Fabulous Film Fridays – January 7, 2011

Below is the first image in the Fabulous Film Friday project for 2011. Sam told me I had to go first because I lost the bet about the colour of her Holga. I also have to do the dishes and wash the toilets for one month for losing the bet. Thanks to everyone for disagreeing with me!

©Darwin Wiggett - Holga 120N Ilford XP-2 Super 400 film

I took this shot of the ski trail on the old 1A highway near Lake Louise with Bop, my Holga camera. I used Ilford XP-2 400 speed film which is a black-n-white film that is processed in colour print chemistry (so you can take it to any one-hour lab for processing). Holgas have plastic lenses that vignette strongly but the effect is really retro and cool. There are two options to transfer the film to digital form: one is to get a print made by the photo lab and then just use your digital camera to make a copy photo; the other way is to use a film scanner to scan the negative (I did the latter). Once I scanned the negative I did a minor curves adjustment and added a sepia tinge to the photo to enhance the old time feel of the image. Next week Sam will present her first film photo (probably of me cleaning toilets).

Oh and by the way, I need to mention a quick update to the Fabulous Film Fridays project. In our first post we showed our eight film cameras. Well … there has been an addition (or two) to the project. I felt bad that Sexy, my leather-clad Polaroid SX-70 was dying a slow death, so I thought I would retire her and pick up a new instant film camera. I dropped by The Camera Store and soon fell into the clutches of Jim Slobodian. Before I knew it, I had picked up a Fuji Instax 210 wide format instant camera. It is very funky and so fun to use! Like a digital camera but one that spits out prints.

While at The Camera Store I made the mistake of wandering over to the used camera section where I found beckoning to me a mint condition Fuji GA645 Pro medium format camera. This is essentially an auto-focus point-n-shoot digital camera that takes medium format film and produces killer sharp images. I used to own one of these but killed it during a fall down a cliff. I was OK, the camera wasn’t. And here was a shiny one smiling at me? And the price was so low… well, I had to take it home as well.


©Darwin Wiggett

Then I had to break the news to Sam.

Darwin: Hey Sam!!  Check out what I just bought for a song at The Camera Store. It’s friggin’ awesome! We can use it for our Fabulous Film Fridays project.

Samantha: You bought another camera? Don’t you think eight bodies are enough for the project?

Darwin: Yeah but this is a different tool!  It does stuff better than the other cameras — trust me, you’ll love it!

Samantha: If I ever get to use it.

Darwin: Well, there is also a surprise in the office.

Samantha: Surprise?

Darwin: Let’s go check it out.

Samantha (in the office): You bought another camera?

Darwin: Yeah, to replace Sexy.  She’s almost dead you know.

Samantha: I see you have taken plenty of time to grieve.

Darwin: Look!  This new camera uses instant film; we can watch the film develop right before our eyes — just like in the 70’s!

Samantha: The 70’s? They had cameras then?

Darwin: Har, Har!

Samantha: So I guess this camera is for me, then?

Darwin: Well… umm, it’s for our project.

Samantha: So, you bought two cameras for yourself.

Darwin: You can use them whenever you want!

Samantha: This project may not have been the best idea after all….




13 Responses to “Fabulous Film Fridays – January 7, 2011”

  1. Hey. Awesome photo, I have to start using film in the next few months to experiment for my final year uni work…. nervous and excited!! Need to stop being so reliant on digital as I love the look of ‘Film’!

  2. Women. They’ll never get it. 😉

  3. Darwin,

    We have couple of old camera lying around. We would be happy to trade them in for used 24mm TS lens that you wanted to get rid of. :-))))

    This way you can have another camera and an excuse for getting the new TS lens.

    I think I can talk Varina into going along with this….Sam is your responsibility. :-)))


  4. I think almost every photog can relate to this story! lol

  5. LOL Darwin! I sure am enjoying these conversations between you and Sam. They are a great compliment to your photographic collaboration 🙂

  6. Looks like an image from another era, although i ever had a camera in the 70’s 🙂

    Does Sam read this blog ? 🙂

  7. Loosing bets helps you build character. So, enjoy that character Darwin.
    BTW nice find with the GA645

  8. I don’t know what I will look forward to more – seeing the images or reading your “conversations”. You guys are a hoot! I love it. 🙂

    And this is a great photo to start the project off with (not counting the portraits). I really like the “look” the Holga creates. I never really seriously looked at Holga cameras before, but I like this. It looks like it would be pure fun shooting with a camera like that.

  9. Love the Holga look! And the team sparring–priceless! Rock on!

  10. Great shot! Who said you couldn’t take landscapes on a Holga! Be sure to check out our Holga dedicated site with articles, interviews and an online store at http://www.HolgaDirect.com

    Happy Shooting!

    Rick @ HolgaDirect

  11. Looking forward to the Fabulous Film Fridays. The image from the Holga is a great start to the project.

    Also thanks for the information in the post about the film you used as this answered a question I have had for a while about getting the negs processed if I used B&W film. Problem solved 🙂

    Could you comment on what scanner you use and whether you use the software that comes with the scanner to do the neg conversion or do you use specialist software?

    Thanks for all the great tips and ideas plus the e-books. Your blog is one of my daily reads on the internet.

  12. This holga look is pretty cool. It looks so timeless

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