Happy Birthday to me, my new Diana MINI. Holy crap is this thing cool.
So, I had my 30th birthday recently. December 14th to be exact. Sort of a depressing time honestly. Everyone says life doesn’t really begin until your 30’s…I’ll take their word for it.
The silver lining however was this gift. A new Diana Mini!
And, oh man is this thing cool!
Shoots half frame or square. I am a HUGE fan of the half-frame format. Since I shoot 99.9% vertical images, the half-frame format works out quite nicely…oh and you get 72 exposures on a standard 35mm roll of film (if you select the square format, with a little switch on the back of the camera, you get 36 exposures).
I have yet to process my first roll, but I can say it’s VERY well built. Much better than I would expect from any plastic “toy” camera.
I’ll post up a more in-depth review once I have some images (taken by the camera) to show.
Until then, I recommend you buy one anyway.
Look how tiny it is next to a “real” Diana (I say “real” because the Diana next to it is the full-size model, and it’s a REAL Diana…meaning an original, not one of the reproductions sold now). At 6’4” tall, I look like a total goof taking photos with this camera, I can fit it in the palm of my hand…it’s tiny.
If you want to check out some photos from the full-size Diana, CLICK HERE. (and feel free to “like” my business page on Facebook while you’re at it!) Notice the excessive light leaks…true trademark of a “real” vintage Diana (and, yes, I even taped it up haha).
This photo was shot with a Nikon F100, 50mm f/1.4 lens, on Tri-X (rated at 1600 and processed in Rodinal).
”You are a living mockery of your own ideals. If not, you have set your ideals too low.” -Charles Ludlam
I met Andy about a year ago. At the time he was a roommate of my girlfriend’s sister, Stephanie.
When we met he was introduced to me as “Bad Andy”. From Stephanie’s perspective, I can see where the name “Bad Andy” came from…but personally I though someone who kept a bug collection in a tiny jar and ordered a human tooth from eBay sounded pretty cool.
He also happens to be a sewing genius.
Andy has been sewing most of his life, it’s something he learned from his grandmother at a very early age. However it wasn’t until his years at Greensboro College that he really refined his craft and got into costume design and making.
Andy is now a costume maker for Triad Stage (incredible local theatre). He loves what he does and told me that working in theatre is something he HAS to do. It’s not a career “choice”, it’s something every bone in his body is dedicated to. It’s always inspiring to meet someone so dedicated to their craft and their passion.
During our shoot he was refitting the costumes (some 200 pieces!) for “A Christmas Carol” which opens today. If you are local, come check out the show. It’s running from today (Nov. 25th) until Christmas Eve.
Well, here is the “Carrie” themed shoot I volunteered to do for them. I really like the way this one came out - especially considering the simplicity of the shoot!
We made fake blood out of corn syrup, food dye, and chocolate syrup. It smelled really sweet, but made a huge mess. Worth it though I think (although I wasn’t the one getting this crap poured on my head…).
I used a Vivitar 283 flash on a stand above the camera to the right. I can’t remember if I got the flash for $5 or free…either way, a bargain. It’s a perfect cheapo flash that is dead reliable, good on battery life, and is powerful enough for most any situation.
Bare flash made for a nice high-contrast scene, strong directional light.
Shot with a Mamiya 645 and 80mm f1.9 lens on Kodak Tri-X (rated at 400ASA). Developed in Rodial (1:50 dilution) for 13min. (I think).
Rodinal is great for big chunks of grain and high contrast (low dilution and a little more agitation than suggested by the bottle’s instructions).
This year the Greensboro Roller Derby ladies have put together a horror-movie-themed calendar. Each month’s photo is aimed to represent an iconic horror film. They got together a bunch of local photographers (myself included) who donated their time to shoot each month.
The months I did were for “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Carrie”.
For this photo, themed after “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, I got together with Carnegie Brawl (aka MaryAnn) and my little sister (the body attached to the skates laying in the doorway).
We shot it in this pretty creepy old shack behind a friends house. Razor blades, empty beer cans, CREEPY stained couch inside…real classy joint.
Shot with a Mamiya 645 and 80mm/1.9 lens on Kodak Tri-X film.
Film was exposed at 800ASA and developed in Rodinal (1:50 dilution) for 20min.