Holga+Polaroid

gyj_sha.jpgIt’s pricey, but it’s cool:

 Simply a perfect couple: The breathtaking charm of the legendary Holga, encouraging you to dive into experimental photographic effects and the amazing advantages and features of the Polaroid instant Photography including the Image Transfer Technique when using the 88 or 669 Film. With this set you have all the options, deciding whether you take medium format pictures, 35mm Shots or simply load your Holga with overwhelming Polaroid material.

They also have just the back, if you have your own Holga 120.

Easy digital photos with vintage cameras

img_3903_thumb.jpgThis is such a cool, simple trick:

You’ll need two cameras for this trick: one (preferably digital) to take the picture and another to aim through. Most people seem to favor cameras with waist-level viewfinders, such as the old Kodak Duaflex, because they’re large and easy to see.Frame your shot using the older camera (call it Camera B), then aim your digital camera (Camera A) at the viewfinder and take the picture. Afterwards, crop the photo to take out everything but the viewfinder image.

The results look pretty awesome!

Adobe Photoshop Express

5az_bor_rou_sha1.jpgAdobe Photoshop Express seems pretty cool. I just signed up for it and tested it out. It gives you only a few basic editing options (similar to what you can do with Picasa), with the added benefit of doing your editing online. But probably the coolest thing about it is the nice Flash interface and the free 2GB of online photo storage. Photos that you choose to make public go into a slick slide show. I missed the feature at first, but they offer embeddable source code that lets you put your slide show anywhere. Since it’s in beta, they accept suggestions for improvement with their feedback form. You can take a look at the edit screen below:

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‘I fell in love with a female assassin’

tame9s.jpgThis is just an incredible, jarring story:

They met on a train and fell in love. Then Jason P Howe discovered that his girlfriend Marylin was leading a secret double life – as an assassin for right-wing death squads in Colombia’s brutal civil war. With their story set to become a major Hollywood film, he recalls an extraordinary, doomed romance

And it would make one heck of a film, too.  You can see Jason Howe’s stunning and moving photography at his website, ConflictPics.

Matchbox Pinhole Camera

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I love this, and I have to make one!

Here’s my latest contraption which uses 35mm film to provide square images of 24 x 24mm. Using this size means that you can get up to 50 exposures on a standard roll of 36 exposure film. Now that’s what I call economy!The image edges suffer from distortion that gives a “Diana” quality to the pictures. In fact, the images look very “toy camera” like indeed, except that the pinhole allows some really good close ups due to the DOF of the pinhole.

It’s also costs pretty much nothing to build – certainly a lot cheaper than a $100 Diana off ebay!

The results look pretty great:

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And there’s plenty more pinhole eye-candy at his Flickr pool.

Abandoned books

Detroit

There’s something about abandoned places I find alluring (I think I’ve probably mentioned that before). Detroit seems to be rife with these places. Here’s a story about the abandoned book depository:

Pallet after pallet of mid-1980s Houghton-Mifflin textbooks, still unwrapped in their original packaging, seem more telling of our failures than any vacant edifice. The floor is littered with flash cards, workbooks, art paper, pencils, scissors, maps, deflated footballs and frozen tennis balls, reel-to-reel tapes. Almost anything you can think of used in the education of a child during the 1980s is there, much of it charred or rotted beyond recognition.

Although HDR makes me cringe, here’s the still-interesting Flickr set [via]

The Assassination of Benazir Bhutto

The New York Times has a photo story with images leading up to and immediately following Bhutto’s assassination. The images are shocking and haunting, but they are an important testament to her dedication and sacrifice, as well as that of her supporters.

[There is audio during the slide show – it’s worth listening to; via]