So, as usual for me, 2012 has hosted a fair few analogue disasters — some funny, some sad, and some just darn stupid! Here, I will share with you a few of those photos and tell you what went wrong.
1. Setting the ISO incorrectly
This is the first time I have ever shot an entire roll of film before realising I had set the ISO wrong. I had a roll of Kodak Elite Chrome 400 and had left my Lomo LC-A+ on 100 throughout. I was really sad thinking that the photos would all be overexposed and they were from a couple of trips I had taken so I was a bit worried. I had heard about push and pull processing before but never tried it. When I dropped this film into the lab, I told them what had happened and they said they would “pull it 2 stops.” It must have worked okay because all my images scanned fine (admittedly, the colors were a bit wackier than I had wanted but at least they came out). As a first attempt, and an accident at that, it wasn’t so bad, just a bit daft on my part. Here are some shots from that roll:
2. Leaving film in my car (to be stolen)
Sadly, after my holiday in Bulgaria I had 5 rolls of film that I had not yet got developed. This is because they were black and white and 120 and my local lab cannot do them. They were in a wooden box in my car waiting to be passed to a friend to take them to her local lab. Unfortunately, when the car thieves saw said wooden box, they obviously thought there were valuables inside and broke my window and took the box, and the film as well. I am really gutted as these were all my holiday snaps and I can never get them back now. Also, the bloody thieves caused £300 worth of damage to my car, and didn’t even take my iPod from the dashboard so I laugh in their face a little bit!
3. Organizing a rainy summer meet up
I thought that planning a trip to the seaside for a Lomo meet up in the height of summer would guarantee some nice sunshine. I was wrong. When I arrived in Blackpool, it was so wet and windy that I almost turned around and drove away, but the fact that there were 13 intrepid Lomographers from all over the North of England made me stay. And to be fair I am really glad that I did as we had a brilliant day bonding over cameras. Also, it was well worth it, just to see a seagull take a poop on Dan’s LC-A (see below)!
4. Getting funny lines on my first Fed 4 roll
I hadn’t ever used a camera like the Fed 4 before, so when Tony (coldkennels) gave one to me in Blackpool, I was keen to use it right away, having no real idea how to get the best results. I quite like the first shots I took on it but I got this strange line down most of my photos. After some investigation online, and a chat with “Fed Tony” as he has come to be known (try saying in an American-Italian Mafia type voice) I learnt that this was probably due to not having the lens cap on when rewinding. I have shot a few rolls on this camera now and the line has totally disappeared and this has become one of my favorite cameras to shoot with. In the photos below, the B&Ws show the line, then the color ones do not.