Entering into the world of hipster photography – first images from the Sprocket Rocket camera

What’s old is new again. Even though I have a pro 5D Canon digital I’ve been nostalgic for film. I’ve experimented with “Holga” 120 and the 35mm “black slim devil” in the past couple of years and decided to try out the “Sprocket rocket”, another “toy” 35mm camera that features the ability to expose the entire area of the film, including the sprocket holes. The Sprocket rocket is being marketed by the “Lomography” company. The camera’s primary characteristics are 1 shutter speed 1/100 sec plus blub, two f stops (16 and 11). Panoramic. Plastic lens (great for crafty lens aberrations!). The film counter is a little white dot that’s hard for old eyes to see. Focusing is done by rotating the front of the lens with a minimal scale (.6m to infinity).

On a sunny 16 day, I went  for an urban hike in an industrial section of Atlanta close to the railroad tracks. I stumbled my way to the King Plow Arts Center, an interesting selection of art studios and businesses. The following pictures are from the art center and close-by locations.

Click on any picture to see in high res/full frame splendor on my zenfolio site.
View from the West Marietta Street Bridge, Atlanta, Georgia

Don’t think, just shoot!  Lomography is both a company and a type of photography. As they say on the logography website, “dedicated to analogue photography”.

Rooftop with Barbed wire, W. Marietta Street Bridge, Atlanta, GA

10 Rules of Lomography

  1. Take your camera everywhere you go
  2. Use it any time – day and night
  3. Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it
  4. Try the shot from the hip
  5. Approach the objects of your Lomographic desire as close as possible
  6. Don’t think (William Firebrace)
  7. Be fast
  8. You don’t have to know beforehand what you captured on film
  9. Afterwards either
  10. Don’t worry about any rules
King Plow, Atlanta, Georgia

Lomography gets its name from the Leningrad Optical Mechanical Amalgamation (nicknamed LOMO) that has been a manufacturer of cameras, optics, medical equipment, etc. Read more here.

Winged statue outside of King Plow Arts Center

Like the look of lomography but still a slave to digital? Try the free “Lomography effect” photoshop action at the adobe site. Click here.

Winged statue outside of King Plow Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
Double exposure of Radio tower - Atlanta, GA

I like using the “action grip” on light cameras like the sprocket rocket. Makes for a steadier picture and is more natural to hold. I got the grip originally to hold a flash for my twins lens reflex (mamiya c220). Below

The mighty Sprocket rocket with action grip

Now where’s that beret?

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow, some really nice photos! I am a WordPress photographer too, I started with film but went more digital. Keep it up!

  2. These are so cool Vance! Colorful and unique.

  3. Vance Cox says:

    Thanks to all for positive feedback! There will be more to come!

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