Friday, October 27, 2006



Blogger micki said...

Camera - My second Holga
Film - Kodak Portra 400 (expired)
Shutter Speed - I never worry about it
Aperture Setting - Ditto
Lens - It’s plastic, I don’t worry about that either.
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

So, I got myself a Holga this year and I’ve run several rolls of film through it over the summer. I understand there’s a learning curve to this little toy camera, but I must admit that I was really beginning to wonder what was wrong with me. I see a lot of Holga images out there on the blogs, and mine weren’t measuring up. I know that part of the charm of these cameras is their soft focus, but the images I see posted are really sharp, and most of mine were terribly out of focus. I began to wonder if it was me or my modified Holga. So, I purchased a second Holga this summer, straight from the distributor (in this case B&H Photo) to me. No modifications. I loaded up a roll of expired 120 film and carefully calculated all my distances and shot a couple rolls of film. Much better results. Yes, this one has a light leak. I might block that, I might not. I’m not sure. The vignette on this camera is better, though, it’s almost non existent on the first one; and my images are recognizable. I don’t know what I’ll do with the other one. I might give it one more try, but it will only be my back up Holga.

So here are a couple of shots of my place. The three trees in front of the house are now gone. The welcome sign came with the house when we moved in. It’s actually on the shed behind the house. I don’t know who it’s supposed to be welcoming, really. If you’re back there and you’re not invited, you aren’t welcome. If you want to put the trash out or mow the lawn while you’re here, then you’re more then welcome. The trash cans and mower are both in the shed. Have at it. I’ll feed you well when you’re done.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Don said...

It's great to get ot see your place. It looks like a great location. The newer holga does a fine job. I enjoyed reading about the "holga" experience.

10:33 AM  
Anonymous NoWords said...

nice place you've got, miki!

10:52 AM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

good to see a holga image....both are good shots...but i do think that the light leak should have been present on the bottom image and no the top one....

oh ya, ur place looks great... :-D

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

You have a lovely property. Is that the front of your house?

I don't see many in that style around here. We have mostly Colonials, Capes, Victorians, and McMansions.

There are a handful of 1950's contemporaries a few blocks from me interspersed with 1950's split levels.

I'm glad you figured out what was going on with the Holga.

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Doris said...

Can I move in????? Someday we will be in the middle of nowhere :-) I so hate living in the city!

12:32 PM  
Blogger Jasp said...

If the weather is fine and the food is good I'm in !

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Looks like a fun place, great shots!

1:52 PM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

Great explanation to the photos! Made me laugh. Mowing and trash for food? Sounds like an even trade off!

2:21 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

nice place...lot of trees i can see from the shadows:-) little sunface is cute:-) great capture!

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

I like especially your enjoying first image!

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Micki. Too much work to come in the back. Too many chores, even if there is a welcome sign! :-) I think that I'll stick to the front.

I see that there are 3 flavors of Holga ranging from $23-$38. Too bad about the light leak. I guess that you'll just have to get some electrical tape and go on a hunt.

5:26 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Have fun with the Holga. Your house looks nice. I wouldn't worry about the light leak, it'll only show if you take shots in strong light and will ad a lot of character to you shots. If you do want to fix it, I found that there's a chap in texas who sells light sealing kits at a very reasonable price.

5:41 PM  
Anonymous armeen said...

i like your sense of humor on the welcome sign :) as i hear every holga camera is different and that is the exciting element about this camera. i'm looking forward to see more of your shots from this camera :) and oh, the welcome sign is cool.

8:21 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

The first roll in my holga I wasn't happy with, but I'm lovin it now. Your home looks like a nice place to kick back. Had a chuckle on the welcome sign commentary:). Have a great weekend!

9:39 PM  
Blogger Patty said...

Hey, Micki! Sorry it's been SOOO long. I have continued to keep track of your posts, though, I haven't found it easy to comment 'til now. I especially loved the posts: about you and your grandpa :) ; Surrender(wow-you looked like a forest goddess! enjoyed reading the process you went through in getting that effect as well); Seed Pod 1(is one of my favorites!); all the take a guesses; I was sad to learn of the demise of A Smile for Wednesdays(I always liked that theme, but if you didn't feel it, then you must do what you feel); Out of the Fog; Swim Lessons; and Golden Child.

The daddy long legs just creeped me out. I've always been scared of them ever since I climbed above a waterwall with my uncle and cousins into a cave that turned out to be filled with them! :(

Oh, and I loved seeing a glimpse of your home!

3:10 AM  
Anonymous H.O said...

nice place Micki :)
I like Holga's imege if leak light :)
Have a nice weekend!!

3:13 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Mickiiiiiii, hiay, how you doing, how's the family and hope you enjoying the weekend :) Miss the Subster? Broadband finally on the mend now.

Ahh so this is where all the magic happens? So whgere are the neighbours, you live in the sticks girl LOL

Lovely shots, I am not totally feeling the lightr on the top image though.


7:08 AM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Micki a welcomed image with the sun first thing this morning!:)
I WANT that iron sun....
{{{on MY FENCE!}}}
Your home is tucked away among the trees....truly a *quiet calm*.
*I did answer your Q. in my comments at nature-trail.

7:11 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

Two very competent images from the new Holga and the house pic so good the plastic lightpath is not immediately apparent. I suppose, also, some Holga users will ‘post-process’ (out of habit, if nothing else) which is defeating the object, really.

7:33 AM  
Blogger traveller one said...

Charming images with an ethereal mood.

9:11 AM  
Anonymous micki said...

I've not been able to post yet today (Saturday) due to Blogger having a huge problem again. As soon as they're up, I'm up. In the mean time, I'm doing some shooting.

1:38 PM  
Anonymous Ron: said...

Great place! Looks beautiful & relaxing!

I'm glad to hear about the new Holga.. Mine was the same way, almost looked TOO good.. :)

5:09 PM  
Anonymous david said...

i must have bought one from the same batch as your first Holga! this is much more like what i hoped for! lovely couple of shots!

8:05 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

You really weren't kidding when you've talked about how close you are to the woods!

8:46 AM  

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