Day 234: Daily photo failure.
Chad (Camera Simplex / My Leica Year) had a great post a while back about trying different types of cameras and how his doing so led him to discover that a rangefinder was the right camera for him. Along those lines, even if another style or format ultimately isn’t ‘the one’ for you, it’s still an awful lot of fun to try out different types of cameras, and doing so can provide insights into the care and feeding of whichever camera you do end up gravitating to. Thus, while I pretty much have zero view camera aptitude (as evidenced by the photo above, which would’ve been a fail even without my film going gooey; honestly, the damaged film might actually improve it somewhat), I still really enjoy -and learn a lot from- an evening with the Graflex every now and then.
And speaking of learning, tonight I learned (among other things) that if your Fuji instant film was already well past its use-by date when you bought it six months ago off eBay, maybe it’s not the best idea to forget about it in the back seat of your car on a really hot day.
I dragged the Graflex out in public for the first time yesterday. My self-consciousness about my horrible slowness setting up led to a complete failure in composition, but hey, gotta start somewhere.
Also, there’s a fun weekly theme project going on at the365pro(ject) that’s open to all. I’ve been a little low on inspiration lately, so I appreciate the prompting from the themes.
Cold (via mistercakesphotoadventures)
I went a little crazy on eBay a while back and picked up an old Graflex. This is the first photo, which is only remarkable in that it shows that (1) the camera is actually functional, (2) I can load the film, and (3) I did (after one false start) remember to take the dark slide out before tripping the shutter.