Rittenhouse Square

Minolta XE with Lomochrome Purple

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Back in August, I shot a roll of Lomochrome Purple with my Flexaret Automat VII. Although I found some of the results interesting, I wasn’t overall thrilled with the images. Part of the problem was that I had read about what the film was designed to do (greens turn purple, blues turn silver) so I tried to emphasize these colors, especially green, when I was looking for things to take pictures of.

I didn’t have any plans to shoot with it again, but I bought a 4-pack from Lomography that included rolls of their Metropolis, Berlin, and Potsdam. I mainly bought the 4-pack for everything other than the Purple but figured I should give it another chance.

The roll this time was 35mm, and I loaded it in my Minolta XE.

I walked around the East Passyunk area. I have taken a lot of pictures there but didn’t care if I repeated anything since I was shooting with the Purple. I did not try to exploit the features of this film and just took pictures as I normally would.

One of the issues I have with the Purple (and some of the other Lomography films as well) is that they are rated at 100-400 ISO. I’m never sure what to set my camera at. I started out at 100 but took only 3 pictures at that ISO.

I then decided to resume my experiment of over-exposing my photos by 1 stop so I set the XE at 50 ISO.

PAT'S KING OF STEAKS
PAT’S KING OF STEAKS
GENO'S STEAKS
GENO’S STEAKS

Since I wasn’t sure how the over-exposed shots might look given my confusion about the 100-400 rating, I went back to ISO 100 for the walk home.

LIBR_RY
LIBR_RY
HUG
HUG

I shot most of that roll during that walk. Since I was near the end, I finished it with a short walk around our neighborhood the next day. I went back to ISO 50.

Rittenhouse Square
Rittenhouse Square
Evelyn Taylor Price Memorial Sundial
Evelyn Taylor Price Memorial Sundial

There are a few interesting photos from this roll, but I was again generally unimpressed with Lomochrome Purple. Although I’ve shot only 2 rolls with it, I think I’ve seen enough to know I don’t need to use it again.

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