Film, 35mm, and scans, Yashica AW Mini - 50p camera project

The 50p Camera Project – Early results

The Axe Murder Schoolgirl. Yashica AW Mini compact camera. AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 200 35mm film from Poundland

To recap the Project – I’m to attempt to make a half decent Flickr Photo Gallery, using a Yashica AW Mini 35mm compact camera, that I bought from a car boot sale for 50p, loaded only with discount film (AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 200) from the Poundland store.  This is discount ultra low budget photography!


The Rat Run Home. As above – Yashica AW Mini and Poundland film.

I’m allowed to scan the negatives, and to post scan edit the digital images using free-to-download Open Source image editing software, in the form of Gimp 2.8.

The Irrigation Reel Drum. As above. Yashica AW Mini and Poundland film.

This camera dates to around 1991, and is a typical cheap black plastic 35mm film autofocus compact pocket camera of that period.  It is not one of the fancy T-series of Yashica compacts, it does not feature a Carl Zeiss lens.

Thomas Clarkson Monument, Wisbech. As above. Yashica AW Mini and Poundland film.

I’m not really getting enough time for my photography lately.  Too much work, not enough play.

Film, 35mm, and scans

More treasures from old film negatives

Family snapshot of my young daughters on a family day out. Taken circa 1998? with some point and shoot autofocus compact camera and Kodak Gold colour 35mm film. Negative scanned with a Canoscan 5600F CCD scanner.  Touched up and cropped with Gimp 2.8 software

Those autofocus compact 35mm film cameras were getting so good during the late 1990s, shortly before digital came along.  I love old family snapshots as I call them.  I loved those boxes of family photos that we all had, and are now threatened with extinction, or at least, lacking the richness of odd, unselected, poor shots that told so many tales.  So I’m gradually sieving through a box of film negatives from the 1990s, and CCD scanning them.  I keep coming up with beauts, and treasured moments like the above one.

Family snapshots – a forgotten treasure and art.  Social history.