To be fair, I expect that any locale with orange skies and turquoise vegetation would look at least somewhat apocalyptic. I have to admit that when my three rolls of LomoChrome Turquoise 35 arrived I was pretty excited to see what the results might look like. Previously I had been quite impressed with LomoChrome Purple, not only for its flipped colors but also for its extremely wide exposure latitude. The Lomochrome films have a rated speed of from 100-400, making it almost impossible to get a bad exposure. I new the Turquoise would be a bit different than the purple, but I wasn’t quite prepared for how different it would be. I know I’m easily amused but I’m still impressed with what this film does with colors.
For this walk I loaded the turquoise into one of my favorite camera and lens combinations, my old 1949 Leica Ic and the tiny but amazing Voigtlander (Cosina) Super Wide Heliar 15mm f/4.5. With the little Leica lacking any rangefinder or viewfinder, I feel like it and the Voigtlander are a perfect fit, the Voigtlander does require an external viewfinder and isn’t even rangefinder coupled which suits me just fine, as I set the aperture to f/8 or f/11 and utilize the hyperlocal distance of the lens to get everything from about 16 inches to infinity in focus.
I really don’t shoot color film all that often and I have to really adjust my way of seeing to accommodate it. Like other primarily black and white photographers, I’m typically more focused on form, value contrast and light than color, so shooting color film, especially as eccentric a film as Turquoise allows and forces me to try and see with fresh eyes.
These were shot at ISO 100 in and below midtown Reno on my walk to the dentist and developed by The Darkroom in San Clemente, CA. Sorry if some of these shots seem familiar, even though I try and take different routes on various walks and bike rides, I’m not averse to shooting the same (to my eye) photogenic subjects over and over and over again. I’m not sure there’s an easy cure for that.