Customer Guest Post: Cameron Whitman – Olympus XA

A New Found Love- First couple rolls with my Olympus XA

I started taking pictures 12 years ago and I was dedicated to film for the first 4. Digital soon took way and helped me forge my career as a professional photographer. In Dec 2013 I picked up a Yashica Mat 124 G and instantly fell back in love with the smell, the touch, and especially the look of film. As the year carried on I acquired a Nikon F5 and that helped me get back into 35mm, but the weight of the thing is oppressive. I started investigating high quality compact point and shoot film cameras. A colleague of mine mentioned that he bought the Olympus XA and he was very excited for it to arrive in the mail. Sadly, when the camera arrived the shutter button didn’t work and the camera now lives on this shelf never once used by this frustrated consumer. I remembered his excitement and decided I was curious to see what the fuss was all about. After a couple flickr searches I found several user groups that were dedicated to the XA and I kept seeing really compelling images. I finally did a google search and found an XA on AWESOME CAMERAS via Etsy. The price was at the high range for this camera so I naturally assumed it was in top condition. When the camera arrived I wasn’t disappointed and immediately loaded it with a roll of Fuji Superia Xtra 400. I’ve assembled a selection of photos from the first 3 rolls shot in my Olympus XA. I love this thing and I take it everywhere.

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Burnside Bridge Portland, OR Shot w/ Polaroid SLR 680SE

Gonna try something a little different here…  I decided to post every photo from this entire pack of film, and say a little something about each one.  I just thought they all came out so unique and all warranted an explanation.  These were all shot on my walk across(and under) the Burnside Bridge in Portland , OR. The camera is the SLR 680SE I bought in Austin, TX a few weeks ago, and this is the first pack of film I’ve shot through it.  All photos were shot with natural light(no flash) and manual focus(except one, and I’ll tell you which one that is in the post). Due to the nature of this expired Polaroid film, the emulsion never got spread all the way across the entire image.

Camera: Polaroid SLR 680SE

Film: Polaroid 600 Film(Expired 04/2009)

1. This first shot was looking down from the bridge onto a brick road  with some streetcar tracks running down it.  As you can see the chemicals didn’t get spread out into the frame very much,  I’m guessing this was exaggerated bu the fact that the camera spit out the first 2 sheets of film simultaneously when i took this photo(see photo 2).


2.  This is the sheet of film that got spit out behind the first shot.  IMG_20141119_0003

3. This is my second attempt at getting this shot.  This one turned out much better.IMG_20141119_0004

4.  Here’s the iconic Portland sign at the end of the bridge.  I think I gripped this one a little too hard as I pulled it out of the camera.  You can how my fingerprints effected the photo.IMG_20141119_0005

5. Finally got to the far end of the bridge and walked down to the Burnside Skatepark.  I snapped this one while this kid was standing there contemplating whether or not to drop in.IMG_20141119_0006

6.  I waited around while until someone was actually skating up the He-Man wall.  But because it was so dark under the bridge he got a little blurred out. If you look closely, you can see him just between He-Man and Castle Grayskull…IMG_20141119_0007

6. Back up n the bridge I decided to test out the Soar Auto Focus.  If you cant tell by this photo, it didn’t work so well…  Maybe its the nature of the Sonar focusing system that couldn’t pick up the distance of the subject from the camera, or maybe the battery in the expired film pack didn’t have enough juice in it to run the auto focus.  Either way, I decided to stick with manually focusing for the rest of this pack of film.IMG_20141119_0008

7. Here is the shot I was going for, but focused manually this time.IMG_20141119_0009

9. I wanted to see how close this camera would focus, so i got down and focused on this moss on the bridge.  The focus point of this photo was about 10-12 inches away from the lens, and there was still a little room to focus even closer…IMG_20141119_0010

10.  This is the last shot.  I had been eyeballing this railroad bridge off in the distance the whole time and wanted to make sure I got a shot of it… IMG_20141119_0011

Vancouver/Hoover Dam Canon iiia

I’ve had this roll of film sitting around for a while and finally got around to developing it. Most of the roll was shop on a trip to Vancouver, BC, and the last few shots were from the Hoover Dam. Every time I look at photos I’ve shot with this camera and all I can think is ‘DAMN!! I need to shoot with this camera more!’.

Camera: Canon iiia
Film: Arista EDU 400iso












Hell on Wheels MC Halloween Hill Climb – Nishika N8000

I went to this event for the the first time last year, and just had to go back for more, and I was not disappointed!!  This set was shot on a Nishika N8000 3D camera. If you’re interested it seeing how I animate these in photoshop, I posted a video showing how I do it step by step at the bottom of this post.

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Camera: Nishika N8000
Film: Lomography 100iso Color Film
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Dallas, TX Olympus Stylus 35mm

These were shot on a work trip out to Dallas on an Olympus Stylus with a fixed 35mm lens.  I accidentally opened the film door while film was unwound(you may notice some light leak effect caused by this…)

Camera: Olympus Stylus 35mm
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