My Sitacon ST-3

This past summer (2015) I traveled to Ohio to meet my family at my Grandparents old house. We spent time going through the closets and storage areas looking for important family items and things that we didn't want sitting hidden in closets. Naturally, I spent most of my time looking through old photography equipment and slides from my mom's childhood. Then I would get the stories from my mom about Grandpa making them pose while he would fiddle with settings and try to set up the perfect family photo (minus himself of course).

Accidental Double Exposure - Second Beach, La Push, WA

One of my finds was a Sitacon ST-3 camera. It is an old 35mm camera similar to the Holga but with a little more substance (and some metal construction). I threw a roll of film into it and started shooting. It is a fun little point-and-shoot that has three different light level settings from cloudy to direct sun light. The most interesting thing about the camera is that the focal plane that the film sits on is NOT flat. The film is held for exposure in a curved position that results some interesting distortion on the edges of the frame. 

One thing that was surprising is the large number of double exposures caused by failed winding. It seems like winding too fast can cause some slippage and results in a partial wind of the frame. But, now I know the risk and it gave me some interesting shots of Second Beach in La Push, WA.

It is a cool little camera that I always have in my bag and randomly pull it out to take a few shots wherever I am. I really enjoyed what I got on my first role from the camera, and am looking forward to my future results from this little camera. 

Snoqualmie Falls, WA

Seattle Ferris Wheel

At Second Beach, La Push, WA

On the Pier Seattle, WA

Second Beach, La Push, WA

The Magic of Film

Today I received my copy of Interstellar in the mail. I pre-ordered the Blu-ray because I knew that it was a movie I would own as soon as the credits started rolling when I saw it in the theaters.

I loved this movie from the beginning, all the way through. Many people thought it was too long but I was so drawn in by the story that I wanted more the second the credits began. The story, the music, the visuals, the characters, the science- Interstellar captured my imagination and passion in a significant way.

The promotional videos for Interstellar leading up to the release of the film were focused on the use of IMAX cameras and the large format film native to the IMAX. Through ingenuity and pure brawn they were able to create hand held rigs for the large and extremely heavy IMAX cameras. I enjoyed the pleasure of watching this in IMAX and getting the full experience that Director, Christopher Nolan, intended.

The reason I go into all of this rambling about the movie is that when I got my copy in the mail it contained a special item, one that I did not even know about when I ordered it. Lets face it; I was going to buy this with or without some promotional gimmick. In the Blu-ray case was a single frame of the movie, on IMAX film. I guess they chopped up a copy of the film to yield the huge amount of pieces of film of the movie to be given away. Even though I did not know this was going to be included I was very happy to receive it. I am happy with the piece that I got and think that it is actually a cool little freeze frame from the movie (maybe they were selective about the frames to keep people from getting a frame of motion blur or all black screen).

My piece of IMAX film from Interstellar

Anyway, the thing about this is that there is some mystery and magic surrounding this shot from the film. It is a little piece of the movie that I now have, and I was excited to see that people are selling the their pieces on ebay (maybe I’ll keep an eye out for a really great freeze frame from the movie that I might be interested in buying). If I had the money I would be buying all that I could, I mean, how cool would it be to have a big collection of the little pieces of IMAX film of this movie. It was interesting to me to get this after my last blog post about being captivated by old negatives and film. While this piece of film is far from old it still has some special qualities of sentimentality that I was very happy to receive.





If you bought a copy of Interstellar and got a piece of the film I would be happy to hear your thoughts about this and even see what frame you got from the movie.

Developing my film again!


Since moving to Seattle I lost my ability to develop film. Taking classes at Belhaven University was allowing me to access the darkroom on campus where I was able to develop film and make prints. After about a year and a half I finally got the last few pieces in order to develop film from home. It was a slow process of acquiring gallon jugs, chemicals, reels, and a tank. Now I have gotten it all going and have gone through the process of finally developing my film from when I drove out to Seattle. 

I was able to look at my photos from the Grand Canyon and the rest of my journey from Orlando to Seattle. 

The upside to getting all of this set up is that I now have more motivation to shoot film again! Since I got everything ready to go I have shot more than 4 rolls of 36 exposures. So it has really lit the fire under me to get out and shoot more film.