I had bought a roll of Rollei Nightbird in 35mm some months ago and I was saving it for a special occasion. In early July I had the chance of spending a weekend in Paris and I just focused mostly on taking photos. I loaded my Lomo LC-A+ with this film roll and gave it a try. These are the results and my feeling about it.
I started on a Saturday afternoon walking to Ile Saint-Louis. My plan was to walk beside the river Seine as far as I could, hopefully all the way up to the Tour Eiffel. The first photos I took with the Rollei Nightbird were under grey skies and dark clouds, as it just had rained quite a bit around an hour ago. I was hoping between ISO 100 and ISO 400 settings on the Lomo LC-A+. Although the sticker in the film canister recommended “For best creative results use ISO 640,” I thought I would get better results (typically on a Redscale film) if I overexpose it.
Most of the shots I remember using ISO 400 just became too dark, almost to the point that I find them ruined. But once the skies cleared a bit, even under sunset light, the results started to be better. But I had to shoot using ISO 100.
On Sunday morning I went to Parc des Buttes Chaumont on the North East Side of Paris. I kept using ISO 100, and I got this nice shot of the lake and the benches facing it. The film gives a strange feeling. It feels like it’s night time instead of day time. It doesn’t feel like a typical Redscale film, like the ones Lomography Society sells.
On Sunday evening I’ve managed to take some photos of the Tour Eiffel at dusk and then at night. The results using ISO 400 were quite dark, but they still have a nice orange tone to it.
The last shots I took with these film roll were at Notre Dame. I just kept the camera steady on one of the pews on the back facing the altar. Used again ISO 100 and the Lomo LC-A+ took automatically a long exposure. The results are still interesting, although too dark and with too much noise.
To be fair, I love the red and orange tones of some of the photos, but I was expecting a bit more from this film. It felt really like a shot in the dark. I had the general impression all photos were too dark and underexposed. I would love to try another roll of it in a completely different situation, with much more ambient light. I didn’t feel brave enough to try to shot it at ISO 640 like advised, especially under such grey and cloudy skies. Maybe for a day at the beach could work cool.