UPDATE: I’ve posted 2 new shots from Canada Day weekend! Love this camera!!
There’s days I just love the instant gratification that the Internet provides. I saw this preview of the new Lomo 360 on Gizmodo, and promptly gave the Lomography society my $150 Canadian. Less than a week later, it’s in my hands. Love it!
I have a sweet spot for plastic cameras, and have gone through a number of them over the years, including a classic Lomo LC-A, an Action Sampler, and a few lomo flashes. I have a pretty large collection of ‘lomo style’ apps on my iPhone, since I just love the look of slightly blurred, not totally crisp look that film provides. Digital cameras are great and everything and have come a long way, but there’s something about the tactile and physical nature of film that gives it a certain aura of mystery. I love going to the photo lab, and opening up a box of slides, and going through them one by one, to see if there’s any gems.
When I saw this new Lomo Spinner 360, it was a no brainer. I had to have it! I love a well done panorama as much as the next guy, but they always seem so static and lifeless, since it’s such a laborious process to create them. First you need to set up on a tripod, take a shot, move the camera, take another shot, etc etc etc… Then you have to stich them all together in Photoshop, or try one of the automatic tools, and hope it doesn’t butcher things too badly. There’s no way to take a quick 360 panorama digitally, and capture an action shot. You simply can’t move the camera that fast… But the Lomo Spinner 360 is another story!
The way this camera works, is you load up any 35mm film, pull the ripcord, and the camera head does a 360+ degree revolution in less than a second. The camera is light, portable, and durable, so you can take panoramas in places that were totally unthinkable before. For example, How about taking some shots on a ride at a carnival:
This camera totally rules, and I’m having a blast playing around with it. I’m going to take some infrared shots at the lake and the beach over the next 2 weeks. If you want to keep updated with my new shots, you can always see my latest work at http://kertgartner.com or just go directly to my flickr feed at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kgartner/
If you have any comments or questions, just let me know! Thanks!