My Lomo(love) Story

9

Exactly a year ago, that was around Christmas, I was stuck on doing “photoshop” actions until I discover this certain tutorial on how to make vignettes. This led me searching why such a photo can give this dark cornered area and how a camera can do it. I tried to take some photos using a digital but I can never accomplish those four, dark corners and always end up photoshopping my images.

Exactly a year ago, that was around Christmas, I was stuck on doing “photoshop” actions until I discover this certain tutorial on how to make vignettes. This led me searching why such a photo can give this dark cornered area and how a camera can do it. I tried to take some photos using a digital but I can never accomplish those four, dark corners and always end up photoshopping my images.

With every tutorials I see, I lurch upon Lomography or LOMO. I asked myself what the hell this is and thus opened my eyes into the lomography.com website! I looked over the lomographs and wondered what is so special about this one? Images with electrifying lights here and there, colorful, out bursting vivid images, “shoot from the hip” pictures, dark-cornered pictures with blue tones, everything was so dreamy.

So that made me prying about lomography. We decided to buy a lomo camera over the LSI shop, and were planning to get Holga 135BC. We were all kind of excited until I received such good news! A friend of mine from my university came over to our city to present a lomo exhibit and not only that, she brought with her plenty of lomo cameras to sell during the exhibit! We went there and she showed me the lomowall and I was totally overwhelmed. Double exposures, crunchy colors to dreamy ones: they are all very colorful! It was the attitude that got me! At first I was atypical in picking up what would be a good lomo camera. Then they said Holga is good but the Diana+ is much better with lots of apertures and includes a pinhole.

The next day, I purchased my very first lomo cam, Diana+ Edelweiss Edition. I merrily took some snapshots away. After having them cross-processed, I was vivified by its results. I totally love the colors that it produced, and it didn’t make me stop on clicking pictures. The next day after I took a bunch of shots from my Diana+ even if it has only 12 or 16 shots! I was so fastened with Lomography that all I have to do is snap away pictures in all walks of my life!

A year has passed, and still I am demented about this lomo attitude. Cameras imminently keep coming and coming, adding up to my collections from rangefinder Zorki 4K, LC-A, Fisheye2, Actionsampler, Smena 8M and Vivitar UW&S to name a few. From then on, I’ve been a member with lomography.com and Lomomanila.ph here in Philippines.

For me, taking snapshots everyday is like recording your life. And how much more if it is a lomograph!

written by ethermoon on 2009-01-07 in #news #ethermoon #philippines #lomomanila #lomography #lomo-story

9 Comments

  1. makeyuu
    makeyuu ·

    good!

  2. mattcharnock
    mattcharnock ·

    I see so many photoshop vignettes - but they are not real - so i am glad that you do them properly as well!

  3. oldskool_rider
    oldskool_rider ·

    great lomo story. i love it

    T

  4. sexyinred
    sexyinred ·

    your light trail is not bad either :)

  5. tom_ashor_bhaan
    tom_ashor_bhaan ·

    nice strory. i like the picture n. 9

  6. northwardnimbus
    northwardnimbus ·

    reprezent!

  7. ethermoon
    ethermoon ·

    Makeyuu, Mattcharnock, oldskool_rider, sexyinred and tom_ashor_bhaan, thanks for the comments! Vignette rocks! LOMO ON!!

    Northwardnimbus, hello and thank you from Philippines!

  8. centrubin
    centrubin ·

    nice story tj..

    southside represent..!

  9. centrubin
    centrubin ·

    nice story tj..

    southside represent..!

More Interesting Articles

  • The Magic Yet To Come: Part 5

    written by Lomography on 2014-09-06 in #news
    The Magic Yet To Come: Part 5

    Last week, I received the strangest thing through my letterbox. It was a postcard with this photograph on 1 side. The photo is of me sitting by the sea whilst I was on vacation last year. But I have literally no idea who took this shot – That’s why I came here, to ask for your help on my search for my mysterious photographer and to try and get to bottom of the riddle they wrote me. Please help me if you can!

    10
  • Chemical Manipulations with the Lomo’Instant

    written by tomas_bates on 2015-01-21 in #gear #tipster
    Chemical Manipulations with the Lomo’Instant

    Perhaps you’ve already had chance to try light painting, multiple exposures and long exposures with your Lomo’Instant, but what can you experiment with next? Well, that’s exactly the thought I had which led to giving this Tipster a go. I wanted to shoot Lomo’Instant photos which felt a bit “messier” than what I’m usually used to and to use a technique which would open up new possibilities with the kinds of images I could create with my favorite instant camera. Well, here I go!

    2
  • The Lomo’Instant Splitzer: the Must-Have Slice and Dice Accessory!

    written by bgaluppo on 2015-03-06 in #gear #lifestyle
    The Lomo’Instant Splitzer: the Must-Have Slice and Dice Accessory!

    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!

  • Shop News

    Shoot recognizable images with the Petzval

    Shoot recognizable images with the Petzval

    You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!

  • The World According to Herr Willie: The Amazon

    written by wil6ka on 2015-04-09 in #world #locations
    The World According to Herr Willie: The Amazon

    It was the Amazon which I had longed for my whole life. And when it was finally a set deal that I will travel to Brazil with two of my best friends for the Copa do Mundo (World Cup), we really had to start our adventure in the Amazon. I had known about this magical place deep in the rainforest. There was a lodge run by local people of indigenous background, with wooden houses that float on the water and a limited number of visitors. It was eco-tourism as how it should be. To preserve and to celebrate one of the most impressive locations I have seen so far.

    9
  • American Southwest Landscapes in Turquoise XR

    written by austex on 2015-06-09 in #gear #reviews
    American Southwest Landscapes in Turquoise XR

    How do you bring a fresh perspective to a landscape that has been photographed from every possible angle? Using a brand-new film, of course! With this goal in mind, I loaded some LomoChrome Turquoise XR into my Nikon 35Ti and went on a major trip across southern Utah and northern Arizona.

    5
  • A Salute to the Masters: R.I.P. (A Tribute to George Krause)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-06-20 in #world #lifestyle
    A Salute to the Masters: R.I.P. (A Tribute to George Krause)

    This article is dedicated to the multifaceted American photographer George Krause and to his series depicting funeral monuments realized between 1962 and 1963. I was able to know about this series thanks to an important essay on photography written by former Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Director of Photography, John Szarkowski. For this tribute, I loaded my trusty Praktica camera with a roll of Ilford film and took a series of photos in the Monumental Cemetery in my city, Como. Take a look!

    2
  • 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!

  • 12 Months, 12 Projects: March Of Caffenol

    written by Maaike van Stratum on 2015-04-12 in #world #lifestyle
    12 Months, 12 Projects: March Of Caffenol

    My list of resolutions for 2015 consists of 12 projects, one for every month. March was for caffenol. You have probably heard of the amazing fact that you can develop black and white photos with coffee, sodium, and vitamin C. I had tried this before but with less than stellar results. Somehow, there's always something going wrong. Time to devote a few rolls to caffenol to finally get the hang of it.

    1
  • My New York City Bike Ride Through Purple Eyes

    written by cecilialeitinger on 2015-08-14 in #world #news
    My New York City Bike Ride Through Purple Eyes

    What do you do when you don't have much time in a city like New York but you want to see everything, feel the vibe and be part of the community, even for a short time? Jump on a bike and enjoy what trains, buses and cabs can never give you: be part of the city. Take a camera with you to capture the moments and sights you don't want to forget. I did this with my LC-A 120 and LomoChrome Purple film.

  • A Salute to the Masters: Judo (A Tribute to Sabine Weiss)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-04-18 in #world #lifestyle
    A Salute to the Masters: Judo (A Tribute to Sabine Weiss)

    This article is a tribute to the street and humanist photographer Sabine Weiss. Considered a living legend in street photography, she likes to photograph daily lives of people, trying to capture the emotions she recognizes around her. Weiss like to photograph people of all ages but she especially loves to take photos of children, masterfully immortalizing their spontaneous gestures and emotions. For this article, I was inspired by one of her rare sports photos of some children practicing judo. Do you want to know more about this great artist? Well, read on!

  • Shop News

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • Photo of the Day by waggrad00

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-09-01 in #world #news
    Photo of the Day by waggrad00

    After a long walk, bonding over music seems like a lovely way to relax.

    1
  • La_niko is our LomoHome of the Day!

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-09-01 in #world #news
    La_niko is our LomoHome of the Day!

    From everyone here in Lomography, congratulations to la_niko for winning Home of the Day!

  • La Habana, Cuba, and Holgas

    written by Lorraine Healy on 2015-09-01 in #world #locations
    La Habana, Cuba, and Holgas

    An Argentinean writer and photographer living in the Pacific Northwest, Lorraine Healy is a long-time fan of plastic cameras and is the author of "Tricks With A Plastic Wonder," a manual for achieving better results with a Holga camera, available as an eBook from Amazon.com. In this article, Healy shares her experiences photographing in Cuba in early 2013.