I love photography and I also love hiking. I was looking for a new creative thing to do with my Lomography projects so while hiking, I realized the answer was right under my feet. I decided to experiment by making different Leaf Skeleton Masks for my LC-Wide.
With the first roll, I experimented by putting a rectangular piece of a leaf skeleton directly behind the lens of my LC-Wide. I used a double-sided tape to secure the mask. Then, I realized that I didn’t really put it on the right place because the leaf skeleton didn’t always imprint on the film. When it did, it came out almost as a thick shadow of the main veins of a leaf.
For the second roll, I decided to use a rectangular part of a leaf skeleton that again had the main spine, or midrib of the leaf. This time, I used a purple paint pen and colored the front and back of the piece of leaf. I also attached the leaf skeleton piece to the inside of the small plastic half-frame insert for the LC-Wide. The results were better than I could have hoped for, but using a piece of leaf skeleton with the midrib or main spine of the leaf was a little too distracting in pictures.
So with the third roll, I decided to paint the leaf skeleton piece black and only use the veins of the leaf, so it wouldn’t disturb the subject of the actual photo. Again, I attached it to the small plastic half-frame insert. (This was my favorite set-up)
Just a warning, it is sometimes difficult to get clear double exposures because the film is not seeing as much light with the leaf mask in front of it.
The leaf skeleton mask really adds a uniqueness to you photos! Try it! Happy shooting!