Christian Heidebur: Capturing Enchanted Forests with an Art Lens


Earlier this year, we featured the LomoChrome Purple photographs taken by Christian Heidebur (@christian_heidebur). His double exposures of urban and nature scenes using the color-shifting Purple film resulted in surreal images, and Christian's experimentation does not stop there. He participates in film swaps and shoots magical images with the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens. We had a brief chat with Christian to talk about these photos and to check what he's been up to!

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Hi, Christian. What have you been up to lately?

There's a lot going on right now. Related to photography, I'm planning a road trip in the northern half of Italy and looking for interesting spots to shoot (always thankful for any hints!). I also just got my first results from a DIY redscale that I did with the Lomochrome Metropolis and Lomography 800. They were just for testing but I was encouraged to try double exposures in the style of @hodachrome, who inspires me. On top of that, I received some old Kodak Vision and Fuji F64D films that I want to shoot with soon. I'm glad that there is still so much more to discover because for me it's fun to try out new things.

How did you come across the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens? What made you decide to get it?

Like photography and Lomography in general, I came across the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens through my love, Irene. I'll always be thankful that she lured me into the world of photography in 2019 and that she shares her equipment with me. Irene supported the Kickstarter project back in the days because she loved the look of the example photos, especially the unique bokeh. One day she gave me her Nikon F3 with a 35mm lens. At that time I just wanted a lens with a larger focal length for more variety. The 64mm of the Achromat Art Lens was the only alternative at that time and I had no idea what a lovely lens she has had unused for months.

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What do you like about this lens?

The Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens can be used universally due to the different apertures. If you use an aperture other than one of the round ones, the photos will have a really distinctive look and inimitable bokeh. The brass edition being a real eye-catcher is a bonus.

Among the photos you took using this lens, which ones are your favorites?

It's always hard to pick favourites, but I have a lot of shots I like using the Daguerreotype Art Lens. The most elaborate shot was a 20 minute long exposure where I've shot the traffic on a street, standing on a bridge above. During the exposure I constantly changed the focus, which gave me a neat effect. The Art Lens really attracts people's eyes and some who were passing by asked me if that is real gold, for example. I got recognized as the man with the golden camera as well.

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I also love some shots I've done in forests for my Enchanted Forest challenge, in which I tried to give my shots the dreamiest and most enchanting look that I can!

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In what situations would you recommend the Daguerreotype Art Lens?

Personally I like the lens for portraiture and floral shots, as well as forests. I also use the Art Lens for double exposures just for some abstract glare effects. It's an appropriate lens for wedding shots as well, because bright whites get a nice glow.

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What advice would you give those who are new to this lens? Any tips that they should keep in mind?

Don't think, just shoot. But if you prefer to think ahead: get a cheap film and try all the different apertures at once. Get as close as you can and make notes—like the aperture used for each frame. Shoot some landscapes or objects more than 10m away as well. You'll get the best impression if you'll make your own experience. I highly recommend to shoot—in out of focus—the reflection of sunlight on a water surface!

To see more of Christian's photographs, visit his LomoHome.

written by shhquiet on 2021-10-14 #art-lens #lomography-art-lens #daguerreotype-achromat

Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens

The world’s first photographic optic lens from 1839 redesigned to work with modern-day digital and analogue cameras and deliver the most unique ethereal aesthetics imaginable. Compatible with Canon EF and Nikon F mounts, and many more using adapters.


  1. leisuresuit
    leisuresuit ·

    Great article

  2. christian_heidebur
    christian_heidebur ·

    @leisuresuit yay, thank you!!

  3. candeeland
    candeeland ·

    Yes! Love your photos so much @christian_heidebur 💜

  4. christian_heidebur
    christian_heidebur ·

    @candeeland Hey danke. Und glückwunsch dir, hab letztens gesehen, dass du die LomoMission where to next gewonnen hast! :)

  5. ofchanceandchoice
    ofchanceandchoice ·

    Lovely to read this interview, Christian's photos are breathtaking

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