Wherever I go, I always carry with me a film camera. This time I was in Milan to withdraw some scans at the Lomography Gallery Store, when I have had an opportunity to test this very versatile and awesome camera. Take a look!
After I arrived from Como to Milan by train, I made a short walk through the courtyard of the Castello Sforzesco, directed to the Lomography Gallery Store. This day I decided to travel with a “light” weight, so I carried with me my Lomo LC-Wide loaded with a Kodak Tri-X 400 film. Just out of the castle, I found it a great occasion to try for the first time this gem: a public demonstration of a Hinduist group.
The 17mm super wide-angle lens, sharp and well contrasty, allows to obtain a pleasant grayscale (not flat) even using a medium speed film.The distortion at the edges of straight lines is really very contained. Be careful when you use this camera for portraits: the wide angle distorts the facial features exaggerating the perspective between foreground and background. Also the faces of the people near the edges of the photogram undergoes a significant distortion (typical of all lenses with a very short focal length).
The field of view through the viewfinder is slightly smaller than the image taken by the lens, so in some photos I made some crops in post-production.
Nice vignetting, as with a Lomo LC-A!
Get close to the subject, and you will get pictures with a great dynamic perspective!
Even if you are inside a crowd, a wide angle always guarantees you to capture your subject, and its large depth of field minimizes the risk of out of focus photos.
Keeping the target perpendicular to the ground, or if you tilt it, you can play obtaining parallel or converging lines
Pay attention to the areas with both light and shadow on the ground, often unpleasant, and be careful not to include your shadow in the picture!
A great companion of my trusty Lomo LC-A!