Jul 10 2014

Roof Roof

Oh, hello again.
You want to see what I did with the rest of those rolls of film?
First, let me introduce…
Craptastic IICraptasticmatic II.  Admittedly, it is quite a bit less crappy (therefore less charming) than the original, but it does have potential.  It is fully faux metal 100% plastic, has “aperture” settings, and a hot shoe, but it does not try to disguise itself as an SLR with a fake mirror prism hump. And it did not fall apart in my hands when I tried to rewind the film.

Craptastic II III

It does, however, have a tripod mount, and it’s made not just vaguely in China, but rather specifically in Macau!

craptastic II II

I found that the optics, while small, platic and crappy, did provide a nice blurry quality to many of the images, they just weren’t as special-kind-of-crappy as the original.  It did seem to consistently underexpose, thus the graininess of the images.  I was using 100 ASA, but that should have been no problem in broad daylight.  Of course, who knows how old this film was.  People have literally started giving me rolls they find in thrift shops, in their homes, laying on the street… Next roll I’ll try will have to be 400.
So where did I go?

I went up on my own roof!  My husband was doing some work on the chimney, or as some folks around here call it, chimbly.  Notice the loss of focus around the edges, especially in the backlit areas?  That is pretty great, but I remember the original being better at being bad.


I don’t have a lot to tell you about this one.  I was just trying to be artsy-fartsy.

As for the Action Quad Cam, I can’t say there was a whole lot of great action on my roof.

roof3My lovely and talented husband was applying some caulk to his newly cemented chimney cap (he da bes!)

roof4And then I fell down the ladder*

So thanks for stopping by and spending some time with us up on our roof.  I’m sorry I couldn’t offer you a cool beverage.  Stop by again, and I’ll show you some more ridiculous photos of stuff.  Hint – I have an itch in my Polaroid.

And in case you are wondering, don’t wonder too far, I threw the original craptasticmatic and all of its broken plastic cratptastic pieces into the garbage where it can live for eternity in a landfill.

*I did not actually fall down the ladder, this was a trick of the camera as I am a perfeshunal.


Jul 6 2014

Up On The Roof

Right smack dab in the middle of town
I found a paradise that’s trouble-proof (Up on the roof)

roofmotion1I’m sorry for keeping you waiting.
Unlike the trouble free paradise of the roof, I ran into a small glitch at the photolab.
Remember back in the days of yore, we took pictures on film in our cameras instead of with our phones?  We would take, or mail, our film to this place called a lab.  Sometimes the lab equipment would break down, or they’d lose or destroy your film.  Remember that?

Well, on the day that I found the time to take my film to the one hour lab, their equipment was down, so that added a few days to obtain the results of my rooftop excursion.
So without further ado, here we go!
filmandcameraMy coworker was using the action quad cam, as introduced waaaay back on roll #5, (when I still had the bag o’ film) with a roll of C41 process black and white.  So he was looking for action shots, which were a little hard to find up ON the roof.  But he did find some moving traffic below.


I grabbed the new craptactic beauty I bought to replace my original, broken Craptasticmatic.  I’ll tell you more about the actual camera in a future post, but as for the photos, I was mesmerized by the beautiful geometric patterns ON the roof.

roofcrap1I love the look of the industrial looking equipment up there.  I have no idea what this thing is, but there was no way I was going to touch it.  It kind of looks like something that could bring life to Frankenstein’s Monster. Or maybe it’s some sort of  power coil for a shrink ray, or communication devise for extraterrestrial life?

roofcrap2I did touch this banister. How cool is this?  I would totally shrink a couple of these down and make them into a pair of earrings, if I knew how to use the shrink ray coils.

Needless to say, we both had a blast up on the roof. Maybe we can visit again someday when we have more time to explore and take fun, goofy photos.



Thanks again to my coworker and guest photographer for opening the hatch on this rooftop caper.  We did not use up the entire rolls of film on the roof, so stop back shortly to see how I blew through the rest of the rolls.


OTHER than taking adorable photos of my friend’s kitty.