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#MCRWLK with a Lomo LC-Wide and a roll of JCH Streetpan 400

A week or so ago I went on one of these “WLKs”. This particular “WLK” was “MCRWLK” or Manchester Walk for those with a preference for including all the usual letters in words. The idea of these events is quite simple, photographers go to a place, they walk around that place, chat, and take photos of the place. It’s good fun!

I’ve been on one of these WLKs before, last time it was in LDN (London) for LNDWLK 3.0, which turned out to be quite an exciting day for me, it was the day I bought my Leica M-A. On this occasion I was armed with a very different camera, yet despite it being so different, it shares one significant attribute with the the M-A. My choice of camera for Manchester is also one of the few other 35mm film cameras that can be bought new today: the Lomo LC-Wide. (Thanks to Lomography UK for the loan)

Now, I’m the first to admit that I’m far from a natural “street” photographer, but given the opportunity to go somewhere new to take photos, and I’m all up for it. Going for a WLK around MRC was really only going to result in street photography, so I thought I’d embrace the challenge with a roll of Japan Camera Hunter’s new(ish) film JCH Streetpan 400.

These are in fact the first results that I’ve seen back from this film – I bought a block of ten rolls a while back, but my comfort with HP5+ just keeps pulling me back. Unfortunately It’s quite hard for me to make direct comparison with said HP5+, as on this occasion I also deviated from AG when I took Filmdev.co.uk on a kind offer they made to the participants of MCRWLK to dev and scan the film. That being said, I am very happy with the results! This film clearly has a very nice look to it, that works very well for this sort of photography. Having looked at lots of other peoples results, it seems like filmdev have done a very good job developing and scanning it too!

So anyway, enough waffle… have a look at my attempts a ultra-wide angle street photography.

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Gathering in the coffee shop

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Paul telling us about the plan for the day

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Chris Mann with his Monochrom

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Martin looking thrilled about be being photographed

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This and the shot at the top were the successes of the day for me

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Lock photo

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Andy taking a photo of me

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Genuinely this was the most fun I’ve had with a camera for a while – I shot another two rolls in the following 7 days, though I havent had them back yet. The lens is clearly far from perfect, but it’s so much fun to shoot with and the results, especially with this film, have a great look to them I think!

I shall be doing a full review of the Lomo LC-Wide soon (subscribe below to be notified when that comes out)… But if you want a hint of the outcome… I really love it!

Thanks for reading, and thanks to Andy, Paul and Lewis for setting up the event… I had a great day!

Hamish

 

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    Des McSweeney
    November 5, 2016 at 9:10 am

    what a great idea (less expensive than Mr Patience’s WLKS I guess). Love to see you thoughts on Streetpan taken on your Leicas, it does have a nice grainy, 60’s look to it. If you have contact details for WLKS of the same/similar style it’s about time I went and visited the Manchester McSweeneys and took a few pics at the same time! All best, Des.

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    George Appletree
    November 5, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I like that one under Paul telling the plan

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    John Lockwood
    November 5, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Once again proving, it’s not the tool, but the craftsman. I’d say you did a fine job with this rudimentary camera. Your site serves as a reminder that film, and a very basic camera, can result in not only fun, but some damn fine images too!

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      Hamish Gill
      November 7, 2016 at 7:14 am

      Thanks John, when I started this website, that was exactly my goal, so that’s good to read!!

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    Dave
    November 5, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Nice work! You should see if Lomography will let you borrow the 120 version of the lomo.

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      Hamish Gill
      November 7, 2016 at 7:13 am

      I am half interested, the problem is, I just don’t shoot enough MF…

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    Dan Castelli
    November 5, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    This is the first examples of JCH film I’ve seen. Nice results and it looked like the photo day was fun. JCH film is now available here in the US, and I’m going to be getting a few rolls to check out. Once again, thanks for a timely article.

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      Hamish Gill
      November 7, 2016 at 7:12 am

      Come back with a link to some results when you have them!

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    Dan Castelli
    November 7, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    U Bet! Right now I’m trying out some Fomapan 200.
    The photo walks look like so much fun…stuck up here in rural New England we don’t have these events.

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      Hamish Gill
      November 7, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      There is a New England wlk – NEWLK – Ray Larose runs it! Search Google for Newlk!

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    Jöran Paap
    November 10, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Great pictures and I am really looking forward to your review of the LC Wide. Personally, I don’t get the idea of paying 350€ for a plastic fun box with some fancy features 😀

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      Hamish Gill
      November 11, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      … that takes basically bad photos… I know, nuts, but I’d buy one!

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    James
    November 11, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Very tempted to get one of these! This blog is very bad for the bank account 🙂

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      Hamish Gill
      November 11, 2016 at 10:01 pm

      I am told this… 😉

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    George Appletree
    November 11, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Hearing about lomography makes me trembling. Yes, of course I had
    a Holga and a russian Lomo. But to be honest I make much more fun getting an old bargain and making it work.
    That is just to being moderate.

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