Repaired LCA and some Metropolis Film

I bought my LCA from an East European seller a few years ago – it was an original Soviet model and had been modified to take double exposures in a most “Heath Robinson” manner. After making an exposure you take a small pointy object, I use a paper clip, and use it to re-cock the shutter via a slot in the bottom of the camera. It’s crude but it works.

Of course you have to use a coloured paperclip otherwise it wont work properly.

When my LCA stopped working it sat in my drawer for 2 years until I went on the Lomo/LondonCameraProject photowalk as featured in my last (postcard) post. Here I met Hannah from Lomography and she put me in touch with the UK Russian camera guy Roger Lean who for £35 repaired and serviced the camera.

I put a roll of Foma 100 through it to make sure it was working and yay it was.

I’d bought two rolls of Lomography Metropolis and here are some words from the Lomography website……

“Lomography is making some major waves in the photo world today by unveiling the first brand new color negative emulsion to be released in half a decade.”
– Petapixel

“To my eye, LomoChrome Metropolis gets very close to the look of certain cross processed Kodak slide films: pronounced greys and blacks, brilliant whites, a slight shift into the yellow, gold and green spectrum and clean, bright neon lights.”
– Emulsive

“Just looking at this film, I already know this is going to be really fun for street photography.”
– KingJvpes

First New Color Negative Film in Half a Decade
For the first time in 5 years, a new color negative film has seen the light of day – introducing LomoChrome Metropolis – an original color negative film from the Lomography films manufacturer laboratory. The LomoChrome Metropolis is built for exploring the urban jungle in all of its grit and beauty. Search for rays of color in a sea of black skyscrapers, frame your subject as they trudge the streets of ghost towns, and disappear down sparsely lit subway entrances and capture portraits unlike anything else


…..I shot a roll through my Lomography Belair at 200 speed (you can use other speeds too I think) and developed it in CineStill C41 chemicals and was pleased and intrigued to use it again.

Cambridge Metropolis #1

(Cambridge, Belair with 35mm back)

The film shifts colours in an odd way so this is always a challenge when it comes to scanning. Also the roll in the LCA was developed in CineStill soup that had already had 23 rolls through it so maybe not the best test.

The negatives were scanned on my V500 scanner using the software that comes with it, I set thumbnails then simply press the auto expose button then scan. The resulting jpegs are opened in Photoshop Elements 14 I think and mostly just spotted to remove dust. One one or two I toned down the greenish cast and upped the brightness for the dull day images.

Overall – I’m pretty happy with a few of the shots , especially the ones in Liverpool – urban shots, buildings, and I think good bright light seem to offer the best solution.

Anyway see what you think.


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