Pinks and Purples: Getting to Grips with the Lomography X Tungsten


Whenever a new film comes out, or even an old one revisited, I like to try it out in my LC-A. My experience of shooting with the Lomography X Tungsten 64 35mm film was certainly interesting, from receiving the lively green developed film to seeing the range of gold, red, pink, and purple produced when cross-processed.

Credits: myahcat

I took my first roll out to Richmond Park in London on a sunny early autumn evening. Being overcautious with such a slow film, I shot it on the lowest possible ISO setting (or GOST – my LC-A is a fun ’86 Soviet model!). The light at its brightest produced golds with a surreal edge, somewhere near pink, while less saturating light brought red and pinks into the forefront.

Credits: myahcat

On reaching an idyllic pond with fantastically cooperative ducks, I decided to play with the ISO. I took one shot on the lowest setting, then cranked it up one notch, and shot the same scene again. The results were highly informative: on the lowest setting, golds and somewhat orange hues were dominant. On the higher ISO, the purples and pinks took over. This demonstrates a versatility with this film that I found quite appealing.

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My next roll and I took a stroll around Soho and visited the Diwali celebrations in London’s Trafalgar Square. Later in the autumn and with the light more subdued, once again I got to see the variations and possibilities of the tungsten film. Bright colours became muted in a shroud of pink/ purple, while skies exploded with various degrees of violet. My favourite technique with film is to shoot an object silhouetted against a bright sky, and then enjoy the different flavours of purple in the results. The dimmer light around the backstreets of Soho provided an impressive vignetting in some images.

Credits: myahcat

All in all, this films responds well to a sense of experimentation. Different tones can be created using different lighting conditions and ISO settings, and so far I’ve only tried it in the LC-A. I have one roll left of my first pack of Lomography X Tungsten 64 35mm film. My next experiment? A roll of tungsten doubles!

written by myahcat on 2011-11-23 in #reviews #purple #tungsten #lc-a #experiment #pink #richmond-park #requested #lomography #diwali #user-review #trafalgar-square #iso #gost


  1. hairil
    hairil ·

    Nice article paired with lovely photos!

  2. whizzkidd
    whizzkidd ·

    I just love this film... Love the tones of the colors... Nice article by the way... ;)

  3. lomo__lurv
    lomo__lurv ·

    Its my go-to film now!

  4. begutierrez
    begutierrez ·

    Great write-up. So far one of the best reviews I've read on this film.

  5. ihave2pillows
    ihave2pillows ·

    Very helpful! I might give this film a try now :)

  6. feelux
    feelux ·

    Awesome photos! I'd love to try this film. Thanks!

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