Winter break is sadly long gone, but some of us are finally coming out of hibernation and remembering to develop rolls of film that have been just as neglected as our New Years Day resolutions. Ned from the Lomography Gallery Store in San Francisco had the advantage of spending nearly one month over winter break in Europe with the LC-Wide camera. He officially had his film developed from the Lomolab and this was his experience:
I was lucky enough to be able to head over to lovely London England for about twenty days on my winter break from school. As I prepared for the trip I got all the essentials ready. I got my clothes, computer, books, and of course my LC-W. I had made it a plan to go across and take as many photos as possible during my short stay. And because I received about 16 rolls of Fuji 400 Superia 35mm for Christmas, I had more than enough film. As I set off on the plane I made it a personal goal to really just explore the city and document my adventures with the LC-W.
One of the reasons why I choose to take my LC-W as my primary camera (I also took my Shema 35) was because A. It is extremely reliable and easy to use without worrying about light leaks or film jams and B. I love taking landscapes and the 17mm lens really allows you to get an astoundingly wide shot. Once I landed in London I decided that I really wanted to focus on the architecture of the city. I have actually lived in London before and knew good bits of the city and I really love the mix of Victorian houses and modern city blocks. So during my time I made it a goal to highlight the various differences in architectural styles while I was there, and tried to use the super wide LC-W lens to capture as much of the city as possible.
One of the reasons why I love London so much is the extremely varied cityscape. It’s really like no other city in the world. For example near my apartment on Thanet Street there were numerous lanes full of cafes or tiny restaurants. Each building had one major entry way, was very tight and almost always was three or four stories. And when you look at the history of the city, it really makes sense that they would always build up to conserve space. And as the LC-W advertises it was easily able to capture whole buildings and often times the other building next to it. It even allowed me to take photos of very large buildings (like a hotel) when I was only across the street! The LC-W lens really allowed me a lot of freedom when doing landscape shots, something that one wouldn’t expect from a point and shoot.
During my trip to London I visited Russell Square, the Theater District, King’s Cross, and many more. And I always had my trusty LC-W with me. I could easily hang the camera around my neck, walk around and document my adventures. Mostly I would just go out for the day and explore a new part of town. It’s really quite astounding what tiny interesting little corners of the world you can find. For example in the busy Theater District I found a lovely tiny inner yard full of trendy clothing stores and cafes. And after a while I really got to know the city in and out. And the LC-W really allowed me to take astounding wide angle photographs of the landscape around me. The beauty of the camera is not just the super sharp images it takes but the fact that I can use a 17mm lens in a camera that can easily fit in my shirt pocket. I don’t have to worry about lugging around a huge DSLR because the power of the LC-W is right there in the lens.
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