Lots of folks were using toy cameras around that time. There were a couple of Flickr contacts whose Diana 151 work convinced me to find one on eBay.
I seem to recall the price wasn’t too high, maybe US $40 at the time.
I haven’t run a whole lot of film through it, but this particular camera has a decent lens that’s true to the prescribed focus lengths, plus it came with a weathered manual, and a lens cap. I don’t know what happened to the original box.
To eliminate light leaks, I’ve made small removable flaps using gaffer’s to cover the red picture number window and the latch at the bottom of the camera back.
These cameras make the most magical images. Check out Nancy Rexroth’s work.
I’ll be getting out with this little gem again in the near future.
Film type: 120
Exposures: 16 @ 4×4
Shutter Speeds: ~1/50 – 1/100 sec
Aperture: ƒ/11, ƒ/13, ƒ/19
Focal Length: ~60mm
Focusing: Manual/zone – 4-6 ft, 6-12 ft, 12 – infinity
Dimensions: 5.3in x 3.7in x 6.8in
’61 Chevy wagon
Annie and I got out for her morning stroll today.
As we crossed the road that serves as one of a few main entryways into our neighborhood, I noticed this pattern in the ADA walkway at the corner on the other side of the street.
The sun was still low in the sky so the small, short bumps cast a long shadow.
They reminded me of LEGOS.
iPhone 8 + Blackie app.
Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim.
An eBay purchase from around mid-2008, specifically to use on World Toy Camera Day, which was on October 18 that year. I loaded it with 35mm Kodak Elite Chrome 100 and had the film cross-processed at the local Ritz Camera store. Remember those?
I joined a photo stroll that day in San Francisco, walking around The Mission District on a bright, sunny day.
All plastic – including the lens – the VUWS is a simple point-and-shoot, but the camera’s tiny aperture requires a lot of light.
At 22mm, the pictures are super-wide angle with plenty of vignetting.
I was happy with the results.
Cool little camera. Still in my collection.
Film type: 35mm
Focal length: 22mm
Shutter speed: 1/125 sec
Focusing: Fixed focus
… and Discovery.
One of my favorite things about photography is learning new methods and techniques.
For example, my return to large format has uncovered a multitude of new tools and toys while combing the internet for info about the process of developing 4 x 5 negatives.
I don’t have a darkroom, so I’ll be using a dark bag to not only load and unload film holders, but to transfer the film from the holders to a nifty new device I came across online, called B’s Reel.
I’d been looking at the Stearman Press SP-445 Compact 4×5 Film Processing System to handle the task of development. And I’d pretty much settled on the SP-445 until I came across a YouTube video made by Dave Rollans titled Developing 4×5 at home with B’s Reel.
Good video. Convinced me to change gears and go with the extremely cool and useful B’s Reel.
The SP-445, because of its small in size, can only develop 4 sheets at a time. B’s can develop 6, using a standard Paterson 3-reel tank.
And with 6 Lisco film holders, this developing system will work just perfectly if I head out to shoot with two different types of film.
Check out Benoît Barbé’s website and goodies shop.
… by comparison.
I shot this photo with my Panny GX8 and a Pentax 25mm ƒ/1.4 (m43 50mm equivalent) c-mount CCTV lens, ISO 200, wide-open, using the Dynamic Black and White in-camera filter. A Manfrotto 785B Modo tripod and the camera’s timer set to 2 seconds helped keep things steady. I unscrewed the center bar from the pod to make the camera sit closer to the ground. The camera was just short of 5 feet from the subject.
The only post-processing is simple auto-levels in Photoshop.
I love the swirly bokeh this little lens produces.
The setting is the north side-yard of our home, sitting on a flagstone step, beneath the shade of our neighbor’s Live Oak and you’re looking east here.
A neighbor had set this pail out next to their garbage can for pick-up one Wednesday and I spotted it on my early-morning walk. I made a point of walking back past their house to snag it on the way home.
I store charcoal in it.
I love the swirly bokeh this little lens produces. It’s a great portrait lens, as well – you just have to get up in people’s faces with it!
A long while ago I started a blog on Blogger.com for the purpose of highlighting photos I made using film cameras. It’s called Dog Bone Soup. I abandoned it in 2011, but it still exists.
Well, I’ve resurrected the name and premise on Instagram. In my goal to use up my film stash it made sense to start again fresh on the now dominant platform for sharing photography.
The simple logo I’d created for blogger needed attention, so I tweaked the design slightly and added color and a little shading.
I also created a Photoshop template that’s 1080 pixels square with the IG handle @dogbonesoup centered near the bottom, a consistent location for branding.
Over time I’ll be posting 100+ pictures made in the past and new images made from my fairly hefty stash of film.
Speaking of film, I’ve ordered many of the items on my list of film dev stuff from this post, awaiting their arrival.
Time to get out and shoot some black and white. I’m jazzed about the prospects.
Please, visit and follow @dogbonesoup on IG.
8th Annual Georgetown Airport Car & Vintage Plane Show.
I had a ton of rusty fun at the Georgetown Airport Car Show yesterday, but I should’ve worn a hat. My face got a little too much sun. It was windy, but warm.
I walked around with Dennis Isenberg, ran into Miguel Ortiz and his brother Geraldo, and talked with David Valdez about the March 16 GTX Photo Fest.
I also met Matthew Magruder, who was shooting and developing tintypes on site. Pretty cool.
HOT ROD door brace
1960 Chevy pickup
Rusty ’58 Chevy truck
4 Wheel Drive
69 Chinese fighter
Green, Texas 1932