Recesky TLR

A few months back, my lovely girlfriend gave me a Recesky TLR kit lomography camera which I built myself (with a lot of swearing). I blogged about it on my Tumblr, so you can get the details of the camera itself here.

Today, after much running around trying to find a place that develops film, I got my test film back. About 66% of the photos came out, which isn’t bad given I built the camera myself and had no idea what I was doing.

Being lomography, the pictures have imperfections to them which add to the arty aspect. And the poor developing with the picture of Don also goes even artier, with the road floating above his head.

In there is a picture of Mr Maps at their free outdoor concert/music video shoot, which I feature in: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUPMXaF5874

Things I’ve learnt from this experience:

  • Only take photos on very sunny days. None of the other ones really worked out.
  • Scenery is better than anything involving movement. The ISO200 film with the fixed shutter speed (god knows what it is, I built it with a spring) meant anything with low light was automatically shit.
  • It encourages me to take my time, compose the shot and really think about what you are framing.

I guess the last point is what’s good about going back to Lomography. It’s simple, but not as simple as point and shoots. It really takes you back to your fundamentals and basics and gets you really thinking about photography.

2 Comments

  1. Posted December 5, 2011 at 10:20 am | #

    w3rd. respect! This is the kind of stuff I used to read about, so I decided I didn’t need to do it. Besides I got a $1500 camera for a “gift” so I like to play with that. But still cool as.

  2. Posted March 5, 2012 at 2:58 am | #

    Suzanne, Holgas can be bought all over the place! I know that you can ditfneiely get them on Amazon.com. Urban Outfitters sells them too (they’re big with the hipsters!), both in-store and online. Just search Holga in Google or any search engine, and shopping results should come up Hope that helps!-Alie

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