Walking across the 1st Street Bridge, I found, written in graffiti, the words “Beautiful is the Way.” This was the same day Lomography X Tungsten was released. I think it was meant to be. . .
1) I just wondered how the resulting images produced by a 64 ISO film would look like, and that;
2) It’s not daylight balanced and I don’t use tungsten lights, so it was a guaranteed funky result, and;
3) The great Satomi said it was a good film.The only cameras I had at the time was a Diana F+, so I hoarded the film until a sunny day rolled around where I can use such a low ISO film and get a good exposure.
Not too long after, I got my hands on my beloved Kiev 60 and it was the first roll I ran through it.
After looking at Satomi's shots, I was expecting that sort of pink color shift, but was taken aback by how the greens stood out against the pink and how the blues and yellows looked so amazing. The only thing that really surprised me on that roll was how normal my rooster photo looked!
T64 was easily my favorite film. So when I heard the news that Lomography released their own Tungsten film (Lomography X Tungsten, THE LAST 60K ROLLS IN THE WORLD, mind you!), I HAD to get my hands on it. I’m 100% sure I was the first person in LA (maybe even the west coast) to purchase it!
And of course, it did NOT disappoint!! This time, I ran it through the LC-Wide and WOAH was I amazed. With my Kiev 60, I could manually set my exposure, but with something like the LC-Wide, I let loose and let my imagination takes over.
Shooting the 64 ISO film at 100 did not disappoint! Technically, shooting at 100 should have underexposed the film, but take a look for yourself how “underexposed” these shots look.
When I underexposed the Fuji T64 with my manual camera, I got a VERY STRONG pink color shift. Though I liked that, I tried to get as best exposure with the LC-Wide as possible. With some too much calculating that is probably incorrect, I figured I can shoot multiple exposures with the LC-Wide, one exposure set to 200, the second exposure at 100. This way, the film will be only 1/5th stop under exposed? In any case, the results speak for themselves.
Still got a very beautiful pink shade, with some strong blues, as expected from Tungsten balanced film, but the over results are simply beautiful. Lomography X Tungsten is one of the best films I’ve tried in a very long time!!
While walking, I read the words “Beautiful is the way.” The “Let Loose” spirit took over and me and a friend and I actually snuck into the LA River by going under the bridge we were walking over (LomoLocation soon?), It was a different perspective if Los Angeles, coupled with a beautiful film that has given me new direction.
I’m going to stock up on Lomography X Tungsten while I still can, and you folks should, too! And remember fellow Lomographers:
“Beautiful is the way. . . .”