Wednesday, September 22, 2010

HOLGA - More Fun With Red Net

This time I used Velvia Fujichrome with my red net. I didn't tape the seams of the camera as I wanted to see what effects the light leaks would add. Also I was interested to see how having the film cross processed when developed worked with my red netting. The results were more abstract photos with lots of reds, oranges and pinks.

Village Roots Catering sign.

Village Roots garden in a runon photo. The dark images on the upper right and left sides, the light in the V and the red net remind me of a stripper's outfit.

Distorted images of my friend's sculpture of Kate on the side of their barn.

A slightly more conventional view of Village Roots Catering.

Another view of their garden.

Runon photo taken at a local gas station.

Local video store on the left.


Anonymous said...

I *love* these! Very mysterious.

What do you mean by "runon photo"?

sbk said...

Hi duriandave,

Thank you.

The Holga comes with 2 frame size masks for either 12 or 16 pictures. I have not been using either frame mask so the picture size the camera sees is much bigger. I advance the film 1,2, thru 16 but because the picture size is bigger than the space between the numbers the photos overlap or "runon". I don't know a lot of technical photo terms so call them "runon". I think "overlap" is the more correct term.

The film negative is one long photo. When it's developed the people who do the developing look at it and pick a place to start and print 13 photos which are 5"x5". I have had them start at different places but found the first one they do is usually the best as they're very good.

One could have the film developed as one long photo but it's very expensive and would have to be sent out. MFA candidates sometimes do this.

Sometimes I plan(a relative term when using a toycamera) similar shots to runon and other times I pick different locations
and see what happens.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for lowdown on the inner workings of the Holga! I've never thought of film negative as one long photo but of course that's exactly what it is.

I must belatedly confess that I actually bought a Holga a few years ago to take with me to HK. I only used it once and was a little disappointed with the results. But thanks to your blog, I'm beginning to realize that the best results come from chance and experimentation.

BTW, do you develop your film at a specialty photography shop or just at some place like Walgreens?

sbk said...

Hi duriandave,

I hope you use your Holga again as yes, chance and experimentation are very important. More so is lots of light...the high noon bright type of light which flattens out digital pictures.

I have a local photo shop develop my photos. Little did I know when I ventured in and asked if they developed 120 film (not too common in rural Vermont) that the father/son plus two employees shop were Holga fans and users who have been so very very helpful to me.

I'm more adventuresome because I know if photos don't come out I can tell them what I did and they will make helpful suggestions.

Their sense of humor is great help as nothing beats laughing together when things like the guy who plows my driveway doesn't see me and runs over my holga...which was okay once I dug it out of the snowbank...

Anonymous said...

That was my problem in HK: not enough light. It was an overcast day. I think I was using high speed film (400), but that still didn't help.

That's cool the folks at your photo shop are Holga users. And good to know that a Holga will survive being run over by a snow plow! ;)

sbk said...

Hi again duriandave,

Yeah, I had the same problem you had in Hong Kong on my last trip to Tokyo.

Overcast..too many overcast days...I ended up taking a lot of photos on bulb mode...even 800 speed film didn't do much on those days.

I found myself running from one side of a street to the other when the sun came out....and I wonder why the Japanese sometimes think foreigners are crazy....