Monday, 2 April 2012

Alternative Italy

Pin It One of the current photographic fashions is to process images in a style that imitates the plastic film cameras of an era gone by, and which have now been made available again in the form of the Lomo and a remake of the famous Diana Camera with its plastic lens and leaky light body. The popularity of this style has a new take in the age of the smart phone in the form of Hispstamatic, an app for the iPhone and Instagram which is an experience sharing platform with a built in processor which creates the leaky light bad exposure look, amongst others. Its all the retro rage right now.

It's probably a bit of a fad and a fashion, so provided one doesn't take it all to seriously, it can be a lot of fun. The Apple Macintosh application store has a similarly based piece of software called Plastic Bullet, the results from which you can see here. The intriguing thing about Plastic Bullet is that as you page through ever changing options and versions of your images you have to save them on the way, because once you have moved on there is no going back to one you might have previously liked, but not saved.

Anyhow, I have not really found the time to do the serious post processing of images from a recent visit to Italy, which included Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice, but in a moment of whimsy, I did decide to run a few of them through Plastic Bullet. It was all rather fun, and the results are here for you to judge. The more serious output from that trip will go on my website at

They look more funky enlarged. Just click on them to do so. They were shot with the Nikon D7000

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