Lomography in the form of Diana f+ limited edition sahara set

I have just received the coolest present in a long time. A toy camera in the form of Diana f+!

Comes in a super cute giant bag

OMG! OMG! check this out!

 I got a limited edition Sahara set that come with:

1x           Diana F+ analog toy camera in the limited edition Sahara leather wrap
              (this is really nice cos toy cameras come with the cheap plastic feel and really don't
              cost that much last time so a limited edition case with a leather wrap seem like a treat)

1x           Lens cap
               (also in line with the Sahara theme with with the motif of two camels and in a sandy colour)

1x           Diana flash
               (in the sandy colour of the Sahara range as well)

2x           Flash adapter to allow the the Diana flash to be used on other cameras
               & other flash to be used on the Diana

1x           Full leather camera bag
              (the leather pouches must be my favourite and you can still use it with the 35mm back)

1x           Full leather flash pouch 

1x           Diana F+ book with the Sahara cover
              (all contents of the books in the Diana range are the same except for the covers,
              the limited edition sets have covers in line with their specific theme)

Love the explorer or Indiana Jones feel of it

It is fully analog and comes with so many functions and possibilites I can't wait to try them all out. I finished my first roll of negatives in the first day and went back to the shop to get it developed as I don't know which other shops in Singapore develop these special 120 medium films that the Diana use. To my dismay, it takes 18 days to get it developed because they got to send it to Taiwan?!? to get the films developed. That kinda sucks because I was so excited to find out how my first roll of films turned out. I have heard horror stories of nothing showing up on the first roll and I do not dare to load another film until I get my results. The film is quite expensive and until I know I am doing it right, I am not going to go spending the next 18 days shooting like crazy on these expensive films.

To make things easier, I also got the 35mm back that allows my Diana to use the normal films we can buy at most stores. I checked and I can get the films for $15 for a pack of 3 and $4 to develop them. So that's cool and until I get my hang on the camera, I going on a learning trip with the much cheaper film option. I heard that most high-end home printers come with software to convert my developed negatives into picture that I can further manipulate in photoshop. I do have a high-end printer so we shall see how that goes. The printing shop wants to charge me $6 bucks to convert negetives into a CD. Not too expensive but the expenses will add up.

All in all I'm super excited with my present and I have been shooting my cats non-stop. I expect many over-exposed shots since I keep forgetting I need to manually roll the film forward. I think there are frames in my first roll of film where I took 6 shots in the same frame. Oh-oh, we shall see what happens.


I love How To Train Your Dragon

For the first time in a long while, we made it home at like 5pm. After sending our laundry in, we set out to plan for a quite night at home with out fluffies. So it was that we went to hunt for some DVD to spend the evening with. We ended up home with a blu-ray How To Train Your Dragon and fell in love with it all over again. The first time we watched it was in the cinema and we were so stuck in traffic we missed a good 15 minutes of the movie. Now with out new Phillip 42inch LED TV, also new sound system and the blu-ray, we were set to go.

After dinner, we set out some snacks and drinks and to honour us with their presence tonight, we invited Shernie, Tolgrie and our new kitty Shadow that looks exactly ( and with as much attitude) like Toothless to join us. We can never have all the cats grace us at the same time in the living area because they will cause such a riot we will regret ever deciding to stay in. We are currently living in a rented house for one and a half years or so. It's a great place except the kitchen doesn't come with a sliding door.

Any hoo, after many minutes of chasing around we finally got the kitties clam enough to enjoy our movie while they plot their next moves. I don't know for sure but I'm pretty certain anyone who has had a cat before will agree with me that the dragons in this movie were definitely inspired by cats. Watch and count how many parallels you see with your kitty in Toothless's behaviour. Below is my list:

1) CATNIP: In the movie, there is a grass that the dragon go absolutely go gaga for. Give your kitty some catnip and watch his reaction. Now tell me if it's not exactly like what the dragon are doing in the movie.

2) EAR LANGUAGE: That what I call the particular sign language where your kitties communicate with you through the different positions of their ears. The perk up, the droop etc.

3) NECK SCRATCH: Dragons in the movie practically drop and fall asleep when someone scratches then under their chins. While not so dramatic, most kitties will start their purr engine and start to drift off to dreamland when scratched at the same spot.

4) ATTITUDE: Oh they can be very stubborn and insistent if they want to be.

5) TOOTHLESS: Remember the scene when Hiccup introduced Toothless and he opened his mouth and all the teeth sprung out? Well it reminds me of cats and their cute fat furry paws until they decide to show their claws on your furniture.

6) CHASING SHINY THINGS: Get a torchlight, switch off the lights and see your kitty go crazy.

That's all I remember at the moment. What else do you see? Are your cats afraid of eels?