17 July 2008

The Results Are In







For those of you who remember, I recently purchased a Holga 135BC camera (click for that post, or for a general overview of the Holga).

For my first film I decided to get a general feel for the camera by experimenting with all the different settings. Unfortunately, due to the wonderful London summer, the weather was rather dreary that day, so the majority of the photographs were rather dark due to the heavy cloud cover. Although the sun did make an appearance at one point, albeit rather begrudgingly. Predictably a few of the shots were rather subpar and one or two were non existant (I secretly think they were so fantastic the developers stole them!). However I decided to post some of the nicer general shots, apologies for my rather low quality scanner.

For those of you interested, I used a roll of 400 ISO film due to the rather darker lighting conditions I was working in. As a general rule of thumb 100 and 200 ISO are used in bright conditions, whilst 400 ISO works better for overcast days and indoors. The highest speed film is reserved for dark conditions such as when shooting in a museum. Usually the higher the speed of the film, the grainier the image will be. This can easily be seen on a low quality mobile phone camera when shooting in darker settings. Of course in order to remedy this you could theoretically expose the film for a longer time, by slowing down or manually controlling the shutter speed, however this usually results in an image lacking detail or being completely blank. It must also be noted that with a manual shutter speed, your finger physically can not move as fast as the shutter of a camera. This means unless you are using a tripod or fixed rest point for your camera, even the slightest movement caused by your breathing will result in a blurry image.

The only editing on the computer I have done is to change the 'brightness' of the images to match the original copies. Indeed the whole appeal of buying a Holga for me was to get back to that 'raw' state of photography, which sadly seems to be slowly fading away as of late due to the digital market. I am rather pleasantly surprised with the outcome of this first roll of film, hopefully now that I am comfortably acquainted with my newest camera, I shall be able to take some better shots and post them as they come.

On a side note I realise it has been quite a while since my last outfit post, so I promise to do one tomorrow. Oh, and I am nearly at my 100th post...I feel a video post coming up to thank you all for being such wonderful people!

Currently playing: You Remind Me Of Home - Death Cab For Cutie

xxxx

30 comments:

  1. Oooh they are such wonderful little cameras aren't they?!!
    My boyfriend was going to buy a Holga but instead settled with the Lomo LC-A+
    Does the Holga have double exposure? That's always fun to play with!
    x

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  2. PS: Love the first pic of the window!

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  3. I'm listening to Death Cab right now! Weeeeird. Anyhow, those are amazing photos. I love the first few with the dark and light contrasts. Make sure to sue those developers when you see your work published in a gallery in Madrid.

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  4. i love the first one, the window one with blinds half way down. So cool with the only light coming from the window and everything else is dark. And the green really 'pops' out.

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  5. Me too, I know she has it in her to recover. I have nothing but love for the girl. Beautiful photographs you have up in this post. PS: I heart Death Cab!! (:

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  6. Cool window picture! I love it.

    I do so want the new Death Cab for Cutie CD. Really like their new song.

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  7. The window shot is cool and relaxing. Glad you're getting to know that camera.

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  8. i really like the pervading darkness in the first few prints: if nothing else, they wonderfully represent the dour weather hovering over the UK this 'summer'! lighting conditions in the great outdoors are often difficult to predict. i love the simplicity of the Holga and the photographs it takes: i 100% agree with you about returning to the 'raw' roots of photography, i hate the way digital photography has entirely taken over, with Photoshop or similar being a natural step in the process. it almost removes any creative element from the entire event, which i dislike. nothing should be perfect!
    i look forward to your next outfit post! i, too, have been neglectful of the same thing, the days fly by at the moment!

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  9. Hey DK - the light is very interesting in these, particularly the last one; it's like the sun is shining on the rooftops but it's dark - cool effect.
    Btw Death Cab ROCKS!

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  10. I haven't listed to Death Cab For Cutie in ages. Adam Brody would never forgive me...

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  11. What a fantastic camera! It takes spectacular photos. I adore your blog! By the way, Death Cab is my personal favorite as well.

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  12. Those photo's are nicu!
    I cant wait for the outfit post and the video post ^^
    Also, thank you for the sweet comment \o/

    xoxo

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  13. Is it freaky that we're both playing DCFC?

    Your photography is inspiring. You're leaving grains of salt all over my dreams of owning a beloved Nikon D80 SLR. Maybe, as a tribute to the world of photography before the digital mania, I'll purchase my very own Holga. Perhaps, even go as far as to learn the inner workings of a darkroom and build my own.

    My wish list grows every time I read one of your posts.

    ♥ANGST

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  14. Oh I LOVE the first one. I'm afraid to say I'm new-school digital in terms of my camera. Although a dark room is such desirable thing! I also have a proper old school Polaroid which is my favourite thing in the world! x

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  15. GRRRRRRREAT pictures!!! ohhh and a video post!?!?!?! MUST SEEEEEE!!!

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  16. Oh my, a video blog entry would be so much fun! Hahah!

    I really like your blog, it's so informative and your writing is quite good. I wish I had such skills...

    Keep up the good work!

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  17. So this isn't a ..geese now I can't think what kind of camera I meant..its like one of those you actually have with actual film to make real pictures from...instead of digital.

    Very very cool pictures.

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  18. oh i love the saturation of these photos.. i just bought my photog friend a diana.. hopefully his photos turn out just as cool.

    by the way great blog!

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  19. your photos turned out fantastic! i really like them, good job.

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  20. I just found your blog and I love it! you have such great posts and your photographs turned out wonderfully.

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  21. Oooh, hello... I love your blog! Those photos are beautiful. You live in a lovely place.

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  22. i really love the first picture..!

    i also want to buy a holga soon... and catch raw pictures from the beach! i just hope id never get sick of it (as i get sick of things really easily).. :)

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  23. oh i've always wanted a holga. i eye them off on the lomo website all the time.
    great first attempts!

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  24. i so wish i knew more about photography

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  25. I wish I can take nice photos too!! All the settings really confuses me! :( I can't wait for your video post!!

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  26. 100 posts!!! I feel like we were there during that journey. Congrats.

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  27. Stunning!!!! Analogue is dying a slow and merciless death and it must be preserved. I'd like to see more, if you have them.

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  28. My faves are the first (love the contrast and asymmetry) and the table shot! And good tips on ISO, I used to be really into photography and learning how to take good pics, but this past year it vanished (maybe living in rainy Corvallis), but now that I'm home I feel inspired again. I was just reading about ISO last night and didn't get it, but your explanation helps. Too bad I didn't know earlier because today I was shooting in daylight with the highest ISO!

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  29. i really love those first few pitures - you've captured that feel of looking out over london terraces that i love and miss so much. aah i feel all nostalgic and happy/sad now.

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  30. Way to go, they look fantastic :)

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