One hour of slide presentation and introduction to the camera usage and techniques, and then run around the town to take some pictures. These were the ingredients of the Lomography workshop about the Diana F+, which I attended on last September 21st.
I wanted to try it hands-on before purchasing it, and the workshop was more than a good chance to do it. Neverthless it has been a wonderful creative experience, I’m still a bit skeptical. The cool, old fashioned results are counterbalanced by the evident limitation of the camera. Extensions such as lenses, filters and other tools make the relationship with the camera really interesting, a bit less the one with my wallet (especially for the films).
However, the development of those picture – both digital and print – were included in the workshop fee, so I tried to do my best and, honestly, I got more satisfied than I was actually expecting.
The following is the photogallery including the 15 shots – one is gone – that I took on that Sunday afternoon. I used a Diana F+ in half frame mode, sometimes with the splitzer on.
This is the very first picture I took with the Diana F+. Set on sunny mode, even if the weather was changing every seconds from sunny to partially cloudy to cloudy (with chances of rain). I have to say that I like this shot a lot, mostly because it was the first one and I didn’t expected to be a good one.
Going back to the Lomography store, I tried to take some picture while biking. Next time, I will choose to be less oblique, I promise.
I also have an Instagram version of this picture (http://instagram.com/p/mtATMLggXA/). I wanted shoot it again just to remind me and my best friends that everything runs around the hype.
One more try for the combination splitzer+double exposure.
Ok, I confess, I was out of ideas and I just shoot a picture from the sidewalk. Not bad, though.
A bike, a canal, a café with international signs, a boat and fancy houses. Ok, weed and hookers are missing, but believe me: this is the pulsing heart of the town.
I really fear that this picture came out randomly. I have no clue about what does it mean, neither about when I took it.
I took this picture rushing, because people were passing by and I needed the place to be empty. That’s the reason why it’s a bit shaky.
One of the task suggested by the Lomography guys was the long exposure in the R mode. Basicly, I tried to catch the movement effect of bikes, but – IMHO – the outcome would be better.
A magnificient building like that is actually used as a big mall. I don’t want to complain, but, still, a mall. Amsterdamers…
They serve a great apple pie, some other delicious desserts, and tables where you can comfortably argue with you girlfriend.
During the Lomography workshop, I’ve been warned to do not rely too much on the Diana F+ viewfinder. Looking at the outcome in this picture, I know what it meant to be now 🙂
A double exposure picture made with the Diana splitzer. On the left side, the cue to the Anne Frank Huis Museum, on the left, the statue dedicated to Anne Frank, located beside the Westerkerk.
One of the best pizzeria in Amsterdam, a bit hidden in the Jordaan but surely worth it.
Everything started in and ended to the Amsterdam’s Lomography store, in Herengracht. A tribute picture to the guys that arranged a really nice workshop.