i finally had two rolls of film developed that i had used in my Holga a few months back. Here’s a few of the best ones. No editing on them, i just scanned the prints and cropped them into square format. I have another film sitting in my camera still, it has a few shots left on it though. Hopefully it won’t take me 6 months to get it developed lol.
Look at Noah’s hair! this was obviously before i had the mop cut off and before he was walking.
My favorites are the double exposures. I need to do more of them but i keep forgetting to.
I brought myself a bright pink Holga 135bc camera off ebay last week .It was delivered yesterday and although it was a horrible dull overcast day i still wanted to test it out. For those who have no idea what a Holga is, it’s basically an old old school Chinese “toy” plastic camera. It was pretty popular back in the 60′s and they stopped making them for ages until suddenly there was a resurgence of interest for the “old school” film cameras. It is made from plastic, with a plastic lens and a fixed setting. You can’t manual focus or zoom (besides getting up and moving closer to your subject), the aperture is fixed at f8 (or f11) and there is only one shutter speed (of i think about 1/100 or 1/130). They can be very unpredictable and are well known for major light leaks onto the film, being out of focus and you can also create easy double exposure images because the winding of the film is dome manually. They originally only took 120mm square film, but the new versions have been modified to take regular 35mm films. They are the ultimate old school photography experience and are fun and challenging to use and create pretty, dreamy photos. Very hit and miss as i’ve found out.
I popped in an old film i had laying around as soon as i opened the box, it was only a cheap 200ISO vista film but i figured for my first test run it wouldn’t matter so much. I got the film developed today and there were mixed results.
As a result of my first experiential i have learned the following;
- indoors = fail. Don’t even bother unless you have the flash unit to go with it.
- it NEEDS full bright sun. Just like the box said (funnily enough, who would have thought?).
- you need to keep your hand very very steady.
- compose the shot by looking through the viewfinder and then raise the camera up a bit to compensate with the fact that the lens does not match the viewfinder. (This is something i did do but i still managed to cut off a few things.
- back-lighting = fail (may be more successful in brighter sunshine though)
- invest in a better quality more saturated colour film. I’ll be looking into which films are best to try next because the colours on this one were quite dull. But i think that also had a lot to do with the fact there was no sun.
Out of 24 shots there were only 6 decent ones worth scanning and showing. Most were way underexposed, because there was obviously not enough light around even though it was a fairly bright overcast afternoon when i took most of the shots.Here are the pick of the bunch. The bottom two are double exposures, i want to experiment with that more.