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Ffos Las Racecourse in Tungesten X and Black and White

Reporting back on the rip-roaring raceday at Ffos Las Racecourse with the Diana Mini and Coronet Rapide. Read about the event after the jump!

The Mr. Bean of Journalism.

Some people are just great aren’t they? On the 21st of December 2011, I arrived at Ffos Las Racecourse where there was a Press Pass waiting for Samuel Fletcher, Lomography Magazine at the front desk. This was the work of littlemisslove; before this I would wander around and stick my nose everywhere and be told off for it, whereas now, I was armed with a badge that said I could do just that.

The press room turned out to be very comfy and there was even some food, which was great becuase it was a bitter day. But while the rest of the press lined up with their DSLRs that cost as much as a medium sized house, I was ready with my Diana Mini (loaded with a roll of Lomography X-Tungsten 64 film) and a Coronet Rapide (with Ilford XP2 Super 120 400 ISO B/W).

I stuck out like a bit of a sore thumb from the other press people, but my cameras were a real talking point and I seemed to spread the analogue love.

I’m actually dead chuffed with how the Rapide photos have come out because I wasn’t expecting them to work at all, and they tell a nice little story about the 13.40. First is the parading where all the runners are walk round a ring, and where I thought number 7 looked quite nice. Naturally, with the press pass, no one questioned me as I wandered into the middle of the ring and casually started chatting to the racecourse’s chairman. I decided to have a bit of a flutter on the fine stallion and was jumping like mad when he came in first.

Of course, I was snapping away with my Diana Mini too, and because it was an overcast day, the low ISO film has turned out really pink. But it’s a great effect and makes it seem more atmospheric. I love the in-your-face contrast too, the photos pack more of a punch.

Once again, I have to thank Heidi for getting me the press pass in the first place. Next time, I want to take my LomoKino (best Christmas present ever? I think so!) with me.

The Diana Mini is the ultra-compact, petite version of the Diana F+. This camera takes soft-focused, lo-fi images in 35mm and allows you to change between half-format and square shots with a flick of a switch. Get your own Diana Mini now!

written by bertie

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