Guest Post: Caroline from Wandering Starrs

Wow, what an absolute pleasure to be on the pages of For the easily distracted...!

My name is Caroline from Wandering Starrs and although I use a digital camera more often than analogue, nothing excites me more than finishing a film and getting it developed.  I suppose the reason I don't take photos with film often is because I am so impatient and get my photos developed at one hour photo shops which is a pretty pricey option!  I've dug out some of my favourite photos I hope you enjoy them.

After digital became the norm I got back onto the analogue journey buying a Fisheye camera from Urban Outfitters and then straight away a Diana.
The Diana was an expensive option using medium format film so it didn't take long for me to buy a Diana Mini once that came out though to be honest I hardly use it as I'm totally rubbish at taking pictures with it. Probably 3 photos come out good in an entire film and even then they are aren't great, I just like some of the imperfections.
My love of film extended to a purchase of an SLR and more often I use that camera.
I don't have a favourite film, I love trying out all kinds but I'm much more comfortable with black and white.  I love looking at other people's black and white photos, it's all about the emotion in the pictures and although I enjoy taking pictures out in the countryside as walking in the great outdoors is a favourite pastime of mine, I would love to focus more on taking pictures of people and not ones where posing is concerned!!

Guest post: Red by Esther

Hi all, I'm away on my holidays to Whitby this week, but don't worry, I have some amazing film loving people to take care of my little blog whilst I'm away, I'm sure you'll love them as much as I do. First up is Esther!

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Hello! My name is Esther and I blog at Inside My Shell.

I loved when Rhianne compiled all her favourite yellow photos . Me, I have a thing for red. I thought it would be fun to go through my recent history of film photography and see where some red pops up. All of these photos were taken around Berlin, at places I pass by every week.

When I got my first digital camera, I said goodbye to film for good. Or so I thought. While I loved my digital camera (and still do), after a while something called me back to film photography. There is just something charming and basic that digital can't deliver. After a period of drooling over all the gorgeous polaroids on the web, I purchased a SX-70 on ebay - and I was hooked.

My first snap was this:

polaroid #1

Followed soon after by this ...

2010-02-13

.. and this ....

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... and this:

Happy Birthday, Tina!

Polaroid is still dear to my heart but film is a tad expensive, so my next step was a Diana Mini:

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Last year, friends gave me a Holga 120N for my birthday. One of the best gifts ever and so far my favorite film camera. No surprise to see some red here, too:

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The next camera in my growing collection was a Twin Lens I built from a kit:

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And last but not least an Agfa Optima that was handed down to me from my dad. The first two images were taken at the Berlin Half Marathon this spring:

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I have a feeling that this won't be the last film camera that makes its way into my hands. Right now I have my eyes set on a proper medium format camera.

Esther

Zoe: A few of my favourite memories from Paris...

Hello everyone, my name is Zoe Jade and I usually blog over at Ladybird Likes.

I visited Paris two years ago, and it was on this trip that I really fell in love with photography, and when I got home I applied for (and subsequently got accepted on) an ABC Diploma in Photography. Everywhere you look in Paris there is something exciting or interesting to see, some small detail to capture. It is definitely a city for photographers, the opportunities for photo-taking are endless. Here are a few of my favourite memories from the trip....

flying horses

looking for the hunchback...

...but settling for hanging out with the gargoyles and getting neck ache from looking up all the time


searching for distant lands and feeling like you're on top of the world when you can see an entire city from one point

the fanciest signs you ever did see (why can't London Underground signs look like this?) and getting lost in in the most magical bookshop

eating croissants for breakfast every. single. morning.

making my 'The Little Prince' pilgrimage

hunting down some of my favourite graffiti of all time

sending postcards home via a YELLOW mailbox

Looking at these is making me really miss Paris. Hope you're having a lovely time Rhianne, and thank you for letting me post here while you're away

Zoe xoxo