Category: 35mm

A Different Brush, Part 2

Another new old camera I’ve been trying recently is an Olympus Pen EE-3 half-frame camera made sometime in the 1970’s. This camera uses  regular 35mm film, but as the name implies, only uses half of each frame, doubling the number of images per roll. The really interesting thing about this (and other) half frame cameras is that when you hold the camera up to your eye, the default orientation of the image is portrait (height larger than width), rather than the landscape orientation we are so used to. It takes a conscious decision to turn the camera to shoot landscape.

We have all seen images in landscape that would have been so much better in portrait orientation, and I find with this camera I am forced to think about whether landscape mode is the best way to go. This is a cheap little camera and I may not use it much, but as a different brush, it gets me thinking about how to frame and compose using my other cameras.


Dead Tree In Earl Bales Park, Toronto, Olympus EE-3

Time Warp Tuesday: The Dancers

I am reinterpreting Time Warp Tuesday again, by not posting an old image, but rather trying to go for a timeless feel. This image was taken at the Ballet dress rehearsal I mentioned in my previous post. By using black and white analog film I feel I was able to capture the timeless nature of the ballet; an artistic discipline that on one had is very proscribed and restricted, but on the other still manages to allow talented dancers to create something special within its confines. A ballet could be a hundred years old, but I don’t think I could ever use the term “period piece” to describe it.

By not trying to be “the new thing” art can liberate itself from the timeline.


Time-Warp Tuesday: Just a Memory

Today’s image is from the summer of 1977, and I again go back to my grandparent’s acreage outside Truro, Nova Scotia. This old see-saw, like everything else there, is long gone. Only the silver in the negative seems to be immortal.

SeeSaw in Old Barns, Nova Scotia
I don’t remember if I ever printed this negative back in the 70’s, and certainly never looked at it all that closely. What amazes me is the sharpness of most of the image. My old Yashica TL-Electro was very much a budget model, a few rungs below the Nikon, Canon and Pentax classics of the day. But the 50mm f1.9 lens that came with the camera had a reputation for amazing sharpness, and that reputation was deserved.

Baring My Soles

Today’s picture (taken with my Nikon FM, using recently discontinued Fuji Neopan 1600) is an image of perhaps the most comfortable pair of slippers I have ever owned. My mother-in-law knitted them for me many years ago, and as the image below indicates, they are somewhat worn.:-) I just can’t seem to part with them though, as they are so comfortable, and do a great job of keeping my feet warm. I feel the same way about my film cameras, although they are are in much better shape than these old slippers.

Baring My Soles