Having recently made a Lomography Konstruktor camera, and fixed the shutter curtains on my Nikon F301, I was feeling inspired to take a wander and do things the old fashioned way! I would usually favour Ilford black and white film, as this is really where my fundamental photographic background began (yes, I was one of those people who would spend days in the dark room and come out smelling of chemicals, and I loved it…), but also picked up some Lomography Colour Negative 35mm Film from KeyPhoto.

Taking a stroll around The Great Wood on a cold and muddy January day with somewhat uninspiring light to work with, plus the restraints of a 50mm prime lens and pure manual focus, forces you to think creatively. Prioritising shots is important when you’ve only got the facility to take 36 exposures, so I take the time and ‘see’ each shot before I commit to it.

Using ISO 100 film on a day it wasn’t built for poses some interesting challenges, and to a certain extent I was able to compensate for this by altering my shutter speed (my Nikon F301 has a trusty digital light meter built in). Lomography’s film adds a gorgeous, somewhat muted, vintage colour, very much reminding me of the effects some photographers try to employ digitally (not to mention serious over filtering on Instagram!) – but nothing is as rewarding as shooting it yourself. I should say, that by ‘adding’ I don’t mean in any way that this colour was false – the forest does in fact have a gorgeous post-autumn red tinge to it – the film just enhances this, softening the entire image and producing a ever so slight ‘look how fashionably retro I am’ aesthetic.

I had this film developed by my favourite lab – AG Photo Lab – and then scanned the prints in myself. In doing so, my scanner has added some cool scratches and uneven edges, but doesn’t this just add to the look?! Now I’m looking forward to experimenting with my negatives, and using Lomography’s Colour Negative 35mm Film in the Spring for a serious photographic adventure!


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