I bought my Diana Mini in 2010 from the super hip Lomography shop on Newburgh Street in London’s Soho.
The guy in the shop had helped design and develop the camera so he showed me how to use it.
It takes 36 square framed photos or 72 half frame photos on one roll of film.
These are some photos I took with it one sunny spring day down on Southend beach.
Whilst sorting through some cupboards at home, I came across these lost gems. (I’m top row on the right, grey sweatshirt, by the way)
All were hand printed by me in 1999-2000, when I was studying for my photography diploma.
We were encouraged to do everything by hand, no computers. Though in those days computers were pretty useless, apart from playing Doom or typing essays.
I shot nearly everything with a Nikon FE or Bronica SQA, and only used Ilford film and paper. (The colour one i don’t remember, probably Fuji)
Rio Safari is a small zoo half way between Santa Pola and Elche.
Its a great place to spend an afternoon with your camera.
You can also feed the Giraffes!
The Canon G9 performed admirably, though did show its age at times. Faster ISOs would have been useful in the dark of the reptile house.
Alicante, just a short bus ride from where Helen and I were staying.
Its a great little city, it has everything, marina, beach, shops, markets, cafes, restaurants, tapas bars, art galleries, museums and a castle!
Also its small enough to walk around in one day, plus there’s no tourists, just real Spanish people living their lives.
The Spanish love a medieval festival, and this one was great.
The whole town was split into two, with the Moors (Arabs) on one side and the Christians on the other.
As well as 350 food and craft stalls there were falconry displays, knights on horses, jesters, parades and reenactments all day.
You could also play spot the camera, with tourists from all over the world hoping to furnish their Flickr accounts with some medieval action.
The Canon G9 was in its element here, its 6x zoom working over time. Shooting RAW did slow it down a bit though.
Hello bloggers, I’m back!
I’ve had a few months off with a bad case of the blues, but i’m back now and feeling as good as ever.
I did manage to get a little (well deserved) holiday in this January, and I got plenty of photos.
I borrowed Helen’s Canon G9 for the trip. I’m sure some film fans will have stopped reading already, but this little camera is great for holiday snaps, DSLR quality RAW files, a 6x zoom lens which opens to 2.8 at the wide end and it fits in your pocket!
Don’t worry film fans, I took a couple of film cameras too.
This is Santa Pola, the closest town to my parents’ winter refuge. Its a real Spanish town with nice beach, marina and no tourists!
On the way home from yet another wedding, Helen and i stopped off in York to have a look round and share a £22 afternoon tea.
York has some great shops and cafes, plus the Minster is very impressive.
I left the Nikon in the Mini and loaded the Olympus [mju:]-2 with an AGFA APX100.
Tram Sunday is Fleetwood’s biggest day of the year. The high street is shut off and filled with classic cars, kids rides, fun fair stalls and of course, trams. Though this year I only saw two.
The Nikon L35AF2 was loaded with AGFA APX100
The National Media Museum, Bradford.
I first visited this museum in 1998 on a freshers week ‘getting to know everyone’ trip with college.
Although the layout has changed considerably since then, the exhibits remain mostly the same.
There are areas dedicated to photography, television, animation, video games and an Imax cinema.
The photography area is sponsored by kodak, so naturally contains lots of kodak cameras and memorabilia. There are also displays of Daguerreotype plates and equipment, and a ‘cameras through the ages’ area, personally I found this a little lacking, there are camera stores in London that have a larger array of photographic equipment.
The TV area had interesting exhibits of tv and video equipment and a mock newsroom and blue-screen studio to lark about in.
The animation area was my favourite. It is home to a great collection of puppets from Aardman Animations, plus some characters from my youth.
If you are in the Bradford area the National Media Museum is worth a visit.
I borrowed Helen’s Sony NEX-5 for the afternoon.
After visiting friends up north, Helen and I stopped off in Cambridge on the way home.
I loaded the battered, bargain Nikon FM with a roll of Agfa APX100 and hit the tourist trail.
The 35mm Nikkor-S 2.8 is the only Nikon lens I have now, which is just as well, as it has permanently attached itself to the FM, which is odd.
We had a lovely afternoon and I enjoyed exploring somewhere new with a great camera.