Fisheye in Winter

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Why, when I decided to venture back into the world of film, I decided to start with the Lomography fisheye, I don’t know. This is a cute and fun camera. It’s tiny, with little fishes on the casing, has minimal adjustment options and gives these really cool distorted images that are encircled by the plastic lens. However, it is rather a one-trick camera, because this is all there is to it. Once you tire of those circular distortions, you are tired of the camera. Still, I’m happy to shoot a roll with it on occasion, and it’s a fun challenge to figure out what kind of compositions the camera prefers.

The sunny weather we had over the winter holidays turned out to provide perfect lighting conditions. I would call this a summer camera, since it does require a lot of light, but bright snow and sun works equally well, especially with a film like Kodak Portra 400.

Inside light, on the other hand, resulted in the kind of grainy flash images – it takes very little for the flash to go off and I can’t find a way to turn it off – that I don’t really care much for.

I was planning this post in my head while I was out shooting, and I had in mind to say that it is a great camera for winter in another respect as well – it is easy to operate even while wearing mittens. It turns out that this is not entirely true; I failed to take into account how it’s impossible to tell exactly what will be included in the image, and many of the resulting photos have a piece of my yellow mitten on the right-hand side.

One-trick camera or not, it feels ever so good to be back at shooting film again, and I am looking forward to figuring out what my next step will be.

Until next time, Jenny G.

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