Giulia is one of our beloved community members, who loves to experiment with different techniques and tools. Lately, we noticed she tried out her new Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens and created new analog masterpieces. Let's get to hear her first impressions and see her shots.
What did you shoot?
For my last series shot with the Daguerreotype Art Lens I took inspiration from a poem by T.S. Eliot:
We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.
I thought the Daguerreotype would have been perfect for bringing these dream-like feelings to life, along with my urgency to express them.
The other pictures allowed me to create a dreamy atmosphere, mainly thanks to the painting effects typical of the lens.
What do you think about the results obtained with this lens?
The lens captures the lights in an extreme unique way, creating a bright aura where the spot lighting is; those tend to appear distorted moving away from the center of the picture, creating a captivating and dreamy bokeh, especially when using the widest aperture of 2.9. The focusing at this aperture might appear difficult but it's exactly thanks to this characteristic that the results are so smooth and delicate.
Speaking about the film, which one have you found being the perfect combination with the Daguerreotype Achromat lens?
I tried it also with a digital camera, but for me the combination of this lens with the film is adorable. The way they blend together to give a soft and creamy mixture is truly interesting and unique. I have used the Daguerreotype Achromat with different kinds of film, but I mostly loved it with Cinestill 800 because of the rendering of the night lights, and with the Lomochrome Purple, which gave me more surreal results.
What advice would you give first-time users?
My advice is to experiment, also with different apertures, letting you guide and inspire by the peculiarity of the lens. Then you can find the best style and rendering that reflect your own expression the most.
Have you also used the macro adapter?
I have used the macro adapter for the first time ever, and it was so fun playing with it, to create double exposures with non-macro shots. I would really like to repeat it in the future.
Which one is your favorite shot so far?
This is the shot I prefer, because it combines all the characteristics that I appreciate the most about the lens. I am also attached to it because it's one of the very first ones I realized.
Thanks a lot to Giulia for sharing with us her images! To see all her wonderful works, you can visit her Lomohome.