Using a combination of a ringflash, gels, a macro lens and a low-sensitivity film you can create some amazing close, colourful and high-contrast photos. Using slide film and cross-processing launches these photos into full on psychedelia.
I discovered this process by accident, but have become addicted to the results. I recently purchased a ringflash and close-up lens for my Diana F+ camera. My plan was to walk to some antique stores an hour from my house and hunt down some interesting photo opportunities. I purchased some Lomography 200iso X-Pro Slide Film to use. Not ten minutes from my house it began to rain and all available light disappeared, along with my desire to keep walking. I peeled off my lens cap and took some quick up-close photos of a nearby flower bed and dashed home. When I had these developed they looked like night time shots due to the low sensitivity film. The background disappeared into darkness, but the flash brought insane colour and texture to the foreground objects.
The next round of shots were cross—processed and from there I have never looked back.
The strong contrast and whacked out colors from cross processing slide films always give a great contrast to dramatic silhouette snapshots. Congratulations to sushi_9009 for having our Photo of the Day!
Ed Choi regards Lomography as one of the best things that happened to him. In this interview, the latest member to join the roster of LomoGurus talks about how cross processing slide films sparked a great friendship, taking instant photos in Himalayas, and creating the perfect double exposure photograph.
This is a tribute to a great Austrian sports photographer, Lothar Rübelt. In an era with no high speed films available, he was able to immortalize wonderful moments in sports - from diving to gymnastics and football. In creating this tribute, I took a series of photos of an amateur football match using expired black and white film developed using an uncommon chemical. Take a look after the jump!
James Nader is a UK-based Fashion and Editorial photographer. He started his career in photography shooting with film, processing and developing his work by hand. He now works on high end fashion shoots and has photographed the likes of Dita Von Teese and Richard Branson. James still has a passion for film photography and uses it regularly. We lent him a Petzval lens to shoot with and he has kindly given us a full, in depth review of this beautiful portrait lens. Say hello to James Nader.
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