My new lubitel

Im an avid user of twitter (@TomWelland) and follow many lomographers. One particular Lomog called @achocolatemoose recently tweeted that she had a spare Lubitel 166b and did anyone want to do a camera swap. I really like the look of these cameras and desperately wanted it. Luckily I had a few piggies (money off vouchers) for lomography and after a mini bidding war she tweeted me saying she will take me up on my offer. I cashed in my piggie points and bought her a Mini Diana and she posted me her Lubitel 166b.  
How cool does this camera look!
Shooting with the Lubitel+ is different than anything you have shot before. The combination of its glass lenses, the flexible 120 or 35mm format, fully manual everything, fully automatic nothing, peering into a waist-level finder, slowing things down with focusing and dialing in the correct exposure settings, and a myriad of other analog factors make it a full-bodied experience that activates all of your senses and brings you into a special and very intimate place.
I had never used 120 before so was excited to get cracking but there is a lot to learn with this camera. There is no automatic light meter or focus points or shutter speeds. You have to completely compose the image yourself. It makes it tricky but the feel of the camera and its results are well worth it.
I took a drive out to a seaside town called Shoreham with my lovely lady wife and took some shots of the houseboats they have there. There are some really incredible boats, all made out of strange materials and incorporate coaches, cars, planes loads of stange additions!
As you can see its not a typical boat.
I just got my shots back and after the initial excitement I was devastated to learn I had all of the settings wrong and the film was mostly underexposed! All but one shot was rubbish!
As is the way with lomography you can shoot a whole roll and it be terrible but one shot makes it all worth while. This is the shot I love.
You will hopefully notice that its a triple exposure of the boat in the previous picture. I hope you like it as I do. I have a lot to learn with this camera but I’m looking forward to the journey. 
One point to mention is that during this photoshoot I got a parking ticket so this one photo cost me £25.
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The worlds first photograph

Actually this is the earliest surviving photograph, c. 1826. It required an eight-hour exposure, which resulted in sunlight on both sides of the buildings.

Photographer: Nicéphore Niépce’s

Letters to his sister-in-law around 1816 indicate that he found a way to fix images on paper, but not prevent them from deterioration in light. The earliest known, surviving example of a Niépce photograph (or any other photograph) was created in 1825 Niépce called his process heliography, which literally means “sun writing”.

The worlds most expensive photograph.

An image of the Rhine by German artist Andreas Gursky has fetched $4.3m (£2.7m) at Christie’s New York, setting an auction record for a photograph.

Im really stunned at the value put on this photo. It is a glass mounted panoramic and one part of a 6 series piece of work. I think the photo is nothing amazing, the lines are nice but the sky is dull,  the grass is not even a nice green.

What is there about this shot that makes it worth £2.7 million?

Cindy Shermans “untitled #96” photograph was the previous record holder selling for $3.89 million. For that amount of money I would of at least wanted it to be titled! Its a self portrait of Cindy and in my eyes nothing special. I wouldn’t even pay £1 for this shot.

Now after considering these two multimillion pound prints, have a look at this shot by a talented lomographer called Warning. This shot you can probably just have for free but in my eyes is vastly better than these two.

Leningrad Optical Mechanical Union

Meaning of LOMO – “Leningrad Optical Mechanical Union”, or Leningradskoye Optiko Mechanichesckoye Obyedinenie, is an optical manufacturer in St. Petersburg, Russia which manufactures optical scientific, military and consumer products.

They made gun sights during WWI and produced the first Russian camera in 1930. The company exports world-wide and produces night-vision products and telescopes make up 30% of their exports.

The company was founded in 1914 as the Russian Optical and Mechanical Company and became LOMO PLC in 1993.

“…The LOMO camera — a kind of Russian update of the Instamatic, originally developed by the KGB for spying — has exploded in popularity over the past few years, appearing on wall projects in the New York City subway, in blogs and, most recently, as an aesthetic template for bank and car ads.” [Eye Weekly] 

It was established as a French – Russian limited company to produce lenses and cameras. It manufactured gun sights during World War I. In 1919, it was nationalised. In the ensuing years, the state optical industries were reorganised several times. In 1921, the factory was named the Factory of State Optics, G.O.Z. In 1925, camera production was resumed, and several lens designs tested between 1925 and 1929. In 1928, the factory was ordered to manufacture a 9×12 camera, known as the FOTOKOR.

Further reorganisations of the soviet optical factories in several stages finally resulted in that the factory at Leningrad became GOMZ, the Russian Optical and Mechanical Factory.

In the transition period 1932 to 1935 a copy of the Leica camera was developed, the VOOMP I. It was followed by the VOOMP II or the “Pioneer” that was manufactured in small numbers. Simultaneously designers began the development of a single-lens reflex camera for 35mm cine film, possibly inspired by similar work in Germany, especially at Zeiss Ikon in Dresden, since the lens mount is quite similar to that of the Contax cameras of the time. Zeiss themselves were not allowed to pursue their ideas, due to the German armament. The new camera, called the “Sport”, was introduced at about the same time as the Ihagee Kine Exakta in 1936.

Today LOMO makes military optics, scientific research instruments, criminological microscopes, medical equipment, and a range of consumer products. It produced the first Russian camera in 1930.

Alton Towers

A look at why theme parks are fantastic places to capture emotion versus human mechanical achievement.

On a recent trip to Alton Towers I took my LCA+ with a splitzer in the hope of capturing some of the scream curdling, stomach churning excitement on film.

I must confess I am a massive scaredy cat when it comes to rides. I have a real weak stomach so rides aren’t my thing but I had a great day.

I think lomography is best placed not for detail but for emotion. Where is there a stronger physical proof of emotion than whilst you’re hurtling round a metal track at God knows what speed?

Photo by welland

I tried out a new film whilst I was there; a smooth Fuji Velvia 100 and had it cross processed. I loved the beautiful colour it gave. The whole album came back in a lovely deep purple and added something different to the shots. I also tried out the splitzer, which is a little addition I hadn’t really attempted since receiving it as a gift. The idea was to have a cloud roller coaster. It didn’t really work namely as 100 speed was too slow for the relatively overcast day.

Hopefully you can kind of see what I was going for.

I was kind of dreading going to Alton Towers as I was nervous about feeling sick all day but I had more than enough to amuse me with my camera! The great structures just photograph so well.

Photo by susielomovitz

I think they work best with a splitzer but you can always take such awesome energetic shots with rollercoasters.

Have a flick through these shots and tell me they if do look lomorific?

I just love the clean lines, the silhouettes, and the sense of structure. If you are lucky enough to go on a trip to a fun fair, remember there is more fun to be had than just the rides!

Wedding Video

I got married to the beautiful Lucy Welland on the 4th September 2010. It was an incredible day. It truely was the best day of my life. So many happy moments and I was glad to have so many friends share it with us.

My best man Jake Dypka is a talented Director and shot this short video for us. Its something I watch from time to time to remind me of the detail in what was a fantastic day.

I hope you enjoy it too. The soundtrack is an acoustic version of Lions Den by Dry the River (See previous post)

http://vimeo.com/19356413

You may not know either of us but watch this video and you will know love.

Movember

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. Here’s why i am taking part!

On Movember 1st, guys register at Movember.com with a clean-shaven face and then for the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

Movember is about raising funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer. Did you know one man dies every hour from prostate cancer in the UK each year and more than 2,000 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer this year.

Photo by sadmafioso

The more people we can get to become Citizens of Movember, the more lives we can impact. You can either grow a moustache as a Mo Bro, or join as a Mo Sista to show your support and help recruit other Mo growers to the team.

Photo by chippo

Lomography is also lending its support to this awesome charity month. We have a strong community and we need you all to spread the word, raise the awareness and ultimately raise some cash for research and medical care.

Photo by gnarlyleech

Lomography UK has donated 8 Mini Dianas to document 8 lomogs loMOs throughout Movember. We will start the month with a clean face and take a photo each day to show the sprouting manleyness which is moustache! I can’t wait to see what will come of this, it will be incredible.

Photo by anarchy

Stay tuned for results but please let us show how strong our community is and join in the fun. Whatever country you are from, whatever sex you are, you can help.

We come together to photograph and document things of beauty, now lets come together to help rid the world of this evil cancer.

I will upload the stop frame movie of my tash growth at the end of the month.

If any of you kind people would like to sponsor me you can do so here

http://mobro.co/growmofordough