Disneyland Paris

I'm breaking up my trip to Paris in parts, and then realized Disneyland had enough photos to overwhelm anyone.   Some other photos of Disneyland Paris are here. I don't have Florida or any other Disneyland park to compare to, but Europeans really took the best of what made the park and left behind what didn't work. When you visit Disneyland Anaheim for the first time, it's magical (and crowded) but being a passholder for the past 15 years, I noticed the magic has been lost over the years. I thought it was because I grew up and knew what was behind that character in a suit, or behind the computer generated rides. Disneyland Paris really restored it.  They made you feel like you were really in a magical place. We went in March, where the park was just opening up from Winter. Some rides were closed due to construction and we missed the opening of them by a couple days! Darn it, we'll just have to come back!

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Paris on Film: Lomography Negative 35mm

I finally tested out Lomography's own slide film, on my Canon AE-1 . I tested it on the most colorful place I could think of- Disneyland Paris! The colors were saturated, intense, and the contrast to each photo visually describes how I experienced the park. I love the Disneyland park I visit here at home often, but Disneyland Paris was...well...honestly, it was better. I felt like it was how Disneyland should be, and I've never experienced anything like it. I have some photos on my DSLR I'll be sharing and go more into detail and you'll see why it's awesome. Besides the park being only 20 years old, Europeans really took the magic of what Walt had in mind and made it better. Scott and I are huge fans of anything Disney, and Disneyland Paris seemed like the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary (yep, we're kid adults). There were two parks, like here in Southern California. The Walt Disney Studios reminded me of a mix of Universal Studios Hollywood with California Adventure.

I had some film left and took it on a stroll to Champs-Elysees.

Paris on Film: Lomography Earl Grey

I realize film is so much more easier to work with. It can be unpredictable, but compared to digital photos, it saves me a ton of time. Instead of going through each picture to edit, crop and make it just as how I want it, film doesn't need any of this. I just ask my lab developer to add it on CD (or scan if you have the time) and pop it in my computer, upload and it tells the stories for me. Another reason I love film- lazy blogging ;) I tried out the Earl Grey film from Lomography. I bought this last year but my wine fridge kept it for me. I liked how the film came out but I don't think it came out as a strong contrast like black and white does. I won't disregard the film, but I do want to try it one more time in another camera.  I wanted sharper images but I'm not sure if this is my camera or the film. I do however, really want to try the Lady Grey from Lomography.

The images below are from room service, to the red light district.

Paris on Film: B&W Film

Enjoy your weekend! Here are some pics from Paris. I used generic black and white film from Amazon. Not all the photos came out on this roll, but a reader emailed asking where I put my film when they went through the xray machines in the airport security. I did have it packed in my checked bag both bags (which I wasn't expecting to check even when I spent weeks researching what to bring, but that's another ranty blog post on airports) but she sent me this link that was really helpful for future travels. This explains the Spectra film I packed after I tested it at home, it came out beautifully but when I tried after I arrived, it was blank. The TSA also suggests you can have a hand inspection of the film rather than having your film go through the machine. This was our hotel, I loved how modern it was but it still looks vintage even with the film, and I barely caught a man running through the streets of Montmartre, and a small cafe I tried to snap but was pushed by other tourists. The last one is an accidental double exposure of the The Dali exhibit. I know not every picture taken is gold, but I also know each shot is a lesson learned to something better. I can't wait to keep shooting!

Paris on Film: Color Kodak 400

I tried out a new (vintage) camera, a Canon AE-1 with a 50mm lens I got for Christmas. It was a camera I'd easily sacrifice 10 cameras on my shelf for,  and I finally had a chance to use it. Scott bought it off Ebay, and I should know better to get the camera cleaned and looked at before I use it. Especially for taking it on a big trip! I was too excited for it, I didn't bother. I'm not used to the settings and didn't familiarize myself before I used it- big mistake. I still had fun with it and these are the results.

Half of the film was ruined and looks like this when I didn't rewind the film properly (never ever experiment with a new camera in sunlight, I know better and still kicking myself for it).

I'm really loyal when it comes to companies and services, so for me to try out a new film service made me nervous. I've been using my usual service for almost 8 years. I tried Old School Photo Lab and I'm so glad I did. It was quick, and even if it was a bit more than my usual lab, I loved the results and one thing that is important to me the other company didn't have- communication. I was sent an email when I had a question, they are friendly on Twitter, and when I had an issue they were quick to politely respond. That with great film developing is a company I'll be going back to and happy to support.

Paris, so far

Paris so far has been great. We've seen the Louvre (and was really surprised by the size of Mona Lisa, but even more surprised other Da Vinci's pieces were completely ignored), had kiwi on a stick at McDonalds (I'm sure back at home I'd rant on the GMO's on this, but realistically I'm on vacation so a little won't hurt, right?), and trying to knock out all the tourist venues before we leave to another part of Paris in a couple weeks. I love Paris, but I also love working with a better view. I don't speak French, and when I attempted, nervously looking up and down at my iPhone language apps, it was insulting from the look of people's faces. Thankfully people speak English or Spanish, I'll stick with what I know, and I won't butcher the romantic language anymore!

It's been fun updating on Instagram here and Scott's Instagram here.