I’ve been a Lomographer for over a year before I purchased my Horizon Perfekt. And during that time I had a chance to develop my skills with all the various Lomo cameras but I always kept my eye on the Perfekt. I visited the microsite regularly and noticed that so many of the Lomographers that I looked up to owned their very own Horizon. So on the day my Perfekt arrived, it felt like a right of passage!
As I held the Perfekt for the very first time, I remembered all the great photographers before me who used the Horizont, the Horizon 202, the Horizon Kompakt and the Horizon Perfekt. This hefty machine cares nothing about what’s “in” at the moment, like light weight or most battery life. Instead, it’s focused on all the good ole favorites like great engineering, no batteries, and adjustable shutter speeds and apertures. All these settings can seem a bit overwhelming at first, but I personally keep in mind a tip that Cosmonaut submitted for the Seagull: The Accurate Exposure Rule. Set the shutter speed equal to your film speed and then set the aperture according to how much light is available: f/16 – sunny, f/11 – slightly overcast (shadows distinct with soft edges), f/8 – overcast (shadows not distinct but still visible), f/5.6 – heavily overcast (no shadows visible). You’ll get Perfekt shots every time! Once you get comfortable, you’ll experiment will all the settings and you won’t think about the rules.
I also like loading 200 or 400 speed film because these work great indoors and out so you’re ready to capture anything. You should also try changing the filters it comes with. I normally keep the UV filter on to basically protect the lens but I’ll switch it to the Yellow/Green filter every once and a while for kicks and bright color.
With the Perfekt, you have an endless amount of film and setting combinations to choose from. I think the most important thing is that you just get out there and shoot! Carry on the Horizon Perfekt Legacy!
My name is Amber Valentine and I have a confession to make: I’m not really a photographer. I have a website full of photographs, a bookshelf full of cameras, film waiting to be developed, and a wall full of framed pictures I’ve taken. Even so, I don’t really consider myself a photographer per se. I think that Lomography is more about the experimentation and the fun of film than it is about the photography, and that experimentation is part of the reason I have embraced Lomography so.
A couple of weeks ago, my family and I celebrated Hari Raya after a month of fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. Since the first day I laid my hands on the Lubitel 166+, I've always had the thought of taking portraits of my family. So this year, I finally took them. Here they are: Hari Raya Portraits!
Exactly seven years ago, I bought this camera from Indonesia's local Lomography community. I remember having some savings in my bank account and just spending it all on this camera. At that time, I browsed the microsite for the Lomography Fisheye No.2 and immediately fell in love with it! Coincidentally, my friend who introduced me to Lomography just bought this same camera for his birthday. My life has changed ever since I had the Fisheye, my first lomographic camera.
My brother purchased the new Petzal lens by Lomography and Zenit through the Kickstarter campaign. Last spring, I was able to borrow it for a few weeks. Read on to find out my first impressions of this portrait lens!
In April of this year I had the chance to test the Petzval Lens and to write a review on it for the German photography forum Kwerfeldein. The lens excited me from the very beginning, at the time it was introduced on Kickstarter. I was afraid that once I had tested the lens, I would want to have one of my own! Well, that’s what happened; a year later, I finally bought my very own Petzval lens.
This article is dedicated to arguably one of the most famous street photographers in the world, Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004). On this occasion, I felt obliged to write a tribute to this great artist whom I consider the "Mozart of Photography." His photos are inimitable, and to try to reproduce his innate sense of composition, harmony, and choice of the right moment is but an illusion. So I chose an unusual way to pay tribute, the only way possible for me. Take a look!
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About two years ago or so, I purchased the Lomography Redscale XR 50-200. I saved just one roll of this film and waited for the right moment to shoot with it. In April this year, I just wasn't able to take it anymore! I loaded this film into my Lubitel 166+, which I realized I hadn't used for maybe about six months. One idea came to mind: taking crazy multiple exposures!
About two years ago, sandkorn sent me this film for our doubles. She said that she had already exposed this film using the Horizon Perfekt and shot on a sunny day, so the idea was for me to not overexpose the film. The result was so red!
Last Sunday, the local rugby team Rugby Como played the first match of the 2014-1025 season. Rugby is my favorite sport to photograph, and for some years I've been documenting almost every home match of this young team. This time I used a 1959 Zorki 5 camera with a vintage 1958 Industar-50 lens loaded with a timeless film, the Ilford HP5+ developed in a century-old developer, the mythical Rodinal. Take a look after the jump!
What exactly do I feel while waiting for my Lomo'Instant photos to be developed? I have to say I get a mix of "Surprise me, dear Lomo!" but also some "Did I capture it as I wanted?" kind of thought. No matter the school of thought, with the Splitzer you can add so many cool effects to your photos you'll definitely embrace it!
Before the end of 2014, my girlfriend took the plunge of purchasing a rangefinder camera from eBay as a late Christmas gift for me. Let me present to you: the Fed 5. The Fed 5 has been known as a copy of the Leica M3 rangefinder camera. It is inexpensive compared to Leica models. So what are my experiences of using the Fed 5? Read on to find out more.