new camera! (and other things)

I’m back! I’ve been super busy and haven’t really found time to sit down and write as much as I’d like. I’m back at uni and it’s been pretty hectic. Lots of stuff to do. I’m busy but I think it’s a good busy. I have a routine and all that and I’m enjoying learning stuff in the ol brain of mine. So as the title says: yes I have a new camera! Yippee!

To tell you the truth, I had a post in my drafts that I was going to post but I wasn’t vibing it because it was going to be another ‘whoopsies film fail’ (pt 2). I thought that after the first fail and reflection that I would be able to get some more photos that I’m happy with. Well three rolls of film later and I wasn’t all that impressed. I was deflated. So I took a breather. And then life got busy and now a while later I’m here. I wasn’t planning on showing photos but I was randomly scrolling through them and thought, “hey those are kinda cool” – if I didn’t make posts about how I didn’t love them, I could pull them off as if that’s my style. Yeah, they’re a lot overexposed and a bunch of them were unfocused but that’s what happens. I might be a bit of an amateur photographer but made sure to change the exposure settings with these photos, if anything I thought they’d all come out underexposed. So I was stumped. Anyway – I started to think that maybe it was actually the camera itself. She’s a bit old and the light meter might’ve carked it. Before I talk about my new (to me) gadget here are some of the photos I wasn’t keen on posting…

I took some from the Invasion Day March:

And here are some others (a mix of going to noosa, straddie and random ones from home):

Again, I still like them because they are pictures of me doing stuff that I love and they mean something to me. But as you can see they all kinda have the same affect – very overexposed and kinda yellowish? Very old timey look. My friend (shoutout K) always describes them as dreamy. Onto the main event: my new camera! It’s a an Olympus OM-2. It’s an SLR (single-lens reflex) camera – which basically means its an upgrade. Waaaay cooler. It’s got a battery (fancy I know). I’m going to be honest in saying that I haven’t really done as much research as I did with my olympus trip 35 simply because there’s so much out there that I don’t understand. The research I did do on the Olympus OM-2 did say that it was pretty darn good.

I went to visit my family who live in New South Wales to test my new toy out. My dad helped me a bit – he tried his best to explain some of the features. I took a few photos and I’m so happy at how they turned out! The look so good! I’m really impressed at the light balance and I feel like it is so much more accurate – the style that I had always envisioned. So here are a few of my favs:

Omg the comparison between the two is so crazy. Wow. I can’t wait to take some more pictures my new beaut camera! So as I said – I’ve been super busy with uni so I haven’t really had much time to myself. This blog post has been in my drafts for so long but I only just got this film developed. Looking at these photos really made my day. I’m glad to be back posting something I feel super proud of. Stay tuuuuned.

clara x 2021

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