Lighthouses are easy – super distinctive architecture makes the photo part obvious.
This is the Lime Kiln Lighthouse on the west shore of San Juan Island. I’m not sure I like the lines from this angle but I didn’t want to straighten the building or the horizon. I really like what the sky does with the LomoChrome Purple film on a bright day. This was taken with no filter, FWIW. This film can be pushed from 100-400, which is what I shot this at, using my old Canon A1 and a 50mm lens. I’m not sure if the grain pattern would be significantly different at 100, but it’s fun to see it this way. I didn’t retouch this more or less at all.
- Aperture: ƒ/1.8
- Focal length: 50mm
I’ve made my love for the Infra-red films of old pretty clear around here. There’s just one problem – you can’t buy them anymore. Thanks Kodak, and, I suppose economic reality.
There’s another issue though – that film was hard to use. You had to load it in complete darkness. It had to be unloaded and processed in complete darkness. Neither the camera nor the processor could have an infrared detector to read the film codes, which most do. It was expensive. You had to process it E-6 – it was slide film. Don’t get me wrong – if I found some new 35mm stock, I’d immediately buy a ton, but it’s not without issues.
Enter LomoChrome Purple. To be clear, this isn’t infrared. It’s a color-shifting print film. Ignore the chrome part of the name – it’s print, not slide. Ignore the implication of infrared – it does some of the same stuff, but it isn’t. That makes it less cool, but much easier and cheaper to work with. Although the film isn’t cheap or readily available, you can get it processed the “normal” way at your corner drug store. And how does it work?
Fiery red leaves on a spring day – color shift courtesy of LomoChrome Purple film
Pretty darn well in the same places that EktaChrome EIR worked best – trees and foliage. I took it out for a day at the beach in Carkeek Park, and I was happy with the tree shots, fairly happy with the broad panoramas, and a little less happy with people. Things get a little weird with a green tint on skin, which is too bad – when your jacket turns from purple to green it’s neat. When your skin turns from tan to green, it’s a little creepy. The grain is pretty pronounced as well, but the effect is nice. I’ve left these pictures more or less how they scanned. You can also shoot and process the film anywhere between 100 and 400 ISO – these I shot at 200. I’ve got a bunch more so I’ll see what else I can do, now that I know how these came out.