Monthly Archives: January 2014

52 Cameras: Week 21 part 2 – Fisher Price Kid-Tough See Yourself

This is a strange little camera. Lots of fun sound effects when you use the buttons. I don’t think the EXIF information is accurate. No matter what, it reports f3.2, ISO 100, and exposure time “inf”. Also, I couldn’t figure out how to set the date and time, even with the manual. The software is Windows only so maybe that’s it.

The internal memory was full when I got the camera. It had pictures and movies of the family that used to own it. A little weird. I know the city where the camera was donated, so maybe I’ll try to track them down and mail a CD.

Peppers at Whole Foods -- color rendition is really nice

Peppers at Whole Foods — color rendition is really nice

Shadow selfie

Shadow selfie

Zoe with vampire teeth -- too close and too dark but she looks more ee-ville that way

Zoe with vampire teeth — too close and too dark but she looks more ee-ville that way

Silly rabbit, this camera's for kids

Silly rabbit, this camera’s for kids

Beautiful old Citroen DS downtown

Beautiful old Citroen DS downtown

Quality plaster job at De Vargas Mall

Quality plaster job at De Vargas Mall

As others have noted, it tends to blow out highlights — probably so it can be used indoors. It’s fun and for its intended purpose, little kids, it takes fine pictures and movies. I think my girlfriend’s 5-year-old nephew will love it.

52 Cameras: Week 20 part 2 — Petri Racer

This is a cool camera. Easy to use and the lens is sharp-sharp. I need to get out more. I really only had part of two days to shoot with it. Kodak VR 200 film. It was expired but I can’t find my note about when.

Zoe - a little fuzzy.  Haha!  A little fuzzy.

Zoe – a little fuzzy. Haha! A little fuzzy.

Ninja Turtle and pink dinosaur

Ninja Turtle and pink dinosaur

Our Lady of Guadalupe Cemetery - Kind of sad sitting fenced off between St. Francis Dr. and Early St.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Cemetery – Kind of sad sitting fenced off between St. Francis Dr. and Early St.

Santa Fe Rail Yard

Santa Fe Rail Yard

Trains, old and new

Trains, old and new

Processing & scanning by The Camera Shop of Santa Fe.

The Thrill of the Chase

I’m trying to get an old Kodak instant camera in shooting condition. It takes an oddball battery — a ‘J’ size 539 6V. I actually saw some on Amazon for $0.01. Yes, a penny. Where’s the fun in that?

This is the little beastie.  For all I know it's original to the camera

This is the little beastie. For all I know it’s original to the camera

Another view

Another view

I'd started cracking it open when I decided to document

I’d started cracking it open when I decided to document

The internals, some badly corroded and leaking AAAAs

The internals, some badly corroded and leaking AAAAs

AAAA are available but I read somewhere that 9V batteries are 6 AAAAs in series

AAAA are available but I read somewhere that 9V batteries are 6 AAAAs in series

Yep.  Snipping two off, they're even connected for me

Yep. Snipping two off, they’re even connected for me

Making sure before I use them

Making sure before I use them

A little of the 9V battery connection material between the '+' terminal and the battery end and I'm in business

A little of the 9V battery connection material between the ‘+’ terminal and the battery end and I’m in business

Final check

Final check

You may have noticed that the meter reads minus 6.3V. I didn’t until I got home and tried it.

This makes no sense from a time or money standpoint. It’s a hideous kludge even a battery mama wouldn’t love. It was a lot of fun and I was able to start tinkering with the camera last night. Good experience too, for learning how to replace some of the more obscure mercury batteries.

52 Cameras: Week 19 part 2 — Lomo LC-A

This camera found a new home through my Etsy shop:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/EcoBodega

I think I understand the attraction and frustration of using a Lomo. It’s like driving an old Fiat or a Peugot. When it works, it’s über-cool, but you have to put up with a lot to have those cool times.

The first roll I ran through the LC-A, I just pressed the shutter button like any other camera — push and release. I didn’t realize that, A) the shutter opening isn’t instantaneous and, B) the autoexposure circuit is really primitive and you have to hold the shutter button until the shutter closes.

Ballpark of the LC-A autoexposure circuit

Ballpark of the LC-A autoexposure circuit

Digikey has a sweet web-based schematic program for knocking out quick-and-dirty diagrams.

The short version (oops, too late) is, I wasted a roll learning how the Lomo works.

On to the photos…

Power line sunset -- fierce vignetting but it works

Power line sunset — fierce vignetting but it works

Statue at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos

Statue at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos

I was running out of time so I spent a lunch hour at the park looking for interesting subjects

I was running out of time so I spent a lunch hour at the park looking for interesting subjects

When elephants attack!

When elephants attack!

The sun was just bright enough to underexpose and give it that ghostly look

The sun was just bright enough to underexpose and give it that ghostly look

Pigeon pig-out at Ashley Pond

Pigeon pig-out at Ashley Pond

The Stoatmobile

The Stoatmobile

Lomo ISO 100 color print film (expired 05/05).

Processing and scanning by The Camera Shop of Santa Fe.

52 Cameras: Week 18 part 2 — Kodak PlaySport (Zx3)

As a camcorder, the PlaySport is great. As a still camera, it’s fun but frustrating. There just aren’t enough controls, or rather, controls that one can control.

Exposure data taken from the EXIF information. Resized and a couple are cropped but no exposure adjustments.

Do not go this way -- ISO 50, f2.8, 1/2000 sec.

Do not go this way — ISO 50, f2.8, 1/2000 sec.

Duke City Lumber Company icon — now above May Cafe Vietnamese Cuisine. No idea what happened to his arms and his axe. I think he looks a bit like Walter White.

Lumberjack (cropped) -- ISO 50, f2.8, 1/1000 sec.

Lumberjack (cropped) — ISO 50, f2.8, 1/1000 sec.

Fence and landscaping at Hotel Parq Central -- ISO 200, f2.8, 1/30 sec.

Fence and landscaping at Hotel Parq Central — ISO 200, f2.8, 1/30 sec.

This is an example of why the lack of user-controlled controls is frustrating. It’s kind of an interesting photo but the automatic white balance didn’t adjust for fluorescent light.

Stairwell at Hotel Parq Central -- ISO 800, f2.8, 1/30 sec.

Stairwell at Hotel Parq Central — ISO 800, f2.8, 1/30 sec.

Bicycle and Hula Hoops at Rt 66 Diner -- ISO 50, f2.8, 1/125 sec.

Bicycle and Hula Hoops at 66 Diner — ISO 50, f2.8, 1/125 sec.

Old Vendorlator Coke machine at 66 Diner (cropped) -- ISO 100, f2.8, 1/30 sec.

Old Vendorlator Coke machine at 66 Diner (cropped) — ISO 100, f2.8, 1/30 sec.

Wall o' signs (cropped) -- ISO 50, f2.8, 1/640 sec.

Wall o’ signs (cropped) — ISO 50, f2.8, 1/640 sec.

The PlaySport manual says exposure is “Auto”. I don’t think the lens can stop down since everything was at f2.8 and only the shutter speed and ISO were adjusted. I really like its video — I’m going to shoot next week’s intro with it.