Below are two photos made after a fresh snowfall in Cochrane while Samantha and I were walking our dog, Brando. These were shot with “Einstein” our glass lens Holga (which is our ‘sharp’ Holga). To see just how sharp, click on the photos for larger views. Thanks for looking!
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Here are three Holga shots from Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park near Cochrane, Alberta. IF you want to learn more about the park and all of its winter possibilities for photographers be sure to sign up for our Twoonie Talk (2 dollars to get in) on Jan 21, 2012 in Cochrane – for more information please see here.
Alberta recently passed a distracted driving law where you not supposed to text, put on make-up, or sketch while driving. I looked carefully at the regulations and there was nothing there about using a Holga while driving (but electronic cameras are banned – yeah for film!). So last time I went into Banff National Park I pulled out the Holga at nearly 100 KMPH (check the speedometre in the photo) and snapped this shot of Cascade Mountain from the Trans Canada Highway (as you can see the road was empty so who was I distracting anyway?). Safety first though; I was wearing my hard hat and steel-toed boots while doing this dangerous exercise (and I did put my coffee down before snapping the shot)! 😉
Below are three images I made with Einstein our glass lens Holga which is really sharp in the center of the frame but soft towards the edges. I think Holga’s are great for old abandoned things;the look of the images matches the feel of the subject. I used Fuji NPS 160 film. Click on each image to see a larger view.
Holga image scanned with
Camera Canon EOS 450D 55 mm 1/100sec f/9.0 ISO 400
The photo was taken with a Holga 120 CFN, for which I paid $ 30 dollars on eBay. It was loaded with Kodak color film (Kodak Pro 160). I sent the film to develop but I do not own a scanner (and can’t afford one at the moment for scanning 120 film). The person who usually scans my film has been extremely busy, so I had the rolls for two months in the cupboard. A couple of days ago, I read about a method to scan without scanner. It consisted of taking macro photos of the negatives and inverting them later in Photoshop. The problem was I do not have a macro lens.
A month ago my father-in-law died, and my husband inherited a 70 year old lightbox from his grandmother. I tried to reproduce the method with that lightbox and the Canon 450 with EF-S 18-55mm IS lens (standard lens) handheld. It worked.
I invert the files in Photoshop and change a bit the curves. Turned them to black and white and voila. There is no processing in Photoshop as such, just a tiny touch in the curves. The photograph is a double exposure on film and then ridiculously scanned. ~ Gaby Vicent Oliver
Here is a strip of Ilford XP-2 black-n-white film shot in my Holga camera, Bop. This is the suspension bridge crossing the North Saskatchewan River at the Kootenay Plains along the Siffleur Falls trail. I coud not decide which image I like the best and so present the strip of three frames from the shoot. Click on the photo to see a larger version.
Well, the votes are in for the winner of the Holga Hustle film photo contest. Although there were votes cast across the roster, we do have a clear winner. And the winner is…Georgette! Her two photos garnered equal acclaim from you all. Georgette receives the Holga newbie kit containing her Holga (named Casablanco), a DVD and 5 rolls of film — congratulations! And thank you to all photogs who came out and played with film for the day and then shared ideas and snacks afterward at Baker Creek Bistro. Our prints are still up in the Bistro for the next little while if you want to see how great film looks printed on vinyl.
Before you head out this weekend, make sure you stop over at Samantha’s blog as it is her turn to host the Fabulous Film Fridays project. Being a lawyer, she’s a very analytical type and is busy pondering the differences between film and digital. I think her film images evoke more mood than the digital comparisons in this case!