Crappy Camera Photos

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Today I had an opportunity to take a crappy camera (two, in fact!) out for a spin. The morning was spent at nearby Greenbank Mill, a "living history" museum, for a flea market fundraiser. I didn't find very much in the way of goods (more on that in a separate post), but there was a cat, a farm, some sheep, and some photo opportunities.

I used, for these photos, an old - really, really old - 1 megapixel digital camera powered by two awe-inspiring AA batteries. This camera has a small, tiny viewfinder on the back which is maybe 1 inch in length. It is barely viewable and I can only discern the faintest of shapes from it, leaving me to not really know just what I've been aiming the camera at until well after the fact. Not only does this camera not have a useable viewfinder, it has no controls of any sort other than a shutter release; no aperture control, ISO modifications, or shutter length. Nothing. Point. Click. Hope for the best. What follows are a few completely unmodified, unedited, organic and pesticide free crappy camera photos.

The farm itself, on the right, with the farmhouse on the left. Two sheep are on the pasture. I was really hoping to get a wider landscape of both the farm and the farmhouse, but the camera apparently doesn't go that wide. Still, all things considered, not a bad photo.


The farm cat, Phil. It's easy to tell where the sun was in relation to me, and the photo is definitely over exposed.


Here is the building that contains the mill itself. The big round item in the front of the building is one of the old mill stones.


The mill happens to be located directly beside Wilmington and Western Railroad, once a shortline railroad, now mostly a museum railroad that runs passenger cars on steam engines by volunteer work. The railroad itself runs along the perimeter of the Mill property. This photo turned out surprisingly well; there was ample light, but not overbearing, and the tracks are in focus. I'm beginning to think I might begin to be able to use this camera to take an actual photograph.


And finally, the railroad terminal, across the street. A little washed out, but not bad.


It seems as if the camera works best in well lit areas, at a distance, but not direct sunlight. I'll need to try a sunset to see if less harsh light has better results.

(c) All images and photographs, unless otherwise specified, are created and owned by me.

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Oh gosh! It seems we both had the same idea yesterday. I took out my old pocket size digicameras that have 3 to 6 megapixels in them, just to see what I can do with them. I'll try to get that post out as soon as possible. Good to see that someone else appreciates old digicameras too. :)

That's awesome! I found this particular camera at a thrift store for $5. I'm determined to take a good photo with it. I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

It's about knowing the cameras limitations. Besides, some of the filters that are there on various places like Instagram or some image processing programs, look just like the pictures from really old digicameras. And as I think it's awful to ruin a good photo with a bad filter, I also happen to think it's artistic and a good thing to take "bad" photos with old tech.

I try to get that post done sooner than later. :D

Not bad at all sir wwwiebe! I like those photos and it looks like a great place to visit.

Thank you very much! I'm planning my next outing with that camera now, too