New Camera for a New Year – Lomography La Sardina Marathon

Well here we are another New Year. I don’t know what has happened but it seems like we fast forwarded from 1986 or so to now awful danged fast. So lets make the most of the time we have and have a Great New Year.


The world’s greatest MIL, Nana gave me another Lomography camera, the La Sardina. I think there are over 50 models of this camera. (Lomography is a fancy name for capturing images with “toy” film cameras.) The basic difference besides metal or plastic is the design. Mine is the “Marathon” that is decorated like a sardine can. There is one model that is just white plastic, the “DIY” and the intention is that you decorate yourself with Sharpie pens for those of us who just have to be us, and are gifted artistically which is so not me.


Lomography is just one of those things that one either “gets” or you don’t. The photographs are not anywhere near the quality of the most inexpensive digital cameras. You pay money for the film and then you pay more money to develop the film, and to top it off I don’t even get prints, the lab puts the images on a cd. Also, there is no view finder so you can’t see what you got until it is developed, there is no zoom, very little if any in the way of exposure or focus settings. It is also very east to forget to take the lens cap off. It doesn’t make any sense at all,I fully admit.

Deco District

I love the pictures that they take. I can’t explain it and I’m not going to justify it.

Tulsa Central Library

Every shot counts and if you put too much foreground in, that’s too bad! I know that digital photographs are so much more superior. 


I love playing around with the Camera. Most Lomography cameras make it very easy to make double exposures. Above is son, SuperPizzaBoy walking one of our dogs.

The Bramble over the Fence

So anyways, I’m liking my new camera. We haven’t had decent weather to do much with it.

Lomography has their “Ten Golden Rules“, as follows. They work. The best Lomo photos are the ones that are up close and spontaneous.

  • Take your camera everywhere you go
  • Use it any time – day or night
  • Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it
  • Try the shot from the hip
  • Approach the objects of your lomographic desire as close as possible
  • Don’t think (by William Firebrace)
  • Be Fast
  • You don’t have to know beforehand what you captured on film
  • Afterwards either
  • Don’t worry about any rules

Anyway, I hope that everybody has a great 2013. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy visiting everybody’s blogs and the visits made to mine. We certainly occupy a the great side of the internet. Thanks Al Gore!

I put many of my Lomo photos on my tumblr blog (along with digital photos). It is just pure images, no blah blah blah but you’ll see some of the same images. Check it out if you have time.
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17 thoughts on “New Camera for a New Year – Lomography La Sardina Marathon

  1. Gaelyn

    I don’t get it, but if your having fun that’s all that matters. Look forward to some more of these funny photos in this new year.

  2. Sylvia K

    Ah, my new camera that my son gave me will be here tomorrow and I get to have another Christmas!! Aren’t they fun? And don’t we have fun with them! Hope your new year is off to a great start!!! Enjoy!


  3. AVCr8teur

    Happy New Year to you and your family! What fun way to take pictures with a sardine can! I think it’s a great way to be creative, but not having a viewfinder and zoom would probably drive me crazy. I think #10 rule is the best for any kind of photography. By the way, I can’t access your tumblr blog from your link.

  4. Beryl

    That is the cutest camera. I have a friend who does professional photography and swears by the low-tech kind for certain kinds of photos. What a sweet present!

  5. Barb

    I’ve really enjoyed your toy camera photos from the past – esp love the double exposures which seem to have a storyline built-in. Really, I’ve begun to play a lot more with photos, too, and I’m not nearly so serious about the shot anymore. Consequently, I’m having more fun – I’m not a pro, so what more is there?

  6. SandyCarlson

    Happy 2013!

    That SPB walking the dog shot made me think “The Road Not Taken” from the dog’s point of view. Except that SPB took both roads. These are great.

    This makes me think of my 35 mm days. It was always a treat to get the prints!

  7. G. W. Bill Miller

    Your Lomograpy is beggining to grow on me. They look like old photos from some years ago and have their own charm. Iffn’ it was me I would convert them to black and white and tweak the contrast a little to see if you like them. Until about 30 years ago most everything was B&W. You could post them on Black and White Weekend. Happy new year.

  8. Leedslass

    I chuckled at Bill getting arrested for lomographic desire – not at his age surely?
    You’re a lucky guy to have such a good MIL OR, just maybe, she knows this is the sort of gift that will keep you from getting under Sweetie’s feet?

  9. Ellen

    No view finder? That is placing a lot of trust in yourself. I think you are a naturally gifted photographer…your pics are very artistic. You have a great eye!

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