Monday, February 14, 2011

Schwang Swag: Taking Photos of Your Dog with a Lomography Fisheye Number 2 Camera

It used to be that taking photos of my pets was just another way to 'use up film'. But now, it seems like our pooches have become the focus of all of our photos.With temperatures soaring into the 40's this weekend, we took our new Lomography Fisheye Number 2 Camera out on our daily walk.
This camera is part of the lomography camera family--a type of 'toy camera' that intentionally uses light leaks and poor construction to create interesting photos. The best part are the surprises where some photos come out looking vintage 70's or have light leaks creating interesting, artistic effects.
These cameras still use film, so there is also the suspense of having to use a whole roll and wait to get them developed. Some of the photos are luck, but there is also a skill to getting a good picture. Most of the time when people first use their lomo camera, they come back with a blank roll. There are minimal settings you have to set for the camera, but we found that we have best luck using the camera in full sunlight, set to the "N" setting. Since the viewfinder is set higher than the actual camera, you also have to remember to set the camera a bit higher than your subject. We're still learning, and we have a couple that turned out like this:
The fisheye is a bit different because it creates a wide-angle to purposely distort your photos. We found this camera at a good price, but I know you can also get a fisheye lens that you add onto your camera. It's fun to take the close-up distorted face photos, but they're also nice for capturing neighborhoods:
And capturing your subject within the neighborhood:
We're still finding new ways to use it, but it has been fun capturing our daily walks in a new way.

24 comments:

Maisie's Mom said...

very very cool...

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loveandaleash said...

awesome! i haven't experimented with toy cameras yet, but lomos were very popular when i lived in austin. you're kind of making me want to get one for us and our own pooches!

aleksandra
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Two Crazy Coaches said...

So cool!! I love the close ups of Miss M!

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

That's so cool! I've never heard of "toy camera" like that before. Those pictures are awesome.

jen said...

That is pretty neat! I have never heard of this before:)

Brenda said...

Interesting! Never heard of a Lomography camera before.

Alison said...

Love the fish eye, esp. on a pit bull face!

Corbin said...

What a super cool camera!
-Corbin

mayziegal said...

Oooo...how fun! I luvs it! It looks like Miss M is "ready for her close-up."

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wiggles & Wags,
Mayzie

Kari in WeHo said...

love the fisheye. We want to try that on Big Carls ears :)

Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com/

Roo said...

Ha Ha Ha :D Great mug shots! Miss M and Mr B look fab no matter the lens ;) What fun!

Happy Valentine's Day Y'all!
Roo

Shawnee the Shepherd said...

Pictures always look better when there is a dog in them. Take the dog out of the picture and it's just a plain old everyday picture. ♥ Happy Valentine's Day ♥ to all of you!

Susan Campisi said...

So fun! I look forward to seeing many more mug shots of Mr. B and Miss M.

brooke said...

fun!
Fisheye pictures are always so artsy looking!

Benny and Lily said...

Happee Valentine's Day
Benny & Lily

Those Elgin Pugs said...

Very cool pix..

Yes, weather warming - spring near!!

Happy Valentines Day!!

hugs,
IzZY, Josie, TriXie and Anakin Man

Tucker said...

These are really fun! Love them.

jet said...

one of the women i work with has one of those and the photos are pretty cool :)

houndstooth said...

I love old cameras and the effects you can get from them. My dad has a few, and maybe if I'm lucky, I can unearth them someday! We had a lot of fun with them when I was little.

Isn't it amazing how far cameras and photography have come, too?

Heather Cherry said...

Okay, do I see in that photo that you put B's backpack on over his coat? I've been wondering if that would work when it's cold here...

ForPetsSake said...

Very cool... the angle makes you feel very intense and focused...
Happy Valentine's Day!

Luci's Mama said...

I've always wanted a lomography camera!!! Very cool pics!

parlance said...

i like the last one best of all.

Shauna (Fido and Wino) said...

Those are such cool shots! I would love to experiement with one of those lenses! Fun!

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