Polaroid Series 3: Mickey, Minnie & Fancy New Lenses.

Polaroid Series 3: Mickey, Minnie & Fancy New Lenses.

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Meet my camera! There she is!! I think she needs a name, don’t you? Maybe Buttercup ๐Ÿ™‚ She looks like a Buttercup I think. I bought a cute brown faux leather case online, and it came with these *excitingggg* colourful lenses! So for this pack of film I took two photos using each lens: blue, red, yellow, green and the close up/selfie lens from top to bottom!

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The photos using the red and green lenses seem to have come out quite dark, BUT that’s probably just random chance, since I’m quite capable of taking two underexposed photos in a row! ๐Ÿ˜… So watch this space for further testing! Anyway, I quite like the red ones. They’re meant to be of the sky and of a rose… but they came out quite artsy HAHA ๐Ÿ˜› The blue lens is really pretty and vibrant. And the yellow is so dreamy! The yellow lens is definitely my favourite. I love how it gave the lemon tree a sort of sepia look, and turned the beach sunset into liquid gold ๐Ÿ™‚ Will definitely be doing more experimenting with these lenses, they’re super fun!

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Polaroid Series 2: Monsters University.

Polaroid Series 2: Monsters University.

Mostly blunders, but a couple of good shots! And I kind of love the blunders, you know? There’s just something about such a tactile and unpredictable medium – even the bad shots have a sort of uniqueness about them. I’m starting a little album of “bad” photos – there’s so much to learn from them, and I think they’re fun to look back on ๐Ÿ™‚

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Polaroid Series 1: Hello Kitty.

Polaroid Series 1: Hello Kitty.

When I left Singapore to come home to New Zealand, I felt a bit flat. I wasn’t in a great place, and ending my exchange early because I got whammied with depression definitely wasn’t how I planned things!! It sort of felt like my lovely adventure was just fizzling out. The day before I came home, my lovely boyfriend took me out on a mystery adventure – which turned out to be to buy a Polaroid Instax 8 camera, in glorious pastel yellow ๐Ÿ˜Š I’ve been coveting one of these beauties for years, but always dismissed it as a luxury that I couldn’t really afford. But it turns out, it’s been much more than a luxury item. It’s given me something new to learn and a new lens to see my home environment through. It’s given me a sense of adventure in being at home.

I’m on to my third pack of film now, so I’m blogging these a bit belatedly, but I wanted to share these experiences with you. Both the pictures that turned out well, and the ones that we’ll just call learning experiences ๐Ÿ˜‰

#1: This photo of the sky turned out so well! Beginner’s luck ๐Ÿ˜›

#2: Tried to take a mirror photo so that I could take a photo of the camera… But this camera has a flash that you can’t turn off! So this one was definitely a learning experience ๐Ÿ˜›

#3 & #4 are the beach on two different days… ahh exposure, you fickle friend. Still working on finding that inbetween! I’m learning that the late afternoon can be a little bit tricky. The rest of the day the automatic settings are pretty reliable, but towards late afternoon a slightly higher exposure than what the camera recommends seems to work a little better!

#5: I tried to take a photo of the pretty breakfast Mum made for me – but the focus ended up landing on a chair in the background! ๐Ÿ˜… Still learning about distancing from objects and where the camera throws the focus!

#6: So happy with this one of some roses my Dad bought for me ๐Ÿ™‚ They look so dramatic!

#7: This one of my Nana and Grandad is my absolute favourite so far โค

#8: Another roses photo in which I attempted a close up. It’s arty? ๐Ÿ™‚

#9: If you look reaaaally closely, you might be able to spot my bear Puds!

#10: Another beach shot full of learning!

And that’s all for now in adventures in instant photography with Sarah! Tune in next time for MONSTERS INC ๐Ÿ˜›

This week in old films.

This week in old films.

I’ve decided to go on a bit of a mission to watch more old films – cause there are SO MANY that I haven’t seen, and I feel like there are so many favourites out there that I just haven’t met yet! Old moviesย make me happy, and I am trying to actively cultivate happy things at the moment. Plus it feels like I am accomplishing something by learning about vintage fashions and culture and everything, and learning makes me happy! My parents and I watched FIVE old movies this last week! Pretty good start if you ask me ๐Ÿ˜‰

Monkey Business (1952)

This was a hilarious romp of a time (Wikipedia says it’s genre is “screwball comedy” which seems to be to be a great genre) with cool people in it, and a monkey who does some very advanced science. It was very silly and fun! I didn’t really know Cary Grant before this movie, but he has a really cool accent and I enjoyed that a lot. Apparently this is called a transatlantic or mid-atlantic accent – a sort of British-American mixture that nobody really spoke unless they were very rich or in theatre. So everybody was kind of faking this accent to seem fancy, but Cary Grant spoke this way a tiny bit more naturally than most, because he was born in England and only moved to America when he was 16. Anyway, I discovered that Cary Grant is pretty cool, so most of the other movies we saw this week had Cary Grant in them ๐Ÿ˜›

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Ultimate chemist.

You can read more about the weirdness of the trans-atlantic accent here if you’re super keen ๐Ÿ˜‰

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/08/the-rise-and-fall-of-katharine-hepburns-fake-accent/278505/

 

We’re Not Married (1952)

This one wasn’t really the best hahaha but it was still entertaining! There are multiple storylines but they all just play out in sequence rather than being interwoven in any way, so it’s sort of like many short stories, rather than a Love Actually situation. There is a lot of bickering. The best bit is when Marilyn is overjoyed not to be married! She’s just fabulous. Cary Grant is not in this movie.

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Marilyn being overjoyed.

 

Houseboat (1958)

Sophia Loren is charming, and Cary Grant plays a bit of an idiot, but he gets it together in the end. This movie was made fantastic by the hilarious youngest child, Robert, who is an absolute gem and tells everybody what is what. It’s worth watching just to see this kid in action. Sophia Loren also teaches us how to keep your cool when somebody buys you a tacky dress as a mean present: just take the giant flowers off it, and turn it into a knockout, and it will all backfire on them. Alsoย in this film,ย Sophia Loren teaches us a great song called “Bing! Bang! Bong!”. So really, there is a lot to learn from this movie!

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Robert telling everyone what’s what.
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Ugly dress with tacky purple flowers…
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…BAM now it’s gorgeous!

And here is the Bing! Bang! Bong! song:

 

Bringing up Baby (1938)

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I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS MOVIE. Katherine Hepburn manages about a million words a minute, Cary Grant is a paleontologist, andย Baby is actually the name of a very talented leopard actor who plays both aย tame leopard and a mean leopard. It’s disastrous the entire way through and just very, very funny. According to wikipedia, this is another “screwball comedy”. Wikipedia has also informed me that one of the main features of screwball comedies is that they have strong female leads. I have decided I am a big fan.

At the time, this movie was totally dismissed. It was such a flop that Katherine Hepburn got labelled as “box office poison” until her later success with The Philadelphia Story, when she became all the rage again. In more recent times however, it has won many accolades and is now considered one of the all-time comedy greats.

Wikipedia on screwball comedies:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screwball_comedy_film

A cool little video the New York Times made:

 

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

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I’ve been an enormous fan of the 1956 musical remake of this film, High Society, for a very long time, and have been meaning to get around to watching the original for quite a while! Watching Katherine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby reminded me to watch it… and to my surprise, on finding the movie, I realised it also starred Cary Grant! What an excellent coincidence.

This film is gorgeous, and High Society is a very very close remake, so it felt very familiar! Their scripts are almost identical. Although I think High Society is still my MOST favourite, it’s really a very very close call! I mean, Katherine Hepburn vs. Grace Kelly?! Cary Grant vs. Bing Crosby?! James Stewart vs. Frank Sinatra?! It’s really not possible to choose! High Society however also has the fabulous Louis Armstrong, and substitutes jazz music for alcoholism, so for me it justttt takes the cake ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn’s on-screen chemistry is magic, and their comedic timing stellar. Turns out they were in two more romantic comedies together – so those are definitely on my to watch list!

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IMPOSSIBLE JUST IMPOSSIBLE

That’s it for this week in old movies!

tl;dr – screwball comedies are the TOPS; Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Sophia Loren and Marilyn are always ever amazing; go watch Bringing Up Baby, you will not regret it ๐Ÿ˜‰