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My First Day with Diana F+

On my first day with my new Diana F+ I raced through three full rolls of Lomography CN 100 120 film, shooting anything and everything around my high school and home.

When I received my Diana F+ in the mail, I had no time to open it and explore before going into school, so I decided to just leave it untouched and bring it into school, to give me time to play with it an countless subjects to shoot with it.

I loaded the first roll of film as a complete newcomer to Lomography or any type of film photography, so I was somewhat apprehensive when loading the first roll. Fortunately, I had the assistance of the users guide, which was very easy to follow. Even with the help of the guide, I managed to ruin the first roll. I had loaded the film and was three exposures in when the film stopped advancing! At this point I had no idea what to do so I made a rookie mistake and took off the back of the camera to see what was holding it up. As it happens, this made all but the last exposure on the film (a cool bulb shot taken by a friend) come out as a blank negative. Later I found out that often the first roll doesn’t advance very easily, and that sometimes it just takes a bit of extra force to make the film advance (don’t hold me to this!), and fortunately the two other rolls of film exposed came out near perfectly.

While shooting my second roll, I allowed some friends to take the camera and shoot anything they wanted, for the first half of the 12 exposure roll, so I had no idea how they would come out. I was very happy with this roll, as the pictures came out really nicely, and it was such a weird and amazing feeling having a roll of film waiting to be exposed without knowing what half of the pictures even were.

My third roll was by far my favorite. I got 10 correctly exposed shots out of 12, which is a new personal record, and I was really happy with how the pictures turned out, especially the one of the man sitting on the bench and the accidental double exposure of two of my friends.

I think my first day with my Diana has been the most fun I’ve ever had with any form of photography, the unpredictability, the randomness, the colors and most of all, the ability to share the love.

The Diana F+ is a new twist on the ‘60s classic cult camera. Famous for its dreamy and soft-focused images, the Diana F+ is now packed with extra features such as panorama and pinhole capabilities. Available in our Online Shop.

written by joepalubiski

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