35mm film camera equipped with autofocus, automatic flash and a 34mm Olympus Lens. There are no manual controls except for a “fill-in” option for the flash.
The first roll I’m shooting is what I believe to be a rebranded Ferrania 200 labelled as “Winn-Dixie.” It’s probably super expired. We’ll see how it turns out.
1. Don’t Stare Directly at the Dark Side of the Moon
Most sunlight is blocked by the moon, but some particles still make it through. They’re normally harmless, but on their journey through the core of the Moon, they pick up harmful Micrions and become charged with Frenetistatic Energy. It’s very dangerous, so avoid it if you can. Of course, we all know you can’t.
2. Don’t Stand Still under the Shadow of the Moon for Too Long
I suggest running. The Frenetistatic Energy can’t hurt you if it can’t catch you. So run like you’ve never run before. But you can’t run that fast forever—or even two and a half minutes—because, let’s face it, you’re out of shape. So, as you collapse, chest heaving, legs aching, just wiggle your finger or something. It won’t do any good, but it couldn’t hurt, could it?
3. Embrace the Pain the Madness Brings
It’s part of your life now, until the unholy children of the moon finally crawl back into the shadowy void from whence they came and the sun shines full once more. You’ll still hear them sometimes in the middle of the darkest nights, when the sun is far away. During the next New Moon, their whispers may be nigh unbearable. Just remember: earplugs, Herbal Tea and high quality restraints help a lot. Draw the curtains, lock the basement door, and wait out the sleepless night with the rest of us.
If you have already been afflicted with the Madness, I recommend a team of at least three or four close friends to restrain you for the duration of the eclipse. These friends will have to be strong willed and unafraid of vicious biting or clawing. They should also be current on all available vaccines.
This camera dates from around 1917. To test it, I shot a roll of Kodak Ektar 100 medium format film. It shoots 6×9 negatives.
Being nearly a 100 year old camera, I had my doubts whether the image quality would be anywhere close to decent.
They did not all come out great, but I was pleasantly surprised. With a little practice, I think I could make some excellent images with this camera.
I finally got a couple rolls of film that I shot on my Canon A35F (seen above) back from the lab. The camera is a fully automatic (other than focus, which is manual) rangefinder from 1978. It also has a pop up flash! ⚡️
Below are some of my favorite images from the two rolls.
The pictures below were all shot on expired (2008) Kodak Gold 200.
Photos from around the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Florida Southern campus.
Shot on film.