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Me and My Belair: A Love Story

Like so many love stories, sometimes beginnings are a little wild. This is what happened to me last year with my LC-A+, and my first attempts with the Belair hadn't been much better. But this love story, it seems is going to have a happy ending!

Photo by lilithmoon

Last fall, Lomography introduced the infamous Belair X 6-12, and because I love medium format, I ended up buying it. Since my budget couldn’t afford me the Globetrotter, I settled on the City Slicker.

It arrived before Christmas, just as anticipated; and because I was so anxious, I opened it instantly, bought the batteries, and went out to the street to try it out. I had left a Lomo X-Pro Slide 120 3-Pack in my drawer at work for the day it arrived. I knew I had a problem…

Once I finished the film, I had it developed, and scanned the results at home.

Ok, breathe Susana. How could they be overexposed?! The camera didn’t have a light meter? Think, think, think! Did I set the correct ISO? Yes. Did I put the batteries in correctly? Error! I realized while doing a long exposure from the balcony of my house… Yep, the batteries were installed incorrectly. Once I had the batteries in the right way, my photos came out properly exposed.

Photo by lilithmoon

The following weekend, my boyfriend arrived in Barcelona after spending three months in Hong Kong for work. I decided to bring my Belair to welcome him, but I suppose between my nervousness and excitement to see him, I didn’t think about the fact that the airport is indoors, and I loaded a roll of ISO 100. Of course the last thing I was thinking about was bringing a tripod… So the “Welcome Home!” photos were a bit of a disaster. Even though I brought the flash, the aperture is what it is, so inside it’s better to use a higher ISO.

Ok, Susana, focus! This disastrous beginning is your fault, and not the camera’s. During less rushed and chaotic weekends, I returned to the streets of Barcelona with my Belair, and the results have been much more satisfactory.


written by lilithmoon and translated by laurren

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