Sunday, November 30, 2014

Razem Frazem! (Farewell To Old Film)

I could have also titled this post Doctor Strangefilm: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Red Glow. 

I still had a disposable camera lying about with shots I took from the Civic Holiday weekend in August, and had it developed this week. I hadn't had a camera on hand on Canada Day, so I ended up buying a double pack of one time use cameras. Some of the shots came out nicely, and I'll go through them in the next few days (some nice warm weather shots for those of you in the cold). Others? Well, let's just say they looked really weird....

I wasn't sure about posting this one. Though realistically, the problems with the image are merely at the sides. Namely that black edge on the left and the hint of a red glow on the right. The rest of the shot is fine. These two soldiers were standing guard at the War Memorial that weekend. The Memorial has had some additions on it since then, unveiled on Remembrance Day: below the dates of the First World War is a new inscription in metal, in both English and French: in service of Canada. Dates for the Afghan War and the South African War have also been added elsewhere on the Memorial's stone.

Sufficed to say, lesson learned: always have a proper camera close at hand.


32 comments:

  1. Also known as special effects...

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  2. interesting post and photo
    pleased you still posted it :)

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  3. This photo is from a country that knows how to live and goes for future for their citizens.

    Tomás.

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  4. I sort of like it! The unintentional "effects" add something. :)

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  5. Still, an interesting and poignant photo.

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  6. Actually, that's not bad for a throwaway camera. And you composed it well. Yes, never leave the house without your weapons!

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  7. I agree with Lowell. Some of the best memories I have are the times I haven't had my camera. But then, maybe that's the reason they were memorable moments....
    I'm not sure I would have noticed if you hadn't told us.

    Janis

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  8. i always wonder about kids these days - will they ever know the love of a disposable camera? remember the square flash - was that Kodak? (wait that might be snuff?) my Grandma had that kind of camera. nowadays he kids use iphone, etc. so wild. times keep changing. ( :

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  9. Never used a throw away camera I always try to have my camera with me just incase lol ! Interesting shot though . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day

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  10. @Linda: some more special than others. I had a blacksmith shot I thought of using for the theme day tomorrow... and then saw something odd on the picture.

    @Jen: thank you!

    @Tomas: indeed.

    @Halcyon: I always like the subject, and now the soldiers on duty are gone until spring.

    @Revrunner: particularly given the events of October.

    @Lowell: I expect that it was the last time I'll ever use a disposible.

    @Janis: I just wonder what on earth went wrong with the film!

    @Beth: given that film is scarcer to come by these days, it's not likely.

    @Country Gal: thanks!

    @Jane and Chris: thank you.

    @Tex: quite ghostly.

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  11. Hey, you captured the scene. It works!

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  12. It ain't bad at all, William, nowadays people use filters on their cameras to let perfect photos look like yours .... :-)

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  13. Okay, I'm half-blind, but...what am I missing?

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  14. It's always worth while showing us how good it can be with a better camera.

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  15. I haven't used a throw away camera in probably 30 years. I didn't even know they still made them. I'd say this turned out pretty darn good for one of those cameras.

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  16. I still like it, even with the 'special effects'! ;)

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  17. I found a roll of film that I had forgotten to develop once. It turned out to be from the year before and it was really fun to see the pictures after all that time. But I haven't used film for about ten years or more now.
    This didn't turn out too bad for those little cameras.

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  18. Now I will check my old cameras, who knows if there is still a roll somewhere...

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  19. It's not a bad image for a disposable William, they are still popular at weddings over here.. the couple put a disposable on each table and ask guests to take photos of their group.. a pretty good idea.

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  20. I used disposable camera before. I was impressed those cameras came in digital. It took photos fine, but yes, it's better to have proper camera at hand :-)

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  21. @Birdman: thanks!

    @Jan: that's true.

    @Norma: a hint of red that somehow intruded on the right... it's not too bad, though!

    @Red: I'll have plenty of chances to photograph this kind of scene again in the spring when soldiers take up the post again.

    @Sharon: it's hard to find them, actually.

    @Marleen: the fact that the bulk of the image still works made the decision for me to go with it.

    @Judy: I shot a lot on film before going into digital.

    @VP: those old rolls of film have a way of turning up when you don't expect them.

    @Grace: yes, they're used in that capacity here as well.

    @Tamago: it really is.

    @RedPat: even if the arms aren't armed!

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  22. I wonder what it would feel like to have to wait to have film developed? I am pretty sure that I don't want to find out. However, I'm glad that you had the opportunity to get your disposable so that you didn't miss the chance to take photos. Nice, William.

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  23. I like the idea of memorializing all wars on one monument. Nice shot even with the glitches!

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  24. Hi William, I still like this shot. It is a beautiful memorial.

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  25. You without a camera? Great composition though.

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  26. I miss film but love the instant gratification of digital.

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  27. Oh my goodness! You used a FILM camera? :)))

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  28. I have trouble imagining using film again, much less in a disposable camera. I didn't realize how far I'd left that behind 'til I read your post.

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  29. I'd sooner leave my husband at home, than my camera! :-)

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