Kickstarter : The 120 Pinhole Project

I was looking through my emails yesterday and found and interesting Kickstarter project that was highlighted in their email that they send out so often. Kelly Angood from London has started up a fund to have her medium format camera design be an easy to put together cardboard cut out kit. The camera has no lens and works as a pinhole camera projecting the image onto medium format film.

The 120 Pinhole ProjectThat being said, I just found out that she has cancelled her project due to fear of copyright infringement. It looks like she is not in a position to be able to handle something like that at this time and would like to avoid it if possible.  It’s a a shame since she had received over £22,000 in support money, in a relatively short amount of time.

Photo taken with one of her homemade pinhole cameras.

Photo taken with one of her homemade pinhole cameras.

Angood has said in her update that she is currently planning on making a new camera design that is all her own, but works in the same way. She claims that she will hopefully have another Kickstarter project up and ready in about a months time, and have the camera kit ready for delivery in November (same delivery time as her original camera).  I am looking forward to her new camera and hopefully be able to support it within the first 200 pledges so I can be able to snatch up a neat camera for about £25 (plus £10 to ship outside the UK). You can keep updated on both the cancelled Kickstarter page or on her tumblr page. You can also drop her a line at the120pinholeproject@kellyangood.co.uk if you would like for her to notify you when her new camera is ready.

Kickstarter Page

Tumblr Page

Angood has also at one point made a DIY 35mm pinhole camera that you could printout and assemble yourself, which was the inspiration for this project. I was not able to find the printout, as all of the links that use to point to a pdf no longer work, but I was able to find the video on how to put it all together.  It gives me a small idea of what is to come and the effort that she put into her original camera.

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

 

Treasury Time – In a Men’s World

Check out this treasury curated by fiona zakka on Etsy.  It features one of my vintage cameras called The Colorpack II which takes pack film and produces amazing pictures. You can find it for sale here.

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Julep – February Boho Glam Maven Box Review

Last week I received my Julep box, and I was very excited about all of it’s latest goodies. I actually love the colors as well as the “extras”. Julep Maven is a monthly subscription box that cost $20 per month. Each month you receive a goodie box of Julep products that consist of 2 nail polishes plus another item that can either be another nail polish or a beauty item such a a lotion or mascara.  The items are promised to be a value of $40 or more. The items that are sent to you are based on a quiz that you take that makes you out to be one of four categories.  You are sent an email the 20th of each month that gives you a preview of what is coming next month and  you have between the 24-27th to change what you would like to another of the categories, send it to a friend or simply cancel that month. On top of the subscription you receive 20% off all of their items and free shipping for being a member and every month you can have add on’s to your box for a low as $5.

This month they sent 2 nail colors, a nail treatment, a special top coat, an eye lash curler and some heart shaped chocolates!

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February Julep Boho Glam Box

The colors that were featured in the Boho Glam box were Julianne, which was a blue grey color, and Ingrid, a burnt orange color. Both are lovely, though I will likely used the Ingrid in the fall more than any other season.

Value: $14 each

Julianne and Ingrid Nail Colors

Julianne and Ingrid Nail Colors

There was also a Oxygen Nail Treatment bottle which is said to be complete nail care and make-up all in one bottle. Made with a patented Hexanal formulation, nails are restructured to a stronger, thicker, and smoother condition in just one stroke. I have yet to try it, so I am not sure how well it works. Also included as a bonus is Julep’s new Freedom Polymer Top Coat. It is suppose to leave a gel like look, but cures in natural light and in about 5 minutes. I recently used it with my latest manicure and it is actually lasting much longer!

Value: $18 each

Oxygen Nail Treatment and Freedom Polymer Top Coat

Oxygen Nail Treatment and Freedom Polymer Top Coat

The last item is a bonus beauty item of a small cute eyelash curler with some tips on how to use it. Perfect to just throw into your purse or makeup bag on the go. It is made out of plastic and easy to use. I tried it and it works well similar to regular metal eyelash curlers.

Value: $5

Eyelash Curler from Julep

Eyelash Curler

Eyelash Curler

Overall I was very happy with this box. The colors were nice and the treatment and top coat were excellent. The eyelash curler was also a nice extra. The box was well worth more than the $20 spent.

Below is my first use of the Julianne nail color with the Freedom Polymer Top coat. The color is nice for the season and easily goes with many of my outfits. The top coat gives it a nice shine and I have lasted a full 3 days without having it chip.

Julep's Julianne Nail Varnish

Julep’s Julianne Nail Varnish

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The Polaroid Wall

Polaroid Wall

Since I first started working with Polaroids and their films I have been collecting a large amount of Polaroid pictures.  They consist of everyday items around my apartment if I am doing work late at night and have no other items to really take pictures of at 1 am, as well as some nice ones of friends, family and scenic views in different locations. They were starting to pile up in a small silver box that I especially bought for them, but they soon where over flowing and I couldn’t shut it properly. I finally decided that I had enough good ones to start a Polaroid Wall.

My first start was a trial and error in location and trying to find the right adhesive to use to keep the Polaroids in place. Below you can see one of my failed attempts taken with a Polaroid camera. So basically a Polaroid of Polaroids, pretty awesome, minus the fact that half of them had fallen off.

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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.

Polyvore : Lomography Wish List

I see tons of Polyvore collages all the time, and I just wanted to get into a little bit of the action. Instead of a super fashion spread, I just made a small collection of some of the items I most covet from Lomography. These are both out of pure want as some need. Maybe one day I can posses all of these wonderful items, but for now I can just make collages and lust…

 

 

Lomography Wish List

Lomography Lomochrome Purple

I was excited to read this morning about the new Lomography Film that is available for pre-order to be delivered by July 2013. It is called Lomochrome Purple 400 and comes in 35 mm and 120 formats.

New Lomography Purple Film

New Lomography Purple Film

The film works by changing green hues in photos into purple hues. It works almost like giving Infrared results , but it really is a color negative film with a shift in colors. There are no need for special filters and you just point and shoot, and can be developed in C-41 chemicals.  There will be a first batch that will be sold to pre-orders and then the film will go into mass production. This may give first time buyers a formula that may differ from the mass produced version and give them slightly different results, much like the Impossible Project and its test batches.

Lomochrome 400 vs. standard color negative

Lomochrome Purple 400 vs. Standard Color Negative

 

Lomochrome Purple 400 vs. Standard Color Negative

Lomochrome Purple 400 vs. Standard Color Negative

I am curious to shoot with the film, if only as a novelty for landscapes and such. I think it would be nice to get a pre-order in, but at 47.03 Euros ($64.00 USD) for a minimum of 5 rolls it is not all that cheap. Hopefully I will pull some money in for some rolls and put up my results here. If interested you can find more info at Lomography.com and you can pre-order some 35 mm here.

** Photos are from lomography.com

Update: Post on Review of Lomochrome Purple Film

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!

Julep – November Boho Glam Maven Box Review

Julep Maven

I receive my Boho Glam Box from Julep a few days ago, and I was pretty excited.  Julep Maven is a monthly subscription box that cost $20 per month. Each month you receive a goodie box of Julep products that consist of 2 nail polishes plus another item that can either be another nail polish or a beauty item such a a lotion or mascara.  The items are promised to be a value of $40 or more. The items that are sent to you are based on a quiz that you take that makes you out to be one of four categories.  You are sent an email the 20th of each month that gives you a preview of what is coming next month and  you have between the 24-27th to change what you would like to another of the categories, send it to a friend or simply cancel that month. On top of the subscrition you receive 20% off all of their items and free shipping for being a member and every month you can have add on’s to your box for a low as $5.

This month I received two nail polishes, and body lotion, 3 sample nail polish remover pads and a coupon.

Polish Remover

The box with came with “extra goodies” of One-Step Polish Remover Pads. I have not tested them out so I will have to write about them in a later post. As samples they are a good way to test if you are interested in the full size product without having to buy the entire thing.

Value: $1

Julep Body Lotion

The lotion was called Body Frosting and it smelled good and doesn’t go on greasy. I think it is of good value, but I generally do not buy fancy lotions. This was great as an the extra beauty item as I would not normally buy it for myself.

Value: $18

Julep Maven Polish

The nail polishes I received this month are from their suede collection and they dry quickly with a matte finish.  The burgundy wine color is called Minka and the Silver Tone color is Brit. They are really nice fall colors and can have a nice sheen to them if you add a top coat. These are good for all ranges of users as they are easy to apply and are fast drying.

Value: $14 each x 2 = $28

 Information on the values of items as taken from the Julep.com site. I had no idea on the pad removers, so I made an estimate. The estimated total value comes to about $47, so pretty good! The picture above is my nails done with the Minka polish and a clear top coat. The color right now is big for fall so it was a pretty excellent choice. Overall I was happy with the selection and will continue to be a member.If you like this post and really want to join please use the link below to subscribe to give me some credit! It would be greatly appreciated!

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