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.
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.
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.
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.
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!