Monday, September 27, 2010


For several days during last year's trip trip to Japan the weather was overcast, cloudy and rainy....not good days for taking pictures with my Holga. As I've mentioned Holga photos need lots of light. What to do when there isn't a lot of light....maybe take digital photos.... Or if your Holga is a newer one switch the thingy on the bottom of the camera from N (normal) to B (bulb) mode. On B mode you can hold the shutter open for as long as you want. This allows time for more light. However photos shot on bulb mode require a tripod and shutter release cable. Shutter release cables often freeze and I mostly forget to take my tripods. So I hold the shutter open and count one potato, two potato, etc up to five or seven.

I looked forward to taking Holga photos at this bamboo grove in Kamakura, Japan. However what I knew about how bamboo grows was zip. So close together, so little light, so Holga unfriendly......I switched my Holga on to bulb mode and counted.......and stopped at five or six..

More bamboo in this runon photo of the sky and greenery around the bamboo grove.

I took this photo at the end of the roll of film.

Self portrait taken on an overcast day.

Another cloudy Holga day. My daughter in front of the Buddha at Saw Mountain in Chiba, Japan.

The Buddha at Saw Mountain in Chiba, Japan.


Anonymous said...

Cool pics! And thanks for the demonstration of how to have fun with your Holga when there's little light. ;)

sbk said...

Hi duriandave,

Thanks. I must admit I only looked at these photos when I had them developed as I was so annoyed at the lack of light. Recently I looked at them again and think they're kinda fun.