Adventure with Lomography Lady Grey

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For the first time in my life I shot with a black and white film. And not just a black and white film, but the Lomography Lady Grey B&W 400 35mm. Here’s my adventure with Lady Grey.

I don’t really have a thing with black and white photography. I think a lot of pictures in grey are beautiful, but the idea of shooting black and white myself wasn’t really my cup of tea.

But when I got my camera, a Diana Mini, I also received a roll of Lomography Lady Grey B&W 400 35mm . So the ultimate change is to try it myself, to experience the feeling of black and white photography.

I noticed that I was thinking differently, when I saw things to photograph. I focused on contrasts more, and wondered if certain things would be as nice as I hoped in black and white. Frankly, I found some results disappointing afterwards. But that’s also the fun of Lomography. Other photo’s, contrary to expectations, ended up surprisingly well. From other pictures I expected just a great result, and they were very disappointing.

I like the colors in the photos taken with this film, they are surprisingly soft. It gives the pictures a bit of dreamy effect. Sometimes, I find that the pictures could have been a bit darker. I like the photos taken with less light more than the photos with lots of light. And this is the moment when the sun wasn’t even shining while taking the photos.

However, the film surprised me in terms of shades of gray. It is successful in displaying many different colors in many different shades of gray. Black and white is much more than just black and white, but also many shades of gray. And that’s something that Lady Grey understands.

Lomography’s Lady Grey is a lovely black and white 35mm ISO 400 film that will add class and elegance to your photos. For capturing action and great low-light shots, Lady Grey is your best bet. See our selection of Lomography films here.

written by kaatjeka on 2011-09-26 #gear #black-and-white #review #white #black #b-w #lomography #diana-mini #user-review #requested #lady-grey
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4 Comments

  1. laurasulilly
    laurasulilly ·

    I totally agree with you, b&w requires a different way of seeing and a different way of thinking than colour- more "abstract", if you will, with the need to focus on colour and composition rather than colour. So it needs some time to "adjust" to this new way of seeing. I like using b&w films, particularly Kodak Tri-X 400 for my Holga and Ilford HP5 for my Minolta. I might give the Lomo b&w film a try soon, though! Thanks for the review!

  2. kaatjeka
    kaatjeka ·

    Thanks for your comment laurasulilly!

  3. goomba
    goomba ·

    Great film, too bad there isn't a 120 format of it (yet?). I would love to use this in my Clack.
    For now I'll stick to Kodak T-Max 400, Shanghai GP3 and Lomography Earl Grey. :-)

  4. clare_eee
    clare_eee ·

    ^^ I was looking for an article like this since I want to try shooting in black and white as well... :3 You said you shot this with your mini right? What aperture was it set to?? :o Maybe setting it to sunny would get more contrast on the pics~~ ^^

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