Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Four cameras but no bear spray

On our scramble up Wasootch Peak, I brought along a Kodak Instamatic 500 film camera that was given to me recently. Between Anita and I, we had two camera-phones, a digital camera, and this film camera, but no bear spray because I couldn't find it in our basement. So while we could shoot a bear with four different cameras, we'd be hooped if it decided to charge us. #hikingfails

For the camera nerds, the Instamatic 500 is a 50+ year old beauty (see photos at the end). It is shiny chrome on black, has full manual controls, and a Schneider-Kreuznach 38mm f/2.8 lens. Designed originally to take 126 film (obsolete), I reloaded a spent cartridge with 35mm film instead and shot some photos of Anita scrambling up the peak. The camera doesn't play nice with the film perforations of 35mm, yielding numerous slightly overlapping exposures. But despite the unpredictable overlaps, the results are still pretty awesome. All shots taken on expired Kodak T-Max 400.

Instamatic - Wasootch Peak-3

Instamatic - Wasootch Peak-1

Instamatic - Wasootch Peak-2

Instamatic - Wasootch Peak-5
Slightly overlapping exposures.

Instamatic - Wasootch Peak-7

Instamatic - Wasootch Peak-10

Instamatic - Wasootch Peak-9

Instamatic - Wasootch Peak-14

Instamatic - Wasootch Peak-15

Instamatic - Wasootch Peak-12

Instamatic 500-3

Instamatic 500-1