Cardiff, Lomography Style


By the time I had fallen in love with photography, the digital revolution was already well under way.

Sure I had used the odd film compact camera when I was very young, but the first time I got my own camera was roughly 2002, and it was a digital offering. I think it had something AMAZING like two megapixels!

So, I’m not one of these photographers that spent hours developing photos in a lab, as much as I’d like to pretend I am. Getting the opportunity to shoot with some Lomography Cameras therefore was quite a new experience for me.

Not used to waiting to see what results are like, or being limited by the number of shots, it is, to say the least, a little bit different from what digital shooters may be used to.

I carried some of these cameras around with me for months, only developing the films which I’d got quite a few together. This means I’d forgotten when  half of these shots were taken, which I rather liked.

Some of these photos are better than others, but I really enjoyed experimenting with the cameras and waiting to see how my pictures would turn out.

I used a Diana F+, a Sprocket Rocket, Fisheye 2 and La Sardina for these shots, scroll down to read more about each one.

As always, any comments, questions, thoughts, reactions, suggestions or anything else you want to get off your chest are welcome in the box below.

Diana F+

I got probably my favourite photos from this camera. It accepts 120 film, which is a little harder to get hold of than standard 35mm film, and also only allows for 12 shots per roll, but it does produce these marvellous square format images. I love the light leaks and colours that the camera produces, giving a bit of a psychedelic look in many cases. The landscape below was actually shot in Barry Island, which I’m counting as Cardiff for the purposes of this blogpost…

Fisheye 2

As you can see, the most pictures are from the Fisheye 2. I’m not sure why, really, I think they just came out the best. As you can also see, the Fisheye has an ultra wide angle lens (as the name pretty obviously suggests). I think my favourite from this set is the image of Cardiff Library, as the circular structure outside the building matches the curve of the lens.

La Sardina

There’s only a couple of shots from the La Sardina, which I mainly used elsewhere. I love the look of this camera – it’s styled after a sardine tin (of course). I would use this as a carry around camera more than the others as it’s a lot smaller and less obtrusive, and produces the most “ordinary” images when compared with the others.

Sprocket Rocket

I like the Sprocket Rocket for the lunacy of the name and the looks of the camera. You’re not going to be able to shoot with this without being noticed, especially as the one I was using was a very bright blue. As you’ll see, it exposes the film all the way up and past the sprocket holes, producing a very distinctive, panoramic style image. My favourite is the one at the bottom of the Morgan Arcade.

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