I’ve been saying a lot of goodbyes lately it seems, and as you’ve seen from my previous post I’m getting rid of my Holga camera. I sent off my last three rolls of film to Dwayne’s Photo in Kansas because their prices were pretty unbeatable. For three rolls (and shipping) it was right at $25 and I had my film back within 7-10 days. Prices in Seattle were pretty expensive and getting to the semi-local shop (an hour away) before they closed was always a hassle. You might give Dwayne’s a try if there’s not a local business nearby that develops 120 film.
The one thing I don’t like about the Holga is the photos are always hit or miss. Out of 36 photos I’ve found four that actually stood out. I guess the same can be said about digital, but with digital you see the results right away and you know whether or not you should keep shooting. One roll of film that I used at the Seattle gay pride parade was ruined because one of the buttons was switched to bulb mode. It was something I should have paid attention to but didn’t.
These are a few examples of what happens when the holga is left in bulb mode when it isn’t needed. Nice, huh? :-O All in all, it’s been fun having a Holga and it’s a good conversation starter but definitely not reliable.
I’m currently selling my Holga CMY (Multicolor) CFN camera on eBay, if you’re interested follow this link for the auction. It’s served me well but I don’t use it enough to justify keeping it. I think I’ve only used about 5 or 6 rolls of film during its time with me. Hopefully it will go to a nice home; maybe even yours! :-)
After a terrible first attempt
using my Holga, I think that I’ve finally figured it out, it’s amazing what using the correct mask will do! I really like this camera, it takes pretty impressive lo-fi photos for a piece of multicolored plastic.
I was considering leaving it behind on vacation because of the limited space in my Crumpler bag, but I’m very happy that I didn’t. If only I would have thought to bring it along when we were at the shore, I probably would have used an entire roll (12 photos or 16 if you’re using a different mask) while there. All these photos were taken on vacation with the exception of the photo in the middle. There are a couple of holga photos that I uploaded to flickr that are not on the website if you’re interested. Click here.
Thanks again to my wonderful e-friend, Kris who sent me a roll of Fujifilm Superia film for my birthday. All of the photos I took on vacation was used with that film, and it’s probably in my head, but I do like it a lot better than the Kodak I had been using. Must pick up more film and keep practicing! :)
About a month ago I bought this beautiful toy camera called a “Holga.” These little cameras are very popular among flickr members because they make mundane photos look very interesting. Don’t believe me? Check these photos out. I thought that being a “toy camera” it would be easy to operate, but boy was I wrong. I should have took my friend, Jonas‘, advice and get the first roll developed as soon as possible to make sure I was doing everything correctly. I had three rolls developed and about three photos were salvageable. It’s no one’s fault but my own because I don’t like to read manuals. The recurring problem were photos overlapping one another. Sometimes it worked like for the first photo but most of the time it didn’t.
After getting a second opinion it was clear that I had the wrong mask in for the settings I had the camera on. I already had another roll of film in the camera but was only 3 photos into it so I decided to take it out. It wasn’t anything I couldn’t photograph again so I’m going to start with a new roll of film and see what happens.
I was surprised at how inexpensive it was to get three rolls of specialty film developed at Murphy’s Camera; only $22. Then again that was only for the negatives and three discs of photos. I’m glad I opted not to get the photos printed. I really would have been upset.
The moral of the story is: live and learn…and read the manual!