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{64T} GA645i

Last year, I bought a few rolls of Kodak Ektachrome 64T that expired in 1997. It’s a slide film, and the “T” means the film is balanced for tungsten lighting.  I bought the 64T with the express purpose in mind of having it cross-processed. I had only shot one roll of the 64t so far, and it had been in my Yashica-Mat (there are a couple from that same roll in an epilogue-ish post on my Amanda Goes to England blog.) I’d been itching to shoot another roll of this, but,  as I mentioned, this particular 64T expired in 1997. Film can some of its light sensitivity powers as it ages, so I shot this (and the previous roll) at 50 instead of 64. That meant I needed plenty of light to get proper exposures. Which is why I waited around until spring before I gave another roll of 64T a try! This time, though, it HAD to be in my lovely GA645i. HAD to be!

I knew this would be the most perfect cross-processed 64T shot I’d ever taken. And it is.


The rope that’s been photographed on almost every roll I’ve taken this year…

The focus isn’t where I’d intended it to be on this one, but there’s something I love about it anyway.

Wyatt’s haunches

I love the lattice design at the bottom of my sister’s porch

I’ve photographed Wyatt quite a bit lately…

Fuji GA645i • Kodak Ektachrome 64T, expired in 1997, cross-processed, shot at 50 ISO

{Hacked} Konica Big Mini

Though I feel as if I’m cheating on my Olympus Stylus Epic by saying this: I quite like the Konica Big Mini I won from a blog giveaway some time back. It’s not perfect. I don’t like how the lens has no proper cover. And it is SO LOUD, but the lens is really good. I’ve always felt like the Big Mini has a tendency to underexpose a little. Though it has a very handy +1.5 exposure compensation, I find I need to use that exposure compensation just to get a proper exposure under normal circumstances. That means that I don’t have the option to add more exposure in backlit situations, since I’m already having to employ the exposure compensation in most usual lighting circumstances. With my most recent Big Mini roll, I decided to get a little clever: I hacked the DX code on the film I was using so the camera would think I was shooting ISO 250 instead of 400. In other words, I tried to take care of the slight underexposure tendencies the camera exhibits so I would only have to use the +1.5 compensation when I actually needed it. And you know what? I’m very glad I did that!

I spent my spring trying to relax with coffee and my favorite plaid throw in the afternoons.

Dressed up for my meeting with the soon-to-be married Jessica and Dustin. Testing the Big Mini’s mirror self-portrait abilities. 

Cup of coffee at Muddy’s Grind House when I met with Jessica and Dustin there.

Some interior shots of the Grind House – I think the camera did a great job on the “Mon Cheri” cupcake shot!

The other thing I like to do: self-portraits in reflective surfaces that aren’t actual mirrors.

I left my meeting with some minty brownies, one of my favorite Muddy’s treats! 

The general manager of the auto auction had this truck turned into a fake rat rod

Sneaky mirror self-portrait! Hey! 

Hello again. Sorry for all the pictures of myself. I’m just trying to recapture my long-held tradition of self-portraits on film.

Konica Big Mini • Kodak High Definition 400, shot at 250

I think the film with the hacked DX worked out great in the Big Mini. But isn’t that a lot of trouble to go to whenever I shoot this camera? I probably won’t cheat on my Stylus Epic too often…

{La Sardina} In Spring

Remember that time I won a Lomography La Sardina? Being a toy camera with very limited control over exposure and focus settings, the La Sardina is a camera that I don’t bring out very often. It’s hard to get through a roll in a timely manner sometimes due to the fixed aperture and shutter speeds. That’s because the camera is really light hungry! But once the sun starting to show its face again this spring, I decided that it was time to be purposeful about shooting a roll with the La Sardina!


Corvette, at work

Storm rolling in

I keep thinking that this peeling paint looks like a family standing side-by-side

I have what you might call a “toothy grin” (on Cinco de Mayo)

Fire department in the town where I live, taken from the car with the window rolled down

At my aunt’s house in Texas for a day and a half

Pit stop at a Dairy Queen in Louisiana on our way back to Mississippi (both are bulb exposures)

If you ever use a La Sardina camera, I think it’s at its best on sunny days or when you use its bulb setting to give more exposure control. That’s the secret to any success I’ve had with it anyway! (That’s the secret to my success with any toy camera…)

Lomography La Sardina • Kodak High Definition 400 film, expired in 2011

{Inked} 2.0

Last year, I shared photos I’d taken to document the process of my mother getting a tattoo. A year and a half after getting inked for the first time, my little mother decided it was time to get a second tattoo! So once again, we made a trip to No Regrets Tattoo Emporium in Memphis, consulted with Joe Stamp (who’d done her first tattoo,) and made the appointment.

Mom’s first tattoo was a Celtic cross on her wrist. This time, she’d chosen a particular style of a Star of Bethlehem to be placed on top of her forearm. Joe did a wonderful job translating the artwork mom had chosen, and we think the tattoo came out beautifully! I wish I had done a better job documenting our time with Joe doing the tattoo, but maybe I’ll do better next time one  of us goes in for some work 😉 

No Regrets • Fuji GA645i • Kodak Pro 400MC , expired 1996

The finished product, on Easter  (three days after the tattoo was done)

Nikon N80 • Sigma Super Wide II 24mm f/2.8 lens • Kodak High Definition 400, expired 2011

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