I’ve already tired the LomoChrome Purple a few times, finding the results amusing for certain settings. Hence, when they released the LomoChrome Turquoise I bought a couple, and finally got around to finishing the first roll.
As seen in Leaves or Roof Tree, clear blue skies turn orange when not overexposed (and lightgrey otherwise). Green colours turn turquoise, and some dark shades turn red (e.g. Red and Green). Many other colours disappear (e.g. City Park or Missing Colours), and skin tones turn scary (e.g. Walk in the Park).
In summary, for this roll, scenes with blue, green, and orange turned out best.
Shooting the LomoChromo Purple is a gamble or, more positively, a challenge. Here’s my second attempt.
Until solved, the tint of this film sometimes renders frames mundane by not having a lot of colour contrast; Street Corner is one example, Forest another. Yet at other times, this is it’s greatest strength (perhaps going back to its origins in the special-purpose Kodak) and it will separate things normally blent together, such as in High-speed Sheep.
And finally, sometimes the colours are just right making for an interesting alternatively such as Silver Roof, or the soft colours fit the scene nicely as in Love Plant.
After coming across the astonishing Infra photos taken by Richard Mosse using the now discontinued Kodak Aerochrome, I kept an open eye when Lomography last year announced their new Aerochrome-inspired LomoChrome Purple XR film. I didn’t buy into it for the first batch, but in a weak moment I put down the order for the minimum of five rolls when the second batch came up for pre-sale, at a price of around 10€ each. Here are a few photos from the first roll.
Overall I’m a tad disappointed, but perhaps was so even before putting the film in the camera: the key, I suppose, is that the film is inspired by Aerochrome and does in fact produce results quite different from this old professional film apparently developed for the military. And this became clear when the photos from the first batch started showing up online.
However, paradoxically as it may sound, picking up the prints from the first film was actually a positively surprise; while they are not amazing, it does work better in some situations than I dared expect from following the film on Flickr.
For instance, the total submersion in purple in English Garden and Purple, Dog is not too bad. And although at first a bit skeptical about how the film renders blue sky, Dome and Collage are among my favourites on this roll.
Finally, since the film is rated ASA 100-400, and since there has been some talk online about making sure to overexpose, I also did a few test shots to see if there would be any difference: one correctly exposed according to an external light meter and two respectively over- and under-exposed by one stop.
And here perhaps was the biggest surprise, namely how very different the results are.