First entry : http://www.lomography.com/homes/curtlomo/blog/105350-lomography-beginnings
Ever since purchasing my camera, I have been very keen to ‘get snapping’ wherever and whenever possible in order to complete my first film and get it developed. The time it takes to take the shots, take it to be developed, wait for it to be developed and then see the results does add a sense of exciting anticipation. A digital camera displays an image in a mere number of seconds after taking it. This process is long winded, but there is something about that which makes it ultimately more rewarding. Even more so when it is the first pictures to be seen.
Rule number 1 of Lomography. (No, really. There are 10 golden rules of Lomography which are well known within the community, as it were). http://www.lomography.com/about/the-ten-golden-rules
- Take your camera with you, wherever you go.
Unfortunately, as much as I would like to, I found myself frustrated with a clear design flaw with my camera. Unlike other Lomo cameras, it doesn’t come with a strap; or even a clear way of adding a strap. Pretty crazy considering the point of a Lomo camera is to have it with you at all times; waiting for that opportune moment to get a great picture. Having said this, I have improvised somewhat to be half way to getting a strap attached. The bottom of the camera has a hole designed to screw on to a tripod. After scrolling through Ebay, I found a screw which can go into this hole with a metal semi circle at the top. This means I can attach a rope of some kind around the screw to act as a strap of sorts. Not ideal, but very much necessary. I am one for keeping things pristine and safe and the lack of strap means I have to hold on to it tightly. When you are on the edges of Bournemouth Pier this isn’t great for the heart!
My first exploration with the camera was at Bournemouth beach. I was eager to give it a whirl so I went down to the pier on what was a very wet and windy day. Can these things even withstand the rain, I pondered. I went ahead anyway and took some shots. Totally oblivious at the time as to how they would come out. Good fun – but not exactly that inspirational. I found myself more excited about using the camera than the shot I was actually taking. Probably not a good recipe for good photography. Then again was I aiming for good photography, this was a hobby after all. Also, like I mentioned in my first blog entry, the idea of this form of photography is for the unique, quirky end result. Not the clean, professional looking shot.
However, I was very fortunate to be able to go to Barcelona in January. For those that have been to Barcelona, you are most probably aware of it’s famous and picturesque Gaudi architecture. As well as the tall buildings, was the Camp Nou. The stadium of FC Barcelona. That itself was a stunning sight from the inside and presented a good opportunity. All in all a perfect chance to discover something new and take some good photos. I ventured out both at night time and day meaning the application of flash at the right time was required. Sometimes this hindered the shot, using when it was not necessary and not using it when badly needed. All a learning curve.
Perhaps the biggest learning curve was the importance of focus. Focus is everything in a picture really. Out of focus photographs are good for nothing (unless done for artistic effect). At times I had the focus setting (0-1M) in use when taking a landscape shot. Likewise, when taking a close up, I may have had the landscape focus setting in use. This affects the end result badly unfortunately. I blame the lens cap which lays directly over the focus knob. Therefore when the lens cap is screwed off, it alters the focus setting. The need to check before every shot is key!
Below are some shots I took. Some good, some average, some that clearly did not work. I have deliberately added a few that didn’t work due to focus, lighting etc. Some include light leaks which are a fundamental part of Lomography. Horrible to some, I personally like the effect.
I used a Negative 800 ISO film. It clearly responded to good lighting better, albeit slightly grainy in places. Despite this type of film lending itself better to low lighting conditions, it was clear in a few that flash was still required. Even in overcast, daytime conditions. Also, the use of flash needs to be tailored to the shot, as in well lit areas, it clashed with the lighting and distorted the photo. Oops!
I’ve enjoyed the novelty so far! Let’s hope I discover some new things and places to have a shoot soon!
Curt, 21, Bournemouth.
written by curtlomo on 2014-02-10