Shooting medium format with the Diana F+

At the weekend I visited the beautiful East Sussex town of Lewes. I shot medium format images using the Diana F+. The camera is just a bit of fun to use, I wouldn’t recommend it for project work, but its a good way to experiment with film photography. It has a shutter speed of 1/60th of a second which you can’t change, so next time I’ll definitely be using a tri-pod for every shot! Still I had a great day and like the dreamy effect on the images..

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Shooting on the Diana F+

I have a love/hate relationship when it comes to Lomography. Sometimes the unpredictable nature of the cameras produce great results, other times the unreliable pieces of kit create images which just remind you how much money you wasted getting the film developed.

But today I am loving the Diana F+, a medium-format Lomography camera. A couple of weeks ago I picked it up for the first time in about a year and used it to capture the atmosphere of the Brighton F.C promotion parade along with scenes around the city.

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looking like a painting the red stands out well against the green on the Lomography film

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Vignetting is a common occurrence with the Diana F+

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Although blurred the Lomography iso 100 film picked up the soft pink colour really well

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No idea what happened here, its not even the first frame 

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On almost all Lomography cameras achieving multiple exposures is really simple

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This shot was taken in bright daylight, but the dark sky makes the red flairs stand out

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The camera froze the movement really effectively in this image..

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and not so in this one but I love the blur as it shows how busy and excited the city was.

The Diana F+ is not a technical camera; when you’re ready to shoot you just select the weather conditions and distance from the subject using levers on the lens. So you can see why using a camera like this is so unpredictable and how much room for error it leaves espcially as the viewfinder is above the lens which gives you a higher perspective. But with all this being said, I’m really happy with the results and had great fun using it. I would never use solely this camera when capturing an event like this; I took hundreds of photos on my Sony A7R II. But if you just want a good time and want to try out medium-format the Diana F+ is a great starting point.

Check out more of my images over on Instagram @madisonbeachphotos

Photographing with Purple Film

When I first started shooting film at 16 Lomography products were brilliant fun to use. But as I began to take photography more seriously and studied at university the inconsistency  became more of an annoyance and money sapper. Days before I headed of to Iceland I spotted the Lomochrome Purple 35mm film at my local photography shop. I made a quick impulse purchase of two films and packed them for my trip.

The film works best in bright conditions with a  lot of green in the frame. When we touched down in Iceland I realised I made the right choice. The northern part of the island was covered in snow but the other half? a beautiful, natural, deep Green. The contrasts created by the strong winter sun and volcanic land was going to be the best introduction back into Lomography.

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I shot these on my Pentax K1000. Unfortunately I only had time to shoot one film and have already planned a trip to my favourite forest in Southern England to fill the frames and experiment with portraits. I’ll be posting these and others from my trip to my Instagram @madisonbeachphotos and website (madisonbeach.com). Let me know your thoughts on Lomography and any tips and tricks for getting the most out the film!