The Hipstography Awards 2016 – Nominees for Experimental Combo of the Year

By on January 25, 2017

Which are your favorite 3 combos? You can vote for one of them, or two or three, it’s entirely up to you; the maximum, however, is three.

Only one vote per person is allowed.

Voting for this category will end on Saturday January 28th.


Combo #474 (Polina Sarri)

Lens:  Anne-Marie (30%) 
Film:  Aristotle (40%) 
Flash:  Jolly Rainbo 2X (10%) 
Clarity: 70 • Definition: 20 • Highlights: -20 • Shadows: +50 • Vibrancy: -602 • RGB: modified • Temperature: 8000


This combo was created due to a Hipstamatic bug. We hope there are no plans for a fix. More info about this bug on this page.

Photos: Polina Sarri


Combo #478 (Polina Sarri)

Lens:  Tejas (30%) 
Film:  Rasputin (20%) 
Flash:  Triple Crown (50%) 
Exposure: +0.2 • Clarity: 20 • Definition: 20 • Highlights: -20 • Shadows: +20 • Vibrancy: +10 • RGB: modified • Vignette: 0


"When I was looking to find a combo for the Lush Collection, I immediately thought of Tejas, a distinctive rich and dense lens, which I toned down to 30 as well as discarded the vignette completely, in order to make it brighter and crispier. To pair it off, I chose Rasputin, a film known for its sumptuous and opulent colours. The result was, as I expected and hoped for, the perfect match for a sensuous combo with a warm characteristic hue that works well indoors and outdoors.
A generous addition of Triple Crown flash, along with an overall adjustment of the settings, incorporated an extra boost to the plush effect and gave birth to Euphoria, a combo which, as its name implies, will leave you with a smile! Happy clicks!
Polina Sarri


Combo #479 (Marc Zetterblom)

Lens:  Florence (30%)  
Film:  DC (30%) 
Flash:  RedEye Gel (15%) 
Exposure: +0.1 • Clarity: 15 • Definition: 10 • Highlights: -20 • Vibrancy: +40 • Temperature: 5200 • Vignette: 10


"Felicity is a subtle and balanced combo consisting of the Florence lens, the DC film and the RedEye Gel. Florence, which is quite a sharp lens, creates photos with desaturated colours. For this combo I have limited the effect to 30%, in pursuit of a more natural tone. DC, on the other hand, is a film that really gives your photos a nice rich hue. Besides eliminating the black frame, I have limited the overall effect of the film to 30%. To achieve the creamy and balanced effect I was looking for, I added a small amount of the RedEye Gel.
I believe it is a versatile combo with a subtle and balanced effect that, in the end, still has it's own distinct character."

Marc Zetterblom


Combo #480 (Sebastian Oskar Kroll)

Lens:  Florence (30%)  
Film:  Aristotle (35%) 
Exposure: +0.2 • Clarity: 15 • Definition: 10 • Vibrancy: +5 • Vignette: 0


"Utopia, consisting of the Florence lens paired with the Aristotle film, turned out to be a wonderfully clear and golden combo. The Florence lens, with its desaturated colour scheme and sunny highlights, bathes everything in a warm light. In order to make the colours a bit more natural, I toned down the lens to 30%. Aristotle is a high contrast black and white film, but a hidden feature in the Vibrancy settings allows you to add colour to it. I changed the Vibrancy to 5 and achieved a very special colour effect! To reduce the high contrast and HDR touch, I changed the film settings to 35%. Eliminating the vignette made the light more balanced and I also added a little more exposure. This combo feels precious and tangible and will add that final touch to your pictures."
Sebastian Oskar Kroll


Combo #483 (Kally Klonaris)

Lens:  Jimmy 
Film:  Indio 
Flash:  Purple Raindrops Gel 
Clarity: 12 • Definition: 10 • Tones Curves: modified


"I created this combo during my recent summer holiday in Greece. I've been visiting Greece regularly, from the time I was a little girl. There is a particular feeling that you get there, which inspired this, what I like to call, fun pop art style. It is a very unique combo in the sense that each photo varies greatly, depending on the light, so there are always interesting surprises."
Kally Klonaris


Combo #498 (Deep Ghosh)

Lens:  Murray (50%) 
Film:  Zama (50%) 
Flash:  Standard 
Exposure: -0.5 • Clarity: 35 • Definition: 40 • Highlights: -48 • Shadows: +22 • Texture: 33 • vignette: 45
(The combo can be downloaded at the bottom of this page)


"One Japanese legend tells of an old man who lives in the moon and comes out, every night, to search among kindred spirits to reunite them on Earth. According to the legend, these people have something to learn from each other and when the old man finds them, he ties a red thread to them so they can find their paths (source).
REDthread is an ongoing photo series based on my interpretation of this legend/folklore. If you want to tie your end of the thread to this ongoing project, use this combo preset and  #REDthread, and let us take the legend forward."
Deep Ghosh


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