The Hipstography Awards 2013 – Monochrome Combo Nominees

By on January 26, 2014

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. The message "Thank you for your vote" means that your vote has been registered.

Voting for this category will end on Sunday February 2nd.


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Combo #197 (Timeline)

Lens:  Tinto 1884 
Film:  Uchitel 20 
Flash: off

"This is a true story! A few months ago, I was wondering, as a lot of us do, what the next film would be. I secretly hoped for beautiful sepia, a classic in photography, capturing the lost charm of the daguerreotype. Something like a lovely monochrome that would nudge the world into time traveling and lend itself to astonishing portraits and mysterious landscapes. Preferably with a frame, of course… Imagine my surprise when I discovered Uchitel 20! I pair it with Tinto 1884, which adds that dark room-depth and it really is a perfect combo! My trip to Paris was blessed! I would be able to reveal the atmosphere of the city, exactly as I perceive it, as well as producing several albums of timeless Polaroids.
(And the story continues!! The next month, I added another dream to my wish list. I wished for a lens that would reproduce the atmosphere of feminine boudoirs, that powdery rose feel of Sarah Moon’s work… and along came the “Long Island Pack”!! Thank you Hipstamatic for reading my mind... please continue!)"



Combo #196 (Mark T Simmons)

Lens:  Jane 
Film:  BlacKeys SuperGrain 
Flash: off

"Boston's North End and the town of Santa Fiora in the Tuscany region of Italy, have both captured my heart this year. Both these places have a special feel about them, where the light seems to bounce off every building and block shadows engulf the streets as the day goes by. When light and shadow are found like this, the minimalistic approach to photography can sometimes be the most powerful.
When shooting this kind of architecture, I prefer to use the Jane lens paired with the BlacKeys SuperGrain film, rather than the John S. I find this combination allows me to capture the light the way I see it, provides greater detail in the shadows and gives rich textures and tones throughout the whole image."

Mark T Simmons


Combo #194 (Denis Balibouse)

Lens:  John S 
Film:  Claunch 72 Monochrome 
Flash: off

"I discovered the surf spot of Peniche (Portugal), a few years ago, thanks to my Australian wife who missed the atmosphere of surfing and the ocean. We have been there a few times now, and even though the combination of sand and sea water has never sat well with me, I decided to concentrate on using my iPhone to capture the atmosphere of the surf culture while trying to keep up with our 2 years old son. I really like the atmosphere of this particular spot in Baleal. It's a tiny peninsula, a couple of kilometers outside of the port of Peniche. I took a real liking to the contrast that the combo John S lens + Claunch 72 Monochrome film creates."
Denis Balibouse


Combo #188 (Matthew Wylie)

Lens:  Madalena 
Film:  US1776 
Flash: off

"There's something about this combo that I really like, though I'm not sure exactly what it is. Maybe it is the vintage, muted feel of the Madalena lens combined with the grainy palette of the US1776 film, which, when used together, seem to produce a classic 'grit' that I find unique and appealing, especially for street photography. Unfortunately, the effect of the combo doesn't seem to truly show up on the iPhone and should be viewed on a larger computer screen to appreciate what the combo can produce - lots of fine, granular detail at work.

Or maybe it's just that I feel this is the go-to combo that The Clash would have used when on the road? In seriousness, the combo would work equally well for those who enjoy shooting rural photography, but perhaps want a different approach to the overall product. 'Sharpness is a bourgeois concept.' (H.C.B)"
Matthew Wylie


Combo #185 (Markus Andersen)

Lens:  John S 
Film:  AO DLX 
Flash: off

"My 'go to' Hipstamatic film is AO DLX, the Nike film. It's an awesome combination of grit/dust plus has a very interesting film like grain structure. AO DLX emulates the look of a black & white film print closer than any other Hipstamatic black & white film -  it has a rough, imperfect aesthetic - which I really like. The John S lens compliments the AO DLX Nike film, with punchy contrast & some interesting textures."
Markus Andersen


Combo #171 (Adelino Marques)

Lens:  Diego 
Film:  Uchitel 20 
Flash: off

"Postcards. Old postcards, from the early twentieth century, the kind you find in old bookstores. Discolored, desaturated, sepia and even stained postcards. They reflect the charm of what no longer exists or is in a bad condition, but still part of our history. Tomar is a small town in central Portugal full of history. It has one of the most important monuments in a unique architectural style, the Manuelino, a typically Portuguese style, late Gothic. The Convent of Christ with its famous Manuelino window which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
To recreate the feeling of these antique postcards, I used the combo Diego/Uchitel: the desaturation, the discolored spots, the slightly sepia tone... the perfect setting for these postcards of Tomar."

Adelino Marques


Combo #119 (Samantha Nason)

Lens:  Tinto 1884 
Film:  AO BW 
Flash: off

"This combo can be challenging but it's beautifully striking when it comes together. A tip for the Tinto 1884 lens: the point of focus changes with every frame, so taking a sequence of exposures gives a higher chance of correctly placed focus, especially for shots other than portraits."
Samantha Nason


Combo #116 (Richard Pelletier)

Lens:  Melodie 
Film:  Claunch 72 Monochrome 
Flash:  Standard 

"An iconoclast combo for those of you looking for cold, sharply contrasted black and white tones, achieved almost exclusively with the John S /BlacKeys Supergrain statement-making tandem. I discovered it 'by accident' this winter and used it; among other combos, during a huge blizzard in Montreal last December.
This shot, which stands out on account of its warm tones and creamy whites, successfully captures the cotton-wool and somewhat surrealist atmosphere that prevails during such blizzards."

Richard Pelletier


Combo #111 (Alon Goldsmith)

Lens:  GSQUAD 
Film:  Rock BW-11 
Flash:  Jolly Rainbo 2X 

"I wouldn't have thought that a black and white combo would work for Coachella - perhaps the greatest and most colorful music fest on the planet. I was delighted to be proved wrong. The sharp focus and subtle shading of G-Squad combined with the overexposed grainy look and speck contamination of Rock BW-11 was a perfect canvas for capturing the energy and grit of the festival."
Alon Goldsmith


Combo #105 (Jozef Hipp)

Lens:  Watts 
Film:  US1776 
Flash:  Laser Lemon Gel 

"I love this combo because between the B&W filters that Hipstamatic offers, US1776 is the one with the most grain and texture without vignetting. Combining this film with the contrasty Watts, produces a wonderfully high contrast b&w. Laser Lemon Gel just pushes the contrast even further giving the photographs an almost painting like quality."
Jozef Hipp

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