The Battle of Beep and Bop
Samantha and I decided to have a little competition for this week’s Fabulous Film Friday. We grabbed our Holga cameras and a couple of rolls of 120 film and headed for Inglewood in Calgary. The rules were simple. Walk the streets for two hours and make images. We would then get the film developed and scan the negatives to display them here. There was no post-processing except for removing dust spots and a minor curve or colour correction to get the scan to be a good representation of the film image.
I thought I had this contest won before we even started. Hell, I have 25 years of experience with film – I doubt that Sam has shot 25 rolls of film in her life! And who showed Sam how to use a Holga? And who kept reminding her to take the lens cap off, to set the aperture to sunny or shade, and to always remember to focus the lens? This contest wouldn’t even be fair! Loser vacuums for a month!!
Samantha: I have to admit, I was pretty intimidated when you were so…helpful.
Darwin: Except that I was so busy being charitable, that I forgot to check Bop for one critical setting.
Samantha: Right! Tell our friends what that setting was, Darwin (grin grin).
Darwin: Well there is a shutter setting for normal (about 1/60th of a second) and then one for Bulb (where the shutter stays open as long as you hold down the shutter button).
Samantha: And what setting was Bop at for this bright sunny afternoon in downtown Calgary?
Darwin: Ummm… well… Bulb. I forgot to change the setting from last time I took pictures with Bop.
Samantha: Let’s go back to that part you were just saying about ‘professional photographer of 25 years’….
Darwin: Oh, you mean the part about the professional shooter of 25 years with a handful of washed out negs. Actually I am surprised I even captured anything on those washed out negs, but I did manage to get a couple of shots with something there.
Samantha: Guess I didn’t need all that help after all, but thanks anyway. So, do we call the contest yet or post a couple more results next week?
Darwin: I doubt a couple more results will save me, but sure, let’s do that. I don’t want to vacuum for a month!