Saturday, September 13, 2008

storm bathers

storm bathers
Originally uploaded by Paul Grand
Autumn arrived,
with it came stormy skies and huge waves, though the sea is warmer now than during mid-summer!
This mostly happens when we get the grec wind, or the 'mad wind' as the locals call it, because its so very warm and horribly humid.
The sea current also changes from the west and we get the warmer sea current from the east.
The bathers shown above were risking their lives because of a dangerous undercurrent. The danger multiplied because a thunderstorm was approaching with no available life guards!
They close for the season on the 1st of September..

The image is an example of Holga camera photography following on from my last post.
I believe anybody who's jaded by today's smooth, high quality digital photography might learn to love the photographic medium again by returning to basics, with a toy Holga or Diana camera and trying the wet process again.
I continue to develop my own because, here in France, I was quoted 10 USD to develop the 120 film negatives only, with a waiting time of two weeks!

Saturday, September 06, 2008

holga's from Hong Kong

holga's from hong kong
Originally uploaded by Paul Grand

After a two week wait,
I received my Holga camera's.
Purchased from an Ebay store, the same place I'd already bought 120 B/W film stock.
This shot was taken just because I loved the green packaging, on my winding stone staircase.
Interestingly, before I saw these pictures, hadn't noticed those antique numeral markings on the steps rise behind the parcel..

The first Holga is the Classic 120 GN model, without a flash.
The second is the wide angle pin hole camera. It takes about two sections of 120 film per shot.
So, you only get about 6 shots per roll. Normally you'd get 12 square format shots.

You need to use the wide angle on a firm tripod, as the exposures are several seconds long.
It also comes with a free remote cable release, to help stop those camera shakes.
Although these cameras are called 'toys' I can vouch that the loading and unloading and even worse, the film developing are not for
nervous types. As winding the floppy 120 film onto a developing spool in pitch darkness is tricky thing to master.
Even more so after a glass or two of red wine...

Taking pictures with the 120 GN is very easy to master. My friend Jill warned me to remember to remove the lens cap first.
Sound advice, though in practice, not so easy to remember.
Next time, I'll remove the lens cap and leave it in the car.
Then I cant put it back on by mistake.
Always wind on after every shot, again easy to say, but in practice, hard to implement on location..

Choose subjects with a strong graphic quality, such as billboards, buildings and people.
Fairgrounds are all the rage.
Fair ground big wheel holga's have become a kind of background wallpaper on Flicker, so I'd shy away from them.

Finally, I recommend you take your normal dig camera with you, and try to duplicate any great shots, just in case you get a dud exposure.
You can then try recreating a Holga effect in Photoshop!

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