Holga Week!

Holga Week 2017 went down the week of July 17-23, and I had a blast with my Holga F-Mount lens on the Nikon FG. I’ve shot with the lens before, on the D7000 and on film too, but this time, I really enjoyed it. If you missed this year’s edition, keep your eye out: God willing, it’ll roll around again in 2018. Continue reading “Holga Week!”

Porta 400 Problems

(Note: first wold, leisure-related kvetching ahead—you have been warned.)

I have no idea what went wrong with this roll of Porta 400, but here’s a short list of the issues I encountered:

  • it jammed in the camera and ripped through a frame
  • it coiled up along its length and width immediately upon removal from the canister and if I recall it took me more than an hour to get it onto the reel for developing
  • after developing it straightened out a bit (lengthwise), but remained twisted along its width, which made it very difficult to scan

I’m not sure what it is about the famous, mass-produced, pro-level films, but I think I encountered something similar with another rather expensive film stock.

This roll of Porta 400 was by far the worst I’ve ever experienced, and the remnants of our protracted battle are evident in many/most of the frames. Continue reading “Porta 400 Problems”

7/52-32 Holga!

*when reading the above title, it may be helpful to imagine Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire.

A week with the Holga 60mm f/8 has been on my list for quite some time, and I finally did it. With some more time, I think this cheap hunk of plastic has some possibilities, but I think I’ll go back to conventional (or conventional-ish) lenses for awhile.

To be honest, the 7/52 was mostly an afterthought this week. I’m very busy with work and life, but neither are any real excuse. If I really wanted to be serious about this shooting thing, I would’ve found the time, but to be honest, I might have only gained maybe 30 minutes the entire week. I’m just very busy.

One indication of this lack of real effort is the inclusion of no less than 3 (three!) pictures of cats. For shame, for shame.

Is it time to publicize all the busy-ness? or shall I wait until the big things have already happened… I don’t know.

D7000. Holga 60mm f/8. All shot in Aperture Priority mode; EXIF should be in the lightbox if you care. Processing in Lightroom 5 was minimal.

365.190 it could be a balloon. it could be Franky. It could be very fresh and clean.

All these are the days my friends and these these

I was trying for “it’s not so much a living hell” today for the SLIproject, but I didn’t get it. I did do some experimenting, though, and I know what I need to do to get (closer to) the result I want. I won’t bore you with further details…

Instead, I give you what I thought was going to be an outtake… I was just messing around, and found a bit of macroed book that looked strikingly like Mount Fuji, and I hastily slapped together a pano. Unfortunately, the lens that I used has some rather harsh vignetting on the right side of the image (left side of the lens) due to me having to hold my finger there to block up the excruciating light leak that would otherwise ruin the shot for me.

Anyway. The Mount Fuji pano failed, sorta… I’ll keep it around and may do some more work on it. It’s close to almost being something. Or I may reshoot it.

And this looks quite a bit like Knee 1 to me (the first several minutes anyway), and so it works for an attempt at the SLIproject, though I planned to shoot “Dead Finks Don’t Talk” all week…

D7000. Holga 60mm f/8, stacked on 100mm extension. ISO800, 1/15th (APmode), f/8 (non-adjustable on the Holga…). Mild-to-moderate processing in Aperture.

365.59 Abstraktes Bild

Sorry to keep dumping mere abstractions out, and for not bothering to come up with fun and witty titles…

I keep most of my lenses on the desk between the keyboard and monitor. Most of them get reasonably regular use. I’ve used all of them in the 365 at least twice, except for one lonely little darling…

The Holga 60mm f/8.

I keep waiting for just the right moment to take the lady out, but so far nothing has struck my fancy much…

So I decided to pull her out and play around a bit with close-focusing (by unscrewing the lens from the mount and holding it some distance away), and then—with a stroke of genius—by adding 49mm worth of extension tubes!

This was shot in Aperture priority. The D7000 chose a 4 second exposure at ISO 100 and f/8. The exif will report 58mm (the closest it has to 60), mostly because I couldn’t be bothered to go in and modify the settings.

And kudos to anyone who can identify the subject… (Hint: I’ve shot it—and shot with it—before, and will again).

365.19 D7000 Family Portrait

Families the world over are glad they didn’t pay me to take a family portrait today…

365.19 D7000 Family Portrait, versions 1 & 2

On the left: Nikkor 50mm 1.8G, Nikkor 10-24 3.5-4.5G, and wacky Auntie Holga.
On the right: Nikon 75-150mm f/3.5 E Series, Nikon 36-72mm f/3.5 E Series, and the LensBaby Muse.
Center: D7000 and his trusty sidekick Sigma 30mm f/1.4.

ISO100, 6 seconds, f/16.

It was a pain getting everything (sort of) in focus. Kinda hard when the main subject is about 3 feet away from the rest of the group… Is that the way mirrors work in photos? Is it focusing as if the thing in the mirror was twice as far away as everything else? I have no idea about these things, but that seems simultaneously wildly unlikely and completely spot on, so maybe someone out there has a clue. But I know I couldn’t get everything in focus at f/5.6, f/8, or f/11, and the only explanation I can come up with is that the image in the mirror is twice as far away as everything else.

I like version 1 better (the sepia-toned one), but I almost like the sloppy photoshop work in version 2…

Anyway, this whole shoot took 3 hours.

Yes, 3 hours. :facepalm:

I totally shoulda pulled out the flash and umbrella and styrofoam softbox thingy, but I kept thinking the next one would be the one…

Oh. And if I owned an iron, the backdrop wouldn’t have creases or wrinkles all in it. Alas.