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Testing Masks

Testing Masks

I feel like a mask project coming on so I have been testing my old masks... Transparency masks, in a way, decrease the amount of sunlight that reaches the film so I have been testing them with my Dianas, which are already not very capable of capturing light. Some of these shots I double-exposed on a cloudy afternoon both on cloudy setting and some I shot on a fairly-bright partially-cloudy morning. Then I pushed the film one stop when I developed it. Obviously, Dianas + masks for singles/doubles are best on a clear sunny day.

blueskyandhardrock Taken by blueskyandhardrock with a Lomography Diana F+ (Tori Amos Edition) loaded with Kodak E100GX film in Los Angeles, CA, United States. These tags describe this photo: cross-process, xpro, dtla, los angeles, jack kerouac, on the road, and mask. Date: 2012-12-04. Time: Morning. This photo can also be found in the album Burn, burn, burn like Roman candles across the night!.


  1. peropero


    i've always wanted to try masks on my diana!

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  2. clickiemcpete


    I love this kind of stuff, nice album!

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  3. ropi


    oh! I like this idea! When I first saw these pictures, I thought they were double exposures: 1º, shot to a book and 2º the other picture, I've never imagined it was a mask!!! GREAT!!! you know how much I love your work!!!

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  4. chippo


    amazing experiment!

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  5. mafiosa


    Excellent album!!

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  6. adash


    This is nice, but I wonder if the same could be done with double exposures from the computer screen. Sort of: enlarge an Edgar Allan Poe poem on your screen, then take photos of it, then respool, go out and shoot again. What do you think?

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  7. blueskyandhardrock


    @adash I did think of that before but I was never good at taking photos on screens. I always get those pixelated lines. Maybe you can try it and let me know about the results? That would be faster and cheaper (free)! xo

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  8. sprofishgel


    Altough @adash suggestion is pretty good, this yours is pretty anlogue. So, my sincere congratulations for all composition :)

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  9. kibs


    Bravo! Beautiful album and great prose as well! ;)

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  10. superkulisap


    Computer screen would be nice but I think it's hard to do it with a Diana or Holga or any other camera that doesn't have a light meter or doesn't have manual settings. It probly would underexpose the first shot or perhaps overexpose it depending on the light condition. Hard to tell :)

    Nice work Michelle! Awesome album! :)

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  11. blueskyandhardrock


    @peropero i'll send you a couple, bb cakes!
    @clickiemcpete @chippo @mafiosa thank you guys! i'm very flattered!
    @ropi wow thank you! that's very sweet of you to say. this was a nice surprise, i had no idea the portrait and the shot of LA blended so well! i'll have to try it again without the mask...
    @sprofishgel thank you!
    @kibs thanks, baby girl!
    @superkulisap agreed, one would need to experiment with different settings before they could get the right exposure to make the writing clear and visible. thank you!

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  12. feelux


    Great stuff!

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  13. blueskyandhardrock


    @feelux thanks so much!

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  14. marcus_loves_film


    Awesome concept Michelle! You've inspired me to dive into my bookshelf and find some cool passage to expose on film.

    @adash @superkulisap I used a 24" computer screen before to do multiple exposures. It works best if you use an SLR, a Canon A-1 50mm in my case. I've also photographed pages of a book for doubles with success.

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  15. ponzi


    this is waaaay cool :)

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  16. blueskyandhardrock


    @marcus_loves_film thank you! i look forward to seeing your shots! @ponzi thanks girl!

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  17. dida


    great work, as always! and this double exposure is a perfect composition <3

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  18. blueskyandhardrock


    thank you! xo

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  19. sweetyyydreams


    Great idea!! How do you make these masks?

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  20. mariskaviska


    I love the double exposures here ^^

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