In August we teamed up with film photography community Ireland Analog for a special Lomowalk in Belfast using the LomoChrome Metropolis film in medium format and 35 mm. This was their first photowalk outside of Dublin, guided by Ruairi, AKA analogue_papers. They visited the House of Palms and the greenhouses of the Boticanical Gardens and saw tropical plants, flowers, cacti & palm trees. They also visited the Queen's University Campus with its yellow-brick-castle-like buildings and then headed to the Belfast City Hall, which is quite recognizable with its green copper dome.
I've been to quite a few of the Ireland Analog photo walks before, however this was the first one I went to outside of Dublin. I found it particularly exciting to explore a city I was less familiar with. The most enjoyable aspect of the photo walks for me is meeting other photographers, seeing their work and also just having a good chat with them.
I've used the LomoChrome Metropolis before in the 35 mm format, both the old and new formulas and both times I rated it at 100 ISO. For the photowalk I decided to shoot it at 200 ISO just to see how it'd look and I'm very happy with the look. Comparing the shots I took on Metropolis to shots earlier in the day on Portra 400, the desaturated colours and harsher contrast gives it a very stylised look. - thomas_on_film
This was my first time using Lomography Metropolis and also the first time using a filmstock with such a unique and out of the ordinary color palette. What I noticed first when observing the packaging is that the film is listed as variable ISO between 100 and 400. Based on a few sample photos online, it seemed like shooting it at 400 would give a slight greener tint to the photos as opposed to a colder and more neutral tint at lower ISOs. Not being a hundred percent sure what value to go with, I figured I would pick the middle and go with 200 ISO. Looking back at the scans I got back, I am quite happy with the results. I knew the film would be contrasty, but I was surprised that I did have quite a good amount of details in the shadows as well.
Metering wise, I usually have the habit of leaning on the overexposure side when in doubt. Looking at the results I think the grungy and desaturated color palette suits the deeper and darker images more than the lighter ones. For instance, I am quite a fan of the desaturated reds and blues from the security box in my photo (@marcargentique taken with a Mamiya R67). Same would go with the greens of the grass and yellow-oranges of the Belfast Queens University building (Photo @marcargentique - Mamiya R67). If I was to shoot it again, I would probably keep that in mind and possibly try to shoot it at 400 ISO to get a bit more of the effect. - marcargentique
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