REVIEW: Shooting lomo with a Diana

REVIEW: Shooting with a Diana

As you may remember, I received a Diana Mini for Christmas and I only just finished the roll the other day. I had it developed and now have some ready to be shared.

I have to admit, I was a little disappointed with the outcome of certain pictures but realize I am to blame. I am so used to using autofocus that I sometimes forgot to set the focus on the Diana. I also wasn’t really accustomed to some of the settings. Now I’ve read the manual again and the current roll of film should be better.

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Obviously, pictures taken with a lomo camera are not tack sharp and far from perfect but that’s what makes them so nice, don’t you think? I find the results to be refreshing. Maybe it’s because the retro look is in style right now but I think it’s something deeper than that. It sets me back a few years, when I was a kid, snapping pictures with my parents’ point & shoot. To me, that’s what this type of photography is all about. A moment, a snapshot. Not quality, technique  or exposure. Just memories of a place, moment, person.

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For my second roll of film, I’ve switched to black & white with an Ilford HP5 plus 400 film. I am going to be careful about focusing and let the camera do the rest of the magic! I will obviously share results with you! And if you’ve taken some photos with a Diana or any other type of toy camera, please feel free to share a link to those images in the comments below.

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Have a wonderful day and if you are in Geneva, stay dry… (:

2 Responses

  1. Zeus
    2011-06-08

    Toi au moins, tu en as quelques unes d’exploitables… ;o)
    Vivement la 2e péloche! (Pour moi aussi! ;o) )

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  2. josh
    2011-06-10

    Quelques unes mais c’est un truc à prendre. Comme tu dis, la prochaine sera mieux!

    Reply

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