AGH, what a fiasco. I had this interesting image and wanted to make a print to go over my fire place mantle:
You’ve seen this one before. But, over time with the proofs from the drum scan changed my tastes after they showed me a different option, and I wanted to move in a different direction:
But the Print Specialist didn’t want to work on it anymore. My husband suggested that my order wasn’t important enough (i.e. not enough income) to make it worth their while. I worked on the Drum scan myself a bit, but wasn’t making easy progress:
You can see I have quite a bit to do before it looks like the professionally done image. Then I read this Scanning Article on EMULSIVE and decided to do a little experiment of my own. I mostly learned that drum scanning a 35 mm negative is a waste of time…….So I tried a hi-resolution (6500 dpi) scan with my Epson Perfection V700.
And Mike’s Camera Store in Boulder, Colorado, was willing to work with me. Then the lockdown happened and although my order had been placed, I had to await the re-opening to get it. Now placed over my Mantle:
And a smaller version in my Office, which I may end up giving away……..Both wall portraits were taken with my Mamiya-7 on a tripod using Portra 400 film.
Mike’s now has me as a permanent customer for color printing……..
OK, you’ve seen this image many times before. It’s my favorite Lomo Purple Image and I have sent it to LACDA Snap to Grid Open Exhibit. It’s fun and they print and post all entries:
OK I was using an unfamiliar camera, so I did not get to expose the entire roll. But as luck would have it I did capture the critical times, left to right: 20, 30 & 40 seconds.
We can see that at 20 seconds the purple is still holding on. At 30 seconds we see that the purpleness is beginning to break down. And by 40 seconds the purple is losing! So this explains why my 1 minute exposures didn’t work This also reinforces that this particular film is not suitable for Pinholes. Now we can put that to rest and return to Portra for Pinholes! The Lomo Purple Fettish has ended!
Lomo Purple is definitely an interesting film. I had never tried a ‘special effects’ film before. And surprisingly, I like it. But there are some caveats that never seem to be mentioned in Lomo Purple posts and promotions,
So this is more of a user’s guide than a film review. I’ll let you try the film and decide if you like it. FIRST: the angle of the sun with respect to your image scene is the biggest factor for a successful image. I’ve discussed in a Lomo Purple is definitely an interesting film. I had never tried a ‘special effects’ film before. And surprisingly, I like it. But there are some caveats that never seem to be mentioned in Lomo Purple posts and promotions, I have touched upon this in previous post and hope to publish a full summary review of my experiences soon. But note that the ideal sun angle is 90 to 180 degrees from the image scene. In my most recent Lomo Purple roll shown here, I was careful with the sun angle.
I have one more roll of medium format Lomo Purple being developed now. I also plan on running an exposure time test for the RSS Pinhole. AND in a few weeks I expect an @35mmc summary article of My Lomo Purple experiences to be published.
What I’ve learned is that Lomo Purple does not work well for long exposures or in bright sunlight. I also think that the high altitude and stronger UV are a problem. So my attempt to use Lomo Purple in my Diana Pinhole for Diana Day failed miserably. The Featured image is the best one. But not sure I’m going to post it on Instagram.
By the way, this is a Famous I.M Pei Biuilding in Boulder, Colorado. Fortunately I was also shooting my 645 Fisheye with B&W film. Those will post next week…….
So, other than avoiding all the conditions that I live with in Colorado (altitude, bright sunlight, high UV) any suggestions from other High Altitude Lomo Purple Users on getting better results?
I have posts from two more rolls of Lomo Purple coming soon…………
So we’ll end on a positive note with some purple loveliness taken with short exposure times (sun angle ~90 degrees):
Definitely better with SFX-200 shooting into the sun,than with Lomo Purple (below):
Lily Lake at Rocky Mountain national Park. Read details of Color vs Sun Light here.