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LomoChrome Test – Edits


This post has grown out of some comments (thanks Ken and Andy!) made on this week’s  series of tests of LomoChrome film. These are different edits of the LomoChrome, changing hue and black and white conversions. No one is going to shoot LomoChrome with the idea of converting to black and white, but I have done it anyway because I like the contrasty nature of the film with vegetation, or with the strong purples. The view of the building HVAC venting with muted purples does not convert to black and white as well as the others do. The hue adjustments are more interesting though, and show some of the more mild things that are possible with this film. What I have not included are any of the more extreme temperature and tint changes, some of which are quite wild with just minor adjustments.

I think there is quite a lot that can be done with these negatives if one is not satisfied with exactly how the colour turned out, though returning them to something more natural is not one of the options.

LomoChrome Test – There Are Greens and Greens

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This post is the last in a series of tests of LomoChrome Purple film. See the first post for more details on my methods in this test.  Today I look at a number of different kinds of green, natural and artificial. This film really works well at vivid transformations on the natural greens, as we also saw in yesterday’s and the day before’s posts. It does not do nearly so well on the manufactured greens, which was also demonstrated on the wall murals and traffic flagging of a few days ago. Which is all kind of interesting and really has to be kept in mind when using the film – urban scenes could be disappointing if you want the rich purples of the film’s name. I think this is far more important than the nature of the light – contrasty vs soft light seems to make little difference as far as I can see. For instance, the top image in today’s post was taken as the sun was rising and striking the wall directly – it was quite yellow and bright.

Today’s post has the remainder of the roll of 36 exposures. I have only left two frames out of this series – one for use in a future post, and a dud resulting from leaving the lens cap on (the joy of rangefinders).


LomoChrome Test – Hill and Dale

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This post is the fourth in a series of tests of LomoChrome film. See the first post for more details on my methods in this test.  Today’s post concentrates on nature in the forested and bushy areas around Swan Lake, and also a couple of shots in Beacon Hill Park. While on this walk around the lake and boggy edge, I was accompanied by two dolls made of Swamp Kauri  – they posted about their explorations in another blog (though none of them are purple).

There is a bit more variety in the natural colours in today’s post – more yellows especially, and some bright and contrasty light, but mostly softer overcast light or shade. Also, there are some red mittens that stayed red, and some red berries that did not. There is the one and only example of a person’s face to see how the film handles skin tones, which in this instance it did very well.

LomoChrome Test – Weed and Water

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This post is the third in a series of tests of LomoChrome film. See the first post for more details on my methods in this test.  Today’s post concentrates on nature around the edges, and over the middle, of Swan Lake. There was a copious covering of green algae on the lake which seemed like a good test for the LomoChrome.

This is a better subject for LomoChrome than yesterday’s wall art. Many of the greens take on a wonderful purple, and the blue light in the more shaded areas ends up as interesting greens. It is curious how the brighter reflections off the surface of the algae don’t have a strong shift to purple – there is something broader to learn from this about colour luminance and hue in such situations.  (more…)

LomoChrome Test – Murals


Top – Digital. Bottom – LomoChrome.

This post is the second in a series of tests of LomoChrome film. See the first post for more details on my methods in this test.  Today’s post concentrates on wall murals, or graffiti, depending on your point of view.

I think it is pretty obvious that these are not an appropriate subject for LomoChrome. The wall art loses too much vibrancy, its character is totally missing. I chose it for having a variety of colours and thus as a good subject for these tests. While it has some utility for a narrow application like that, I can’t see shooting any more wall art with this film. However, the ivy in the top pictures came out well and that is probably partly thanks to quite strong evening light, just at sunset. All but the first and fourth tests in the gallery were taken under these lighting conditions. The other two were taken in more overcast conditions with flat light.  (more…)

LomoChrome Test

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Left – Digital Image | Right – LomoChrome

This post is the first in a series of tests of the newish negative film LomoChrome. I had not heard of this film until I saw a tweet from a local camera store, Camera Traders saying they had received a supply and were selling it by the roll (otherwise you have to buy it in packets of 5). Below are more examples, one more collage and then individual images in the gallery. Most of the images are specifically chosen to illustrate as many colour shifts in one place as possible. Future posts (see this link) will have more nature shots like the one above and some buildings and painted murals as well.  (more…)


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