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Plastic Panorama

Deon Reynolds

Nov 22, 2021
Photography Experience
Photo Editing Experience
Edit my images ?
Yes (recommended)
"Roping" Greensprings Ranch, Nevada

"Ibex Dunes" Death Valley National Park, California

"San Xavier Del Boc Mission" Tucson, Arizona

These images were created using a modified Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable camera, reloaded with Kodak Tri-X 35mm black and white film. These cameras were manufactured between 1992 and 1999. Back then, one would usually find them displayed at grocery store check-out lanes. Most were pre-loaded with Kodak Gold 200 colour print film, which I remove and save for other projects. The camera has a two element 25mm f=12 plastic lens with a single 1/125th of a second shutter speed, so changes in lighting need to be compensated in the darkroom. Internally, I place a yellow gel filter between the film and the rear element. This filtration increases contrast and darkens the blue of sky. Also, I manipulate the internal mask with a file so its edge is not so perfect. I process my film and make my own prints. When printing these images I include the rebate edge, as I feel it’s part of the presentation. I go into the field with several cameras at once, since changing film requires a darkroom or changing tent. Plus, having extra cameras that you reserve for specific lighting situations helps keep similarly exposed images together on specific rolls for special darkroom handling. Questions?