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.
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.
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.
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.
In case you are wondering, here is the frame mask I made using melted cling wrap.
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.
The camera and films I used to create the images you see in this blog post: