Some time ago, I discovered how much fun it can be to use clouds in your photos to add that little extra. After shooting several rolls with stuff floating on clouds I felt the need to try something different. What if you could have clouds all around your subject? Read on to find out how simple the circular cloud experiment really is!
One look at my Lomohome is enough to realize how much I like colors. Cross processing expired slide film is a great way to add a touch of color to your photos, but the results can be quite unpredictable. Color filters on the other hand are a cheap, sure, and easy way to get the colors you want, where you want. Recently I shot a few rolls combining a splitzer with color filters to make things float on colored clouds, both with my LC-A+ and my Lubitel 166+.
By the fifth roll I shot this way, most of my initial excitement was gone. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the results, but I also felt that itch to shake things up again. That’s how the circular cloud experiment entered my thoughts. How would it look if I could get the clouds all around my subject rather than just on the bottom of the picture? For that I would need a circular Splitzer. As I didn’t want double exposures I would actually need 2 Splitzers: one blocking the center while covering the outside with clouds, and one to block the surrounding clouds while filling the center. As I was planning to combine this with color filters, the easiest solution was to use the filters to make the Splitzer. Check out the photo below to see how easy it was.
To make the cloud shots, I put a small circle of black tape on the middle of the filter, waited for a good cloud day and shot an entire roll full of clouds. To mix things up I changed the color every few frames. After spooling back the film I used it last weekend to fill in the centers. To avoid double exposures I cut a circle from a 120 film backing paper, with a hole in the center. Since the paper is non-adhesive and I didn’t want to glue it to the filter, I simply trapped in between the filter and the step-up ring.
That’s really all there is to it! Check out some results below and give me a shout when you try this yourself! Have fun!
Note: I used this on my Lubitel 166+ and made the circle the size of a 1 eurocent coin (about 15mm diameter). There is no reason this shouldn’t work on any other camera that can take filters (even an LC-A+ if you follow this tipster), as long as you adjust the diameter to the size of the lens.
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