Aug 8 2015

Expired Date Night

I know it’s been for-evah since I added a post. I guess I’ve just been too busy with other projects or actual photo work to do something kooky here. I just wasn’t inspired.


Until now. Look what I just scored at my favorite local thrift shop!


And check that inspiration…I mean….expiration date!
This is gonna be perfect to take with me in a few days when I go to the beach. I’ll use it to shoot my friends’ wedding! Yes, you read that right.
I’ll just need to decide what camera to bring. My rapid frame quad cam? My craptasticmatic?
What, you didn’t think I was going to use my for real old nikon 35mm at the beach, did you? Nuh-uh.
Stay tuned.

Dec 6 2014

And May All Your Images be Negatives

I kind of assumed that single use film cameras were ghosts of photos past.  But I recently learned about these little gems, just in time to bring some days of yore style fun into my holiday season. And the best part, in my opinion, is that they are both loaded with Ilford Black and White film!

The XP2 is loaded with black and white film that can be processed in C41 (color film) chemistry, so you can take it to any place that still has a photo lab.

The HP5 is for those of you who still own darkroom equipment and want to relive the aromatic magic of processing your neggies and prints at home with black and white chemistry. Or you can send it to Dwayne’s.

They even come in fun ‘crissmissy” colors!  I found both of these over at B&H

So despite the fact that, after a very long battle, I have recently succumbed to the lure of the X100s (more on that later), I think I just might have to pick up a few of these fun little disposables to have on hand this holiday season.


Sep 15 2014

Knock Knock?

Who’s there?


Alphabet who?

I’ll Fuh-Bet you never considered using kooky old letters for your fancy fotografs!

When I saw this box o’ fun at my favorite thrift shop, you know I had to buy it.

title letters 4Yah, I splashed out the big bills!

Back in the before times, when people shot on film, it wasn’t as easy as it is these days to manipulate a photo.  You would have to take meticulous care with each precious exposure to make sure it was juuust right before you tripped the shutter.title letters 3So if you wanted to make a scrap book about your fun days at summer camp, you needed Self-Sticking 3D Title Letters!

title letters 2Or if you wanted to make super fun photo invitations for your sock-hop party, you needed Self Sticking 3D Title Letters!

People would use them in their still photos, or their home movies.  It sometimes took a lot of careful planning to achieve the effect they were looking for.

A bit of research revealed this fun old article about how to use home-made title letters in your amateur films. I found this over at Modern Mechanix


Nowadays, we have it easy.  We can take a photo, slap some text over it in Photoshop and boom, you’re done!  But what’s the fun in that?  Consider the fun of laying out your letters and the challenge of not having spellchecker?  What if you run out of the letters you’ll need for all your words?  You had better get pretty creative, like maybe having to make an ‘H’ out of two ‘I’s and a period.

So I got to thinking, what could I use my Self-Sticking 3D Title letters for?  They’re actually kind of nice.  They are made of a heavy, ceramic-like material. Unfortunately, that means some of them are broken.  Also, they seem to have lost their Self-Stick quality long ago.

title letters 1I looked to the box for some ideas. They suggest using them anywhere, anytime…on windows…of cars…heeey now.  I’m getting an idea of how to bring this product into the modern age. And their loss of stickiness isn’t anything a little modern packing tape can’t fix!


Looks soooo professional, huh?  And the cop couldn’t believe this when he pulled me over! (kidding, I never text and drive).


Aug 23 2014

Sucked In


A friend of mine talked me into joining Instagram.

He’s all hip and shit, plus he’s an excellent photographer, so there must be some sort of relevance to this newFANGled social media trend.

My carrier pigeons and ham radio friends will feel so left out.  I’m kidding.  I don’t really do those things.  Don’t be ridiculous!


Aug 16 2014


Saturday Afternoon