Vintage Doubles: Old Black and White Pictures with Color on Top


Many Lomographers love ‘film-swap’, a sort of ‘Lomographic discipline’ involving two or more Lomographers who perform double exposures to cross the oceans. But perhaps none of you have ever made a ‘double’ traveling back in time. Read on to find out how it is possible.

Credits: stepi

Almost everybody has some old black and white family photos at home, lost in a trunk or in a dusty attic, showing your parents or even your grandparents when they were young. Well, it’s time to take them out! I picked some of these pictures and I used them for this unusual tipster.

The steps are simple:

  1. Load a color film in your camera (I used a Kodak Color Plus 200 film loaded into a Nikon F70)
  2. Take the entire film shooting the black and white pictures.
  3. Rewind the film.
  4. Reshoot. (I chose nature as subjects for this phase).

Here’s what happened:

Credits: stepi

As you would expect from lomographies, the results are very striking and unpredictable. Now just have fun experimenting with other combinations and think of ways to bring life and color to old black and white photos!

written by stepi on 2012-03-01 #gear #tutorials #art #black-and-white #color #vintage #tipster #quickie-tipster
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  1. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    That's a great tipster! :)

  2. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    cool idea! :)

  3. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    greaaaat! :D

  4. antoniodezner
    antoniodezner ·

    wow! the idea is amazing! this is one of my favorite tipsters!

  5. tallgrrlrocks
    tallgrrlrocks ·

    A nice way to pay tribute to family and loved ones! :)

  6. boredbone
    boredbone ·

    like it. the so many ways of enjoying double exposure

  7. boredbone
    boredbone ·

    like it. the so many ways of enjoying double exposure

  8. stepi
    stepi ·

    @boredbone @tallgrrlrocks @antoniodezner @vicuna @saidseni I'm very happy you enjoyed it! Thaaanks! :)

  9. ginny
    ginny ·

    Fantastic idea!

  10. carlota_nonnumquam
    carlota_nonnumquam ·

    Great tip! I can't wait to try it!

  11. placidcasua1
    placidcasua1 ·

    really neat result!

  12. mrmostarr
    mrmostarr ·

    very thoughtfull

  13. finsterbach
    finsterbach ·

    Amazing idea! Love the outcome.

  14. hanibale
    hanibale ·


  15. zezefan
    zezefan ·


  16. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    very romantic!

  17. yokekei
    yokekei ·

    nice... will try this

  18. reginachew
    reginachew ·

    for double exposure photos, should we take the second time with brighter situation/ more sunny day? or should vice versa?

  19. reginachew
    reginachew ·

    btw, thanks for sharing this tipster! it gimme a new idea for double exposure photos! ^.^

  20. jeffr
    jeffr ·

    cool idea

  21. twiggapleez
    twiggapleez ·

    What a creative idea! I'm helping my mom with our genealogy and I've got boxes of old photos sitting at home right now, so I *have* to try this.

  22. stepi
    stepi ·

    @ginny carlota_nonnumquam @placidcasua1 @mrmostarr @finsterbach @hanibale @zezefan @dearjme @yokekei @jeffr @twiggapleez Thanks a lot! you very kind! :)

    @reginachew I usually underexpose a little bit the first shot! ;)

  23. stepi
    stepi ·

    @carlota_nonnumquam Thanks! :)

  24. reginachew
    reginachew ·

    Thanks for ur tips! =)

  25. melonhead
    melonhead ·

    I'm gonna have to try this!

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