The Cloud Circle MX Experiment

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Some time ago, I discovered how much fun it can be to use clouds in your photos to add that little extra. After shooting several rolls with stuff floating on clouds I felt the need to try something different. What if you could have clouds all around your subject? Read on to find out how simple the circular cloud experiment really is!

Credits: sandravo

One look at my Lomohome is enough to realize how much I like colors. Cross processing expired slide film is a great way to add a touch of color to your photos, but the results can be quite unpredictable. Color filters on the other hand are a cheap, sure, and easy way to get the colors you want, where you want. Recently I shot a few rolls combining a splitzer with color filters to make things float on colored clouds, both with my LC-A+ and my Lubitel 166+.

Credits: sandravo

By the fifth roll I shot this way, most of my initial excitement was gone. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the results, but I also felt that itch to shake things up again. That’s how the circular cloud experiment entered my thoughts. How would it look if I could get the clouds all around my subject rather than just on the bottom of the picture? For that I would need a circular Splitzer. As I didn’t want double exposures I would actually need 2 Splitzers: one blocking the center while covering the outside with clouds, and one to block the surrounding clouds while filling the center. As I was planning to combine this with color filters, the easiest solution was to use the filters to make the Splitzer. Check out the photo below to see how easy it was.

To make the cloud shots, I put a small circle of black tape on the middle of the filter, waited for a good cloud day and shot an entire roll full of clouds. To mix things up I changed the color every few frames. After spooling back the film I used it last weekend to fill in the centers. To avoid double exposures I cut a circle from a 120 film backing paper, with a hole in the center. Since the paper is non-adhesive and I didn’t want to glue it to the filter, I simply trapped in between the filter and the step-up ring.

That’s really all there is to it! Check out some results below and give me a shout when you try this yourself! Have fun!

Credits: sandravo

Note: I used this on my Lubitel 166+ and made the circle the size of a 1 eurocent coin (about 15mm diameter). There is no reason this shouldn’t work on any other camera that can take filters (even an LC-A+ if you follow this tipster), as long as you adjust the diameter to the size of the lens.

The Lubitel 166+ is a loving recreation of the Soviet-era classic. Based on a design that dates back over 60 years, this camera is updated with new features like the ability to shoot both 120 and 35mm film. Shoot mind-blowing images with the Lubitel 166+, available in our Online Shop.

written by sandravo on 2013-07-17 in #gear #tipster #quickie-tipster #cloud #lubitel #mx #splitzer #color-filters #camera #circle #circular #multiple-exposure

21 Comments

  1. kekskonstrukt
    kekskonstrukt ·

    great tipster! thanks for sharing :)

  2. lokified
    lokified ·

    I was a little unconvinced at first (how would the tap spot be the came size, wouldn't it mark up the lens, etc) but the results speak for themselves. Fantastic!

  3. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    @lokified I had the same concerns as you when I started. Making the spot the same size is easy, just use the same coin. The harder part was deciding what size the center would have to be. The 15mm I used seems fairly large given the small size of the Lubitel lens, but you have to keep in mind the blocking spot is not on your lens, but about 1,5cm before the lens, letting a lot of light in from the sides. Try this: if you hold a finger on your eye you can't see much, but hold it 2cm before your eye and you can look around it.

  4. avola
    avola ·

    thank you<3!!

  5. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Great stuff and thanks for sharing!

  6. stouf
    stouf ·

    Super!

  7. rik041
    rik041 ·

    thank you so much for sharing..

  8. kostas
    kostas ·

    smart and nice trick....

  9. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    Thanks all! I hope you will give this a try! @costas, @rik041, @stouf, @mafiosa and @avola

  10. michaelfr
    michaelfr ·

    Thanks a lot

  11. romain-cav
    romain-cav ·

    Thank you for this tipster ! Can't wait to try !

  12. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    You're welcome! Good luck and leave a message when you post your results! @romain-cav and @michaelfr

  13. sobetion
    sobetion ·

    Genius!!

  14. saisai
    saisai ·

    Great!

  15. fedehp_y2k
    fedehp_y2k ·

    Great tipster, thanks a lot for sharing!

  16. kibs
    kibs ·

    Wow, excellent tipster!! :)

  17. tanip
    tanip ·

    So clever! Thanks!

  18. vtayeh
    vtayeh ·

    Nice results! Definitely trying this!!

  19. ankada
    ankada ·

    I can´t wait for a cloudy day to come!

  20. npkishi
    npkishi ·

    very smart! I'll try!

  21. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    Lovely effect!

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