This was my third attempt at finding this waterfall not so far from where I live. I knew I wanted to bring my Nikon FG with the 50mm f/1.8 Series E lens, but wasn’t settled on the film yet. I decided on the roll of Lomography Potsdam Kino 100 that I got over the holiday season. This would be the first time using this film and I thought it would be a good time to try it.

The weather forecast was calling for it to be overcast with a small chance of rain. Took a chance to find “Otome no Taki” or in English, “Maiden Waterfall.”

As I was working my way up the trail, it started to snow and by the time I got to the waterfall, there was maybe 15-20cm of snow on the ground. Everything looked great! I was super excited to try this film at this location. As I was shooting the snow let up and the sun came out. The waterfall shots were set up on a tripod and all the others were hand held. Without a remote trigger, I had to set the timer to not shake the camera.

I developed this film at home with Kodak D-76 diluted 1+1 for 7 minutes at 20 degrees C. The negatives were scanned with my Epson V370. It is the low end scanner model but for me, it gets the job done. The scans are straight from the scanner with dust removal turned on.

I am happy with how this film came out and I thought the contrast was good with deep blacks and light whites. It does help to be shooting in the snow, so everything is already black and white.

Like I said, I am happy with this roll and I would like to try some more. Now, I just go back again to Otomeno Taki when things are lush and green. The Nikon FG with the 50mm Series E lens was a nice combo to take on this hike, because it was light and easy to walk with.

~ Orrin

PS. How do you open those plastic Lomography film canisters? I had to destroy mine to get the film out.

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Orrin Heath

Living in a small city in southern Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Enjoying life and the challenges of having a foreign family in Japan. Hoping to inspire my sons to enjoy photography. Also, I enjoy a good cup of coffee.


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  1. These are very nice photos! I have used Lomo Potsdam before and I think you are referring to the new 100% recyclable cassettes. For those who haven’t used them, they are of a different design. I can’t remember if you can ‘pop the top off’ like metal ones or not. I must admit I wasn’t a fan as it was tricky to open. It’s a shame really as I quite like Potsdam and Berlin films. If they were reusable then I might consider them. At the moment I think your only option is brute force and ignorance.

    1. Yes, those recyclable ones. They most certainly don’t open like the traditional metal ones.