Film Fail

Ever had that one moment where you just wanted to smack yourself in the face?

What’s the saying? Oh yeah, epic facepalm moment.

 

Seriously.

It’s been so long since I used the film camera (with my horrible memory, not using it for a while, once when I start again puts me back to square one) that I made one of the most newbish mistakes ever. Now that I’m awake and I realize it, part of me is shaking my head, and part of me wants to toss myself off the building because it was such a stupid mistake.

The rewind button!

I have to say, once I make an epic mistake, I won’t ever make it again. Next time I’ll definitely remember to press the button while winding the film. Due to not pressing that button, I ruined a whole roll of film that took me just about a month to finish. Sheesh. And I took such good notes this time… at least I could attempt a take two of some pictures next week, weather permitting.

 

Now off to lick my wounds and bounce back for the next time.

Nighttime at the Park

With her rent-a-dog in the night.

 

… Yes yes yes, it has been a while since I’ve last blogged. Forgive me, distractions and a lot of reading (if you can call it that. So many news aggregating sites… so little time) has kept me from posting. That, and a lack of words to put onto a blog post was a good reason as well. I pinned the tab to my browser… and all it does is make me feel even guiltier that it hasn’t been accessed in a while. 😦

Today’s abnormally Spring-like weather in Winter reminded me of this photo. The night I had taken this of my SIL in the park with the dog, was abnormally warm as well. It was the day after a Fall storm last year. I actually liked how it turned out although I had my doubts that it was going to be a clear picture. Not being very knowledgeable in taking photos at night, especially with moving subjects, and in a foggy like atmosphere, seeing that it turned out quite nicely really was a nice surprise.

Note to self: stop noting down the [camera] settings on little scraps of paper… because they are extremely easy to lose. Seriously. All that “data,” gone.

Museum of Natural History

Rarely venturing into Manhattan for photo ops alone, it was rather nice to take the time to check out the museums from time to time.

I love the Museum of Natural History. If you’re into anthropology, dinosaurs, and general information about living organisms, this is definitely a place one should check out. I go to this museum from time to time and I will literally spend the day there. Even though the core exhibits haven’t changed, there’s always so much to take in every visit. My favorite parts of the museum, in no particular order would definitely have to be:

  • The gigantic (fake) blue whale that hangs in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Also another display that’s worth looking at? The “Kraken” vs the Sperm Whale that’s at the back walls when you go down the stairs past the blue whale.
  • The T-Rex. Who doesn’t like going there just to gawk at what once was a beautiful living creature? Also, great to compare yourself to and be amazed at how gigantic they are and now little you are. Puts things into perspective. We may be technologically advanced, but had we been living with these guys, we would’ve been dinner.
    • If fossils are your thing, it’s very worthwhile to spend most of your time on the 4th floor, which is the designated fossil wing. So many different fossils from all types of dinosaurs that existed. Herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores, they are all there.
  • The Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda. It houses the fossil of the gigantic herbivore, the Brontosaurus. Plus, Teddy was such an awesome person, who could resist going to his namesake area in any case?

The back of the T-Rex.

Without any tickets, these poor pigeons couldn't check out their ancestors at the museum.

I can’t wait until it gets warm again, and I can haul the camera back out to the museum and take more pictures… maybe this time I’ll bring a monopod so I won’t have to worry about getting blurry pictures indoors.

-Tripod = Surreal-like messed up shots

Much like one to toot my own horn when I take decent pictures, I’m not unwilling to admit when I take horrid ones. This post is about those pictures (cue the Law & Order theme).

As you can tell, these were taken with the wrong exposure setting, wrong shutter speed, and general lack of tripod usage.

Seriously.

So what’s the moral of the story in regards to low lighting? Bring. A. Tripod.

Unisphere at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing Queens

The Unisphere is beautiful. If you thought it looked great in pictures, you’d be amazed visiting it in person. I rarely go out to Corona Park, but it’s worth the trip when you do decide to go. Going with a friend, I took my Yashica with me. It was pretty windy that’s for sure that day. Good and bad though: good because there was literally no one around, and bad because a little bit of wind screws up your shots (especially when using zoom, or doing long exposure).

Some facts about the Unisphere that I didn’t know about:

  • 12 stories/120 ft. high
  • Made of stainless steel donated by U.S. Steel in Pittsburgh, PA (whose logo is also used by the Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • The three rings around the sphere represent the tracks of: Yuri Gagarin (first man in space), John Glenn (first American to orbit Earth), and Telstar (the first active communications satellite)

At least with the Yashica, I really didn’t have to worry about using a zoom (the perks of having a rangefinder, your zoom is your feet).

The thing about the pictures is that I took them months ago and I can’t remember what settings I had though. Note to self: must bring slips of papers that will be big enough not to lose in your pockets. Future food for thought.

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Sources:
Facts about Unisphere from its Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unisphere

What kind of camera do I use?

For the most part  of my life I’ve been using digital (Canon fangirl here), but lately I felt a need to go back to the basics of photography. It just so happens that’s when my parents while cleaning out their closet, found a Yashica Electro 35 GSN camera.

Courtesy of kenrockwell.com

 

My dad had wanted to throw it out. He said, “with digital, who needs film? You can take all the pictures you want and never spend a dime developing.”
After a bit of arguing, I kept it. Holding it reminded me of the pictures my dad used to take when he actually took pictures. He wasn’t an expert, but he seemed to enjoy doing it always snapping a picture of us here and there. Nowadays he’s more content just looking at them. I remembered when I used to hold the camera, the rare times that I was allowed to hold it (I was dubbed “butterfingers” which to be fair) that camera was rather heavy. Now a decade and a half later, it still has heft to it. Some things hasn’t changed.

It was a little bit of a work though, to get it back into running. It wasn’t that bad considering what I’ve read about other older cameras that weren’t kept with care (shutter problems, buttons don’t work). There was a bit of fungus on the view finder, but other than that a quick replacing of the light seals made the camera right as rain. The view finder problem was pretty insignificant as it still worked fine.

I think asides from procuring actual film, I should make some use out of this.