I shot some 52 year old (!) film and got some decent results, but it took a bit of planning. Read about it.
I got a hold of some Agfa Isopan Record film that had expired in 1960. That was 52 years expired by the time I shot it. After quite a bit of research I found that it was originally rated between 1000 and 1200 ASA. That’s blazingly fast for films of the time. Film loses sensitivity after it expires. The rule of thumb is that film loses one full stop of sensitivity for each decade of “expiredness”. However, faster film loses sensitivity even faster. According to the rule of thumb, I should have shot it at 25 ASA. Adjusting for the fact that it was originally a fast film and that it had probably been stored poorly. Most film is happier being overexposed rather than underexposed. So, I decided to shot it at 6 ASA. That’s about a 7 to 9 stop pull. In other words, 7 to 9 stops overexposed. I developed it for 8 minutes in full strength Kodak D-76. I picked architecture to emphasize detail and contrast. I used an old TLR with a not-too-bright focusing screen, so there were some focusing issues, but I think you can still see that the film held up pretty well.
You can see from the results that my decision to drastically overexpose the film to compensate for its age was a good one. The lesson to be learned is that the main impact of age on film is loss of sensitivity. You can still get decent results by simply treating it as less sensitive film.
I don't care if this film has been reviewed a zillion times, that it has already been discontinued, or that there might be a Japanese version of it. The Agfa CT Precisa that I know gives me the blues. Oh, yes - not a Chelsea FC fan, but this film is all about the color blue. Say hello to the blues!
Larissa Lily is a UK based photographer and writer who agreed to share some of her Petzval shots with us and explain a bit about her love for film photography. She took it on a recent trip to Kew Gardens. Take a look at the results right here..
Each year The independent Label Market takes place at the Old Spitalfields Market and brings together some of the most interesting independent record labels. It’s the perfect place to meet label owners, talk about music and buy some exclusive and new releases. I took along the Petzval lens and was surprised at the reaction it received!
In summer last year, my sister and her lover exchanged "I do's" after five colorful years of happiness and making future plans. It was the perfect occasion to grab some of my cameras and eternalize one of the most beautiful days not only of her life, but also mine.
It's a huge pleasure to introduce our latest LomoAmigo, the fantastically gifted musician James Vincent McMorrow. This year, James launched his new album 'Post Tropical' and we couldn't wait to put a La Sardina camera in hands to play with for the Summer. He took the camera with him on his tour and snapped some truly cool shots. Check them out and read our interview with James below!
Did you catch the solar eclipse that happened recently? Word on the street is that it even resulted in a total eclipse in some areas of Europe, making it a pretty rare occasion for the folks that got to see it! We're guessing that some of you even had your cameras to catch the whole shebang on film — which is why we're throwing a competition for the best eclipse and sun inspired shots out there. Come on in and check out the details!
Really want to bring your film photos to life? We’re now offering totally analogue fine art prints in a host of large sizes and formats! Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.
Unfortunately, it happens sometimes that your resulting pictures are not what you expected - the image doesn't look that good, the colors are bland, and the subject is banal. Indeed, it couldn't be picture of the year! Herein I propose a second chance for your pictures by modifying your 35mm negatives. Just pick up some ideas from here, experiment, and scan your negatives with the Lomography Smartphone Scanner. Anything is possible: burning, scratching, putting on hydrochloric acid, balsamic vinegar, nail polish, bleach, or raspberry juice... use your imagination and write down your new film soup recipe! You can find a sample of the effects in this article.
You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!
Film Photography Day celebrations organized by Lomography Gallery Stores worldwide in April proved to be a huge success, thanks to everyone who joined in on the fun. Find out how film aficionados commemorated the much-anticipated day in our Gallery Stores in Hong Kong, Tokyo, London, Paris, and New York City through this photo gallery!