Holga images taken on hp5.
On Wednesday we went to upper padley, in the peak district. Rather than taking my usual hiking setup of a tripod and a pinhole camera, I took my gas stove instead for hot drinks. As a lightweight alternative I took my holga, my m2, and film.
I know the place well enough now, so at times I found myself shooting for shallow depth of field and getting close, something that I don’t normally do. I don’t normally shoot wider than f8 unless the subject calls for it, such as a portrait in a busy environment.
I’m not that happy with the images, but it was a nice walk with the leica.
I have yet to develop the film from the holga, if it comes out okay in development, I’ll share in a second part.
I went to the photography show today with the art college. It was a little overwhelming, with lots to see, and yet nothing much of interest for me as I wasn’t interested in a new camera or lens.
I did however, get some film I’ve never shot before for cheap, with two rolls of pan-f and a roll of sfx200 for £11. That was from speed graphic.
I saw lok and warren from the old digital rev, and Lara Jade.
Also got to look at the new lomography instax camera, automat glass. I’m not a big fan of the company (the fact that they don’t produce film and just hoard and recycle it isn’t sustainable for the industry), but the availablity of a glass instax is a tempting one. Pitty it’s not wide format or have manual control.
Connor trying it out:
Also spotted film at the Fuji stand except the boxes were emtpy, and they didn’t sell any. Go figure.
Taken with Leica m2, voigtlander 35mm 2.5, hp5 @ 1600
Last week I got a new holga with the idea of shooting two when out shooting for my town documentary. No two holgas are alike so having two creates variation in the series. I can also start to think about which holga suites which scene. As this is a new camera I expect the shutter is faster than my 2nd hand holga, and better suited for bright scene as it struggled in the shadows.
I’m not sure if its because the holga is new, but I had problems with dust or paper (not sure what it is) in the camera causing weird flecks on the edges here and there. Another problem is that there appears to be a light leak somewhere which you can see in the salvation army image where a line goes across the size.
Here is a few images from a shoot with the new holga and red filter.
I’m not sure how many of these updates I’ll do. I expect to be running a roll a week, or if not two weeks, between coursework.
I wanted to do something different for materials and processes blah blah research for my FMP, so the holga camera out.
To make it more fun I taped a red filter over the lens:
The film is also processed differently from I what I usually do. I wanted to preserve highlights and have some sort of sharpness. To do this I agitated 15 secs every 3 minutes rather than 10 secs every minute. The film was pushed to 1600 (compensating for the red filter). Full technical: Developed in hc110 Dilution E at 20c for 14 minutes, agitated for 1 min at start then for 15 secs per 3 mins.
Here is the whole roll, from snapshot to blunder, of a walk around town looking for subject matter:
The holga is a lot of fun.
On Monday we went to York, a yearly tradition; a pilgrimage for coffee, beer, books and trains. This year I took my Leica m2 with hp5 at 1600 for some snapshots and street photography.