In this tipster, I’ll show you how to (temporary) modify your Diana F+ in order to take some beautiful split photos. A split photo is composed of 2 different photos merged together. The split wil be made by 4 vertical interleaved bars.
In order to make a slip photo you need to create a mask that will be placed between the film and the light. I decided to sacrifice the back cover of the latest VICE magazine to make this mask for 2 reasons: the thickness of the cover is just right and it’s free (by the way, it’s a great magazine). To cut a precise shape, I used the frame adapter provided with your Diana F+ as a guide for cutting.
I left a bit of paper on the two sides in order to fold them down so that they will be firmly fixed with the frame adapter. With the help of a cutter and using again the frame as a guide, I scratched the paper to better fold the due small wings on the side.
Once the paper mask is ready we need to cut out the 2 bars where the film will be impressed. Since the frame is 4 centimeters large, I cut out two 4×1 cm rectangles. Take note that our holes in the mask will be 1 cm large.
Now, put the mask on the frame adapter and push the adapter into its place on the camera. The paper should be thin enought to fit in the gap between the adapter and the light chamber.
Now, as usual, put the film in your camera and close the case. Turn the film-advancing wheel until you see the number 1 of the film. Shoot the first photo. Now, only 2 stripes (out of 4) of your photo are impressed on the film. Turn the film-advancing wheel slowly until you move forward the film of 1 centimiter (you should hear between 12 and 14 clicks). Now, shoot another photo. This will impress the other half of the film. Congratulations, you successfully impressed one frame.
Turn the wheel until you the the number 2 on the back window of the camera. Now, you’re ready to take your second slit photo.
I took some photos and the results are quite interesting. The only problem is that if you don’t get the right offset the resulting size of the image will be non-standard and the photographer (at least mine) cannot use his expensive machine to print them (they are automatic). Here is an example of a photo with the wrong offset. It depict the river of Delft (Netherland) and was scanned taking a photo with a compact camera (I’m lacking of a proper scanner).
You can start to explore the possibilities of slit photography. I tried to have different exposure in the same photo but it didn’t work (no valid photos to show, sorry). I also tried to depict the same subject with different espressions (here, the lesson to learn is to carefully center the photo)!
Finally, I tried to take some photos on a moving train. I found the result quite nice.
I also tried to have half photo upside-down. The result are quite confusing. Maybe next time I’ll try with a color film.