First Run with Hipstamatic Float and Dali Films

With the a couple of new films and a new lens from Hipstamatic world, I was eager to get out and about to test things out. First off, I checked out the new Float film. It gives the image slightly rounded corners like the Holga and then adds spots and texture around the edges of the image. Overall, I find it to be a pretty cool effect that’s not over the top.

These next two images were shot with Float film and the Helga Viking Lens.

These next two were shot with Float film and the John S lens. The two together are a pretty tasty match. The John S lens has a strong texture and a color cast that complements the feel of the film.

Next up was checking out the Dali Lens with the Dali Film. My first impression… definitely interesting. The Dali lens creates a seemingly random double exposure with the image. It’s definitely in the artsy category. Maybe even gimmicky…

This little watercoloresque image was shot with the Dali lens and my old faithful Ina’s 1969 lens. The image is copied and split in the middle kind of like a Rorshach test. What’s fun about this latest release is that the effect isn’t consistent from image to image. Each time the duplication is a little different.

The Dali strikes me as fun for goofing around, but it doesn’t really work for capturing a straight image. So I switched over to the Dali film and the John S lens. The Dali film creates a Polaroid transfer sort of look to the film edge.

For those not familiar with the Polaroid transfer, well, back in the days of film, you could soak a Polaroid print in water and get the emulsion to float from the print and then transfer it onto a thick paper. In the process, the image would fold and sometimes tear – creating an organic effect unique to each print. The Dali simulates that – not every frame is the same though there doesn’t seem to be a lot of variation.

You’ll also notice that there’s a canvas texture to the image.

Notice how the edge treatments of the photos above and below are different.

My own take is that it’s a great effect if you really feel the need to spice up your photos. If what you’re shooting is really boring, then the Dali film might save you. If you’ve got a strong image to begin with, then the treatment may be too much of a distraction


About johnmireles

Photographer, writer, thinker, climber, outrigger canoeist, bad guitar player and even worse singer.
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