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January 4, 2010

Analog: Diana Mini

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The holidays brought me more photography gear that I'm looking forward to playing with in this brand new year. I've already mentioned the Lensbaby Composer that Tammi got me, but that's not strictly analog and I haven't really used that on my film Canon yet.

These photos are from the Diana Mini that my aunt gave me. The camera is a miniaturized version of the popular Diana toy camera from Lomography.

Unlike the 'grownup' Diana, the Mini takes 35mm film, which is much more convenient to find and get developed. It also has two frame sizes, square boxes, like you see here or rectangular half frames that effectively double the number of exposures you can make on a roll. I have only just started shooting half-frame, but check back here for an update in the next week.

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I'm still learning how best to use it, but these are some of the test shots I took last week. Lesson number one for me was that it's all but useless inside. I'll have to either only use it outdoors or get really good at timing my shots to the fraction of a second in 'bulb' mode.

This is my second foray into toy cameras, the first being the Holga, the mastery of which continues to elude me. Between being put off by the medium format film, the lack of metering and the larger shape that makes it more difficult to carry around, I've all but given up on learning how to make good photos with it. I'm hoping that the easier to manage Diana Mini can work as 'training wheels' to get the hang of shooting with a toy camera. One day, maybe I'll be ready to graduate to the medium format goodness of the Holga.

August 13, 2009

LA: Japanese Toilets

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The Mitsuwa in Torrance has Japanese toilets! I wonder if the one in Jersey does. Not that I need one, but it would be pretty fantastic....

December 17, 2008

Ornaments: Hawaiian Flip-Flops


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Purchased in Hawaii, November 2005.
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May 2, 2008

Photo of the Day: Owls


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Kyoto, Japan. 2007.

January 27, 2008

Ornaments: Betsy's Stars


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(Clearly this is quite late, but I don't want to delay a plug for Betsy until December. She's sells cool craft stuff here.)
This is one of a handful of stars that we got from our friend Betsy, who Tammi works with. Among other magical things, Betsy actually _makes_ yarn, which is one of those things I don't really understand. We picked these up at one of the craft fairs she attended over the summer.

The crafty stuff is Tammi's thing, but I really like these little stars. They've got different designs on each side, which adds a little variety.
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December 28, 2007

Ornaments: French Globe


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A small reproduction of an antique globe from the 1700's. The most obvious issue would be the lack of Alaska, which presumably hadn't been discovered/invaded yet.

I got a larger version of this that I got in a shop in Paris. I'm trying to remember if I actually got this in Paris or if I just found it in New York afterwards...

December 27, 2007

Ornaments: Montreal Penguins


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I went to Montreal for the first time over Thanksgiving Weekend, 2002. It immediate started snowing, by the time it was done, I wouldn't have been surprised to see these buggers waddling down Boulevard St. Denis.

Surprisingly though, I had to go to the Biodome near the Olympic Stadium to find them.

Purchased in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. November 2002.
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December 24, 2007

Ornaments: Mexican Candle


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The most recent addition to the collection.

Purchased in Mexico City, December 2007.
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December 23, 2007

Ornaments: Hawaiian Pineapple


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Purchased in Hawaii, November 2005.

December 22, 2007

Ornaments: Japanese Koi


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Even though it's not technically an ornament, we use it that way. It's actually a little pouch. I'm not sure the intended contents. It's scented with incense, which may or may not be relevant.

Purchased in Gion, Kyoto, Japan. Summer 2007.
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December 17, 2007

Ornaments: Maui Sea Turtle


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Purchased in Maui, Hawaii. November 2005.

December 16, 2007

Trimming the Tree

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Yesterday afternoon Tammi and I bought our first tree for our home together. Instead of trudging out to Fort Greene and going to Gardel's, we discovered that Bread Stuy is selling trees just down the block.

This afternoon, we decorated in our traditional way, to the sounds of Ella, The Jackson 5 and Charlie Brown among others. We dug up the ornaments we've collected from our various travels and a new set of lights and got to it.

I think I'll post a few of these souvenir ornaments, to remember along the line. Every year at least one shatters, and I would love to have a record of them before they go.
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June 28, 2007

Tagger Bag


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For my birthday, Tammi got me this this totally kick-ass bag we found at Tokyu Hands on our last day in Japan.

Tagger Bags are sold in pieces, with the straps, the bags and the flaps completely interchangeable.

Besides the preset designs, like the stylized Imperial flag design, they also have plain flaps open to be tagged up as much as you want.

A few years ago Tammi managed to get one of my graffiti pics put on a messenger bag she gave me for Christmas. It was brilliant and I'm psyched that someone else had a similar idea. I may have to order some more flaps at some point.


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