My first rolls of X-Pro slide film came back today with amazing results. Sprockets and all. I am genuinely very proud of some of these as they are, what I consider to be, my first good photos.
I havn’t been in this Lomography game all that long but it has taken me a while to fully appreciate the brilliance of X-Pro slide film. After trying in vain to explain to Jessops and Boots how to cross process I tried out the LomoLab with amazing results.
I have seen many double exposures in the online community and taking inspiration from too many photographers to name I set out on sunny days to see what I could achieve. Firstly, I must praise the design of the Sprocket Rocket and give it all the credit for these photos; multiple exposures are so easy and fun to do. I went back and forward on the film trying to remember what was where which made it much more exciting. I like wandering around thinking ‘This photo would look good on exposer 7, I’ll just go back to that one.’ :)
My favourite example of this is a big sign in front of the cinema in Winchester which I took on top of a panoramic park scene. The colours came out brilliantly once cross processed with great contrasts provided by the natural light.
These were my first films on this great contraption so I had to experiment; the manual actually begs you to play with multiple exposures so, naturally, I did. I tried combining people with nature as I had seen online and combining shots at weird angles.
I was pretty lucky that the week I received my Rocket in the post that the weather was awesome so lots of natural light but I wanted to test it out at night too. I stuck it on B and went a bit trigger happy with long exposures on top of normal shots with some surprisingly cool effects. It also helps that I like playing with fire so plenty of opportunity to try exciting long exposures.
To everyone thinking about getting one of these bad boys: firstly, GET IT you wont regret it. Secondly I want to say that the Lomography Ringflash fits on okay with the Fisheye 2 adapter. Although it doesn’t ‘click-on’ it will stay there comfortably while you shoot. I absolutely love the colours it can make, it seems like no other flash does it with the same effect. I continued to shoot with my trusty Fisheye 2 over the same time and managed to get some great portrait shots with the background blacked out as all the light is absorbed by the subjects face. Its a strange thing to like but I really do like the reflections you get in people’s eyes when they manage not to blink in the face of such a hardcore flash.
I reckon I will keep going with the multiple exposures and hopefully get better at it but the point of this article is to say that you don’t have to be talented or really know what you’re doing to get some really cool results. I somehow managed it and I’m only just starting to understand films and exposures.