Posts Tagged 'Double Exposures'

Summer: Take One

Over the last few weeks, I have had a lot of luck with the Holga. I have gotten my first two consecutive rolls of 120 film back in which all 12 pictures have been printed, and more or less pretty awesome. In an attempt to summer-ize, some things I have experimented with and/or learned are explained below.

One of my biggest nemeses in Holga photography….

1. BATTERIES: THEY ALMOST ALWAYS SEEM TO FALL OUT

AND DO FUNNY THINGS TO THE FILM BY THE END OF THE ROLL.

Seen here:

Sasquatch Festival

George, WA

Shot on Holga 120CFN, Kodak 100T-Max

Sydney: First shot with Fisheye Adapter

Sasquatch Festival

George, WA

Shot on Holga 120CFN, Kodak 100T-Max

Clouds?

Sasquatch Festival

George, WA

Shot on Holga 120CFN, Kodak 100T-Max

2. DOUBLE EXPOSURES ARE AMAZING

As seen here, in two of my favorite pictures yet….

“Stoop John B”

Eugene, OR

Shot on Holga 120CFN, Kodak 160 Ektar

Sunrise on the Gorge

George, WA/Eugene, OR

Shot on Holga 120CFN, Kodak 160 Ektar

Err… Lamp?

Eugene, OR

Shot on Holga 120CFN, Kodak 160 Ektar

3. LIGHT LEAKS ARE UNPREDICTABLE,

BUT WORK IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS.

Clouds over the Gorge. Sunrise? Sunset? I’m not sure.

Somewhere, Washington

Shot on Holga 120CFN, Kodak 160 Ektar

Lorax Manner

Eugene, OR

Shot on Holga 120CFN, Kodak 100 T-Max

Lorax Manner Take 2

Eugene, OR

Shot on Holga120CFN, Kodak 100 T-Max

Sunrise somewhere.

Somewhere, WA

Shot on Holga120 CFN, Kodak 160 Ektar

4. TOO MUCH SUNSHINE WILL BLEACH THE PICTURE OUT

(BUT STILL CREATE INTERESTING RESULTS)

Sam-In-A-Tree.

Silverton, OR

Shot on Holga120CFN, Kodak 160 Ektar


Adam and Eve.

Silverton Reservoir, Silverton, OR

Shot on Holga120CFN, Kodak 100 T-Max

5. SOMETIMES, PICTURES COME OUT JUST HOW

THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO.

(Some nice vignetting, too!)

Myself and John Z.

My Backyard, Eugene, OR

Shot on Holga120CFN, Kodak 100 T-Max

Tara in soft focus.

Ferry St., Eugene, OR

Shot on Holga120CFN, Kodak 160 Ektar

Voice Dawgs. (L to R) Noah, Scot, Tyler.

13th/Patterson, Eugene, OR

Shot on Holga120CFN, Kodak 100 T-Max

Go Ducks. (Taken on mine and Deirdre’s first ever “Wednesdate”)

Willamette River, Eugene, OR

Shot on Holga120CFN, Kodak 100 T-Max

Sunshine=Happy Aperture

Finally, after 6 months of toiling with the Holga I have finally discovered it’s one true secret: sunshine. It seems in the grey scattered skies and the beautifully light-polluted overtones in Eugene have hindered the magic of the Holga, thouguh I am sure with time (and maybe a tripod) I will figure out a way to get some good shots. I digress. After a trip to southern California with Scot, Megan and Noah, I finally got a roll of film that came back happy. 8 out of 12 came out, which is a record yet.

But wow, was I astounded when I got  this roll back. A lot of double exposures, some accidental, that came out so whimsically. No matter how rad digital is, there is nothing like those spontaneous and accidental gems that come back on a roll of film. The instantaneous aspect of digital has lessened the value of a photographic moment, allowing us to take endless photos without a care in the world. Enough ranting, though. These are some gorgeous frozen moments in time:

Megan with Martin and “the Neighbors” @ Coachella, April 2010

Slight hint of the front of my house in Eugene in there, too. Curious!

Holga 120CFN, Kodak Portra 120 VC

Group Shot in B-Boy Stances. Unfortunately, the one posed photo that we were so excited about was the only one on the roll that didn’t come out. Oh, the irony.

Holga 120CFN, Kodak Portra 120 VC

These two images overlapped, so I stitched them together.

Holga 120CFN, Kodak Portra 120 VC

Noah D. and Megan G., respectfully.

Holga 120CFN, Kodak Portra 120 VC

After 18 hours in the VW Golf, we arrived in Indio, CA at 3:30 AM. It was so disorganized getting in that we didn’t pull up to our campsite until the sun was up. By that time, it was far too hot to sleep. That day, Scot (pictured above) felt everyone and everything, and the Man in particular, was against us.

Holga 120CFN, Kodak Portra 120 VC

Bike tire and beer can. (And that one yellow tulip, that some scoundrel plucked from our front yard just a few days after this photo was taken.)

Holga 120CFN, Kodak Portra 120 VC

Sunny day in Eugene. Amy and my feet. View from the Monroe St. house stoop.

Holga 120CFN, Kodak Portra 120 VC

More pictures to come, because hey! It’s springtime, and that means more and more sunshine is makin’ it’s way through my camera lens. Yahoo! More photos soon. Until then…

Happy Spring!!!!


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