Lady P: Film #1 revealed

Just a quick note… I can’t believe it – this is my 500th post, WOW! Thank you for reading my rambling words and if you’ve read all 500 posts, there’s a special prize for you – a virtual handshake/pat on the back 🙂

Back in June, you might remember that I purchased my first Lomo camera – Lady P. As a newbie to analogue, I wanted to experiment before ‘having all the gear and no idea’ so I took a chance on a film from Poundland. After snapping away all summer, I finally used all of the exposures and took my film to Boots to have it developed. I paid £4.99 for an 8 day processing, which may seem like a long wait but I knew I would be away in London for a couple of days and I didn’t mind waiting a bit longer to save a few pennies (or pounds in this case). So, how did the photos come out?

Overall, I’m really happy with how they turned out. Considering the film was £1, I wasn’t really expecting anything amazing but actually the quality was pretty good and I’ve already bought another!

I’ll share a few with you. Here’s some which I think came out particularly well:

ZZAPP ice lollies and laying in the grass after Punting in Cambridge with Lucy and Emma:

London adventures with Emma (spot St Pauls in the background!?)…

… and at New Blood with Lucy and Emma:

My Husky, Tia, having a sniff…

Wymondham train tracks from a Norfolk adventure and sketch time

Out and about with my Sketchbook in Lincoln (see the sketch post here):

Some great photos there, don’t you think? Like I said, overall I’m really happy with the results but a few didn’t turn out quite how they were expected to:

I actually love this photo (well, what we can see of it) outside Lincoln Cathedral and am a bit miffed that Emma is half chopped off. Also I’m not sure what the red tinge is about, whether it was my fault when I took the film out or an error in processing? But anyway I kinda like it. It carries onto the next photo…

…a retro selfie from my Graduation day!

I didn’t expect the whole film to be perfect, and there were a couple that didn’t come out all that great…

I think this is supposed to be Emma in Bunty’s Tea room in Lincoln?

I think this is candles in Lincoln Cathedral and although I don’t really mind how it came out, I expected it to be a lot darker.

I don’t know what went wrong here? Haha! So I still have a lot to learn about using Lady P. but with another film already installed, I’m ready to go. If anyone has any tips or reasons behind why some of the photos didn’t come out quite right, please comment and let me know – I’d really appreciate it.

I love the grainy, raw texture of film developed photos which you don’t get with all of the digital photography today. I also really loved that it was almost a surprise how the photo was going to come out and that I couldn’t edit it because I admit, I’m a photoshop addict. These photos have double chins and wrinkles in clothes and all – they’re 100% real. ALSO they’re fish eye! It doesn’t work for every photo because you have to be quite close up to the subject for the ‘sphere-ness’ to work but it’s different and fun.

I have to admit though, I found it hard to decide what to photograph. I think this was because I knew that I had 24 exposures and only one chance at getting the shot ‘right’. Other than the novelty of it being a pretty pink fish eye camera, this made the photos a lot more special and I felt more pressure when using the camera. That might just be me with my perfectionist issues though? ha

It feels really nice to have photos that I can hold in my hand for a change as although I printed quite a lot of photos for my walls during my time at University, I don’t think it’s the done thing anymore? With everything being digital nowadays, photos are mainly uploaded to blogs or Facebook albums rather than a good old fashioned photo album. But that is exactly where mine are going:

I was given this massive photo album for Christmas a couple of years back and have been slowly filling it with photos. This weekend I took all of the photos out, added in the ones I had printed at Uni and re-ordered it so everything is in date order. And the new fish eye lomo prints look lovely:

So, do you like my photos? Have you recently treated yourself to a Lomo camera? Let me know – I’d love to hear about your experience and see your photos!

Lady P. and film #2 are ready to go, so now I just need the adventure to photograph…


  • madelineaudrey

    10/12/2013 at 1:52 pm

    I don’t how about the Lady P specifically as a camera, but I do have a handfull of knowledge of film/photography…
    The last picture you posted that was mostly white was probably the beginning of the film – you ususually have to take two or three photos before you get to the actual active film. Again, I don’t know that specific camera, but my oldie actually has an indicator of when I’m at the active film.
    The red is probably (I’m guessing here) due to the pink body that surrounds the lens… Some light probably hit it from the side and made that red effect.
    I assume there are no ISO or shutter control on this camera which is why the low light pictures came out so dark.
    Hope this helps for future use! If you’d like to see some of my photography: – I’m also an illustrator, just scroll past the art and you’ll see my photos (:
    P.S. Love the picture of your dog’s nose!

    • graphiquefantastique

      11/12/2013 at 11:51 am

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge Madeline – really helpful! I’ll definitely take that on board for film #2 🙂 Awww your dog is so cute!

  • DarkroomInUse

    11/12/2013 at 11:41 am

    Welcome to the world of lomography and film photography! Your pics are great for the first time and £1 shop film, I swear by it ha! It does however work best on sunny days and not great indoors without a flash. Thus your dark grainy pics, just a little underexposed. If you want to take pics in the dark use the B setting on ya fish eye and have a steady hand, hold the shutter down for a few seconds and this will let more light in.

    The redy/pink tinged ones are either light getting into the camera body (yay light leaks people have a love hate relationship with them) or the sun reflecting back into the lens and causing the pretty pinkness!

    I agree the last pic is more then likely your first picture, try winding on a little more next time. Or just make sure your first snap or 2 are nothing you really want to keep.

    It is always an experiment with Lomo though so don’t be too disheartened if some of your pics don’t come out how you’d expect.

    Loving the rest of your blog too 🙂


    • graphiquefantastique

      11/12/2013 at 11:58 am

      Thanks Michelle. I stumbled across your blog last night – love it and your photos!
      Ah I didn’t realise it has a different setting for indoors so I will have to investigate that. Well, I don’t mind the light leaks/ lens reflections 🙂
      Make sure the first snap or 2 are nothing I really want to keep? Oh no – I feel like I might have trouble with that one haha I feel very protective over my film and only want to use it for special photos! ha
      Yes, I love that Lomo is an experiment and even though my photos may have ‘imperfections’ to some, I like all of the mistakes because it makes them more interesting!
      Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to reading more of your blog in the future 🙂 xx

      • DarkroomInUse

        11/12/2013 at 12:06 pm

        I haven’t been around that long so really happy a few people are stopping on by to say hello!
        I think there is a button that you can slide on the side, I have the Fisheye 2 with the flash and viewfinder but pretty sure they are all pretty similar. I really don’t use it as much as I should though.
        Oh I know, film is just so expensive to develop it does make you think twice about what you use your 24/36 pictures on. Im sure after a couple of uses you’ll work out all her quirks and be best of friends for ever!
        Ive been shooting film for the past 4 or 5 years and I love it, but do find it frustrating when things go wrong or don’t come out how I expected them too! But thats why I end up picking up another film and trying again!


  • CATLeya

    12/12/2013 at 8:06 am

    Reblogged this on Randomness and commented:
    one of my aspiring wannabe talent– photography ♥

  • Anami Blog

    19/12/2013 at 11:16 am

    Dear Natasha,

    I’d like to invite you to the Fab Woman Virtual Christmas party, which starts today. Being an online party all you need to do is to turn on your computer, get comfy with a drink, click on my blog anytime after 5pm CET and via the party-post imagine together the best celebration ever! Looking forward to seeing you there. Anami, xx

  • Jojo Rickart (Miss Jojangles)

    15/01/2014 at 5:25 pm

    They look fab!

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