Gear Profile I: Yahsica-D

Yashica-D near St. John's Bridge

Here's my latest addition. We had an outing by St. John's Bridge in Portland, OR, to take pictures.

Stats:

  • Medium Format TLR
  • Copal leaf shutter- bulb, 1 – 1/500 sec
  • Taking lens- coated 3 element Yashikor 80mm f/3.5-22
  • Focusing lens- Yashikor 80mm f/3.5
  • Strengths: medium format, quiet operation, convenient adjustment and focusing
  • Weaknesses: no meter, heavy, largest aperture is f3.5
  • Quirks: it’s old and smells like a good used bookstore; dust, incense, and old paper
  • This Yashica-D likes taking pictures people, lonely scenes, old cars

Continue reading

Advertisements

Thoughts on Lo-fi Photography

Lo-fi photography: expired film, toy cameras, plastic lenses, Holgas, Dianas, Lomos. The internet is riddled with lo-fi photography, and like all photography there is good and bad. My major issue with lo-fi photography is that so many people seem to be careless in taking pictures, relying on the vignetting, over-saturation, light leaks, and all the other imperfections, for all the interest in their photos. But in the same way that fashionable clothes won’t mask body odor and great presentation doesn’t make food taste any better, so low fidelity doesn’t make a photo good. Continue reading

Five Minutes from Home

The Project:

Five minutes from home

What you need:

A camera (film or digital) and a stopwatch

What to do:

Stand at the front door of your building, home, or place of work. Start your timer and walk 1min in any direction away from your building. At 1 min pause the timer and take a photo. Take your time and try to get an interesting shot. Start your timer again and head out another minute. Do this five times so that you’ve documented a five minute path from your home.

Continue reading