I enjoy taking photographs with a variety of film cameras. A particular favorite camera I use often is the Nikonos--I spend a good deal of time surfing and swimming in Hawaii so a waterproof camera is essential.
The Nikonos is a series of 35mm cameras specifically designed for underwater photography launched by Nikon in 1963. The early Nikonos cameras were improvements of the Calypso camera, which was an original design by Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
I love film. I love slide film most of all. When I feel like getting artsy I'll cross-process slide film for interesting and unexpected color shifts.
My process for cross-processing is amusing...to me anyway. You see, the local drug stores eg., Walgreens, will not develop E-6 in their C-41 chemicals. It's a no-no. The trick is to turn in a handful of film to the photo lab technician, all Fujicolor, with all the rolls written on with some type of cryptic photographer nonsensical scribble in black permanent marker making them indistinguishable. One of these rolls is Provia 100F, but which one!
Anyway, my aim is to create a neat looking photo. I'm not an art critic, so I don't know any fancy words to judge photographs by. In my book it either looks neat, or it doesn't. Neat is my favorite adjective.
This is one of the neatest surf photos I've taken with the Nikonos. It's a good seller and gift maker too.
I sign it:
Aloha, Big Mike