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    Thursday
    Jan312013

    PolaDiana - A Diana and Polaroid Hybrid Camera

    I built this hybrid camera some years ago, but thought I had put the film plane of the instant film cassette too close to the back part of the Diana's film chamber, because when I tested it, the film was too tight and the film couldn't be pulled out of the camera after it was exposed.

    Flash forward to now, and I was reading last night about the problems people are having with the Fujifilm Instant filmpack cassettes in Polaroid cameras.

    **Lightbulb**!!!

    I suddenly realized that I had tested my camera with the new Fujifilm, which I had never used before and hadn't heard about the problem with the design of the Fujifilm cassette.

    I read several solutions, including snapping off the spring arms or attaching bobby pins to the arms. It seemed to me the problem is that the spring arms are pushing directly on the part of the Fujfilm cassette, where they have put slots in the filmpack back that allow the Polaroid camera spring arms to apply pressure to the film inside the cassette.

    Guessing the solution was one of not allowing the Fujifilm pack "tabs" to receive the full brunt of the spring arm pressure, I used a thin aluminum plate from the cut off of a metal printing plate. I placed a 3" x 4" plate on top of the film pack.

    I didn't have any time to shoot with my hybrid, but took a quick shot outside my office window, and was thrilled to have the film pull normally, not with the tightness I remember from my first test.

    The PolaDiana camera is built with a vintage Diana clone, a Windsor F, and the back part of a Polaroid Big Swinger.

    What I like about this project, is that it incorporates two of my favorite things, a lo-fi camera and instant film photography!

    When I get a chance, I will post more photos from this hybrid.

    Saturday
    Jan262013

    Rare Medium - a shop/gallery dedicated to the love of instant photography, art and creativity.

     


    I went to Rare Medium (http://raremediumseattle.com) for the first time. I needed some film for one of my Polaroid cameras, and they didn't have the type I needed at my usual photo supply store (Glazer's). I took the opportunity to go to Rare Medium, a store I've read about online, but hadn't actually visited in person. It was wonderful to see the cameras they had on display, as well as the art exhibit by Cameron McPherson.

    I was happy to see they had a full line of Impossible Project films on sale, as well as some original old stock Polaroid films. You can also find Instax film in their film fridge.

    Wednesday-Sunday
    11AM – 6PM
    1321 E Pine St
    Seattle, WA 98122
     

     

    Thursday
    Jan242013

    Lomography Belair Shutter Release Lock

    I was looking for something to use as a shutter release lock for my Lomography Belair, and I naturally turned to using 1/2 of a clothepin, since I use modified clothespins for my Holga and Diana shutter locks. The nice thing about the clothespin lock for the Belair, is that other than taking apart the clothespin, there are no further modifications needed.

    I've only shot a few photos that I've yet to process. But here is a quick procedure:

     

    1. Mount the camera on a tripod.
    2. Set the ISO wheel to B.
    3. Slide the clothespin wedge into the space between the camera and the shutter release.
    4. Gently pull down on the shutter release lever. The lock will slide downward and lock the shutter open.
    5. When the exposure is done, I hold my hand in front of the lens, and pull down on the shutter release to release the clothespin lock.
    6. Remove the clothespin lock and let the shutter lever up, closing the shutter.

     

    I hold my hand in front of the lens when closing the shutter, to minimize camera shake while I am operating the shutter release lever to remove the lock.

    The roll of film I shot the other night is waiting for me to process it, and when I do, I'll post a few sample photos.

    The image above is clickable, to show a full size image of the lock and camera.

    Tuesday
    Jan222013

    My Photo in Urban Landscapes at the Center for Fine Art Photography

    The Urban Landscapes show came down earlier this month, but the folks at the Center for Fine Art Photography were nice enough to send me a photo of my print in the installation. It's the square image on the upper left hand of the photo. It's not a lo-fi photo, but one shot with my Mamiya TLR, one of my vintage "sharp"  cameras.

    Here is a thumbnail of the photo in the show. You may click on it to see a larger version.

    More photos from my Afterhours portfolio can be found here:

    http://www.kaiphoto.com/kaigallery_after.html

    Sunday
    Dec232012

    New Videos: Lomography Belair X 6-1

    I have posted new videos for the Lomography Belair X 6-12 camera on my YouTube channel:
    http://bit.ly/kBelList

    The videos are:
    1.Out of the Box tour of the camera
    2. A Basic Operations video which includes opening and closing the camera (folding and unfolding), Installing and changing lenses and viewfinder, changing film masks, installing batteries.
    3. Loading film
    4. Unloading film

    In the photo is the new Lomography Belair X 6-12 City Slicker shown with a vintage Kodak Jiffy Six-20 camera, one of the types of folding cameras that were the source of inspiration for the Belair.