Love at First Lomo: Falling in Love in Paris

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In Paris, I not only had a romantic week with my sweetheart. I also fell in love with the Diana F+.

Credits: trychydts

I was a digital guy by nature. I loved needle-sharp foregrounds, depth of field chosen with 1-mm precision, and wonderfully blurred backgrounds. This is what has changed in Paris.

For the trip, I purchased a strange plastic camera at a design fair. I bought it because of it’s pinhole functionality — on a photography course I heard that infinite depth of field can provide very interesting results. The machine was a Diana F+. There was a book inside with some interesting photos. I loved their style, I was really touched by their spontaneous beauty, but I decided that something simliar could be achieved in digital, too. I loaded a roll of film, and I packed the camera.

I was shooting tons of digital pictures in Paris — and was shooting around with the Diana when I felt like experimenting. I did not know what to expect — in analogue photography, you do not see the results immediately. You have to wait until you process your films — and since I came back ill, I took a while until I could slide the CD with the scanned pictures into my computer. And my breath was taken.

Credits: trychydts

Most possibly this is not a perfect photo — not even perfect in the inherently imperfect Diana way. But it does shows someone I love — in an extremely, uniquely lovely way. The soft blur, the slightly uncertain focus, the harsh lights and deep shadows, the characteristic vignetting — all multiplied the romantic value of the photo for me. It became much more intimate, much more romantic — and I felt this is something I cannot set aside.

Credits: trychydts

First I started using a Diana adapter for my Canon — and although it did the magic and brought some Diana flavor to my photos, it was not enough. Every time I looked at my film photos, it was clear that I want the gorgeous, luscious feel of the pictures shot on emulsion. So soon before I could realize what was happening, I was the owner of several Diana objectives, a flash adapter and a 35mm-back.

Now I do not have my digital camera with me in my bag anymore. I shoot more pictures from my everyday life then ever — it starts to become a really interesting project. Not to mention that I already started organizing my first Diana studio shoot. It could be the perfect companion for a classy Hollywood portrait adventure.

Credits: trychydts

What was the first Lomo camera you owned and fell in love with? Share your stories and check out our requested posts for this month to earn more Piggies! Meanwhile, you can check out other Love at First Lomo stories from our community members.

written by trychydts on 2012-02-14 in #lifestyle #paris #pinhole #love #love-at-first-lomo #story #diana

One Comment

  1. emperornorton
    emperornorton ·

    I usually spend my first week with a camera getting mad at it until it sinks in how to use it.

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