 36 x 24mm, 24x 24mm (square format), 17 x 24mm (half frame format)
Film Type: Standard 135 roll film
Lens focal length: 17 mm
Maximum aperture: 1:4.5
Angle of view: 103 degrees, 89 degrees (square format) 81 degrees (half frame format)
Focusing range: 0.4m - infinity
Maximum shutter speed: 1/500
Minimum shutter speed: Unlimited
Auto exposure mode: Programmatic
Exposure range: Unlimited ~ EV18
Multiple exposure: Manual shutter cocking with independent MX switch
Film sensitivity supports (ASA/ISO): 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Flash: X-type synchronization hot-shoe
Tripod socket thread: Standard 1⁄4" tripod socket
Cable release: Universal cable release socket
Overall dimensions: 108 x 68 x 44.5mm
Weight: 220g (film and battery not included)

The Lomographic Society International is a globally active organization dedicated to experimental and creative snapshot photography. Boasting over a half-million members across the world, the concept of Lomography encompasses an interactive, vivid, blurred and crazy way of life.
Through our constantly expanding selection of innovative cameras & photographic accessories, we promote analog photography as a creative approach to com- municate, absorb, and capture the world.
Through the efforts and skill of our Lomographic Society members, we seek to document the incredible planet around us in a never-ending stream of snapshots – literally a global "Lomographic" portrait as seen through the eyes of countless individuals and cultures.



Monday, 16 May 2011

Ladies at Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea at hotels is becoming a very popular thing in London and not one to fall behind on trends, I really wanted to go and try one out.  Lisa and I had spent 6 hours walking round London on a Photography walk (more on that at a later day) and by the time we got to our Afternoon Tea we were starving!

So we chose the Sanderson Hotel, as the Mad Hatter's Menu caught my eye

Wow what were we in for?

 Lots of detail and attention had gone into this

It was definitely worth trying and we were stuffed afterwards.  The hotel is just off Oxford Circus and does a number of sittings at the weekend, worth a look


Sunday, 15 May 2011

Doubles Experiment

Ever heard of multiple exposures?  Well I hadn't really until few months ago when I came across Lomography.  With digital cameras you can't really achieve this however with film its another story.  So multiple exposures is where you can take a picture on top of each other.  You can do a double exposure, or even 3, 4 is probably the max you want to do before the photo becomes complicated.

With some Lomography cameras you won't be able to do this, others you can click away before winding the film on.

One thing you can do is take a picture, turn the camera upside down and take the picture again, like the one above and the one below.

Another option to try is to load a film in one camera, take pictures on the roll, rewind the film, ensuring you don't rewind the full film back into the canister, otherwise it won't work and then load it in another camera and shoot again.  So this is what I did, I loaded the film in a Diana F+, took pictures of London and the loaded the film into a LC-A+ and shot pictures at home.  Some of my results (took me time to figure out what I took!).

The first picture was taken up the tube escalators and the second was a shot of a self reflection.

A scene of Tower Bridge and then me and Sin.  Can you see Tower Bridge by my ear?

And some didn't turn out well, one picture just didn't come through: -

See the rest of my pictures here

Can't wait to try this again


Saturday, 14 May 2011

I'm Back

Yes it has been a while since I have been here, just lots of happened!

So whats new?

Well: -

  • New job - am pretty sure I have now covered a number of miles, probably in thousands!
  • New porch - post to come later
  • Extra weight - no more need to be said!
  • Increase in my collection of Nails Inc
  • Watched Water for Elephants and have fallen in love with Robert Pattinson all over again.  And it probably isn't right as he is only just celebrating his 25th Birthday now! Feel so old
  • New addition to my camera family - the LCA!

Will talk later, the long distance is making me sleepy