Embracing “CRAP” Photography

               Let’s face it nobody cares about your photography except for you, so why do we bother? The things we incessantly ask ourselves are questions like, is the composition right, is my exposure accurate, is it sharp enough, will it move people, does it tell a story and countless other things that paralyze us from simply just being creative. This is precisely why the cult following of Lomography is so popular.  Avid Lomographers could care less about the questions above and would rather enjoy the spontaneity of just simply shooting. They enjoy things like blur and light leaks or scratches and grain, in fact they are really the band of misfits that push back against what the main stream says in aesthetically pleasing. This is all well and good but I don’t think I would consider myself one of these misfits however I did thouroughly enjoy creating these images. The point of the LOMO process is to just simply shoot and enjoy. This is what precisely happened. I could see myself doing this again and again. It’s just simply fun.  All of the images below were shot Lomography Color 400 120 film with the Diana F+ camera and home processed with the unicolour c-41 kit. Let me know what it is that you love about this process. 

Photographing Speed with the Fuji X-Pro2: Testing out Film Simulation Bracketing

        When Fuji came to the market with the x series camera system in 2011 with the X100 one of the most compelling features released were “Film Simulation Modes”. Fast forward to today with Fuji’s latest models and you will see that they have expanded this feature greatly. Today I decided to try out a feature called “ Film Simulation Bracketing”. This is a feature that allows you to select 3 different film emulations and instantaneously save all 3 versions to your SD card with absolutely no lag. Below you can see a selection of images I shot today with the Fuji X-Pro2 and the incredibly sharp 23mm f2. I love that there was absolutely no editing done to create these looks, these images are all completely out of camera.  The modes I chose to use today were, Provia, Velvia (just a bit punchier colour than Provia) and the amazing Acros black and white simulation. The only additional tweak was to set the film grain mode to weak. Creating a subtle film grain look. I hope you enjoy the images below and feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions.