When an Experiment Goes Beautifully Wrong (Expect the Unexpected)


What happens when an experiment goes wrong? It's the end of the world? Think again! Expect the unexpected!

It is always fun to test the limits of your creativity by experimenting on certain aspects of the photographic process. It may be in terms of preparing the film, the use of masks and filters, or the manner by which the film is processed. In any case, experimenting with analogue photography is always a win-win situation. If it the turns out as you have expected it, good for you; if it turns out as complete crap, at least you now know what not to do. Most of the sometime though, the end product seems to be more than what we bargained for. Experiments are case of hits and misses; no matter how much you plan your execution, basic presumptions may cloud our vision of the photographic future. So, if you even dare think that you’ve got it all figured out, think again; expect the unexpected.

One of my favorite cameras is the Lomography Supersampler. There is just something about the four vertical frames that mesmerizes me. So many times, I have toyed with so many ideas and stuffs that I want to do with it. One of which is the concept of the chequered image. In theory, the technique is quite simple. It is a double exposure technique of reloading the film that has already been used, plus the use of a chequered mask.

For this, I followed these simple steps:
1. Cut a piece of acetate, the size of the 135 frame.
2. Using a permanent marker, create a chequered pattern in the acetate by alternately shading the lower half and the upper half of each of the consecutive four vertical frames.
3. Tape up the mask on the Supersampler’s frame.
4. Load the film and shoot.
5. After the roll is done, rewind and unload.
6. Reverse the chequered mask.
7. Reload the film and shoot again.
8. Rewind, unload, and process

The steps I followed seem to be reasonable enough; however, I missed one critical aspect of the process. When I performed this experiment, I was still clueless on how to align frames for double exposures. I simply thought that the first frame falls practically on the same spot all the time. I didn’t know that you have to mark the first two frames as reference when you load the film for the second time.

Despite what happened, it was fortunate that the results were not horrible at all. They may not the chequereds I anticipated, but they look just as enticing! A random explosion of colors!

I encourage everyone to experiment! Discover! Invent! Modify! Do not be afraid the thread uncharted paths. Make your own. And even if you lose your way, we know that we shall stumble upon that unexpected pot of gold!

written by renenob on 2011-04-21 in #gear #tipster #patterns #experiment #lomography #camera #chequered #camera-modification #analogue #supresample #fun

One Comment

  1. duckduckninja
    duckduckninja ·

    I think the Supersampler's finicky winding mechanism in conjunction with the brute force of the ripcord makes it impossible to shoot exactly over the same frame position. I had the same problems for my Supersampler Tipster: bit.ly/hEobuI

More Interesting Articles

  • Photo Stories: The Mystery of the Missing Lomographer by boredslacker

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-09-05 in #world #lifestyle
    Photo Stories: The Mystery of the Missing Lomographer by boredslacker

    A usual photo walk takes a creepy turn when one of its participants inexplicably goes missing. Find out what happened in this tale spun by boredslacker.

  • Double Exposure Snaps with the Lomo'Instant

    written by bgaluppo on 2015-07-10 in #gear
    Double Exposure Snaps with the Lomo'Instant

    One of the great things about the Lomo'Instant Camera is how versatile and creative it is, yet super easy to play with. Want to create beautiful unexpected multiple exposure shots? No problem — hit the MX switch and a ta-da! Your analogue experience instantly has a brand new world of possibilities!

  • Creative Ways: LomoChrome Turquoise Exposed!

    written by Robn Kester on 2015-04-09 in #gear #tipster
    Creative Ways: LomoChrome Turquoise Exposed!

    What happens when you take one crazy film guy, some new and interesting Lomography film, and see what it can do? Magic is what happens, and that is why you need to try some of these techniques when shooting the LomoChrome Turquoise yourself!

  • Shop News

    Give your space a facelift with your own analogue print

    Give your space a facelift with your own analogue print

    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.

  • Legendary Sportscaster Howard Cosell Breaks the News of John Lennon's Death

    written by chooolss on 2014-12-12 in #lifestyle #videos
    Legendary Sportscaster Howard Cosell Breaks the News of John Lennon's Death

    An adrenaline-packed football game might be the last place where one would expect to hear a grim news flash. However, it's exactly this situation that happened to the viewers of the game between the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins during that fateful Monday night in December 1980.

  • Lomo'Instant Accessory Challenge

    written by antoniocastello on 2015-02-04 in #world #competitions
    Lomo'Instant Accessory Challenge

    Do you love being creative? How about instant photography? If the answer is yes, no or maybe, then we've got a jam happening with your name written all over it! Being the most creative instant camera around, it's difficult to imagine the Lomo'Instant becoming any more awesome. But what would happen if you and your pals put on your thinking caps for a Lomo'Instant accessory brainstorming session of the ages — limitless creative potential! Show us your skills by joining the Lomo'Instant Accessory Challenge!

  • Glastonbury As Seen Through the New Petzval 85 Lens by Taio Konishi

    written by ciscoswank on 2015-07-10 in #people #lifestyle #lomoamigos
    Glastonbury As Seen Through the New Petzval 85 Lens by Taio Konishi

    The Glastonbury Festival is arguably one of the most anticipated and renowned music festivals in the world. It is a joy to be able to watch it, and a privilege to capture scenes on and off stage. Apart from creating beautiful portraits, the Petzval Lens is great for adding an albeit subtle drama to the already spectacular scenes of music festivals. Japanese photographer Taio Konishi photographed this year's Glastonbury with a Petzval 85mm Lens, and here are some of the photos. He also talks about his Petzval-meets-Glastonbury experience in this exclusive.

  • Shop News

    Diana Mini and Flash Petite Noire at 25% off

    Diana Mini and Flash Petite Noire at 25% off

    At 25% off you can take dreamy 35mm images with this little black beauty. Beam coloured light into your shots with its accompanying Diana Flash Back accessory and be the analogue king of the night.

  • Lomo'Instant Boston Competition

    written by jacobs on 2015-03-03 in #gear #news #competitions
    Lomo'Instant Boston Competition

    What comes to mind when you think of Boston? Maybe it's the Red Sox, or maybe it's Baked Beans? With our newest competition to celebrate the release of the Lomo'Instant Boston Edition, we want to know what Boston means to you. Even if you've never been to Boston — no problem! We want to see your best shots that represent Boston to you!

  • Behind the Picture: The First Photo of Machu Picchu

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-08-28 in #world #lifestyle
    Behind the Picture: The First Photo of Machu Picchu

    Although its existence has always been known among locals, it was only in 1913 when the rest of the world was introduced to the Inca site of Machu Picchu through an expedition headed by Yale University and professor Hiram Bingham.

  • When the Soul Speaks Through Images: an Interview with Suji Park

    written by bgaluppo on 2015-05-21 in #people #lifestyle
    When the Soul Speaks Through Images: an Interview with Suji Park

    When a truly fascinating photograph hits you, it’s powerful enough to transport you to the story that is being told in that image. Such is what happens when one sees Suji Park's work for the first time. It’s as if you can actually hear and feel the details of each snapshot — the warmth of a late afternoon sun, the complex silence of nature or a dry and nostalgic solitude.

  • Shop News

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Whatever kind of film development you're after, you'll find it here! Now you can confidently shoot from the hip without having to worry where to develop those film rolls!

  • Swiss Identity in Pictures

    written by Kwyn Kenaz Aquino on 2015-04-27 in #world #lifestyle
    Swiss Identity in Pictures

    With the help of a camera, Igor Ponti searched far and wide to understand his Swiss roots. What he found out goes beyond delectable cheeses, silky chocolates and that world-famous white cross on red.

  • The World According to Herr Willie: Olympiastadion Berlin

    written by wil6ka on 2015-05-19 in #world #locations
    The World According to Herr Willie: Olympiastadion Berlin

    The 2015 UEFA Champions League Final will be held at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on June 6. It is a place full of history and is also the only football stadium with a blue track course. Some say it is the most beautiful stadium in the world, and I totally agree with them. But then agai,n I might be biased because it is the home court of my favorite team, Hertha BSC Berlin—my blue-white bloodline.

  • Shooting Squares with the LC-A 120

    written by pripri2000 on 2015-04-22 in #gear #news
    Shooting Squares with the LC-A 120

    Capture the world and all its contours in vibrant, wide-angled photographs any time, any where! The LC-A 120 is an adventure of its own with lots of exciting functions to experiment with, like seamless long exposures or full ISO control. It's also super-fast and ultra-compact - perfect for your everyday. If you're worried about the Medium Format film, don't be! You are free to use any 120 Film you want and there are plenty to choose from. In fact, that's what makes this camera so versatile! Scroll through this gallery for a little taste of the glorious shots this nifty invention is capable of.