pastels and heavy grain

Earlier this year I bought several rolls of Lomography F2, a limited run film that was released suddenly and disappeared just as quickly. Here’s how Lomography described the emulsion:

In 2010, we bought the last ever Jumbo Roll of original 400 ASA film from some renowned Italian filmmakers. Then, ever the ones to experiment, we left the film to age like fine wine in oak casks in the Czech Republic. Thankfully, our crazy instincts were rewarded — seven years later, we went back to discover that this fantastic film still produces refined colors with a beautifully unique tone. It’s one-of-a-kind Color Negative with an X-Pro feel, and we’re so excited to share it with you!

Having shot five rolls of this stuff since its release, I’m not sure that it has an “X-Pro”—read: cross-processed—feel. But it does have an interesting look, with soft almost pastel-like colors and heavy grain.

I attempted to shoot my final roll of this stuff in a Nikon L35AF that I picked up. But that camera was a dud, and few of the shots I took were worth the time to scan, edit, and share. I put the roll in a different camera, my trusty Leica M5, and came away with a few photos I liked. All of these are snapshots from around town. Here, for example, I have photos of people spending time on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.

I like the second photo in particular; there’s a pleasing symmetry between the glass, the building, and the concrete.

The rest were taken on my various afternoon walks with the dog. And in fact, she features in the final shot of the bunch.