Dreamy and Sometimes Painterly Images Shot Using Diana F+ Camera

Diana F+ is a fascinating camera! It’s known to create distorted, saturated, and stylized images.

Some of the photos I captured using this camera come out very painterly . . . very soft, and either streaked with light leaks, or decorated with very strong vignettes.  The rest, however, simply look very distorted.

Lomochrome Purple 120 Film and Diana F+ Camera - via Miu Vermillion
Camera: Diana F+ with flash ☆ Film: Lomochrome Purple 120
Lomochrome Purple 120 Film and Diana F+ Camera - via Miu Vermillion
Camera: Diana F+ with flash ☆ Film: Lomochrome Purple 120

So far, my “keep vs toss away” ratio is not very good. But, the ones I’d love to keep are wonderful enough to make me want to create a few more images using this camera.

Lomochrome Purple 120 Film and Diana F+ Camera - via Miu Vermillion
Camera: Diana F+ with flash ☆ Film: Lomochrome Purple 120
Lomochrome Purple 120 Film and Diana F+ Camera - via Miu Vermillion
Camera: Diana F+ with flash ☆ Film: Lomochrome Purple 120

One of the things I find difficult/not so ideal is the fact that I have very little control or idea of the kind of images I’m creating when I’m composing them in my mind. I find the aperture settings (cloudy, partially cloudy, sunny, and pinhole) mystifying.  And, I wasn’t sure what the camera’s shutter speed is. So, I did a little bit of a research.

Kodak Portra 160 Color Negative 120mm Film and Diana F+ Camera - via Miu Vermillion
Camera: Diana F+ with flash ☆ Film: Kodak Portra 160 Color Negative (120mm)
Kodak Portra 160 Color Negative 120mm Film and Diana F+ Camera - via Miu Vermillion
Camera: Diana F+ with flash ☆ Film: Kodak Portra 160 Color Negative (120mm)

Apparently, the Diana F+ camera’s aperture settings are:

  • Cloudy = f/11
  • Partially cloudy = f/16
  • Sunny = f/22
  • Pinhole = approx. f/150

And, the “N” shutter speed is apparently 1/60 sec; and the “B” shutter speed is obviously the choose-how-long-you-want-to-keep-the-shutter-opens setting.

Kodak Portra 400 Color Negative 120mm Film, home-made frame mask, and Diana F+ Camera - via Miu Vermillion
Camera: Diana F+ with flash ☆ Film: Kodak Portra 400 Color Negative (120mm) + Homemade frame mask
Kodak Portra 400 Color Negative 120mm Film, home-made frame mask, and Diana F+ Camera - via Miu Vermillion
Camera: Diana F+ with flash ☆ Film: Kodak Portra 400 Color Negative (120mm) + Homemade frame mask

In case you are wondering, here is the frame mask I made using melted cling wrap.

Kodak Portra 400 Color Negative 120mm Film, home-made frame mask, and Diana F+ Camera - via Miu Vermillion

I’d like to shoot many more images using this camera this weekend. I’d like to try using the Bulb Mode , and . . . use a light meter and see if I can create better photographs that way.

Medium Format Analogue Camera - via Miu Vermillion Photography Blog
Camera: Diana F+ with flash ☆ Film: Kodak Portra 160 Color Negative (120mm)
Kodak Portra 160 Color Negative 120mm Film and Diana F+ Camera - via Miu Vermillion
Camera: Diana F+ with flash ☆ Film: Lomochrome Purple 120
Lomochrome Purple 120 Film and Diana F+ Camera - via Miu Vermillion
Camera: Diana F+ with flash ☆ Film: Lomochrome Purple 120
The camera and films I used to create the images you see in this blog post:



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