Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Action Sample 3.0 and Horizon S3 Pro

When BK Magazine added two parks to my story on Bangkok's parks shot with alternative analog cameras, I had to dig up two such cameras. Luckily, Fotoguffy (fotoguffy@hotmail.com, 0816477371), a shop on Soi Chula 50, in Bangkok, opened at that very moment and I met the owner to ask if he could lend me two "toy cameras". In case you missed out, I'd already tested a Fuji Instax 200, a Polaroid 600 SE, a Lomo Compact Automat, a Lomo Fisheye, and a Holga 120GN. The Polaroid is mine, the Fuji was lent by Fuji, the Fisheye belonged to BK Magazine's before last photo intern (to meet next week's new intern-I'm done at BK-visit Daniel Cuthbert's quality website), and the LCA and Holga belonged to Analog memory.

K. Soruch, owner of Fotoguffy, is the chief architect for the Bangkok Bank website. He is trained as an architect, a real one, which might explain his passion for devices engineered to be creative and for good looking spaces like the one of his shop. He began with the LCA but quickly developed a passion for all things photographic and analog, in particular Polaroids. His shop is packed with gems, like the Polaroid Creative Kit (to make Polaroid film transfers) and the Polaroid pinhole camera. He lent me a Horizon S3 Pro and an Action Sampler 3.0.

The Horizon is a great camera. You can see the spirit level/bubble thing that sits on its top through the viewfinder, allowing perfectly flat horizons without a tripod. The lens rotate thanks to some kind of mechanism and covers an impressively wide angle. These pictures are Kodak E100 processed normally. Ironically, the cross-processed crew hanging out at Fotoguffy looked at these pictures in shock, stunned at the gorgeous colors. "Maybe I should stop cross-processing all the time," admitted K. Soruch. These were shot at Suan Luang Rama IX park where you can see a showcase with a mannequin of HM the King of Thailand carrying his trademark radio and camera--a panoramic camera like this one (but much older)!

The Action Sampler is a bit too much of a toy for me. This was shot with 100 ISO negative pushed to 200 ISO. Obviously, it needed another stop or two. Its four lenses shoot one after the other within 0.2 seconds or 2 seconds (two settings) and if you swing the camera while they fire, you can produce a kind of chopped up panoramic. Another thing to do with these is to shoot action but there wasn't much of that at Santi Chai Park on Phra Athit Road on that day.


Anonymous Mathieu said...

Luvvvvv the pano camera :-)

How was China? The visa?

3:07 AM  
Blogger Daniel said...

That Horizon camera looks pretty damn sweet, i may have to give that a 2nd look

5:38 PM  
Blogger woman wandering said...

I love the whole Polaroid film transfer effect and didn't realise that a 'Polaroid Creative Kit' existed.

You didn't happen to note the price or details of how simple they were to use?

No worries if not, I'm off to google but I'm almost sure a creative kit option never came up before.

Lovely photos!

4:50 PM  
Blogger woman wandering said...

Hmmm, unsuccessfully tried deleting my previous comment, all the while wishing I had googled before asking you the question.

Never mind about the prices for the kit, writes the blushing woman as she wanders off.

4:53 PM  
Blogger gregoire said...

The Polaroid Creative Photography Kit is 2,000 baht at Fotoguffi here in Bangkok. For prices in the civilized world, follow the wandering woman to a google near you. The kit comes with a kind of roll, tweezers, a Polaroid-sized bath, a thermometer to keep it at the right temperature, and a book on how to use all this. There might be other things included, I just took a quick glance. The polaroid peels off like a thin transluscid skin and can be applied to just about any surface. The trick is to not totally destroy it, but tears and ripples are definitely the point.

5:24 PM  
Blogger analog said...

that camera is SuperSampler
please correct it

you've got a very nice shot :)

1:18 AM  
Blogger woman wandering said...

Thanks :)

Now to check out your Flickr account.

5:50 PM  

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