Saturday, November 27, 2010

Testing Retro Camera Plus iPhone app

There's many 'toy camera' apps for iPhone and Hipstamatic is probably the most popular. This Retro Camera Plus is a very strong competitor in my opinion and it's free! In some ways it's even better. I like the fact that you can't choose film and lens separately with Retro Camera Plus. There's too much combinations of film and lenses in Hipstamatic for my simple mind and it's also slower in processing than this.

I don't like 'Pinhole camera' and 'Little orange box' in this app because the frames are a bit over the top for my taste. 'The Bärbl', 'Xolaroid' and 'FudgeCam' are great. 'FudgeCam' comes probably closest to a real toy camera like Holga as I have seen in any app.

The key to any kind of toy camera type photography is to keep composition as simple as possible. That is even more critical with cell phone cameras because depth of field is infinite due to the small censor.

Here's few pictures from winterly Helsinki with Retro Camera Plus.

Above pictures are all taken with the 'The Bärbl' setting.

This one was taken with 'FudgeCam'.

This installation was in a court yard of a mental institute. I have no idea what is going on here. Maybe they run out of place to put their laundry to dry.

Color photographs above ware taken with 'Xolaroid'.'

'Little orange box' effect here.

'Pinhole camera' sample.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I went to Kuopio and all I got was these lousy pictures

...and a mild two day lasting hangover.

8 ball opening shot performed by Ville. Classic photography material.

Ugly side of town.

Jani doing his best to look weird and me taking our picture reflecting from an elevator mirror.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Last set with the great Canon 50mm f/1.0L USM

Last because I sold it. No surprise there. It was excellent but too big and heavy to use daily and I don't want to keep that kind of lens gathering dust. Now I have owned pretty much every lens and camera I have ever wanted and I can concentrate more on content...I hope. You can check out the list of gear I have used over the last couple of years on the about page here.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Duck in Töölönlahti

Here's my latest bird pictures. This duck was shot with 35mm lens. I don't need a longer lens even for 'wild' life.

Hooded crows are my all time favorite subject and here they are combined with a street sign and some silhouette magic. Can't beat that!

Here's my entry for the wild life photographer of the year competition. An unknown bird of prey has just made an example of a pigeon. I can't say I'm sorry for the flying rat.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Testing Hipstamatic: The Dalí Museum GoodPak

The iPhone app Hipstamatic has now a new hipstapak available which is called The Dalí Museum GoodPak. As a fan of Hipstamatic I couldn't resist getting it. I can't recommend it though. It comes with 'film' and 'lens'. 'Dream canvas' film is pretty much useless because it is very ugly. 'Ina's 1969' film for example looks much better in my opinion for every purpose. 'Salvador 84' lens produces mostly crap and almost never makes a picture more interesting in anyway.

Here's few samples. First two and the last one are taken with the Dream canvas film and the two b&w pictures use BlacKeys B+W film.

It seems to pick an object from the picture, double it and place it to the left side of the frame.

Pictures with lots of details it just messes up badly.

For portraits it might produce interesting results. Here for example it made me but uggly and weird although I'm beautifull and quite normal.

Double animal again.

Double exposure kind of thing going on here.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

All Saints' Day

A lot of candles are lit in cemeteries during All Saint's Day. I took a walk in Hietaniemi cemetery today and took a couple of snaps of all the usual subjects like angel statues, crosses and flowers.

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