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Beaches of New England | Photography Slide Show

by in May 2010
Beaches of New England | Photography Slide Show
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Photographer Madeline Polss uses a Diana toy camera to capture black-and-white images of some of our favorite beaches around New England — Longnook Beach, Truro, Massachusetts; Odiorne Point, Rye, New Hampshire; and Second Beach, Middletown, Rhode Island.

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8 Responses to Beaches of New England | Photography Slide Show

  1. Russell Drew May 1, 2010 at 9:37 pm #

    not very impressive,gray tones have no separation,rather boring.

  2. Heather Marcus May 4, 2010 at 5:30 pm #

    diana toy cameras definitely produce unexpected shots and these photographs capture a nice soft, dreamy artistic quality that we love.

  3. david trifiletti May 9, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    Beautiful shots. The use of the toy camera brings a soothing “dream” like effect to what otherwise might be typical beach shots. Thanks for this “Refreshingly Different” look at our lovely beaches of New England!

  4. Linda Baird-White May 19, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    The life guard chair shot is one of the better shots. Surprising considering it’s just a toy camera. I do like some of the atmospheric qualities in some of the shots. Very similar to the older film grain. Heck, people use software filters to get that effect.

  5. Jeff Folger May 19, 2010 at 11:01 am #

    Now take into account that you have perhaps a 37mm fixed aperture lens with a fixed shutter speed. So now you have to know your rules governing light and film speeds. This is the way photography used to be and you had to work it to get a good shot.
    I’m also a digital shooter (as of 2003 full time) but I still have two holgas that I take out on occasion to just play.
    Yes you can lomo a digital shot in Photoshop to get a similar feel but how many folks just play and reconnect with their inner photographer.
    Plus a Holga costs what 10$ to $25? and you are shooting medium format… That is much better than 8,000.00$ for a top of the line Canon or Nikon…
    It’s a way to get out and look at the world in a new way… So if you haven’t tried it, don’t sell it short…
    Jeff Folger

  6. butch lombardi May 19, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    Reminds me of a lot of the old snapshots I have in a drawer and fill boxes at my mothers. This was the bulk of everyday photography when everyone had a Brownie. I like the composition in several of the shots. Shooting in this format you really had to work to come up with a good photograph. Composition was achieved by moving the camera not zooming. It’d be interesting to see what people who shoot digital but have no film experience would come up with in this kind of format. My favorite is the very first Longnook Beach Shot. Nice lighting and composition. I agree with Jeff’s post above. When you look at these you need to remember the tool that was used to get them.

    Butch Lombardi-East Bay Images Photography

  7. e Horne June 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm #

    I enjoyed the pics, It”s up to the viewer to read the photographers eye..

  8. William Tweedy July 22, 2010 at 9:52 pm #

    It’s refreshing to see basic snapshots in B&W. Being a purist of the art of photography, I prefer straight shots done in a darkroom. With PS everyone messes around with weird stuff and cutsie double /triple exposure looks.
    Aspen Photography

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