28.5.15

My First Lomography Photos


You may have noticed my white Diana Mini around my neck on a couple of recent outfit posts, I got the Lomography camera for my birthday back in March and it has been accompanying me on most of my adventures of late. When we're out on walks it always seems that we are the only couple without dogs or children so I often joke that we are "getting our camera out of the house", these pictures were mainly taken on some sunny days around Bristol in St Andrews, St Werburgs and Leigh Woods (more of those boats!). Without being able to instantly check the results or immediately edit and upload to Instagram there's some thing quite freeing about snapping away on film although it did feel a little odd at first. 

Beyond pointing and shooting the Diana Mini has lots of features and functions to get to grips with and with my first roll I was experimenting without having a clue of how shots would look. Explaining in my layman's terms - you have control over how far the film rolls on so you can play around with double exposure shots. There is also a half frame mode which lets you split the shot in two although this only seems to have worked properly for me a couple of times.

There were certainly a lot of duds in the pack and large parts of the film roll was blank, not black like I'd left the lens cap on, just entirely unused - any Lomo experts out there know what's up with that?!?  In general however I'm really happy with the results on this roll, particularly with the shots where I achieve a cool effect on purpose - the shot of us jumping on the bridge and the one of Will walking away from me. There are also some great happy accidents - look at giant me sitting on top of Werburgs! I'm actually feeling more pleased with the results since uploading and looking at them on a screen (not sure what that says about my brain and digital mediums!)

For me the beauty of having a camera like this is to have fun with it and not be too worried about the results but I'd definitely like to develop my skills - practice makes perfect so expect too keep seeing that camera around my neck!

All photos taken on Lomography Diana Mini with Lomography Color Negative 100 ISO 35mm film.

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1 comment:

  1. Hurrah for film experiments! I've never tried a Lomo camera (partly because I'm a cheapskate) but I have a collection of old cameras I picked up in charity shops & on eBay. The Lomo-iest is my Lubitel 2 https://www.flickr.com/photos/dichohecho/sets/72157630583844638

    Thinking physics-y-ily - negative film starts out orange/blank. When it gets exposed to light it turns dark. An entirely dark frame is an over-exposed picture and the resulting positive will be completely white. A frame where no image has formed at all has not been exposed to light so remains light and the resulting positive would be entirely blaack/grey depending on how your scanner is set (normally grey as the scanner software expects the average colour of the frame to be a mid-grey and adjusts accordingly).
    So what I'm saying, I guess, is that if the negative appears completely blank then it has never been exposed to light, so it could result from a frame where you've left the lens cap on, or from winding too far & missing a frame.
    No shame in that though, I've both many times. It's easier to realise when you use an SLR as the viewfinder is actually showing you the view through the lens, but having these issues is part of the authentic Lomo experience :D
    Keep having fun with it!
    I imagine you know Photographique & Bristol Cameras for developing, but if you have normal colour print (C41) then Asda is the best deal in town, 2-day development with CD is £2 per film + £1 per CD. I believe Bedminster do it and I go to Longwell Green. You should definitely give cross-processing a go too.

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