Like so many love stories, sometimes beginnings are a little wild. This is what happened to me last year with my LC-A+, and my first attempts with the Belair hadn’t been much better. But this love story, it seems is going to have a happy ending!
Last fall, Lomography introduced the infamous Belair X 6-12, and because I love medium format, I ended up buying it. Since my budget couldn’t afford me the Globetrotter, I settled on the City Slicker.
It arrived before Christmas, just as anticipated; and because I was so anxious, I opened it instantly, bought the batteries, and went out to the street to try it out. I had left a Lomo X-Pro Slide 120 3-Pack in my drawer at work for the day it arrived. I knew I had a problem…
Once I finished the film, I had it developed, and scanned the results at home.
Ok, breathe Susana. How could they be overexposed?! The camera didn’t have a light meter? Think, think, think! Did I set the correct ISO? Yes. Did I put the batteries in correctly? Error! I realized while doing a long exposure from the balcony of my house… Yep, the batteries were installed incorrectly. Once I had the batteries in the right way, my photos came out properly exposed.
The following weekend, my boyfriend arrived in Barcelona after spending three months in Hong Kong for work. I decided to bring my Belair to welcome him, but I suppose between my nervousness and excitement to see him, I didn’t think about the fact that the airport is indoors, and I loaded a roll of ISO 100. Of course the last thing I was thinking about was bringing a tripod… So the “Welcome Home!” photos were a bit of a disaster. Even though I brought the flash, the aperture is what it is, so inside it’s better to use a higher ISO.
Ok, Susana, focus! This disastrous beginning is your fault, and not the camera’s. During less rushed and chaotic weekends, I returned to the streets of Barcelona with my Belair, and the results have been much more satisfactory.