Grab Your Film and Fly

I love it when newly developed film lands upon my desk! I love the
smell of it, the glossiness of if, everything about it! Yesterday I received my test roll back from the lab from my new “baby”.

Oh dear, pardon my manners! I have not properly introduced you yet have I? Here is my Superheadz Black Bird Fly!

I have always wanted to try my hand with a TLR camera. This stood out
to me because it is essentially a Toy Camera packed to it’s rafters
with nifty little features and looks good while it’s at it! Right up my alley!

One of the main features that called out loud to my sense of aesthetics is the Full Format feature. I know it is not to everyone’s tastes but I lap up the raw unfinished-ness that the exposed sprocket holes give a picture.

“Our tree”

I like the way that the BBF shoots seamlessy on a film. I suppose that this means that I can try out some panoramic endless shots? I think that shall be my next challenge.

2 blue doors, De Beauvoir, London.

“Ridley Road Market, Dalston”

The BBF can also do multiple exposures.

Double Take, Balls Pond Road, Dalston

This camera certainly captures that day dream, hazy look that I
long to get a grasp on.

As normal scanning masks tend to veil sprocket holes, I got me one of these 35mm Film Scanning Masks that expose them in all their holey glory. I bought this from the Lomography shop off Carnaby Street.

As you can see from my photos above, it does work, I just need to practice positioning the thing correctly. It is tricker than it sounds, honestly!

I am no Lomo expert.

I decided to crawl along the auto didactic gravel path of trial and error in this Lomo endeavour. However, since I started blogging about my 35mm film undertakings, I have been getting an increasing amount of curious souls emailing me with a few questions. Here are a few “Worship Blues Lomo Style” Q & A’s that I hope will assist the initiates out there!

What film do I use?

I had no idea that film had so many options! Even now in the digital age, there is plenty of choice to mull over. Regardless of whether I am using colour or B+W film, I usually use 400 ISO when snapping in London. This is great for low light conditions, fast action, changeable weather and as I cannot rely on sunshine here, it is defo the way to go. I do also use 100 and 200 ISO when traveling in brighter places or experimenting.

When it comes to colour photos, I tend to go for SLIDE FILM (also referred to as E-6). The reason comes down to practicality. Photos are bulky! I have a tiny flat and I can do without adding more clutter (don’t like clutter!), so having slides is much much easier. Slide film is also cheaper to develop and you can choose to have them mounted or unmounted like me.

When I snap in B+W I often go for a 400 ISO print film. This means that I get actual photographs when I get them developed.

What about developing?

As I only develop colour slides or B+W prints I do it all via the post (cheaper!). I send my film off to The Dark Room and they develop it and send it back the very same day. I choose to use the Dark Room because they have proven to be good value for money, they offer “cross processing” which I have yet to try out, they are reliable and fast and understand lomo needs. They also offer a FREEPOST service. They are just fantastic!

Film Heaven

While busy looking for some film online yesterday, a box landed on my desk. I opened it to find that it was brimming with 35mm film. I squealed (ask my work mates) with joy! This lovely gesture came from a cherished blogging buddy Fashionistable. I am so glad her encounter with my sister lead to our friendship.

Thank you Fashionistable


Psssssssst: The winner for my DarkRoom giveaway will be announced on Monday!