Sunday, February 28, 2010

QUISP to the Rescue

QUISP to the Rescue

That's filmmaker Joe Kolbek (above) enjoying a bowl of QUISP cereal at my studio in New Jersey USA. Shot using my recently acquired 1954 Kodak Brownie Bull’s Eye with Kodak Ektachrome 100 plus(120 film rolled to 620 spool)

The cereal was introduced in 1965 by Quaker Oats Company. "In the late-1970s, Quisp was removed from grocery stores due to low sales. It re-emerged in the mid-1980s, and finally was re-introduced in the 1990s as the "first Internet cereal" and is still in limited distribution" More here:

Here's a cartoon John K (Ren & Stimpy) recently did for Quaker Oats:

...Still The Best Medicine
That's me Then (1971) and Now (after enjoying some QUISP!)

Still Images © 2010 Michael L. Raso

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Friday, February 19, 2010

A Night of Dangerous Photography

“Chainsaw Kiss” isn’t a band. It’s a New Jersey Indie filmmaking group who (this year) has embarked on the production of their first feature film project. Sure, there are dozens (and dozens) of ultra-low budget filmmaking groups in the New York area making their first feature. What makes “Chainsaw Kiss” float to the top of my list is their decision to shoot on Super 8 and 16mm.

In an age where film is being dropped daily for digital, it is beyond awesome to meet filmmakers (and photographers alike) who are discarding their bits ‘n bytes for the beautiful, achievable and (practically) indestructible medium of film.

Filmmaker Victor Bonacore
Filmmaker Victor Bonacore

One of the leaders of “Chansaw Kiss” is Victor Bonacore. I met him about a year or so ago traveling on a bus from New York to New Jersey. The small world that it is, I found that a few of the members of his filmmaking group I already knew from my own filmmaking exploits eight years earlier.

Victor Bonacore, Linnea Quigley, John Link on set "Blood Wings"
Victor Bonacore, Linnea Quigley and Johnny Link - Photo by Justin Channell

More than half way past production on their first feature film (“Blood Wings”) they’ve hit a temporary blockade….out of funds. Not an uncommon thing and certainly something I have personally experienced in years past. I would have suggested a bake sale but they came up with something much, much better. A night of live music to raise the additional funds to finish their film.

Chainsaw Kiss Benefit

For $8. you get to hear four great bands and help make a film in the process! I’ll be heading down to the event this Saturday, multiple relic cameras bulging from my pockets.

I carefully picked the following cameras of choice to shoot the upcoming event:

JC Penny 11 Pocket 110 Camera / Magicube Flash Cubes
The JC Penny “11” camera / Magicube Flash Cubes / Kodachrome 64 110 film

Keystone Auto Instant 126 Camera
The 1970 Keystone 125x camera / Magicube Flash Cubes / Kodachrome 64 126 film

Canon FTb / Canon 50mm FD Lens
Haven’t decided yet but probably won’t be able to resist bringing my trusty Canon FTb as well.

If you’re in the New Jersey area, please do stop by.

Check out this FACEBOOK link for info.

Chainsaw Kiss MySpace link

Check back here in about 15 days for the photographic results.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

FILM PHOTOGRAPHY PODCAST Episode 5 - February 15, 2010

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It’s a Film Photography Podcast Marathon! I, along with Duane Polcou host our biggest episode to date. Over 2 hours of fun-filled and informative photography talk. Topics include the Lubitel 166u Lomo camera, Film scanning, 120 film, Agfa Clack 6x9 film camera, Infrared photography, the amazing Canon film camera giveaway and more!

Lubitel 166U лomo camera
The Lubitel 166U лomo camera

February 15, 2010 Film Photography Podcast
That’s Duane (L) and me in a CHEAPO lo-fi Photoshop composite

1954 Agfa Clack - "Your Tubby Little Plastic Friend"
The 1954 Agfa Clack. calls it “Your Tubby Little Friend”

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

I, Hyper Critical

I did a tremendous about of shooting in January which led to many nights of scanning. With over a hundred images now on hand, I became hyper-critical of my new material.

I Love Pizza
That’s me! Shot with the Olympus Stylus 80 on Kodachrome 200 film

So, I stepped away from my work for a few weeks. When I returned, I was able to look at it all with a fresher perspective.

Fellow FLICKR members have been very helpful and encouraging by posting comments or even selecting my shots as their “favs.” So, here are some shots from the last few weeks. Hope you like ‘em.

1960 Kodak Brownie Cresta 3 Camera
The 1960 Kodak Brownie Cresta 3

Kodak Brownie Cresta 3 / Kodachrome 64
The “Little Snowman” on Kodachrome 64 using the Kodak Brownie Cresta 3 camera

Woodland Lake - Winter 2010
Woodland Lake, Pequannock, NJ USA Olympus Stylus Epic / Kodachrome 200

1959 Kodak Brownie Twin 20
1959 Kodak Brownie Twin 20

1959 Kodak Brownie Twin 20 - Camera Test
1959 Kodak Brownie Twin 20 - Camera Test
Test shots with the Kodak Brownie Twin 20
I have yet to produce a shot with a sharp focus from ANY Brownie camera

Radio City NYC - Kodachrome 64
New York’s Radio City Music Hall shot with the Canon FTb and Kodachrome 64 film

Radio City NYC -  Agfa Chrome (Cross-Processed Image)
Similar shot using Agfa Chrome 100 Cross-Processed in C-41 chemistry. Shot with the Olympus Stylus Epic camera

1954 Agfa Clack - "Your Tubby Little Plastic Friend"
The 1954 Agfa Clack 120 camera. calls it “Your Tubby Little Plastic Friend”

Michael Bowen and the Fantastic 9th Avenue Light Leak
Friend Michael Bowen shot (with the Agfa Clack) on 9th Ave in New York. Massive light leak most likely lab error.

Butler Center, NJ USA
Last light falls on my studio at Butler Center, Butler, NJ USA - Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim camera / Kodachrome 64