Meandering around Miami

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I spent the tail end of 2013 and the first week of 2014 hanging out around Miami and the Florida Keys - we weren't overly blessed with the weather as it was pretty grey and rainy for a third of our trip but we still got in a couple of beach days, some sunny roadtrippin', a great day of scuba diving (incredibly clear waters!), a daytrip to the beautiful Everglades, some shopping (way less painful in America, why?), the largest mojito I will ever see, too many peanut butter flavoured foodstuffs, lots of reading and chilling. Feeling ready for whatever 2014 has to throw my way!
Took my Canon A1 along...which I love not only because it was manufactured the same year I was, but also because it is historically significant - it being the first SLR to offer an electronically controlled exposure mode.

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Retinette 1A

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A couple of shots from my test run with the Kodak Retinette 1A - mine is one of the later models, produced around 1963 (I could be off by a year or two). It's all a bit of guesswork... guess the exposure, guess the focal distance and cross your fingers! On the plus side, the lens is lovely & sharp and the exposure seems to be quite forgiving ... and the wind on lever is on the bottom of the body, which is a nice touch. These shots from the Ste Catherine/Canal area of Brussels.

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Farewell Summer 2013

I'm freshly unpacked from my summer holiday in the South of France - one week in the Pyrenees and another in the Lot & Garonne. It was beautiful, relaxing, sporty, fun ... and I think I managed to consume enough rosé to last me till next summer... maybe. 

I took the Canon EF along for the ride and found her pretty fun to use.  

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Kyocera/Yashica Powerzoom

Another in my series  of testing out old analog cameras. This one is not so old, a fully automatic point and shoot Kyocera/Yashica (Kyocera bought Yashica in 1983 but continued using the brand name as it had a pretty good reputation) - manufactured sometime in the 90s. Picked up for me by my mum at a garage boot sale for a couple of euros. I ran an expired film through it so the colours are a bit off but all in all, I quite like it!

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Agfa Clack

Lately, I've become mildly obsessed with old film cameras - some for their simplicity, most for their design, all for the fun of not seeing the shots until the roll is finished. I am also forced to be a little less obsessed with straight lines and absolute sharpness which digital photography with it's lack of grain and, hence, very polished style, calls for. As I discovered using a throwaway camera in Montpellier, sometimes I just don't feel like shooting on my 'work tool' (much as I love her) when on holiday or walking around town. It helps that these cameras are generally cheap meaning I'm far less paranoid about having them ripped off me!

So here's my Agfa Clack test roll. I picked this funny little box up in a garage boot sale in Evere. It's pretty easy to know it works since the Clack is basically just a plastic casing for a medium format film, with a clunky shutter and two aperture options (sunny or cloudy). I'm guessing the speed is about 1/30th of second so sharpness is pretty much impossible to achieve handheld... and the photos automatically look like they were shot decades ago.

Agfa Clack (Manufactured 1954-1965) 

Agfa Clack (Manufactured 1954-1965) 

Schaerbeek, Rue des Palais

Schaerbeek, Rue des Palais

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Schaerbeek

Ixelles, Rue du Berger

Ixelles, Rue du Berger

Brussels, Galerie des Rois

Brussels, Galerie des Rois

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