Embrace the unpredictability // Lomochrome Purple

Often I have asked myself what is the point of shooting film when I can get similar results with digital. This is particularly true of films like Portra and Ektar, but especially Ektar, with its saturated colour palette and fine grain. And I guess this is why I don’t shoot that much slide film. The results are incredibly similar to what I can get with my digital camera, but I’m more likely to mess up the roll because of its shorter exposure latitude.

Lately I have been shooting mostly Lomochrome Purple. I had a few rolls left from the 2018 batch, and I have 5 rolls of the 2019 version in 35mm and 5 in 120 now to shoot. I really love this film. Getting the same results in digital would take a lot more work, and then you also lose the film’s unpredictability, which is one of the main reasons to shoot it. It’s made me realise that I need to shoot more experimental films, rather than sticking with my usual favourites that don’t really inspire me that much anymore.

Just to up the unpredictability factor even more, I accidentally exposed a few frames of Lomo Purple twice (the 2nd time I’ve done this!), once in my Diana Mini and again in my Nikon FM. The roll was shot at EI 200 in my FM. The images don’t really “say” anything to me, but I like how they came out, especially the top one 🙂

I also shot some “normal” images at Kew Gardens, Eltham Palace and Nunhead Cemetery that I will share in later posts. Stay tuned! 🙂

And if you follow me on Instagram, there are a few images uploaded there already.

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7 thoughts on “Embrace the unpredictability // Lomochrome Purple

    1. Sorry for late reply! I shot them at 100 in my FM. Can’t select an ISO on the Diana Mini so it’s hard to tell. From experience, Lomo Purple has a great deal of exposure latitude. I have accidentally exposed it 3 times at a low ISO and ended up with perfectly usable images!

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  1. Ah I was just saying earlier today to someone on my blog that many people shoot film because they enjoy the experimental end of things – redscale, exposing both sides, expired film and so on – and the unpredictability of it. I was certainly in that camp when I was shooting film.

    My favourite of the above is the fourth one down, with the close up flowers on one side and the building with the turquoise sky on the right.

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    1. Thanks Dan 🙂

      I am definitely going to experiment with film more rather than shooting it straight out of the packaging. I really want to try film souping and maybe some intentional light leaking that you mentioned to me before 🙂

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      1. Ooh yes film soups, I’d forgotten about those.

        My best results were with –

        Dark rum – soaked film for 30 mins then dry out for a few days in air cupboard (or outside in warm sunshine). Gave me deep purples across colour negative film.

        Lemonade – soaked film for 30 mins, agitating occasionally, then dry out as above. Gave pale purple, orange and green tone shifts on colour neg film, plus speckles across the film (I assume from the bubbles in the lemonade somehow?).

        I’m pretty sure I did one with lemonade plus bicarb of soda so it all fizzed up.

        The main tip I would give is make sure the film is completely dried out before running through your camera. Don’t assume it’ll take a couple of hours to dry, give it a few days in a warm place!

        With light leaks, yes I sometimes just popped the back of the camera open for a second every few frames for some serendipitous fire like effects across the film.

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