Overexposure: It's a Beautiful Thing


With my first try at the Lubitel 166+ and manual settings in general (with no light meter), it’s no surprise that my slides came out overexposed. But in the end, I actually really like the overexposure effect! Dreamy, bleached, otherworldly tones of cream and turquoise make for some genuinely gorgeous cross-processed slides. Read on to find out more!

Credits: dearjme

Throughout my entire Lomography journey (It’ll be one year on December 31), I’ve only owned cameras like the Diana Mini and the Lomo LC-A+, where the camera’s available settings are very limited to a few choices, if any at all. So when I was able to finally save enough piggies to purchase a Lubitel 166+, I knew I had to brush up on my aperture and shutter speed knowledge.

When my beautiful camera arrived in the mail, I did as much as I could by looking up websites to explain the methodologies of aperture and shutter speed, but since I’m still fairly new to Lomography, I decided what better way to learn, than to just go out and experiment? So I popped in the 35mm Lubiken converter and a roll of Lomography X-Pro Chrome 100 and headed out to shoot some photos.

My bestie and I went to a historic railroad track, which has been recently restored to give tourists the roundabouts, traveling through the old plantation fields in Ewa Beach, Hawaii. The day was extremely cloudy, so I figured that setting the aperture open wide (f/4.5) and using a slow shutter speed (1/15) would be best.

The results? Very overexposed, and quite different from the typical results of cross processed Lomography Chrome. The skies and skin tones are practically creamy white, with a tinge of blue at the photo’s edges. Blues are still the dominant color with this film (as it is normally), and Kayla’s blouse matches perfectly with the color scheme. I noticed that the photos have a very dreamy appearance, but that could just be from the focus.

However, I absolutely loved the entire result with the overexposed film, the overall effect is very ethereal, timeless, and reminds me of a pseudo-winter wonderland.

Here is my LomoWall, displaying a few of my favorite shots from the roll.

And some more shots.

Credits: dearjme

If you want, you can view more photos in the album.

So I know this isn’t the most technically correct tipster, but don’t be afraid of overexposure, especially with Lomography X-Pro Chrome! The results will yield unexpected results, and push you to try out more experimental methods. Lomo on!

The Lomography X-Pro Chrome 100 35mm is a showstopper of a slide. When cross processed, this film intensifies hues and makes everything more vibrant and vivid. See our selection of Lomography films here.

written by dearjme on 2011-12-22 #gear #tutorials #slide-film #camera #tipster #lubitel-166 #cross-process #overexposure #how-to #quickie-tipster #lomography-x-pro-chrome-100 #railroads #manual-settings #top-tipster-techniques


  1. twinklecat
    twinklecat ·

    Congrats on your new Lubitel!

  2. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    @twinklecat, Thank you! I'm in love :)

  3. weleasewoger72
    weleasewoger72 ·

    The main photo is awesome!

  4. placidcasua1
    placidcasua1 ·

    Agreed - that first picture is very good.

  5. monamarques
    monamarques ·

    I just bought my Lubitel. Wonder when it'll arrive here... =3

  6. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    @placidcasua1, Thank you!!
    @monamarques, I'm stoked for you :)

  7. lomolover16
    lomolover16 ·

    Now I want a Lubitel to!! :D

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