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Overexposure: It's a Beautiful Thing

With my first try at the Lubitel 166+ and manual settings in general (with no light meter), it's no surprise that my slides came out overexposed. But in the end, I actually really like the overexposure effect! Dreamy, bleached, otherworldly tones of cream and turquoise make for some genuinely gorgeous cross-processed slides. Read on to find out more!

Photo by dearjme

Throughout my entire Lomography journey (It’ll be one year on December 31), I’ve only owned cameras like the Diana Mini and the Lomo LC-A+, where the camera’s available settings are very limited to a few choices, if any at all. So when I was able to finally save enough piggies to purchase a Lubitel 166+, I knew I had to brush up on my aperture and shutter speed knowledge.

When my beautiful camera arrived in the mail, I did as much as I could by looking up websites to explain the methodologies of aperture and shutter speed, but since I’m still fairly new to Lomography, I decided what better way to learn, than to just go out and experiment? So I popped in the 35mm Lubiken converter and a roll of Lomography X-Pro Chrome 100 and headed out to shoot some photos.

My bestie and I went to a historic railroad track, which has been recently restored to give tourists the roundabouts, traveling through the old plantation fields in Ewa Beach, Hawaii. The day was extremely cloudy, so I figured that setting the aperture open wide (f/4.5) and using a slow shutter speed (1/15) would be best.

The results? Very overexposed, and quite different from the typical results of cross processed Lomography Chrome. The skies and skin tones are practically creamy white, with a tinge of blue at the photo’s edges. Blues are still the dominant color with this film (as it is normally), and Kayla’s blouse matches perfectly with the color scheme. I noticed that the photos have a very dreamy appearance, but that could just be from the focus.

However, I absolutely loved the entire result with the overexposed film, the overall effect is very ethereal, timeless, and reminds me of a pseudo-winter wonderland.

Here is my LomoWall, displaying a few of my favorite shots from the roll.

And some more shots.

If you want, you can view more photos in the album.

So I know this isn’t the most technically correct tipster, but don’t be afraid of overexposure, especially with Lomography X-Pro Chrome! The results will yield unexpected results, and push you to try out more experimental methods. Lomo on!

The Lomography X-Pro Chrome 100 35mm is a showstopper of a slide. When cross processed, this film intensifies hues and makes everything more vibrant and vivid. See our selection of Lomography films here.

written by dearjme


  1. twinklecat


    Congrats on your new Lubitel!

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  2. dearjme


    @twinklecat, Thank you! I'm in love :)

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  3. weleasewoger72


    The main photo is awesome!

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  4. placidcasua1


    Agreed - that first picture is very good.

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  5. monamarques


    I just bought my Lubitel. Wonder when it'll arrive here... =3

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  6. dearjme


    @placidcasua1, Thank you!!
    @monamarques, I'm stoked for you :)

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  7. lomolover16

    Now I want a Lubitel to!! :D
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