I ordered a Diana+ camera a while back and haven’t really gotten much use out of it – just because I know that being a “toy” camera, all kinds of good and bad stuff can happen to the pictures. However, after finally getting back the one roll it took me a few months to finish and send off for developing, I think I will have to take a day or weekend and shoot with this to see what kind of weird and possibly interesting shots I get. What I captured with this roll seems pretty ordinary and unexciting – but it felt weird aiming a plastic camera at things. I did manage though, to get a little double exposure in the first shot below!
I’m not going to lie- I forgot to take the cap off several times, and would forget if I had wound the camera up or not in between shots and I probably moved the lever once or twice from “N” (normal) to “B” (bulb) mode. I also kept forgetting about a few other aperture and focus settings. Perhaps this is why I’ll personally keep shooting film for a while – so I can learn to slow down, think about a shot, compose, breathe…you get the point.
Last fall when I went to visit family in Puerto Rico, I did not bring a digital camera. I brought the Minolta 35mm my dad had tucked away. I developed the photos months ago (think I still have a 35mm and 2 experimental 120 rolls in cameras) but was pretty unhappy with the results so I let those scans sit on my laptop for a while and it wasn’t until yesterday when I saw a tweet from a photographer regarding film that I decided to revisit those photos. They are kind of boring, I still need to work on exposure and nailing my settings, but I thought I’d share anyway. I guess one day, when my film stuff *maybe* comes out good, I can look back at these crappy shots and think “wow I’ve come a long way.” My goal for the month of May (since it’s pretty much around the corner) is to shoot more…carry that camera everywhere and just practice. – there may even be some vacation photos in the mix.