Summer is coming! We are fortunate enough to have both a pool and a water park close to home that we visit at least once a week (each). Last year, I purchased a couple of “disposable” waterproof cameras from CVS and used those. The results were not super fabulous, to put it mildly. It’s very difficult to keep the plastic over the lens from getting smeared with sunscreen, scratched by keys, etc. I did get enough shots that I liked to want to have a camera with me again at those places. . . . so I did what any spoiled photographer’s daughter does: I picked up my phone and texted “hey dad, do you have any waterproof cameras?”
Spoiled as usual, this is what I got:
I loaded it with some Ultramax 400 and photographed everything I could around me for a few days, during which time it was mainly raining so my inspiration was a little low. I took the film to a local lab and got them to make prints for me (something I haven’t done in many years). The results blew me away! Especially considering the awful luck I have had using zone focus in the past, I can’t believe how well this camera performed for me. Here are a few examples of the prints.
I would also like to take a moment to sing the praises of the lab who made these for me, Austin Camera & Imaging (http://austincamera.com/site/) It’s rare that I want to frequent a camera store (or any store, for that matter, not being much of a shopper), but I look forward to having an excuse to go there. The second you open the door, you can smell film. The staff is friendly, laid back, and helpful, and I have been nothing but thrilled with their processing. So if you find yourself in Austin, go in & say hi : )