First Film Photography Ever

My first ever film camera is a Diana F+ by Lomography. The special CMYK Edition camera made its way into my life around my birthday in 2014 and I have been besotted with it ever since. The arrival of my Diana F+ meant the start of an exciting, confusing, frustrating and completely satisfying journey into film photography.

I know that the Diana is called a toy camera. To focus the lens you rotate the focus ring to choose your subject’s distance: one espresso for 1-2 metres, an espresso pot and cup for 2-4 metres, or three espressos for 4 metres to infinity. And to set the aperture you choose between sunny, partly cloudy and full clouds. So maybe I take this camera and its photos way too seriously, because I’m obviously not a “real” photographer if I’m just choosing “one sunny espresso, please”. But it’s actually so refreshing to be an amateur and just take photos for fun, experimentation and “what if”.

These photos here are the result of the first ever two rolls of film I shot on my Diana. I used Lomography’s Earl Grey black and white 100 ISO film. Both times I set the number of exposures to 16, but somehow ended up with just 16 between the two rolls of film.

Ghostly Georgina 2 Jessica Merle Steytler
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Ghostly Georgina Jessica Merle Steytler
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Stable Yard Cat 2 Jessica Merle Steytler
Amber the Dog Jessica Merle Steytler
Red Wine and Dunhills Jessica Merle Steytler
Cats Jessica Merle Steytler
Horse Ghost Jessica Merle Steytler
Stable Yard Cat 3 Jessica Merle Steytler
Palm Tree Jessica Merle Steytler
Spike Jessica Merle Steytler
Hen and Chicks Jessica Merle Steytler
Stable Yard Cat Jessica Merle Steytler
Nighttime Playground Jessica Merle Steytler
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