Christina's Trash Cam Challenge, part deux

It's Trash Cam Campaign Part II ! So let me just say that this was a hard undertaking, not in the since of shooting a trash cam, more the results.

To be really honest my images really were quite pitiful. I shot 3 trashcams (one was an underwater disposable) and I had about 5 images that I would consider in any way interesting.

All that said, I have a lot of respect for the people who went through with this assignment and posted--there weren't many but they deserve a serious shout out, and that's what today's post is about.

I contacted a couple of the participants to ask them about their experience, which I'll post along with their images.

Should we do do this again? If yes, let me know in the comments section.

Below are a few of my passable trashcam images.

Cheers!

Christina

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cuelifephoto

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Carolyn kinda knocked it out of the park! Seriously, check out the #littlebellows_trashcam pool or her Instagram page, linked below and you'll get what I mean.

She shot a lot and her images all have a similar style, which I think is really cool. She couldn't find a trashcam so she bought someone elses trash at a garage sale. Read about cuelifephoto's experience, below.

My approach was just to take the plunge and just see what happens.

I've realized through my photography journey that if I'm not willing to make mistakes, I won't learn and grow. And the bonus would be that, if they turned out, I would get some awesome photos of my family's story.

I couldn't find an actual disposable camera but I had recently purchased an old camera for $5 at a garage sale and some soon-to-be expired film from the drugstore and decided to use those.

The first time I looked through the scans, I thought they might only be for me because of the blurriness and the imperfectness.

I wasn't sure if anyone else would be in love with them like I was.  My husband looked through them and he fell in love with them, too!

Because of his encouragement and the fact that he could tell what the photos were, I knew I had something good.

Shooting with this "disposable" camera, I was able to just fly by the seat of my pants and not worry about settings or if I was doing it "right".

And there is a really excitement/nervousness while waiting for the scans to come back from the lab!  I'm so excited to try out more film!

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lovemesimplyphotos

Lovemesimply's trashcam photos were beyond cool.

They have this tone that is sort of dark but also mysteriously saturated. I would hang these in my house.

About the photo you see below, she said on her Instagram feed:

This #disposablecamera shot came out so bizarre, but I also really love it.

Maybe it's because I know that giant tattoo down my husband's arm says "Maximilian."

Or because that #Fender he's playing is the once Billy Joe game him right after he finished rocking out on stage with Green Day over a decade ago.

Or Maybe it's just the muddy grain and the crappy light leaks.

I just love it.

All of it.

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lovemesimplyphotos

I love this plane photo. The colors are really beautiful. I like how that red thing bottom left points up at the plane.

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nlmonaco

This is me impressed. Nlmonaco is really on to something here.

If she can do this with a junkie disposable, what might she do with a Rolleiflex?

I also got a chance to ask some questions to nlmonaco, read on below.

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What was your approach?

Our approach was to first look for the light.  Same as I would approach taking any photograph digital or film.

 What worked?

Shooting in the brightest natural light possible worked the best for us.  Either by a window, in hard sunlight, or outdoors.

What didn't work?

Using the on camera flash.  I'm just not a fan.  Sure, we captured a few "usable" images with the flash, but they look...flashy!

How did it challenge you?

Giving up complete exposure control to the "camera."

That was HARD for me!

I love my meter and I may or may not have tried to find out the approximate aperture and shutter speed of that Ilford HP5 camera so I could make an educated guess about exposure!

But it was a bit freeing and it allowed my son to help and get in on the fun... my kids love shooting with disposable cameras!

Do you have any tips for shooting disposable?

As I mentioned before, definitely look for bright natural light.

(Try) for creative compositions since you will not be able to use your creativity with exposure choices or depth of field.

Get the kids involved! Seriously they LOVE it!  Mine take shooting the film so seriously and love counting their frames.

Have fun with it!  You never know what you might capture.

I saw some incredibly cool captures with the #littlebellows_trashcam tag and from the last post!

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