Boston Marathon 2013 Tragedy

Yesterday I started off the day somewhat bummed that I had to go to work and that I really hadn’t thought about taken the day off to go see the Marathon. I have lived in Boston and Cambridge for over 6 years and have never gone to see it. I generally work for small businesses that never take the Patriot’s Day Holiday.  I guess it was a blessing in disguise for yesterday. My thoughts an prayers go out for the victims of the bombings and I hope that they find and bring to justice the people that are responsible.

In homage to Boston I am posting some photos that I have taken with some of my analog cameras. I hope to show the beauty and strength that this town possess and how it will continue to stand tall despite all that has happened.

Picture of Copley Square from in front of the Copley Statue. Taken on PX680 Color Protection Film with a Polaroid Impulse Camera

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Spectra / Image Close-Up Lens

Spectra Close-Up Lens

 The Spectra / Image Close-Up Lens is a fun accessories to have as it lets your take some nice somewhat macro photos. It generally comes in a nice nylon bag with foam inside to help protect it. The lens itself simply clicks on to the front of the camera.  This version is black and says Polaroid F112 on the front.   I am happy to say that I have 2 in excellent condition that still have the original box and manual with them and I am happy to share my experience with them.

Spectra / Image Cloes-Up Lens

Spectra / Image Close-Up Lens

The Lens easily clips on to most Spectra / Image Polaroid Cameras.  The small tab at the top of the close-up lens fits into a grove above actual lens of the camera. You just simply slip it in and then bring it down into place.  The front of the Close-Up lens has a rubber grasp that acts as a measuring tape. You essentially extend it out as far as it goes and you place the object that you are taking a picture of at that distance. This should tell you that you are about 10 inches from the Lens and should be in focus.  Once you have extended the tape and know your distance you can let the rubber grasp go and it will automatically rewind back into the Lens.

I would suggest having the camera on a tripod or on a steady surface so that you don’t lose your place, otherwise your picture may come out blurry due to both placement and movement of the camera itself.

Spectra / Image Close-Up Lens

Spectra / Image Close-Up Lens

The close-up lens can then easily be taken off again by pulling on the bottom tab and lifting it away from the camera.  Below are some examples of the some of the Polaroids I was able to take using the lens.

Typewriter with overexposure

Typewriter with overexposure

Books!

Books!

Flowers from my Sweetie!

Flowers from my Sweetie!

 I personally love the lens and its ability to give the Spectra a chance to take more interesting shots that you otherwise wouldn’t have. If you need more information I have also uploaded the manual. Please feel free to take a review of it at the below link.

Image / Spectra Close-Up Lens

 

Winter Storm Nemo in Boston

Just wanted to give a little insight into the Winter Blizzard that came through the North East this weekend. I got off of work early and hunkered down with my boyfriend to watch movies and possibly read books if our power went out.  We had plenty of water, crackers, cheese and alcohol. Perfect for long stays at home 🙂

It wasn’t until Saturday afternoon that we decided to venture outside the house and see the outcome of the storm. Needless to say, our street had been plowed, but my car was under about a foot of snow.

The front of my apartment building where you can see the outline of my car under the snow.

The front of my apartment building where you can see the outline of my car under the snow.

We then continued on into the streets with several cameras in tow, two of them being lomography cameras and another manual film camera. I am going to have the film developed soon and will post them up when they are available. Anyways I also took several photos with my trusty iPhone so that is what you see here.

Several Shots of Boston after Storm Nemo

Several Shots of Boston after Storm Nemo

We picked our way from the South End into Copley Sq., watching people having to walk through the streets since many of the sidewalks were still covered in snow. There had also been a driving ban on Friday night, so not many cars were out.  Some people had even resorted to traveling with cross country skis or snow shoes in areas that were still thick with snow.

An unplowed street in the South End

An unplowed street in the South End

 Well I hope that everyone faired as well as we did, and hope you are equally disappointed as I am to have to come back to work on Monday.

MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS – THRIFT SHOP FEAT. WANZ

Loving this video and all of the Vintage Cameras it features in one of the scenes. It’s my favorite song right now.

 

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Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!