My WOW factor is so high at this very moment, that i decided to quickly post this here and share my excitement with you! And i was getting increasingly worried about my other blog which started doing funny things with the reds in images upon upload ..
Here is the first roll in my recently acquired (and owned by someone before) – Lomo LC-A, from a wonderful shop full of old cameras in Sofia, close to Orlov Most. I actually bought this camera for my daughter, who in fact is an accomplished writer already, and is going to probably toss this wonderful thing off, and forever forget about it, like she did with all the “equipment” i gave her to “become me” ;-). So lets roll forward ..
When i put in a 400 ASA film (which was destined to be x-proed later), i didn’t give it much of a thought – very fast film in a very manual and limited controls camera. I soon had a numb feeling when the sun came out (finally!) here and i saw major overexposures in my sinking heart. And then of course the expected and dreaded, but also loved crazy colour shifts coupled with a wild Lomo rendering – as all evidence suggested by the owners of Lomo. Well .. lo and behold – i could not believe how “right” and as desired the results came out ! Was it the film? It surely has something to offer – my favourite slide film presently. Was it the camera ? I rarely get >55 – 75% keepers off a spool, here – a straight >90 % (!). Do i like the results ? You bet ! There is this “velvet sharpness” in the images – the lens i guess, the “black” in the shadows – as i like it, the extra contrast coming though – a sure sign of slide film .. And with this fully manual operation camera – there is this forcing you to think the composition, to move and consider the front and back, the focal point – and all has to be fast, happening simultaneously. You cannot rely anymore on the AF in the middle of the frame, which i happen to increasingly like.
The technical side of images below : exposure set to Auto. Focus .. well, flip between the 4 options and pray .. No extra light (fill flash) of any sort. All hand held and a very odd experience of “watch it dude, this thing is going to blur it all or not shoot at all” .. Post processing – shadow lift and straightening only in few frames and then downsizing all, with very slight sharpening, very little of it. Film was developed in my fav lab down in Cresta – they know me by now, but I did not have issues from day 1 – it’s apparently the machine which won’t let them use weak developers and all ..
The fridge is full of film .. not much space left for food. When friends visit and open it they laugh.. I show them my “six pack” under my ribs, which i got miraculously back since i replaced food and beer with films in the fridge 😉
So, here they are – the bigger part of the spool, except for duplicates and discards. At 1200p – for you zoom investigations .. And I already loaded another – in this russian (USSR) black thing, which you wonder if it ever shoots at all at the click sound, and then you occasionally forget to forward the film 😉