About two years ago I went on a trip to Cologne with friend of mine. We do this every year. When the rest of The Netherlands colors orange because it's Kings Day, we make use of this public holiday to go to Germany. I decided not to take my Panasonic GX7 with me this time, but to use my smartphone for taking pictures. Also a nice opportunity to try out a camera app on my android phone (a Huawei P7).
The app I used had the somewhat generic name Retro Camera. Which is free in the android store and gets favorable reviews by a lot of users.
Retro Camera has various virtual cameras based on real life counterparts, but with slightly different names. There are The Bärbel, Little Orange Box, pinhOle camera, FudgeCan, Hipsteroku and finally the camera I chose the Xolaroid 2000, a Polaroid look a like.
The Xolaroid camera setting produces (yes you guessed it :-)) Polaroid like pictures, and has two modes. Colour and black & white. For this trip to Germany I decided to stick with one camera type, but switch between the colour and b+w modes if I wanted to.
After selecting a camera you can push the info button for information about the selected camera and the type of photos it takes.
The one day trip to Germany produced quite a view pictures I liked. I shot more than one picture of any subject, so I could select the best one and delete the rest. And that's is where it all went wrong. I'll explain what happend. The app lets you delete photos in your phone's own image gallery but it also shows the last 10 pictures taken with the app hanging on sort of clothing line inside the app which can be deleted from there. Sometimes I deleted pictures in the image folder and sometimes I deleted pictures from inside the app. As I discovered too late, this caused pictures I wanted to keep to become corrupted in the image folder. These pictures where completely black or white and when clicking on them there was a message saying something like "there is no preview available of this picture". I lost a lot of keepers that way and of the ten pics I thought I had for this review, only two were keepers. Bummer :(
One of them was a picture were of the Kölner Messe. Love the architecture.
The other one was a close up of some sort of artwork inside a clothing store, with red neon lights inside.
Other pictures that were sort of okay, were of a pigeon looking for food.
And the of some stairs in a big electronics store.
A few days later I made another couple of shots, when walking around in my neighbourhood. I made a tropical one of a wall painting.
And a less tropical one of a snail who looks like he's taking a swim :)
This piece of farmland is destined to be used for a housing project unfortunately.
These ducks are very chill and take full advantages of the human comforts :)
Abstract and nature in one.
The artificial blemishes in this sunset picture look almost like stars.
A poster column with lots of announcements. Do people actually read these?
What Nikki loves to do most, enjoying the sun on a comfortable garden chair.
Our local railway, only used for transporting cars and car parts and not used at weekends.
One of my favorite lenses and maybe even the cheapest lens I own, is the Fujian 35mm F1.7 c-mount lens. A tiny lens, mostly used for CCTV cameras. These lenses can be bought in China for around 20 dollars, often including the adapter and shipping. I bought mine after seeing a raving review of Nate Burr (Blunty) on Youtube, a couple of years ago. Since then I have shot quite a lot of pictures with it, including some of my favorites, and I (still) like a lot. Hereunder you'll see some of these pictures, including 7 reasons why this is one of my favorite lenses.