Coming from a low light winter, it’s quite obvious that we change habits about photography when spring comes out. Analyzing the philosophy behind this behavior, there are so many reasons that justify a particular changing: from black and white during winter, to color (negative or positive) film.
Let’s speak about this peculiar transition, between winter habits and spring habits.
Clouds, rain and in general not such a good light comes from the sky during winter. In particular with analog photography, if you don’t want to use photoshop (i.e. digital post production) you have to deal with that. As we know, is against Lomo philosophy to improve or enhance digitally your pictures, to the point that someone cannot take part in competitions with digitally manipulated pictures.
So what should a Lomo boy/girl do during winter? In particular in northern countries the reduction of light is a huge problem from film photographers. In order not to close yourself in a studio with artificial light (even though it’s a respectful behavior), why do you have to lose the amazing fun of going outside?
In order to have good pictures, simply use Black and White films! In particular the ISO 400 ones can give you great results, in particular because of the lower shutter speeds that they require! Color film, during winter, would give you sad mood pictures.
Let’s say it: the situation is easier in this case. There’s a lot of light, warmer climate, and longer days. Well, color negative or positive films are allowed.
No more sad feelings in your pictures if you start using color films in this season. And you have no excuse: studio is not allowed at all! I’m joking, but I’m sure that you will not lose the magic opportunity to go outside and to use nature (or external locations) as your own personal studio.
Spring backgrounds are amazing also because of the fact that they give naturally the feeling of “contact with nature.” In particular with natural backgrounds color films are suggested. Black and white doesn’t suit trees or natural backgrounds in general. This is true, but with some exceptions.