Combing the Diana+, with the Instant back, cable release, the Splitzer, and the Wide/CloseUp Lens is nothing but Mad Scientist fun at its best. This combination has provided me with hours and hours of entertainment…and the possibilities for split image experimentation are litterally endless.
One of the things that I love about the Lomography Diana+ camera is the plethora of lenses and gadgets that have been made for it. Having so many variations to choose from, I’m fairly confident that it would be near impossible to grow bored with the Diana+.
As soon as I got my Instant Back+ in the mail, I ran and grabbed my box of accessories which I had accrued one piece at a time since I got my first Diana+ at its unveiling at the Lomo World Congress in London. Being able to try some of these accessories out and instantly seeing the results just sent my mind racing with all the possibilities.
I’ve fallen in love with the Wide/CloseUpLlens. I have always liked taking super close up shots and when this lens came out and I saw how crystal clear the images were, it was all I could do to contain my excitement. This lens is great for its ease of use. It fits over the 55mm wide angle lens like a lens cap. This makes swapping between close up shots and wide angle shots a total breeze.
The Diana+ cable release is a must have for any Diana+ enthusiast. It is brilliantly designed and simple to use and opens up all of the camera’s pinhole and night shot capabilities like nothing else.
For the shots in this gallery, I put my Diana+ on a tripod, slapped on the cable release attachment, put on the “close-up” lens, and held my Diana F+ Splitzer in front of the lens. A piece of masking tape works well here to hold the Splitzer to the CloseUp lens as they both have the same outside diameter.
Then, sitting 6" in front of the lens, I shot the face part of these with the camera on B setting and just did a quick click and release. Depending on your light source, you will have to do a bit of experimentation with how long, or even if you need to use the B setting rather than the N setting on the camera. The shots here with the yellow hue were done with a 100watt swing arm lamp as a light source.
I then rotated the Splitzer and shot whatever I could find that I thought might make and interesting top of bottom half of the shot. I’m heading out today to try this technique with buildings and trees growing out of the faces and people I meet along the way.