One of the most awesome things about Lomography, in my opinion, is how we are able to bring new life into old concepts. Studio photography has been friends with the Tungsten phenomenon for a while, but thanks to the hard work of the Lomographic Society International, this beautiful film is now readily available for a relatively inexpensive price! I promise you will fall for it, for sure.
After an awesome La Sardina workshop in the Amsterdam LGA I just couldn’t resist and I had to buy myself a La Sardina. I’m graphically inclined and I went for the brand new Cubic version of this already legendary camera. In a new camera, you need some film and since I hadn’t had the chance to test the X Tungsten film yet, the choice was easy. After loading the film, my afternoon of city dwelling started.
There is a blue/purple glow that impregnates every image. When combined with the vignetting of the La Sardina, they are just perfect match. Some of the pictures I took of the canal houses have a Mediterranean vibe that definitely won’t tell you these pictures where taken in October!
The deep blue hues are more prominent in the pictures I took in the shade. I can imagine that after a certain percentage of “light loss” you will need to add a flash outside since the film has a low ISO. Depending on your flash and camera, I’d say you need to experiment with this a whole lot.
After my city dwelling, I visited a friend of mine. Her cat has recently given birth to some kittens and that was just a perfect excuse to fill up an entire roll of film. Her living room walls are off white and I was very curious about what the monster flash Fritz the Blitz would do to the images.
I expected the pictures to be more in translucent blue, but in reality, the images ended up being lovely deep shades of pruple and the double exposures went more towards red / pink.
I’m certainly very happy about the X Tungsten film. Right now there is a roll in my Diana Mini. I’m curious to see what the effect will be on that camera. Next up is probably some experimenting with sprocket holes in my Diana 35mm back! More options and accessories than I have ever had for another awesome product.