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Chasing Summer Smiles with the Horizon Perfekt

Chronicling my summer’s last hurrah with the Horizon Perfekt was more than what I could have imagined. Not only did I get cool remarks about its look and sweeping lens mechanism, I also took home panoramic shots that just swept my summer escapades with analogue goodness.

Photo by cheeo

I recently got back from a road trip with my best friends and all I can say is that it was a blast. Actually, calling it a ‘blast’ is a bit of an understatement. It was actually an eye-opening trip, cheesiness aside.
We got the gang together for a two day trip to Tanay, Rizal. Originally, we planned to go hiking up a famous spot in Tanay – Daranak and Batlag Falls then hit a nearby resort for boozing and some well-deserved relaxation. We ditched the resort plan and chose to head to a solemn retreat location that we actually got to enjoy privately for ourselves.

Of course, I couldn’t go anywhere without a camera. I packed my cameras first, the clothes and lesser necessities came after. I brought my trusty Konica C35 AF, an Oktomat loaded with pre-exposed film (I used color gradients) and the Horizon Perfekt. I had already made up my mind to bring the Horizon Perfekt weeks before the trip. And was I never satisfied more with a shooting decision.

I loaded the Horizon with a Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 film that a fellow Lomography Team member floated me and started shooting each time I had the chance to. I was amazed with how simple the Horizon operated, aside from the film loading part that I had to redo multiple times. The sweeping lens made the whole trip worthwhile. It just captured all the action that I had envisioned in my head.

Tanay, Rizal was the perfect testing place for the Horizon Perfekt. During our stopovers with its winding roads and scenic roadsides. I would tell the gang to line up and pose for the camera to document the places we visited – beer stops and just plain grocery stores included. The stopovers were really part of the trip and I enjoyed shooting redscale panoramas using a tripod and cable release. My friends were even curious about the cable release and I remember someone saying that it looked like something from an old camera. I just chuckled at the compliment.

It was already getting dark when we got to the falls so I hurried up to sneak in as many shots as I could with the dim lighting. I was actually very pleased with the slow shooting setting of the Horizon Perfekt as I got good enough exposures all throughout the trip. The night shots at the retreat house were underexposed but I guess that’s acceptable since I used redscale film.

All in all, I was quite stoked that I got to use the Horizon Perfekt to document that last trip for summer this year. It’s already beginning to rain here in the Philippines and who knows when we’ll be able to gather the group again for another amazing weekend getaway. One thing’s for sure though, I’ll be more than happy to bring the Horizon Perfekt alone to capture all the fun in panoramas. Although I think I may have to get myself a longer cable release so I can squeeze myself into the group photos.

And as a quick recap, here are the things that I need to keep in mind when shooting with the Horizon Perfekt:

  • Keep your shots leveled.
  • Mind the shooting setting – aperture and shutter speed.
  • Experiment with movement more.
  • Try leaning against the wall when taking candid portraits.
  • When using redscale film with the Horizon Perfekt, always shoot with wide aperture settings and make sure there is more than enough light.
  • Try new angles when it comes to shots.
  • Your photos will appear wider than what the viewfinder shows you.

If you’re also looking forward to shooting with the Horizon Perfekt, be prepared for tons of panoramic fun. Lomo on!

The Horizon Perfekt shoots images the length of two standard frames. With full aperture and shutter settings, this premium panoramic camera gives you total control over your shots. Prepare to be blown away by the amazing Horizon Perfekt, available here.

The Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 35mm gives you full control over your redscale images. With its extended ISO range, you can pick an effect that you want and set the ISO accordingly. Your images will exude a lovely retro feel. See our selection of Lomography films here.

written by cheeo

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