Gig-A-Blending

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The thing I love the most in music festivals, besides meeting nice people and having good fun, is that you can have loads and loads of music and photos from loads and loads of different bands. Here’s an analogue tip to randomly mix shots of music festivals!

After attending a music festival, my mind kinda overflows with the images and sensations that I felt. In the end it seems like I didn’t watch various separate acts, but a huge unique show. So I tried to reproduce this with the images that I shot and recreate something that my brain usually sees. Last September, I had the chance to attend 2 music festivals in a short span of time — the 10th edition of the historical AntiMTV Day in Bologna (Italy), and the 2nd edition of a very fresh festival named “La Terra Urla”, organized by cool guys in the mountains around Trento (Italy).

So I grabbed my La Sardina and Fritz the Blitz and I was almost ready to shoot. It just took me few minutes to create a mask by using:

  • a black marker
  • a piece of paper
  • scissors
  • adhesive tape

I prepared the mask by cutting a square piece of paper, drawing irregular curves on it and painting the three resulting regions black, as in the picture. Then I cut out the white region and the mask was ready. It is better, in my opinion, to have these white regions so that there is some degree of overlapping on the final pictures.

I mounted the mask inside the camera in 2 different sets. As pictures above show, the first set I put on the upper and lower part of the film. I then re-winded the film and mounted the mask for the central part of the film. I carefully placed a mark on the first 2 frames of the film to have the frames adequately aligned in the 2 sets.

Just a last note: a friend of mine told me “you could have it prettier with some digital processing”. I have to admit he’s right, but the idea to have negative rolls blended together as memories in my mind still seems something very unique to me. The future is analogue!

Here are some shots. What I like the most is that, by having removed the white region of the mask, the images shot in the two sets, present a region of interesting overlapping. Further, the tough structure of La Sardina and Fritz the Blit, allowed me to jump in the moshpit and having nice shots of crowd-surfing without caring much about breaking the camera.

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written by pandaisdead on 2011-11-30 #gear #tutorials #art #tipster #quickie-tipster

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5 Comments

  1. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    Excellent tip. Great pix. La Sardina is perfect for this.

  2. sidsel
    sidsel ·

    That's an interesting tipster!! :-)

  3. iamdnierod
    iamdnierod ·

    excellent! but i was wondering how you can you use the film again? because when i rewind mine, all the negatives will be in the film spool so i cannot load it back again.

  4. pandaisdead
    pandaisdead ·

    Of course you do not have to fully rewind the film; it could be helpful to bend/wrinkle the first part of the film, the one you wind on the spool. If you rewind it gently, it should stop on the canister mouth.
    In case you rewind it, here's a trick to take it out easily: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc00ULY7cYU

  5. iamdnierod
    iamdnierod ·

    @pandaisdead thanks!!

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