Back in October, I went out twice with my Minolta Hi-Matic 11 loaded with Lomography Color Negative 400. I’ve mostly had good results with this Lomography film, with the exception of pictures taken with my Olympus OM-1. I have used that combination at least three times and have never been all that pleased with the results.
Unfortunately, one of those times was on one of our vacations to Carmel-by-the-Sea. I had shot a roll shortly before the pandemic started and also posted specifically about my disappointment with using the Lomography with my Olympus OM-1. Everything looks a bit dull and washed out. Granted, the weather was less than ideal in some of those situations, but I still expected better results.
For some reason, that’s not a good combination. And, for some reason, I can’t remember that that is not a good combination. I hope by noting that here, I may actually remember in the future!
Since I have had success with this film in other cameras and decided to try it with the Hi-Matic.
The first outing was a walk Holly and I took through the Fitler Square neighborhood and to the 23rd Street Armory which is a unique, castle-like building near a busy part of the city. We’ve walked by it plenty of times, but that was the first time we had stopped to take pictures.
The second outing was along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and along the Schuylkill River Trail in search of autumn colors.
I really enjoy shooting with the Hi-Matic. It’s my only rangefinder camera so it’s a different experience. I have also been pleased with the results. The pictures tend to be sharp with vibrant colors and nice contrast.