Friday, July 07, 2006

ABSTRACT OR SPECIALTY FILM/CAMERA DAY -- A Very Rainy Afternoon is Perfect for a Holga Shoot

31 Comments:

Blogger micki said...

Well, I didn’t know what to post today…I had a couple of abstract images I took week before last, or I could choose from the roll of ISO 3200 I finally picked up last week when I was in Williamsburg. But the 3200 is in b&w, and I’ve posted a lot of b&w in the past week. I love it, but I know most folks don’t. So, today I’m going to make my first Holga post. This photo is from my third roll of film shot in my little Holga and it’s also my first roll of color I shot. The lab had lost my first roll of Holga. Bruce (awesome owner of the pro shop in Williamsburg) asks me last week (when I finally went to pick up the film I gave him on May 22), “So, what’s on it? It will help the lab find it quicker.”

“Ummm, do you know how long ago I shot this?” (It was mid-May, btw.) “Oh! There’s a grocery cart.”

*I get that look my husband gives me. “A shopping cart? On the street?”

“Nope, in a lot, I think by a stop sign.”

“What else?”

“I remember a Road Closed sign.”

Can you imagine the look on someone’s face when they opened up their prints envelope and saw my out of focus grocery cart? Hey, I just remembered, I shot some mailboxes, too. I’ll bet they loved that one!

He called on Monday, the lab had found my prints, I’ll bet they were quickly returned by whoever got them by mistake. I’ll pick those up (hopefully) next week along with two more rolls of 120 I dropped off and a roll of infrared.

Anyway, this roll came from a mail order lab I sent out to. I thought it would be more convenient for me. Oh it was convenient, but costly. I think these babies were flown back to me from Colorado nestled comfortably on a first class passenger seat of some big ole jet airliner. (or is that Big Ole Jet-airah-liner…showing my age here.)



Camera - Holga from Holga Mods http://www.holgamods.com/ (get you one)
Film - Fujicolor Pro 400H
Shutter Speed - Who cares?
Aperture Setting - Didn’t have to think about it!!
Lens Small, plastic, and getting rained on during this shot!
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap (just like this camera)little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Things I’m Thankful to Cliff For…. Marrying Mom on this date 27 years ago!

9:51 AM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

It's a nice picture of the country. Some Huckleberry stuff. :) i might crop away more sky. The old rule of the thirds - keeping the horizon at one third from the top - would work well here i suppose.

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Lovely shot and the Holga is a good choice for this. Glad that they found your first roll.

10:18 AM  
Anonymous rayts said...

i envy your enthusiasm and determination to stick with film. given a choice, i'd prefer it too. but i am a lazy person (by choice, hehe). too lazy that i want to see the image i produce at once and have the chance to make trials and errors without the expensive rolls being wasted.

about the photo: love the angle you chose but like what plastictv has commented, it needs a lil cropping here and there. and oh, the foggy effect is lovely. btw, thanks for dropping by my blog. appreciate it. :)

10:34 AM  
Anonymous John said...

Captures the feeling of a rainy afternoon, nice place and Holga.

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Interesting, a Holga. I just bought a Lensbaby, which was created by a guy who missed his Holga, or rather the soft focused edge the Holga gave.

Anyway a nice, soft, rainy afternoon photo. I agree with the rest, it could do for a crop to get rid of that blank sky.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous DAVE said...

I love the feel of old photography your pictures have. They look old school but with color. I love it.

1:58 PM  
Blogger micki said...

OK, usually I just allow everyone to comment and I don't say anything unless there's an important question asked.

This is a Holga image. I shot what I saw: it was a lone boat docked at a small marina in the middle of nowhere on an extremely rainy afternoon. A perfect scene for this medium. I couldn’t get closer to the boat without going wading. In my Holga’s viewfinder, the boat was a wee bit bigger in the frame, but still relatively small to the shot. I centered the boat, as it was my understanding that the center of the frame is the most focused on these charming toy cameras. This is the shot I wanted.

It is my understanding that a lot of Holga shooters still post process their images after scanning. You know about my lack of post processing. I do crop on occasion, (see this past Wednesday’s A Smile for Wednesdays image for example), but I’m not going to crop a Holga shot. It is what it is. That’s the point of the camera. Besides, if I did crop, I would have lost the vignette on the cropped edges. Then it would have just been a little blurry picture of a boat by a dock…which is what it is. :o)

2:07 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

lovely tone....and softness:-) beautiful landscape and composition:-)

2:29 PM  
Blogger Timmybomb said...

I got a good chuckle from thinking about the poor guy who got you photos by mistake. Must have been quite a confusing moment for them.

I love this image. The quality is something that cannot be matched by Photoshop magic. I thought about getting a Holga, but I don't know anything about them, so I figured I would be wasting my time. The photos that I have seen from them are very cool though.

3:31 PM  
Anonymous John said...

Cool shot.

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

A nostalgic touch in this beautiful landscape...

3:43 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

Using a Holga, a Lubitel, an SX-70 or whatever needs a matching mindset. Myself, I just can’t resist gently floating such sourced images thru PS. But, Micki, your honest image here is a reminder of just how wrong I am to do that. True Holga and well done.

5:03 PM  
Blogger Zebigleb said...

A small corner of paradise, when angels are gone back home !!

Have a nice day !

5:06 PM  
Blogger Nicola said...

It looks dreamy to me - love it!

5:39 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

It's a pretty scene. I like the softenss.

Pretty cool foggy shot.

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Ron: Threeflavours.ca said...

It's amazing that people (like me!), buy cameras that cost thousands of dollars, lenses that cost just as much, and yet people (like me!), can take pictures that have just as much, if not MORE impact with a camera that costs a mere $20. I've yet to try colour in my Holga, mostly because I can't develop colour myself, but it really looks good! Oh, and you're right.. NEVER crop a Holga pic!!

7:14 PM  
Anonymous leeroy said...

A quaint country feel! Ordinarily fog seems to add gloom to shots, but here I think it adds tranquility.

8:06 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

So soft looking.... like the soft.

8:42 PM  
Blogger skilar said...

I really like this shot. The out of focusness and everything.

1:57 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

The softness works well, nice shot Micki!

3:29 AM  
Anonymous tad said...

spookyin some way, cool :)

forlorn.. ?

4:01 AM  
Anonymous sleepless dream said...

incredible frame...
i adore the tones and lighting

love
sd

8:45 AM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Micki. This is the best Holga shot I've seen so far. Where are the vingette (spelling?) edges? You must have a Holga that keeps out most of the light! LOL. I really like the image BTW. Chris

11:06 AM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

Holgarific! Seems like just the right scene for the Holga effect. Really fine.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Love this Micki!! I just got mine in the mail. If it works out half as good as this I'll be a happy camper:).

10:57 PM  
Blogger bkphotography said...

Sooooooo, I've just woken up... and I cursed my not so nice alarm clock for interrupting my dream. You know, one of those where you dream about summer and late evenings chats nearby some awesome place like this. You are my new personal hero, just for posting this one, and thus allowing me to dream on. Yep, that simple.

1:53 PM  
Anonymous idreaminred said...

cool shot :-)

7:01 AM  
Anonymous MikesRightBrain said...

I keep forgetting that you are around Williamsburg. This shot is awesome... so ethereal. you should do an album full of holgas... Is that pro shop the one that's down the street from the Greenleaf Cafe?

11:29 PM  
Anonymous 6oh. said...

fanholgastic. love the "old print taken years ago' feel to it.

and the crop is perfect as is, as i agree with your cropping comment. you can crop when setting up and taking the image the way you want it, or do it afterwards post-processed. when it comes to film, do it right, do it first time, and you did good. nicely done.

3:21 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Instant nostalgia - indeed, a perfect choice of subject matter (and weather) for this medium.

11:35 PM  

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