Foma has been one of the institutions in film production in Europe. Their classic monochrome films are reliable, consistent and we should shoot more of them!
Foma is one of the long standing film producers. They have been around since 1921 and also produce other photographic materials, such as developers. I had long wanted to try some of their films out and had even gotten hold of some old, expired films but strangely not of their still produced outstanding monochrome emulsion I had heard so much about.
I was thrilled when my friend mattydk sent me a roll of Fomapan 400/120 for our 120 roll exchange doubles!
I reverently inserted the roll into my Holga, for we had agreed to both use that camera for this roll. I was very lucky, as we hadn’t re spooled the rolls and the paper didn’t jam while I was essentially shooting the roll backwards. The Holga doesn’t allow for minute exposure calculation so I crossed my fingers that it would work out, but Foma film is supposed to be forgiving.
The next step where I relied on the ruggedness of the Foma emulsion was development. I used standard Rodinal procedure. When I saw the negatives, I was thrilled they looked so nice, but when I scanned the film I saw that we both overexposed the roll so that the doubles did not succeed. This shows that this film is really fast and worked well with Rodinal despite it lowering effective speed. I really liked the tonality of the images though, they were really dreamy. For this tonality and the overall excellent quality I do recommend this fast medium format monochrome emulsion!
Full Metal Jacket, one of director Stanley Kubrick’s greatest films played around the idea of war and the different types of men that fight them. It has become a modern classic as far as war movies are concerned.
By now most of you would have heard of Lomokev, one of the UK's most prolific film photographers. Based in Brighton, Lomokev loves to shoot with the trusty LC-A and his work has been featured in numerous publications and projects. We lent him a Petzval lens and asked him a few questions about what makes him tick. Here's an exclusive interview, along with a several fantastic shots by the talented UK-based photographer.
Lomography Japan has been working with CAMPFIRE, one of the country's largest crowdfunding services. In the past year, we have launched three successful projects such as the campaigns for the Lomography Smartphone Scanner, Petzval Lens and the Lomo’Instant, and Campfire has been helping us reach out to our supporters in Japan. Koh, Campfire's Senior Project Manager, has been involved in all three. Also a lomographer,she is no stranger to our products and has even shot with the new Petzval Lens.
Adi, Ekeu, and I did a lomowalk around downtown Bandung last Saturday, the beginning of November. We planned to use our Lubitel cameras with only one roll of film each. We were inspired by the One Roll of Film Project by four Tokyo-based photographers with their Hasselblad cameras. This is about the one roll of film I shot with the Lubitel 166U, which made me love shooting in medium format even more.
We asked some of New York’s hottest designers to lend their talent in designing some of our La Sardina DIY cameras, and we are very excited to share with you Verena's work. Verena is an illustrator and graphic designer who has contributed to the site for '40 Days of Dating' and so much more.
Carlos Somonte is an award-winning and prolific photographer whose experience spans over three decades of personal and professional work. Aside from photos that have been used in various advertising campaigns by some of the world’s most recognized advertising firms, he has done work for publications, and even film and theater. Mr. Somonte has worked with the likes of directors Alfonso and Jonas Cuaron, and producer Cameron Mackintosh. He has photographed the stills from their productions and his photos have appeared on numerous publicity posters.
The Ting Tings are a musical duo from Manchester who have more pop hits than you can shake a stick at. They are most famous for their 2008 hit "That's Not My Name" which got even the stiffest of people shaking in their seats. The Ting Tings are back with a brand new album called Super Critical. They are big film fanatics (check out their website for proof) so we gave them a Sprocket Rocket Camera and a bunch of film to document their life in sunny IBIZA.
I've been experimenting with many substances, more or less corrosives, for film manipulation. The images come out so different, that sometimes you can't even recognize them. The pictures in this experiment are a result of mixing bleach and detergent powder.
In a new series, we talk to film fanatics from all around the UK about their passion for film photography and their favourite places to shoot in their home town. Today we go to Billinge in Merseyside to meet Ray McKean who has a wealth of knowledge about film cameras.