Spin Me 360°

I recently invested in a Lomography Spinner camera because I fell for the idea of a whizzy spinny camera that looks like a grenade launcher. I jest! It is not the easiest camera to have to haul through airport security in this day and age.

The Spinner is essentially a panoramic camera that does a speedy spin on it’s stick capturing everything in it’s eye path on glorious 35mm film.

After much deliberating, I delved into my savings as I thought to myself that Cape Town would be a great place to try it out.

Considering that these are my very 1st shots…………I think I made the right choice.

I took these shots with the Spinner balanced on top of my head, as best as I could. You can imagine that I made a pretty odd sight.

The spinner has a great wealth of creative and quirky possibilities and I am really looking forward to experimenting with them. But first, I must learn to keep the camera steady otherwise everything can look a bit wavy.

There is actually a spirit level type thingy to help with this.

A bit of advice based on my trial and errors for any Lomo fanatics considering this as their next acquisition:

  1. Do use ISO 400 film with this camera. I used Fujifilm Provia 400X. I prefer using slide film and I think it works best for this type of photography for obvious reasons.
  2. Find a good photo lab for developing your film. I ALWAYS use The Darkroom and take advantage of their mailing service. It’s really good value and they know what they are doing.
  3. Ask for your film to be left UNCUT. It’s probably best that you do this yourself before scanning.

Learn more about the Spinner here!