The Purple Patch
When the mood takes you it can be fun to try something radically different, something that is outside of the normal or shoves you out of your comfort zone.
I recently decided that it would be fun to try shooting some expired film from the fridge, in this case, a roll of 35mm Lomography Lomochrome Purple. This film is about to enter its third iteration and is promised to be be the most effective and faux colour infrared version to date.
Unfortunately my pre-order of batch three which I purchased on a supporter basis is still to be released and has been delayed for many months now but the promise is that it will be delivered in June 2019. In the interim I have decided to shoot a roll of batch two.
Batch two has always proven to be more vibrant and dynamic than the very first batch. I would be lying if I was to say it was my favourite colour shift film, the long lost Lomochrome Turquoise fills that gap and my small but treasured stash of this sits wedged in the freezer awaiting that meritous event! However what I really like about this film is its durability, flexibility and its tolerance to post development scanning, this film can be made to dance.
I chose to shoot the the film on a Canon F1 (New) with the fabled 35mm f2 Thorium FD lens with its rare concave front element. I particularly chose this lens, not just for its wideness and aperture but all because its has that golden thorium tint to the front element (this can be removed by exposure to daylight or ultra violet for a couple of days). I particularly like shooting this lens with Cinestill 800 for its warming effect and neutralisation of some of the tungsten coldness and this also has a brightening effect on the film I would be shooting.
The film is rated at between 100 and 400 iso and as such there are a lot of opportunities to play around with the effects of the film. I tend to go middle ground in reasonable light and shoot at 200 iso which seems to deliver a fair balance between variation in tone and depth of colour.
I developed the film in Tetenal C41 kit, as I always tend to do, and the negatives are strong and the film lays fairly flat in the scanners film holder. All of the images here were scanned on and Epson V800 in Epson Scan software at 2400 dpi. Minimal adjustments were made to contrast and brightness but no post scanning changes were made to the images.
So what is this film best suited for? There is no answer really. It is a fun film, gives a rather unique effect and does have some resemblance to the beautiful tones of the now extinct Aerochrome from Kodak. The beauty of this film is that its relatively affordable (when its finally released) it is simple to use and never fails to entertain.
Lomography are currently selling in five packs of 35mm on pre-order but I would imagine that it will filter its way to the market as single units at some point. If you really want to try this I would order now and grab a multipack, it may sit in your freezer for a wile but the funk hits next there is no more a refreshing boost to your photography to out and shoot with the cellulose equivalent of Ribena - its guaranteed to be full of vibrant-see!