Posts tagged analogue
Travel Diary: Transylvania, Romania
 
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At the beginning of March, we took a very short but sweet trip to Transylvania, Romania. We didn't know what to expect from our first trip to the home of Dracula, but we have to admit, it excelled our expectations. 

From Berlin you can fly to Cluj, a University city complete with historical buildings and a bustling nightlife. We spent only a day here but it was enough to get a sense of the place and appreciate Romanian city life. We stopped for a coffee in a very hipster style coffee shop, Meron where we enjoyed some fancy pour-over and aero-press coffees. 

We were able to enjoy the nightlife without feeling like the oldest in the bar (it is a student town after all), favourite spot of the night was certainly Booha. Although the London Bar opposite looked to be the most popular amongst the locals. 

Most of the trip was spent in and around the town ( it was huge) of Sibiu, which with it's historical centre is a very charming town. From the clock tower in the centre you can have a 360 view of the entire town with the breathtaking Carpathian mountains in the distance. It is easy to feel that you are in a fairytale in Sibiu, he streets are narrow and the buildings have a very nice charm. It was also fairly easy to get into the countryside within an hour we were able to drive up to the cable car station of Balea Lake. Where in the winter they build an Ice Hotel where one can sleep overnight for a mere €150/night. I tried the beds, they weren't as comfy as I'd like. The snow had covered the lake and it was hard to tell where the land ended and the sky began at times.  

After eating our weight in fried romanian goodness for four days it was time to say ciao to Transylvania. Just a mini trip this time but we will be sure to go back. Soon.

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xoXo

B&W Photos: Pentax K1000, all others iPhone 6/iPhone 7

 
Analgoue Love: Hong Kong
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We've been located in London for just over a year now and we ain't going to lie, we be missing Hong Kong. The crazy weather, the friends, the streets. We came across some old shots taken from our time living in the 852 with our analogue gear the other day and we'd thought we'd share.

Wanchai

Wanchai

Connaught Road, Sheung Wan

Connaught Road, Sheung Wan

Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay

Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay

July 1st Handover Day Protest, Causeway Bay

July 1st Handover Day Protest, Causeway Bay

Mong MTR Station

Mong MTR Station

Mong Kok

Mong Kok

Cheung Chau

Cheung Chau

 

'Til we meet again.....xx

 

All photos by me on Pentax K1000, Diana, Holga and an old Nikon using mostly Lomo film.

Analogue Love: Olympus XA2
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People often ask me why I have so many cameras (sometimes I question it myself), but each camera is different. For great photos I would always trust my Pentax, for fun double exposure nonsense I would use the Holga or Diana. I was without a compact 35mm camera for awhile, I had my eyes on the LOMO LC-A camera when I got my mits on the Olympus XA2 - a not so distant relative of said LOMO camera. This gem is small enough to go into a small handbag and is pretty durable, meaning it can withstand a day out with me. 

Yangzhou, China 2013

Yangzhou, China 2013

Yangzhou, China 2013

Yangzhou, China 2013

Yangzhou, China 2013

Yangzhou, China 2013

Another great function is that although it is pretty much a point and shoot you can adjust the ASA so you can (to some extent) use my fave Redscale XR film from LOMO. I've gotten some really great shots with this little gem and even though the redscale was a little too red on some I still love the outcomes. Perfect little camera for snapping fun times.

Siena, Italy 2014

Siena, Italy 2014

Siena, Italy 2014

Siena, Italy 2014

 
 

View from Victoria Peak, Hong Kong 2015

 
 
Lai Tak Tsuen Estate, Hong Kong 2015

Lai Tak Tsuen Estate, Hong Kong 2015

 
 
Lai Tak Tsuen Estate, Hong Kong 2015

Lai Tak Tsuen Estate, Hong Kong 2015

 
 
Maldives, 2015

Maldives, 2015

 
 
Strathaven Park, UK 2015

Strathaven Park, UK 2015

 
 

Happy capturing!

xoxo

All photos by me.

 
Analogue Love: Yashica
 
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When I was in the States a couple of years ago I picked up this little 35mm Yashica on a trip to Goodwill or was it Savers...where ever it was they are both filled with so many things I wanted. Thrifting is SO much better in America. Anyway, this modern film camera was a dollar fifty so I said to myself, why not! It unlike the rest of my analogues as it has an automatic progressing system. A basic point and shoot if there ever was one. I've not used it as much as the others but it has produced some interesting pics and may get another outing soon. I used the standard black & white 400 speed Lomography film, my go to place for film (the HK store is round the corner from my house). With some dodgy batteries and film in, I took the Yashica out on an expedition in and around the city. I wasn't so used to the way this camera functions and I was having trouble even taking photos (the dodgy batteries). Once I got used to the system it was easier to handle (slightly embarrassed at the lack of ability here). Unsure of what would be developed from the roll I am pleasantly surprised by some of the results, check them out below:

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The above shots were taken on the way and on Cheung Chau. A great little fishing village, 30 or so minutes from Hong Kong Island.

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Back alleys are always a great insight on how a city lives, hanging laundry is a permanent feature of older Hong Kong buildings. 

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The contrast between the cobbled streets and the high rises never ceases to amaze me. For how much longer we will have the older I am not sure. Think it might be time to dust off the ol' Yashica and capture some more moments.

It's almost the weekend!

vx

All photos by me. 

Analogue Love
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The sturdier brother to Diana is the subject of this instalment of Analogue Love. Holga, boxy and slightly more manly in appearance than the Diana is almost the same in function, with the exception of the built in flash - not all models come with flash. I'm not sure why I needed to have one of these bad boys ( I had an overwhelming to desire to own one) but I managed to score this one at a flea market here in HK. It was so much cheaper than the Lomo ones online and I even did some light bartering. Win, win. We haven't had quite so many adventures together but when I have taken it out with me recently I have been using Fujichrome Velvia 100F slide film (this will need to be cross processed when developed). This film is best in bright sunny environments which South East Asia provides nicely (and thankfully) I was lucky enough to travel to various spots to capture romantic toy camera moments. As ever light leaks and double exposures are happy accidents. As you will see from my initial snaps I had some trouble with the film advance, at first I was kinda annoyed at myself but really it adds another layer (literally) to what could possible be a boring photo.

Church near Sedona, Holga
Church near Sedona, Holga

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Hong Kong Roads Holga
Hong Kong Roads Holga
Transport in Seminyak Holga
Transport in Seminyak Holga

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Bohol Street Holga
Bohol Street Holga
Hong Kong Harbour Holga
Hong Kong Harbour Holga

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It really is a super easy to use and handle camera with results that always make me smile. I'm not sure I prefer to the Diana but it is a close call.

If you had to chose which wins Diana or Holga?

Happy Snapping!

xoxo

Analogue Love
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analogue love smena Sometimes I like to wander over to ebay and browse the many, many vintage cameras that people have to sell. In an ideal world I would trawl through charity shops and antique malls in person but I live in Hong Kong where these sorts of places are rare and very very tiny hole in the walls. With ebay you can search from your sofa and you can travel the world seeing what it has to offer. On one such wander I came across a Smena 8 camera, I liked the look of this little gem and decided to watch it for awhile. It didn't take me too long to go back and purchase said camera...be sure to check that if you want to use cameras bought from ebay (or other sites) that they are in working order. When it arrived a week or so later (from Bulgaria) I was very excited to use it. It was similar to the Diana but with more twisty bits with numbers, the instruction booklet was in Russian so I just trusted my gut and loaded a film.

Now, confession time. I have only shot with this camera once and had actually forgot about it until I was going through some photographs (I'm ashamed). That being said I actually like how some of the photos turned out and will need to pack it for my next adventure. Below are some of my shots from that debut roll, I was in Manila for the weekend and took the Smena with me. It's a wonderful city and had plenty of things to capture.

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I love it when things are rediscovered, don't you?

 

xoxo